The Gastronomy Aficionado

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The exciting chronicles of a gentleman and his gastronomic escapades!
There was a time when I used to work and live nearby Jalan Jendral Sudirman, one of the busiest business districts in Jakarta. I forgot when and who took me first for an early dinner with a bowl of mie ayam. I guess it was because of an office gossip about a certain hawker that sells delicious mie ayam right across the street and I did enjoy it a lot when the gossip furthermore unveiled itself to...
What intrigues me rather than Yellow Truck's rich collection of coffee beans, packaged neatly with detailed information, or even the La Marzocco machines there is actually its cold brew coffee. This particular beverage is sold in a form of a medicinal bottle, which literally may cure your drowsiness. By the way, I took one of these babies and gave it a taste.
I don’t know why but Yellow Truck Coffee likes to position their coffee shops rather unseen and on one-way streets. Last time, I had to venture first to the farthest end of Jalan Pajajaran in Bandung only to realize that they’re hidden on the first one-third of this long street. Just recently, its latest outlet in Jakarta was built upon the same ‘principle’ and I have to make a turnaround...
Leading the fast food franchise industry with its strong forte in beef patties and buns, the pace Burger King has so far appears unstoppable and it has amassed so many fans already! New outlets are popping up and new burger recipes are following as well. Of course, it's not new to see the Indonesianized versions of American fast food recipes and this time, BK incorporates its burgers with proud Mi...
Culinary events updates from all over the world! Please note that some of the events may serve alcohol or non-halal ingredients. Discretion is advised for those who have restrictions on dietary and belief.
During my long break last Lebaran, I was overjoyed upon hearing that several new coffee shops had emerged in Bandung. As one of them and upon seeing the menu, Lacamera Coffee itself is more like a restaurant rather than a real coffee shop despite the name. Even so, with its space and distance advantages from my side, Lacamera Coffee seems to be predestined to appease my daily coffee cravings. But...
Jakarta’s long standing history has been decorated with many colourful interactions between countries and local tribes thanks to its strategic position. Although the governance over this city changes from time to time, it has always been a melting pot of many influences, making it the country’s most shining example in many culinary aspects.
Jakarta may be feverish for ramen nowadays, but for me who has certain limitations, I still vouch for Marutama Ramen with its toripaitan broth. Last year I had the chance to see how everything works at this popular ramen joint and grasped the importance of perfection is for Mr Kudo - its benevolent owner. This year, it's the consistency test and to also taste their newly found recipe, a ramen not...
Bandungers have to thank Noah's Barn for bringing the renewed spirit in coffee exploration. Within a year after the arrival of Noah's Barn, several artisan coffee shops emerged and Chez Moka being one of them. Of course, its initial appearance is colored with experiments on micro batches of foreign coffee beans as the main attraction but will it be able to stand the test of time with its small cap...
Culinary events updates from all over the world! Please note that some of the events may serve alcohol or non-halal ingredients. Discretion is advised for those who have restrictions on dietary and belief.
As one of the old guards of French cuisine in Jakarta, Riva prides itself as the starting point for many successful chefs such as Gilles Marx of Amuz, Renaud le Rasle of Chateau Blanc, Eric Guilbert of Bibliotheque, and now Risky Hidayat - a talented local chef. Although the latter now has joined the ranks of Chef Renaud, it is impossible to not acknowledge Riva as one of the strongest influences...
It would be ungrateful even for someone like me who has visited this certain place, really content with the food, and still not writing about how cool the experiences were. Though appear modestly and owned by a person with humble personality, the experiences I had with this particular warung is what that reminds me during the heyday of my college years of having the best from hawkers - unsullied b...
There was a time when I was still single and I took my family around Bandung to discover new, hidden places for good lunch or dinner. Avid Sundanese like us love anything with vegetables. Well, you can name so many dishes that involve vegetables in this particular province and of course, the indigenous lotek is one of them. Being one of the best, Lotek Buah Batu indeed has a special place inside o...
It's exciting to see how Jakarta evolves into serious culinary destination of Southeast Asia day by day. No matter how unfriendly it is towards its citizens or even tourists, for this sake, one must not get carried away with its decaying urban scenes or its biggest forte - the unbearable congestions. Because at the end of the day, we always get to choose how to seal the day in a better way and for...
TGA stumbled upon two restaurants in Jakarta famed for their Korean fried chicken and published for Citilink's in-flight magazine, Linked (August 2013).
Culinary events updates from all over the world! Please note that some of the events may serve alcohol or non-halal ingredients. Discretion is advised for those who have restrictions on dietary and belief.
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