Monday, 21 January 2013

[Review] Ocha & Bella

Even though it has been around for quite some time now, it's the first time we had a meal here. Under the same management as Moovina, in Plaza Indonesia, Ocha & Bella is located at the Morrisey Hotel. We came on Sunday for lunch, and the place is decorated for a luaua - a Hawaiian party.

The entrance, with an open kitchen on the right.

The view of the open kitchen from the other side, with the traditional pizza oven.

Indoor dining area.

Al fresco area.

The Peach Blossom Ice Tea! Le Sister decided to try this out compared to her default Strawberry Ice Tea, and she loved it! You can taste the peach really well, and there's a hint of cucumber, thus the cucumber as garnish. On the other hand, Le Cousin T had the Raspberry Lemon Tea, and it didn't taste like raspberry at all!

A regular ice tea already costs 20thousand, whereas the Peach Blossom Ice tea is 35thousand. So if you're planning on trying something new but safe, we recommend the Peach Blossom!

The Rock and Roll Salad from their Japanese Menu. Asides from the typical greens, they added fish flakes (the ones you'd normally eat with takoyaki), peas, and walnuts, topped with teriyaki dressing, refreshing but not overwhelming, giving it the hint of Japanese food.

Quattro Formaggi Pizza - which is basically pizza topped with 4 different kinds of Italian cheeses. The pizza served were of thin crust, which Le Sister prefers compared to the regular ones you would normally get at Pizza Hut.

Pappardelle e Salsiccia - pasta tossed with pork sausage and broccoli with cream sauce. Pasta was decent, nothing out of the norm,but it's probably best to share this dish, as eating it all at once the cream could be a little bit overwhelming.

Bistecca alla Fiorentina - grilled T-Bone served with mushroom sauce and garlic spinach on the sides. The average size of this dish is around 1kg, and the chef personally showed us the meat first before he proceed on grilling it. Although it was tad too red to Le Sister's liking, she enjoyed this dish alot! It was juicy and aromatic, everything you would want of a good steak!

At around 750thousand per dish, it'll costs around 200thousand per person, which we think is well worth it for this dish!

Ocha & Bella
Morrissey Hotel
Jl. K.H. Wahid Hasyim No. 79
Menteng, Jakarta

Telephone : (021) 310 5777
Fax : (021) 315 6777

Business Hour :
Weekdays : 11AM - 11PM
Weekend : 11AM - 12AM

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

[Review] Tokyo Belly

Getting this post out first, since it is relatively new and still under soft opening at Grand Indonesia. Tokyo Belly is the newest venture from Ismaya Dining. Serving Japanese food, it is similar to Mr. Curry, under the same group.

The layout did not change much, just with some tweaks here and there. However, Le Sister personally likes this layout better, as it is more open, unlike previously where it it covered by their glass display.

We're not sure if this is a temporary menu, or it'll still be the same after it's grand opening, but some of the dishes on the menu wasn't available yet when we tried it.

Le Brother had the Chicken Katsu Curry Rice (58thousand), which came out really quick, but cold. We'd rather have the dish take some time to come out, but hot. It tasted okay though, and you can choose the level of spiciness for the curry dish, he had normal spicy.

Le Sister had the Tokyo Belly Classic, for 48thousand, ramen served in chicken broth with chicken chasiew, black fungus, egg and seaweed. This dish came out relatively fast too, and wasn't piping hot. If you look closely, the egg was rather disintegrated, it didn't came in a perfect half. Which disappoint Le Sister greatly, since it was her favourite part of any ramen. The chicken chasiew came burnt as well, and it actually taste burnt too! The only good thing about this dish, was that it was well seasoned.

Overall, the food was good but not great. They tasted okay, but nothing special. Not one where we could see ourselves coming back for more. Especially in Grand Indonesia where you are spoilt for food choices.

Tokyo Belly
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
West Mall - Level 3A
Jln. M.H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta Pusat 10310

Telephone : (021) 23581090

Business Hour :
Monday - Sunday 
10AM - 10PM

Friday, 4 January 2013

[Review] Kamogawa Japanese Restaurant

We've been wanting to try this little gem since forever, the last time we came, we missed their lunch time just by a bit. This time round, we didn't take any risks and arrived at 12.30. We've seen quite a number of Japanese eating here, so they must've been quite authentic, no? Also, their beef and fishes are directly sent from Japan! No worries about their freshness!

The place was quite balmy, they were probably cutting down costs as there weren't much customer when we had lunch there. The setting wasn't traditional Japanese, but it was cosy.  The have 9 private room, a Sushi-Sashimi counter, and a Teppanyaki counter.

The salad came with every bento meal. The dressing is the typical Japanese sauce, fresh, sweet and slightly tangy. 

They also came with this Cawanmushi, which is steamed egg with prawn, crabstick and mushroom. Hands down one of the best we've ever had, it's so, so soft, and excellently seasoned. 

The Kamogawa Bento,  their popular lunch box with 9 dishes, rice and miso soup. From top to bottom, left to right:
-pickled wakame/seaweed, tempura prawn covered with almond flakes, sashimi trio - salmon, tuna and, yellowfin
-cha soba with quail egg, pork teppanyaki with beansprouts, prawn mayo
-teriyaki chicken, deep fried tofu skin roll, baked salmon.

For the price of 180 thousand, this bento is well worth it! Out of the 9, our favourite is the teriyaki chicken, which reminds us of the old ToriQ, and the pork teppanyaki, albeit being cliche, it really did melt in our mouth. Probably the softest pork we've ever had, that we doubted whether it was really pork. Overall we were really satisfied.

The Mugi-Toro Gyu-Tan Gozen, grilled beef tongue. For the price of 120thousand, this dish came with grilled beef tongue, pickled wakame/seaweed, miso soup, tuna sashimi, and grated yam. 

The grilled tongue, is almost as good as the one we had in Menya, Melbourne. Definitely worth a try!

At 250thousand, the Wagyu Yakiniku Bento consists of charcoal grilled Wagyu beef, tempura, trio sashimi and broiled salmon.

The dessert that came with all 3 bento, coconut ice cream served with blueberry coulis and mango puree. Not sure how it would taste when it first came, but it's surprisingly good! 

Overall, we had a great lunch, a good 1 hour spent. We would definitely come back again and try their other dishes.

Kamogawa Japanese Restaurant
Apartment Pavilion GF
Jl. KH. Mas Mansyur No. 24
Jakarta Pusat 110220

Telephone : (021) 574 1988
Fax : (021) 5794 1738

Business Hour : 
Monday - Sunday
Lunch : 11.30AM - 2.30PM
Dinner : 6PM - 10PM

-Edit 15 May 2014
The last time we visited Pavilion for lunch at Harum Manis, we found out that Kamogawa has moved out to Melawai area according to the security guard. If you managed to find where they've moved to, do let us know! So we could update their new address :)