[RECIPE] Cocktail with Bintang Radler

12/16/2014 soya yanagawa 3 Comments

Hmm.. How should I start this post.. 

Well, It was all happened when I have got this Boston Shaker from one of my best friend as birthday present. He knew that I really love cocktail and always have liquors in my room. He also knows that I always admire bartender.

A bartender is a person who serves usually alcoholic beverages behind the bar. Well, I am amazed with Bartender's multi tasking skills. They make a few drinks, chat with people and maybe even get to dance a bit. To be noted, each and every drink has to be precisely measured and processed.

But I also know that bartending is not always fun. They have the responsibility to take care of their customers; they are the one who tell customer has had enough. I have once heard that one of their responsibilities is to step in when they witness domestic situation, someone attempting to drug another person or someone taking advantage of someone who has had too much to drink. I just thought that stopping someone from hurting themselves or others is a noble thing to do.

OK, back to my story.

My heart soars like an eagle when I found out that he give me a Boston Shaker Set. I have made a promise to him that I will learn how to make a good cocktail and give him the first glass to enjoy it.

When I asked him what is his preference, he said that he is not a biggest fan of bold tasting liquor and he is not into a milky or creamy stuff. So, I just thought that I think I am going to make a cocktail by using Bintang Radler.

I know Bintang Radler has already a great taste and indulging sweetness. But I think I am going to make beverages that can lift up the lemony taste and freshness.

If you want to find out about Bintang Beer you can go to their website at

On mid 2014, PT Multi Bintang Indonesia Tbk was announced their youngest child on their beer family, Bintang Beer Radler.

Just like it's called, Bintang Radler has 50:50 mixtures of beer and sparkling lemon soda. This Bintang Radler has a strong citrusy flavor and it taste quite sweet and refreshing. For me, this beer was very fit for Indonesians that has a tropical climate.

I have found a situation where some people cannot handle a beverage that had high percentage of alcohol. But sometimes for business or social needs, they have to drink alcohol. Bintang Radler is the best choice for them because its low alcohol percentage (only 2%). 

OK, without any further story here are my experiments:


- Story -
My idea for making this drink was inspired with Italian soda.
I have tried several syrups to be mixed with Bintang Radler. For me, melon syrup has the most beautiful collaboration with the lemony taste of Bintang radler.

- Ingredients -
1 bottle of Bintang Radler
30ml Melon Syrup

- Directions -
Pour the melon syrup on tall glass (beer glass)
Put some Ice
Pour the Bintang Radler

- Taste -
Really suit for light and sweet lover drinks; it has a beautiful combination between melon and lemon. Both of them were complimenting each other and make a wonderful symphony on your taste bud.
It was so refreshing and really suitable for a thirst-quencher from Jakarta's heat.

- Tip -
For more kick, you can change the melon syrup with muskmelon-flavored liqueur


- Story -
To have something that dipped into your drinks for garnish will be more delightful if edible. From that kind of thought I just want to use marshmallow as the garnish. Because Bintang Radler already has sweet indulgent, I think I am going to use bourbon as the additional ingredient.

- Ingredients -
3 Oz Bintang Radler
Mint leaves
1.5 Oz Bourbon
3 Oz Orange Juice

- Directions -
Put the mint leaves into the Boston Shaker
Add the Bourbon into the shaker
Mashed the mint leaves
Add the orange juice
Add some ice cube
Shake it around 15 sec
Pour into an old fashion glass
Topped with Bintang Radler
Garnished with the marshmallow and ready to serve

- Taste -
It was so refreshing! The orange Juice was blended harmoniously with the Bintang Radler. The strong and tough scent and taste mixed perfectly and not overpowering the drink. The mint adds some cold aftertaste on your mouth and the marshmallow that has been dipped into the beverage, really pampering you to the fullest.

- Tip -
For more kick, you can change the orange juice with triple sec


- Story -
For this drink, I just want to make a tropical cocktail that really suit with Jakarta's weather. Well, I think about pineapple and with a vanilla fragrant. For presentation, i want to bring the color of summery bright and cheerfulness. So I played a splash of grenadine syrup to bring that sensation. 

- Ingredients -
3 oz of Bintang Radler
1.5 oz of vanilla vodka
3 oz of pineapple juice
splash of grenadine syrup 

- Directions -
Pour the Vanilla Vodka into the Shaker
Add the pineapple Juice
Add the Grenadine Syrup
Add some Ice
Shake it around 15 sec
Pour it on the Old Fashion Glass with an Ice Cube
Topped with Bintang Radler and ready to serve

- Taste -
You can taste the tropical sensation on your mouth. Pineapple and Lemon really fit for a thirst-quencher drink. The indulging scent of vanilla really makes your day become brighter and joyful. 

