Saturday, 30 March 2013

[Recipe] Chocolate Brownie Cuppies

Hiya! Le Sister here! Made these babies last Saturday and they were awesome!! If I could say so myself :p Brownies are my favourite to make, as they are super easy to make, almost foolproof, and it doesn't require a mixer. My mixer still needs some fixing. It's been too long since I've last baked I couldn't take it anymore.

Makes 5
Ingredients needed :
- 57gr butter
- 57gr chocolate (milk or dark)
- 1 large egg
- 30gr granulated sugar
- 30gr brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- 27.5gr all-purpose flour

1. Melt butter and chocolate together.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg.
3. Add in sugar, vanilla, salt to the egg; whisk together.
4. Add in the melted chocolate/butter to the mixture; whisk together.
5. Add in flour and gently whisk/fold.
6. Scoop them into cupcake tins, I divided them to 5. Make sure they contain the same amount so they'd bake evenly. And don't forget to coat each tin with butter, so they'd be easier to remove.
7. Preheat the oven at 175'C. Put them in when it's hot, for 25 minutes. Lower the heat to about 160'C and turn up the top fire of the oven to low for another 5 minutes. It's ready when you poke in a toothpick/knife and it comes out clean.

My pretty baby! Crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside! Seriously one of The Best Brownies I've ever made. Next time I'll get some vanilla ice cream to go, and have it with a warm brownie :) I'm already happy thinking about it. 

I purposely used cupcake tins as the amount would be too little to use on a normal regular cake tin. Also to limit to 1 piece per serving, but i still end up eating 2 in 1 seating /fail.

If you decide to try this recipe out, let us know how it goes :)

Thursday, 28 March 2013

[Review] Yellowfin

Nestled nicely at a corner of Senopati area with Japanese lanterns hanging on the trees, it's not to be missed. We've passed by every time we're in the area but never seem to have time for it. On a Friday night we decided to give it a go. TGIF!
First off, we'd like to apologize for the picture, the place wasn't exactly dim, but we were seated at a corner; and we're depending on our phone camera. So, yeah ;)

Ebi Tempura Spicy Salad - 48thousand
Chopped shrimp tempura with lettuce served with creamy spicy sauce. The tempura was crispy and coated with cream sauce, while the lettuce was lightly drenched with teriyaki sauce, which goes really well, giving it a fresh burst, as opposed to what the name suggest, spicy.

Agedashi Tofu - 35thousand
Unlike the regular agedashi tofu, this was served in bite-sized cubes, which we appreciate, since it tends to be difficult to tear apart its' skin. We liked this dish as the skin was crispy, and the tofu is soft, together with sweet soba sauce. A classic Japanese appetizer.

Sisamo Yaki - 38thousand
Sisamo is a Japanese fish, with roe still intact in its' belly, giving it a grainy texture. Similar to tobiko, that is used often in sushi rolls, but in a drier consistency.

Volcano Roll - 45thousand
Deep fried shrimp roll with spicy mayonnaise sauce; not sure if Japanese have lower tolerance for spice, but this wasn't spicy as well, Le Sister could eat it just fine.


Soft Shell Crab Roll - 47thousand
Deep fried soft shell crab, with avocado and cucumber.

Tebasaki ( 3pcs ) - 25thousand
This was a letdown, coming from the Yakitori section of the menu, we expect it to be grilled, a reasonable assumption no? Even its description on the menu says 'grilled chicken wings', but they came out fried. As a fan of chicken wings, you could imagine the horror on our faces when this dish was placed on the table.

Hamachi Kama Teriyaki - 140thousand
A grilled yellowtail head with teriyaki sauce, it is bigger and has more meat as compared to a salmon head. This was well worth its price tag, it was super smooth and flavourful.

Gindara Saikyo Yaki - 165thousand
Another fish dish - grilled black cod marinated with saikyo miso. It is well marinated, but we recalled it being ever so slightly overcooked.

Beef Katsu Curry Rice - 118thousand
You can select your own spice levels for the curry, Le Dad had wanted the medium, but the waitress suggests low since they are spicy. True to their consistency, it wasn't spicy. There's nothing to write home about both the katsu and curry, just that they weren't piping hot. 

(L- R) Castle in the Sky, Spirited Away - 35thousand
Castle in the Sky is a concoction of peach puree, peach syrup, soda water and grape fruit, while Spirited Away is lychee syrup, lime, mint and soda water. Between the 2, we'd say go for Spirited Away. It comes with real lychee fruit, which could double up as dessert. ;)

Sojus and sakes filling the right side of the entrance, they are available for consumption. You could ask the server to recommend one to suit your taste. Pretty sure there's one for everyone, be it hot, cold, sweet, bitter, or dry.

Slightly unclear picture, as we were trying to capture it in action, but failed. At the end of the meal, we were given this, on one side white tablets, and water on the other. Simply place the tablets into the water, they'll expand and become wet tissues. It wasn't the first time we saw these tablets, but definitely a first we've experienced given out in a restaurant in town.

