Halo Niko

Halo Niko! - Buncit Raya

1/23/2015 Soya Yanagawa 1 Comments


When I heard a Javanese and greek fusion restaurant.. To tell you the truth, I am really curious about it. So that is why, my heart soar when my best friend asked me to join him to Halo Niko!

Located at The Promade, right behind Ace Hardware's Pasar Minggu, this small and cute restaurant is waiting for your visit. Ample parking space really makes this place easily accessed.

I am having heard that the owner actually a Javanese gal who married with a greek chef. That is why this restaurant was their brain child. They combined food from Java and Greek, that really acceptable for Indonesian tongue.







The environment is full with cute stuffs. Rika Harjosuwarno, really an artistic person. She choose every detail in this restaurant with her artistic sense. You can find fun and joyful atmosphere on every corner of this restaurant. Her talent in art really proofed with her touch of decoration and painting. You can see some of her brushstroke on the walls.

Oh, rumor said that Rika was a broadcaster for local Radio, copywriter for advertising agencies and has her own Batik Gallery. OK, I really admire her so much!

Before this review tells all about her, Let us checked their menu:





Mama Mousaka
A blend of eggplants, yam, minced beef, Mama Mousaka milk cream sauce, mozzarella & parmesan cheese

Moussaka is an aubergine (eggplant) and/or potato-based dish in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire, with many local and regional variations. The English name for moussaka comes from modern Greek mousakás (μουσακάς), meaning "chilled".

Really love this sexy layered dish. It taste really delicious! Savory, sweet and sour blends together in a sweet symphony. You can taste the mouth drooling minced beef and yam, savory mozzarella and parmesan, sweet and indulging eggplants and cream sauce in one package. The richness of textures can be found in one dish. really a must try item if you went to Halo Niko!





Bihun Goreng Jawa

My friend ordered this dish. Actually, it looks a little bit plain for me, but when you eat it, it taste so rich! You can taste sweet and sour collaborate beautifully on this dish. The bihun itself were perfectly cooked and the seasoning was spread evenly. It was nice... But I love my mousaka more.





Bugatsa
Greece’s world-famous milk cream pie

Bougatsa, (Μπουγάτσα), is a Greek breakfast pastry consisting of either semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo.

The name comes from the Byzantine Greek: Πογάτσα. It is said to originate in Serres, in the Macedonia region of northern Greece and is especially popular in the northern Greek port of Thessaloniki. The most common filling is a sweet semolina custard. Common savory fillings include mizithra cheese or minced meat. In Iraklion, the most famous is made by shops on Morosini Square, by the descendants of Armenian refugees from Asia Minor.

Really love the textures! You will have a crunchy exterior and moist interior on this dish. The combination of the texture enrich the sweet and creamy taste. With a hint of cinnamon, really makes this dish perfect for you to pampered yourself on a rainy day with a glass of coffee or tea.





Mango Panacota

Actually, when I went to Halo Niko!  I was told that they have the most delicious panacota. So that is why I have to order this sweet and famous dessert!

I really love their panacota. It has beautiful texture and perfect sweetness. The mango itself really give a punch of the taste. so thick and flavorful. Even the looks looked so simple, but the richness in texture and flavor needs to be given 2 thumbs up.







Greek Coffee IDR 23,000
Coffee is one of the ingredients that needs to fulfill my food journey at Halo Niko! One of the most interesting beverage was their Greek Coffee. Really love the presentation of this dish. You can find a rustic pot named briki full of coffee and a cup for serving.

To make Greek Coffee, first you need to have the Briki. Fill the briki with cold water, add the coffee and sugar (if necessary) and stir. For your information, there is 4 types of greek coffee, varying by sweetness and amount of coffee.

Sketos (σκέτος, pronounced SKEH-tohss), you just need to add a teaspoon of coffee to the briki. This will taste bitter or unsweetened. 
Metrios (μέτριος, pronounced MEHT-ree-ohss), add a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon of coffee to the briki. It will taste medium sweet. 
Glykos (γλυκός, pronounced ghlee-KOHSS), add 2 teaspoons of sugar and 1 teaspoon of coffee to the briki. It will taste sweet. 
Vary glykos (βαρύ γλυκός, pronounced vah-REE ghlee-KOHSS), add 3 teaspoons of sugar and 2 teaspoons of coffee to the briki. It will taste a extra sweet coffee.

After you add the coffee, you put the briki into the stove and use medium low heat. Stir until it blends, and then stop stirring it. After a while, foam will rise before it boiled. This foam is called kaïmaki (καϊμάκι, pronounced kaee-MAH-kee) and the richer the foam, the better Greeks like it.

When the foam touched the very top of the briki, it means it was ready to be served. Just pour the coffee into the cup and enjoy!

I ordered the sketos greek coffee. Indeed, it taste bitter and bold. But to tell you the truth,I really enjoy the coffee, because it was the perfect dose for me.