Overall, my experiments went success! My friend really loves all the drinks that I have made for him. I am so grateful that he loves the drinks. Well, I am not a bartender and I only learned from trial and error.... but when I saw his satisfied face.. It really makes me want to make another experience in the future. 

Oh, for your information, you can check Bintang Radler's Website and social media. 

Facebook: bintangradler
Twitter: @bintangradler
Instagram: @bintangradler

Well, Have a great day and Godspeed everyone!

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12/10/2014 soya yanagawa 0 Comments

My most favorite holiday is coming. Since the beginning of December, you can feel a wonderful atmosphere, where red and green showered on the decoration and toffee nut latte fragrance is spreads on the air.

Each and every years, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta held a beautiful ceremony named Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, where over than 200 clients, in house guests, media persons and partner were invited to join the festivity and show appreciation for their cooperation. Usually, this ceremony was followed with the celebration and party. 

This year, on 2 December 2014, Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta has set up a gigantic 6-metre Christmas tree decorated in traditional red, gold and bronze ornaments at the Lobby Lounge.  A gingerbread house filled with Christmas goodies and sweets also add to the holiday feel. 

During the ceremony, the hotel presented the professional choir, The Voice of Indonesia, and a students’ choir from the hotel’s CSR beneficiary, SMPN 181 Jakarta, to perform carols. Until the peak of the event,  Jürgen Dörr, Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta General Manager gives some speech before he turn on the christmas tree on Lobby Lounge.

Jürgen Dörr said that Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta very grateful to all clients, business partners, media and guests who have cooperated with Shangri-La in the year 2014. "We hope that this good partnership will continue in the future,” he added.

The Client Appreciation Party was held on Blu, the newest and hottest pop-up lounge at Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta. At Blu, the guests were entertained by an “Ice and Fire” party.  The lounge wall was changed into a big screen showing ice and snow, while the garden was lit up with fire from the torches.  Dramatic floating candles on the pool enhanced the night’s ambiance.

The guests were also entertained with special performances by fire dancers, Bali Finger Dancers and various DJs.  The hotel’s culinary team also prepared an “Ice and Fire” experience through the food and drinks provided.

I really enjoyed the ceremony and the celebration. I can meet with awesome people there and enjoy the evening with bottomless drinks and food. But the indulgences were not finished yet.

Another indulgence from Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, Lovely hamper with assorted delicacies from Sato Deli Shop was given to me. It really makes my heart soar and joyful. Thanks to Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta for everlasting Christmas experience.

Well, if you happened want to send your good thoughts and well wishes with Shangri-La's range of luxurious holiday hampers. 

Shangri-La Satoo Deli Shop's hampers collection: 
Elf’s Christmas Delight            Rp. 588,000+
Rudolph’s Surprise                 Rp. 1,088,000+
Mrs. Claus’ Favourites           Rp. 1,688,000+
The Jolly Santa                       Rp. 2,688,000+

To order, please call (021) 2939 9562 or click Shangri-La Satoo Deli Shop's online order form here

Shangri-La Hotel
Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1 
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1
Jakarta 10220, Indonesia

T. +62 21 2939 9562
Facebook: Shangri-La Jakarta
Twitter: @ShangriLaJKT

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DJAKARTA WAREHOUSE PROJECT (DWP) Give Away- Tapas Movida & Zomato

12/02/2014 soya yanagawa 0 Comments

Hi guys!

For Rave Party lover, there is a great news to get 
2 Day Pass Ticket to Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) 2014

The quiz was held because of Tapas Movida and Zomato

To win this ticket, just follow this simple instructions:

- I -
Sign up on Zomato

- II -
Connect your Zomato account to your IG account

- III -
Answer this question "Which the best dish for you in Tapas Movida?"

- IV -
Post the pic of your favourite dish with mention @Zomato @TapasMovidaJkt @syanagawa and hashtag #DWPGiveAway #Zomato #TapasMovida #soyavsfood

- V -
The most Interesting picture will win Djakarta Warehouse Project 2 Day Pass Ticket.

- VI -
From 20 Nov - 5 December 2014, everyone is allowed to post your best dish in Tapas Movida.

- VII -
I will tell you the most interesting picture as the winner on 7 December 2014, 
Ouw... my decision is absolute and cannot be contested. 

So What are you waiting for?

See you on Djakarta Warehouse Project 2014!