The dishes served were of  izakaya dining, which is supposed to focus more on drinks. So the portion tends to run smaller and pricier, which is common. They are however, not enough for Le Dad, thus the Curry Rice off the lunch menu. It is a good place to wind down with colleagues after a day in the office.

Yellowfin Sake Bar & Kitchen
Jl. Senopati I no. 42
Jakarta - 12110

Telephone : (021) 722 0394

Operation Hours:
Monday - Sunday : 11AM - 2AM 

Note: This is the 2nd time we're typing this out. Le Sister accidentally deleted it, so the opinion may be slightly affected, since it is almost 2 months since we dined.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

[Review] School Food Bloomingmari

A new place in Central Park serving Korean 'school food' - Mari, Ramyeon, and Tteokpokki. It is located just outside Gramedia. The place is nice and cozy, with ceiling to floor glass  window overlooking the Tribeca park, and Korean pop songs blasting on their speakers.

Blooming Mari - 65thousand
Mozzarella cheese, teriyaki bulgogi and rice rolled together with seaweed and egg.
We think it is expensive, even though you could get full. They tasted ok, but nothing beats the typical Kimbab you could get at any convenience store in Korea for a quarter of it's price.

Jigae Ramyeon - 45thousand
Spicy stew ramen with kimchi and School Food's special seasoning. We asked if it was instant noodle(Shin Ramyeon), and the server said no, they make their own noodle, so Le Brother went ahead with it. Alas, it was instant, with kimchi added to it. Both of us could easily cook up a gourmet Shin Ramyeon with eggs, veggies and spam, and it would still cost less than their 45thousand.

Calamary - 35thousand
 Fried squid rings served with Tartar sauce. They were good! And the salad greens did made us feel less sinful about eating fried foods. :p 

(L-R) Cotton Strawberry Athie (25thousand) and Fine Blue Athie (30thousand)
It's hard to mess up a strawberry drink, put some syrup and soda together they'd taste good. Not sure where they went wrong with this. The Blue Athie, which is actually pineapple, tasted good!

We didn't try their Tteokpokki, which is the house special, as we weren't fans of rice cake. We can't justfy the 55thousand for a plate of something that we weren't going to enjoy. The price could go up to a whopping 120thousand for the Spicy Chicken Cutlet with Cheese. So, it's your call if you want to try it out; it is a nice place to chill with friends.

School Food Bloomingmari 
Central Park Mall 3rd Floor
Jl. Letjen S. Parman Kav. 28
Jakarta Barat 11430

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Convivium Take 2

We've blogged about it previously, and we're back! (Read it here.) We happened to be around the area, so we stopped by for late lunch. Although it looks prettier during night, it's also cozy during the day. 

Calzone - 85thousand
A pizza wrap filled with mozzarella, prosciutto cotto, and mushroom. The crust is crispy and well seasoned, and this is coming from someone who'd usually toss away the crust.

Cannelloni al Salmone e Spinaci - 90thousand
Pasta rolls with smoked salmon, spinach and cheese sauce. It doesn't looked appetizing as the plating were tad lacking, but it was really good. The salmon was smoked really well, and matched really well with the cheese sauce. The only setback was that it was slightly too salty.

Tagliata su Insalata di Funghi Champignon - 150thousand
The last time we came, we named it The Best Steak; this time round, it didn't quite lived up to its title. We had it medium too, and it's cooked perfectly, just that it was slightly burnt on the outside. Otherwise, the meat was still very fragrant, not a single piece left behind, the mushrooms too.

Strawberry Lemonade - 32thousand
Albeit sour, it was really fresh and refreshing. Do try it! But don't forget to ask for some additional syrup. ;)

They stand by the motto of serving "homemade Italian cooking", and props to it. It's not an easy feat to maintain good quality dish, and they've been around for quite some time already. Definitely visiting back for an Italian fix.

Convivium Cafe Deli
Jl, Panglima Polim IX No. 1
Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta 12160

Telephone: (021) 7269963

Business Hour :
Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00AM - 10:30PM

Thursday, 14 March 2013

[Review] Din Tai Fung - Chef's Table

Din Tai Fung - Chef's Table, a new restaurant in Puri Indah Mall. Just opened a few days ago, the atmosphere is bright and minimalistic, as opposed to the usual traditional wooden red and black found in their every branch. Chef's Table serves pork dishes, whereas the regular DTF is Halal.

Xiao Long Bao - 49thousand for 6 pieces
This is a definite must order! It's skin is thin, soft fragrant pork meat in the inside, and filled with a lot of juice. It is one of the best we've tried, and definitely better than the ones we've tried the night before at Paradise Dynasty.

Sauteed Prwan with Salted Egg Yolk - 75thousand for 5 pieces
 The prawn is crispy and covered with just enough salted egg yolk that it's not too overpowering. There's a mixed opinion for this dish, Le Mom and Le Dad found it just okay, while Le Sister likes it.