I really enjoy my visit to this place. I really love the calming and indulging atmosphere and the beautiful decoration here. Can not wait to taste their other dishes.. See you soon Halo Niko!



HALO NIKO!


The Promenade
Jalan Warung Buncit Raya no.98
Pejaten, Jakarta Selatan
T: 021 7919 1227

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Fairmont Jakarta

[NEWS] Fairmont Jakarta - Senayan

1/22/2015 soya yanagawa 0 Comments




I am so honoured to be invited to the most prestigious event in Jakarta last Wednesday. It was 21st January 2014 and it will be the day to be remembered for Fairmont Hotel & Resort Jakarta. Yup, it was the day that they opened their second hotel & resort in Indonesia. Here is a brief about Fairmont Hotel & Resort:

ABOUT FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS 
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations worldwide, reflecting each locale's energy, culture and history. Passionate travellers choose the luxury hotel brand for its ability to deliver memorable travel experiences, personalized and thoughtful service, and hotels that are one-of-a-kind. Serving as genuine gateways to their destinations, Fairmont hotels offer locally-inspired cuisine and spirited bars and lounges, distinctive design and décor, and a steadfast responsibility to environmental and social priorities. With more than 65 hotels globally, and many more in development, landmark hotels in the Fairmont collection include The Plaza in New York, London’s The Savoy, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Quebec City’s Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company with over 110 hotels under the Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel brands. The company also manages Fairmont, Raffles and Swissôtel branded luxury private residence clubs, whole-ownership residences and serviced residences properties. For more information or reservations, please visit fairmont.com.

Located at Senayan Square complex, South Jakarta, this stunning new urban hotel features 380 guestrooms, Fairmont Gold accommodation (the brand’s exclusive ‘hotel within a hotel’) and 108 Fairmont Serviced Residences. The five-star property has world-class restaurants, 3,500 sam of function space with the latest technology including a 1,200 sqm ballroom, a Willow Stream Spa, a fitness centre and a pool. The 18-hole Senayan National Golf Club is conveniently located across from the hotel.





The guestrooms have unrivalled views of the Jakarta skyline and the golf course and  feature plush bedding, elegant Japanese spa-inspired bathrooms and state-of-the-art in-room technology. Each room is remarkably spacious, complete with premium amenities for both business and leisure travellers.

For a more luxurious experience, the Sky Suites offer guests the best of both worlds: suite-style living in a five-star hotel with the comfort of home. The one- and two-bedroom Sky Suites range from 85sqm to 128sqm, and include a kitchen and dining area for guests that are traveling for extended periods. Sky Suites guests also enjoy a dedicated reception desk and private elevator.

Fairmont Jakarta has five distinct Food & Beverage outlets on site:

  • Spectrum, the hotel’s innovative all-day-dining restaurant, is where guests can wine and dine, enjoying international cuisine with several ‘Culinary Theatres’ surrounding the main dining room, bar and lounge. 
  • K22 Bar & Restaurant has spectacular views from the 22nd floor with both indoor and outdoor spaces. It is renowned for its creative ‘culinary cocktails’ with house-made infusions, fresh juices, muddled fruit, flavoured syrups, earthy spices and savory herbs.
  • Peacock Lounge is a sophisticated space where guests can relax and enjoy light bites, tea and coffee throughout the day, including the famous Fairmont Afternoon Tea experience. 
  • Mont Bar offers progressive, innovative cocktails in a sleek yet relaxed ambience. It also features a refined selection of champagne and premium spirits with particular focus on Fairmont’s renowned selection of rare and unique malt whisky. The menu has delicious and simple food to match.
  • Sapori Deli artfully combines casual meals to eat in or take out – with a professional barista and gourmet breads and treats.




Fairmont Jakarta, which is right on Jalan Asia Afrika, gives you the best of the capital at your doorstep: Sentral Senayan Office Towers, Gelora Bung Karno sports arena, the Jakarta Convention Centre and, of course, one of the city’s most stylish shopping malls, Plaza Senayan.







The ceremony went so smooth that day. But the peak of the event was the ribbon cutting ceremony, where the BOD of Fairmont Jakarta line up and cut the ribbon;. What a mezmerizing experience. 




I have been given some interesting article by Fairmont Hotels & Resorts that might be useful for you. It was about Fairmont's milestone. Well, here it is:


TAKE A WALK THROUGH TIME 
WITH FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS

For more than a century, Fairmont hotels have been at the heart of it all, serving as places of occasion for their communities. The exhilarating events, memorable meetings, and defining moments that have taken place within their hallowed halls are fascinating and countless. A look at some of the more notable ones:

1885
Bermuda's The Fairmont Hamilton Princess opens its doors, making it the oldest hotel in the Fairmont collection.


1888
Canada's first grand railway hotel, The Fairmont Banff Springs opens, bringing to life the vision of General Manager and soon-to-be President of Canadian Pacific Railway, Sir Cornelius Van Horne.  It’s not all joy though, as Van Horne is furious to discover initial hotel plans give the kitchen the magnificent views of the Bow Valley. A rotunda is soon built to give the view back to the guests.