Tapas Movida
Jl. Cipete Raya 66

PHONE: 021 7510851
TWITTER: @tapasmovida

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FJ on 7

FJ on 7 - Kemang

11/17/2014 soya yanagawa 0 Comments

Dine with your beloved one on the top of the building really on the trends. Just like FJ on 7 right on the top floor of Colony Kemang. What can I say about this place... hmm... What a great place to waste your money with not so good services and so-so food.

To go to this place, you just go to the elevator and went to the 7th floor or the "Roof Top" on Colony building. For some reason, when the elevator's door were opened, there is no hostess to greet and welcomed us. We walked around the lounge to find our self the best seats for us. 

After a while, finally I call the waiter to give us the menu. He hastily go to our table and give us the menu.

Funny thing happens, my friend asked to the waiter if she can add more hot water for her hot tea. The waiter said yes she can do it. The waiter recommend the french breakfast for my friend (IDR 56,000), so that is why she ordered the French breakfast hot tea for her drink. Surprisingly, when the hot tea was arrived, it doesn't have any tea bag inside the pot. So we cannot know what kind of tea or what kind of brand does FJ on 7 used. For me it taste like cheap local tea brand.

I told another waiter about the situation and I asked how my friend can have another hot water to refill if there is no tea bag inside the pot. The waiter said that you cannot add another hot water to refill. I told him that the other guy tell us that it is ok to add another water, so FJ on 7 better improve their communication and understanding to their menu. After that, they give my friend another pot full of tea.

Oh, I ordered an Ice Tea for myself, and seriously.... it taste like a cheap tea from local brand that packed into small size of paper boxes. You know what, you have to pay IDR 27,000 for it.

OK, For the environment, I think it was quite nice. You can choose whether you want to sit at the balcony or inside the building. Both of them is quite hot though... They have managed to make a rustic and beautiful place to hang out. With colorful cushions and stone tables makes this place has a great ambiance to stay.

Lontong Cap Gomeh IDR 100,000
Traditional Indonesian dish served with classic Indonesian condiments

For a hundred thousand rupiah lontong cap gomeh, the lontong (rice cake) itself is a failure. It was too wet and mushy. The sauce was lack of seasoning and too watery. 

Indeed they have put a lot of ingredients inside the lontong cap gomeh; They have tempeh, boiled egg, potato chips, squash, beans, pete and empal. The empal (a slice of meat that marinated with some spices) is really tender and delish. but the lontong and the soup were destroying the dish. 

For me, a hundred thousand for this lontong cap gomeh was 92,000 too expensive.

Kwee Tiauw IDR 97,000

They do give a lot of shrimp and squids on this dish, but honestly... They just put a thick make up on the ordinary fried kwetiauw that you can find it on the roadside. It taste so-so and it doesn't have any special thing on this dish. For me, it was 77,000 too expensive.

Nasi Goreng Kampung IDR 115,000
with chicken drumstick, mixed skewer and fried egg

Another 100,000 IDR too expensive dish from FJ on 7. The Nasi Goreng Kampung that was tasted so-so. They indeed presenting the nasi goreng with a lot of topping and garnish. 

Another funny thing happened again. My friend asked the waiter to make the half cooked sunny side up egg. But surprisingly they give her a well done sunny side up. I don't know what happened to this place. were they seriously put a very high price for a very low quality of service? Or it is just unfunny joke?

Maybe my critics were too harsh and mean, but for the input, if your food was so-so you better improve your service quality and ambiance. Maybe me and my friends just went here on the wrong place and time. 

Have a great day and Godspeed,

FJ on 7 Rooftop
Colony 6, Rooftop
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 6A
Kemang, Jakarta
Phone: 021-29529912

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Ellexito Eatery and Pastry - Kemang

11/17/2014 soya yanagawa 0 Comments

To go to Ellexito Eatery and Pastry in Kemang is really easy. Strategically located on Jl. Kemang 1, this warm and classy restaurant will waiting for your visit.

From the outside,  Ellexito Eatery and Pastry looks so small and not very eye catching. But after you put yourself into their outlet, you will be pampered with their warm environment.

I really love their second level. The sun light breach in through the windows. When I went here, the weather was so melancholic. So I was accompanied with the rain outside Ellexito Eatery and Pastry. Vintage chandelier and classic wall lights decorated the room. Completed with beautiful pictures hanging on the walls make me stand to be here.

I don't know why Ellexito Eatery and Pastry use "pastry" on its name. When I came to this place, I can only see several cakes and desserts shown on their display. maybe it was just my opinion, if you put something like "pastry" on your name, you should offer a diverse kind of patisserie. But, come again, it was just my opinion.

