Thursday, 29 August 2013

[Take 2] Bibigo

As previously mentioned, we are back with our Take 2 edition on Bibigo! This time we were looking forward to their Bibimbap as we had heard nothing but raves about it.

Bibigo Salad - 49thousand

Fresh lettuce greens with tomato, orange, Nurungji (Korean crispy rice) and crispy chicken served with apple dressing. One thing that stands out was the leaves, as they look nothing like what we were used to having for salad, and they look nowhere close to lettuce. It had a dry texture to it, but it did go well with the dressing.

Soy Sauce Chicken Stew - 120thousand
Braised chicken with potato and carrots, served with sweet potato starch noodles. It may sound and look simple, almost like a homemade dish but they went perfectly well together. The chicken was marinated really well, and do beware of the chilli, they didn't remove the any of the seeds.

Spicy Soft Tofu Soup Bansang - 85thousand
Spicy soft tofu soup with seafood served with banchans.The most important thing about soft tofu soup, is obviously the tofu. Boy, were they authentic. They were rich in flavour, nothing like the ones you could get from supermarket. This dish however, ruined the night for Le Sister, it was too spicy for her, and she everything else she ate would taste spicy. So, if you have low tolerance for spiciness, do take note.

Bibimbap Bansang - 80thousand
Traditional mixed rice with assorted vegetables and char-grilled bulgogi. The whole dish went perfectly well together, but there really is nothing to particularly write home about. Especially after all the hype we've been hearing about, we weren't exactly disappointed, but it was more of "yeah~ it's okay".

Rice - Long Grin White Rice, Korean White Rice, Brown Rice, Black Rice
Topping - Char-grilled Bulgogi, Chicken Breast, Chicken Teriyaki, Tofu
Sauce - Kohot, Citron Soy, Sesame. Ssam
For the Bibimbap, Hot Stone Bibimbap and Bibigo Rice, the ingredients are customisable. There are 4 kinds of rice, topping and sauce to choose from. We opted for Korean white rice, with char-grilled Bulgogi and Kohot (gochujang/red pepper paste).
After dining at Bibigo twice, the final question would probably be - are we coming back? Probably not in the near future. When we're heading out for Korean, we would probably have a meal somewhere else. But if we happen to be at Pacific Place and wondering what to eat, it'll be on top of the list. 

Pacific Place Level 4
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD)
Jakarta 12190
Telephone : (021) 5797 3011
Operation Hours:
Monday - Sunday : 10AM -10PM

Thursday, 15 August 2013

[Bali] Merah Putih

Bali! The most popular island in Indonesia. A frequent getaway destination by both locals and international tourists. We were over in the picturesque island few weeks ago, and this little gem is definitely a memorable meal. Both it's interior and exterior is exquisite! The only word that could come out of our mouth the moment we stepped in was "wow". It resembled the inside of a cathedral, it's worth a visit just for the interior design itself.

Their menu is divided into small dish and big dish, and further segmented into traditional and modern. Small dish for appetizers and big dish as main. All their dishes are recommended for sharing as opposed to individual dish, to bring together the people having the meal together. 

Complimentary starter - fish soup. Even though it is small, it doesn't fall short in its flavours. Drank it 'til its last drop.

Perkedel Jagung (4pieces)

Corn fritters, tiger prawns and tomato sambal. This was swept away almost instantly, either it was really that good and we were just hungry. I would say it was a little bit of both. But nothing could've beaten a good ol' bakwan jagung from Manado. ;)

Bebek Goreng Sambal Mangga

Crispy boneless duck served with mango salad. It tastes like chicken actually, soft boned chicken to be specific, but it was really good! Can't stop ourselves from making the plate sparkling clean, soft duck meat with bursts of sour and spicy dancing around in our mouths.


Fried soft shell crab with salted egg. Just eating the crab as it is, is just alright. Dipping it in the salsa, and you're in it for a treat! Le Sister couldn't help but grab a second serving before it was quickly whipped away.

Balinese Suckling Pig - Babi Guling

Pushing the boundaries of traditional Balinese cuisine, the Babi Guling served with a modern interpretation, all eyes fixed on it the moment it was set on the table. Its flavours doesn't fall short as well.

Ikan Bakar

Char-grilled whole fish served with green tomato and ginger flower; it was soft and tasted superb, but nothing could win over the Ikan Bakar at Jimbaran we had the next day.

Gulai Kambing

Surabayan spiced lamb curry served with satay and potato fritters. Simple, typical Indonesian dish, which the guests enjoyed.

Slow Roast Pork

Soy glazed belly and loin, the meat really did 'melt in your mouth', so soft and tender. Le Cousin W preferred this, but Le Sister stuck with the Babi Guling as the winner of the pork dish that night.

Es Puter, Kolak and Markisa

Their dessert wasn't as intriguing as the apps and mains, but they did made the meal complete. Out of the 3 we would probably recommend you guys to try the kolak, as the other 2 just tasted okay.

Overall, we really do recommend this new gem! We had guests from Germany, Canada and Philippines, and they enjoyed it just as much as we had, probably more. Price wasn't that bad as well, we paid 250thousand per person. Considering the quality, taste, ambiance and service; it was money well spent. We would most definitely come back during our next visit.

A bit of reminder, for us and for you readers as well, is to dress well. The other patrons were well-dressed, while we looked like we just jumped out of the sea, which was actually what happened after a surf lesson at Kuta.

Merah Putih
Jl. Petitenget No. 100x
Kerobokan, Denpasar
Bali, Indonesia 80361

Telephone : (0361) 8465950

Operating Hours :
Monday - Sunday : 12PM - 3PM // 5.30PM-12PM