Pan Fried Gyoza (Pork & Vegetables) - 29thousand for 3 pieces
This dish was tad disappointing, especially after the excitement from the Xiao Long Bao. It was sort of soggy, as opposed to being crispy; it was okay though.

Steamed Vegetable and Pork Jiao Ze - 43thousand for 6 pieces
This was another let down. It is filled with too much vegetables, you can't barely taste the pork.

Vegetarian Delight in Special Vinaigrette Dressing - 26thousand
Xiao Cai, is an appetizer, with mushrooms and strings of tofu tossed together. It's pretty good! Do give it a try. 

Sauteed Asparagus with Crab Meat & Roe - 68thousand
It looks pretty in the menu, and came out exactly the same, but somehow didn't taste like how we'd expect it to be. The asparagus tasted bland, and it's probably just our luck, the asparagus were old, so the bottom was stringy and hard to chew (and probably hard to digest too).

Hot & Sour Soup - 42thousand (small)
The dish came spicy, too spicy for Le Sister to enjoy, and without a hint of sourness to it. We were told that it was purposely served this way, so the customer could add in their own vinegar to it, as to adjust to their own taste. It didn't make much sense though. Why skip the vinegar but not the chili oil?

Braised Beef Noodle - 58thousand
There are 2 types of noodles served for all noodle dish, normal or spinach, we opted for normal noodles. It's pretty good! We weren't a big fan of the beef as it wasn't tender enough, but the broth and noodles were good. It's soft and chewy, just the right texture.

Bubble tea - 25thousand
We're aware for the same price you could get a large milk tea at any bubble tea joint in town, but do not let it stop you from trying! The tea smells and taste really good, unlike most where there more milk to it's tea:milk ratio.

Mixed Fruit with Xi Mi Lu Sago - 30thousand
Consists of melon, watermelon, apple, and papaya, in a milky base. Nothing much to say about it, except the spoon. It's the flat one where restaurant would use for ice creams, so it was kinda challenging to drink the base. Forgiven, since it's a new place, they'll probably change to a proper one.

Gui Ling Gao - Free!
If you spend more than 200thousand before service charge and tax you get a free Gui Ling Gao! Look around for the brochures before stopping by. We seen them being handed out at the escalators, and probably at Blacklisted, their sister store. It looks like the one below.

Yeap! 20% off all items! Valid only until 18 March, not much time left. 

We also received this little voucher, where you get a free almond croissant for every purchase of coffee. We've featured their cakes this on our very first post previously.

Food was pretty decent, and the atmosphere is good too. We'll probably stop by again when we ran out of ideas where to dine on a weeknight. But still, nothing beats Duck King at Central Park since it's still closer to us ;)


A little mini update : Le Cousins W tried this not long ago in April, and they didn't really enjoy their meal. So it probably is not as good as when it first opened, where they have the higher management controlling the situation.

Din Tai Fun - Chef's Table
Puri Indah Mall
2nd Floof Unit 201-202
Jl. Puri Agung, Puri Indah
Jakarta Barat

Telephone : (021) 582 3460/61

Operation Hours:
Monday-Sunday: 10AM - 10PM
(last order at 10PM)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

[Review] Caprese

The first time we dined here few months back, we were impressed. App was good, pasta was good, pizza was good, so it deserves a second visit.

 Creamy Mushroom Soup - 29thousand
Such a disappointment. It didn't taste like mushroom at all. Just a microwaved cup of brown liquid smelling like herbs. We only managed to swallow half of it. A pack of instant Campbell's would've tasted way better.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio - 45 thousand
 Looks good no? 'Our famous aglio olio style topped with fresh chili, crispy garlic and parmesan cheese' - quoted from their menu. For real? What crispy garlic? They were soggy even though the pasta was dry. With a handful of crispy lemon zest and parmesan cheese, it tasted nothing like an aglio olio,. How could it be famous? 

Chocolate Melt - 45thousand
The only saving grace! The chocolate melted so beautifully! So soft and fluffy in the inside, if only it was tad crispier outside. We'd definitely come back for this! This shall be crowned The Best Chocolate Melt until we fine a better one.

Taken off Le Sister's instagram. Isn't it pretty!

Overall, we were definitely disappointed with their soup and pasta. It was only 2 months ago, we were raving about their pasta. Such a vast difference since we first tried it. In addition to the disappointment, the waiters weren't attentive too. We had difficulty in trying to call them, and it wasn't even crowded. We'll only be back for their chocolate melt, and since it's far from us, it's not gonna happen any time soon.

Caprese Restaurant
Kota Kasablanka F65-02
Jl. Casablanca Raya Kav. 88
Jakarta Selatan 12870

Telephone : (021) 2946 5333

Business Hour
Weekdays : 10AM - 12PM
Weekends : 10AM - 2AM