You can see Ellexito Eatery and Pastry menu, they offer you a diverse kind of menu from appetizer through the main course. Here are their menus:

French Fries IDR 18,000
Cheesy Fries* IDR 28,000
Mouthwatering Crispy Mushroom IDR 32,000
Tomato Bruschetta IDR 32,000
Honey Jam Wings IDR 32,000
Asian Spicy Fried Calamari IDR 47,000

Honey Citrus Salad IDR 28,000
Thai Salad IDR 28,000

Salted Egg Spaghetti* IDR 65,000
Green "Woku" Chili Fettuccine* IDR 48,000
Red Spicy Anchovies Penne* IDR 45,000
Lemongrass Lime Mayo Spaghetti IDR 48,000
Bolognaise Spaghetti IDR 45,000
Carbonara Fettucine IDR 45,000
Tuna Aglio Olio Spaghetti IDR 38,000

Mayo Fried Rice IDR 32,000
Cheesy Baked Rice* IDR 38,000
Rice Burger IDR 55,000
Ellexito's Chicken Steak IDR 55,000

Milk IDR 12,000
ESPRESSO (Hot) IDR 15,000
Double Espresso (Hot) IDR 28,000
Viennese Coffee (Hot) IDR 18,500
Long Black (Hot) IDR 18,500
Cappuccino (Hot) IDR 21,000
Coffee Latte (Hot) IDR 23,00 (Cold) IDR 25,000
Flavored Coffee Latte (Hot) IDR 28,000 (Cold) IDR 30,000
roasted Almond, Caramel, Butterscotch, Hazelnut, Vanilla

Twinings Tea by The Bag (Hot) IDR 18,000
Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Jasmine, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lady Grey Tea, Green Tea
Iced Lychee Tea IDR 22,000
Thai Tea IDR 22,000
Chai Tea Latte (Hot) IDR 24,000 (Cold) IDR 26,000

Italian Soda IDR 26,000
Green Apple, Strawberry, Mango
Coca Cola IDR 12,000
Virgin Mojito IDR 26,000
Green Apple Mojito IDR 26,000

The Mood Booster IDR 28,000
Frozen Secret Fruit IDR 32,000
Salty Caramel Feeling IDR 35,000
Classic Chocolate (Hot/Cold) IDR 35,000
Frozen Chai IDR 35,000
Ellexito's Special Nutty Espresso Blended IDR 38,000
Ellexito's Espresso Brulee IDR 38,000

Mineral Water (330ml) IDR 7,000
Black Tea IDR 8,000
Sweet Black Tea IDR 10,000
Lemon Tea IDR 12,000

Granini Fresh Juice IDR 16,500

* Chef Recommendation 

Asian Spicy Fried Calamari IDR 47,000
Fresh calamari marinated with asian spices, battered and fried to crispy goodness.

This fried calamari was served along with the fresh salad. The calamari itself has heat and spice, it was really an eye opener. The exterior was crunchy and seasoned well, but too bad, I just think that the calamari was overcooked. It was so tough and chewy.  

Salted Egg Spaghetti IDR 65,000
Spaghetti served with salted egg sauce and fried marinated prawns.

I really love the presentation of this dish. It has bright color of yellow and topped with fried marinated prawns and some greens and shredded chilli. The Sauce was superb. I really love the consistency and deliciousness. It was seasoned well and beautiful.

the spaghetti was slightly over cooked. It was too mushy. But The prawns ameliorate the dish. It was crispy and add some sweetness into the dish.

Cheesy Baked Rice IDR 38,000
Buttered rice with tuna and melted cheese on top

For me, this cheesy baked rice is the winner. I really love the taste exploring moment, when I eat the dish. It has richness of flavors and textures. Sweet and savory combined harmoniously and make a beautiful symphony that fulfill your mouth. The cheese moist complement the crunch shredded tuna liven up the situation.

Ellexito's Chicken Steak IDR 55,000
Chicken Steak with homemade creamy sauce, french fries and honey citrus salad.

Beautifully presented dish will make your experience become unforgettable. Colorful fresh salads make the dish become irresistible.  Sweet from the sauce, savory form the batter, and sour from the salad really mixed well for my palate. The french fries were cooked just like the way I love it. It has crunchy exterior and moist for the interior. All of it, it was a pleasant dish to enjoy the rain.

Will be back for this place for sure. Cannot wait to taste their other delicacies.

Have a great day and Godspeed

Ellexito Eatery and Pastry
Jl. Kemang 1 No. 12A, Kemang, Jakarta
TELEPHONE: 021 71793081
TWITTER: @elexito

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