1889
Britain's first luxury hotel, The Savoy, opens and pioneers a number of “firsts” for hotels, including “ascending rooms” (electric lifts), 24-hour room service through a “speaking tube” connected to the restaurant, and its own laundry service and postal address.


1890's
Silver baron James Graham Fair purchases the land where Fairmont's namesake San Francisco hotel now resides, hoping to build a family estate. His daughters begin planning on “The Fairmont” as a posthumous monument. “Fairmont” combines the name of the hotel’s founding family with its exclusive location atop Nob Hill.


1890
Society hostess Lady de Grey gathers a group of female contemporaries to dine at London’s The Savoy, a strike for equality, making it socially acceptable for women to gather for meals in public without their husbands, and inspiring generations of ladies-who-lunch.


1893
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac opens in Quebec City, the first of a series of "château" style hotels built for the Canadian Pacific Railway company.


1896
The first woman to smoke in public, The Duchesse de Clermont-Tonnerre, chooses The Savoy as her venue.  


1899
Claude Monet takes up residence at The Savoy for two months, painting his famous series of views of London and the River Thames. He returns in 1900 and 1901 to continue the work.

Canadian Pacific Hotels introduces professional Swiss Mountain Guides to the Canadian Rockies. In the 55 years they teach thousands to ascend mountains safely, no one is seriously injured while climbing under their supervision. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise revives the tradition in 1997.  


1904
Fairmont The Norfolk opens as the first hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.  The capital city literally grows up around it.


1906
The Fairmont San Francisco, just days before opening, is saved from collapse during the Great Earthquake by its mammoth Corinthian marble columns. From its strategic position atop Nob Hill, the hotel becomes the emergency command post for rescue efforts.


1907
Exactly one year after the Great Earthquake, The Fairmont San Francisco opens as the first hotel to bear the brand's namesake. Its reconstruction is overseen by Julia Morgan, later considered the nation's preeminent female architect.  


1907
New York's The Plaza opens. That same day, the first motorized, metered taxi fleet makes an appearance on city streets, congregating at the hotel and offering free rides to guests. Room rates are $2.50 per night.


1911
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is published. As the author was a recent guest of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess, rumor has it that the secret garden is in Bermuda.

The first meeting of The Other Club, a private dining club founded by Sir Winston Churchill, takes place at The Savoy. Club continues to this day for political leaders to engage in civilized debate and dining.


1912
Boston's The Fairmont Copley Plaza opens on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts. Rose Fitzgerald, future mother of President John F. Kennedy, makes her social debut at the hotel. The Kennedy clan hosts events there for decades.

The opening of Ottawa's Fairmont Château Laurier is delayed when Charles Melville Hays, the hotel's commissioner, perishes aboard the Titanic, which also claims furniture set to outfit the new property. The new hotel, which is opened by Sir Wilfrid Laurier, then Prime Minister of Canada, offers separate sleeping quarters for men and women.


1914
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Switzerland is used as a hospital to shelter Allied soldiers throughout World War I.


1920's
During Prohibition, permanent residents and guests of The Fairmont Empress invent countless ways to hide their liquor. Winston Churchill is secretly served his favorite brandy in a china teapot.  

Also during Prohibition, a float plane carrying illegal malts for hotel guests crashes into the glacier-fed lake in front of The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.


1924
Guglielmo Marconi makes first wireless broadcast to the United States from The Savoy with a simple exchange of messages transmitted in the middle of a music program by The Savoy Orpheans, a popular British dance band.

Over 200 men and 50 teams of horses clear the land for The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Course. Existing soil is poor, so the hotel purchases farmland near Edmonton and brings in 40 boxcars of topsoil by rail.


1925
U.S. President William H. Taft opens Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu's 18-hole championship golf course.


1926
The Fairmont San Francisco's Penthouse Suite is created with three secret passageways – shhhh, they’re still a secret to many to this day! 


1927
Kaspar the Lucky Black Cat makes his debut at The Savoy, joining the ranks of the elitist Other Club in lieu of a 14th guest. He continues to round out dinner parties to this day.


1928
Aviator Charles Lindbergh, outfitted in an unusual jumpsuit, makes a spectacular entrance in the lobby of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City, causing quite a stir. He is on a mission to aid an ailing friend.


1929
The 18-hole Golf Course at The Fairmont Banff Springs is built by Canadian golf master architect Stanley Thompson, and opened by the Prince of Wales. It is the first course in the world to cost $1 million, the equivalent of approximately 25 million today.

The Fairmont Royal York in Toronto opens on the eve of the Great Depression. It is the largest hotel in the British Empire, and a local paper heralds “A city within a city reaches the zenith of human achievement.”  

The Super Simplex Projector, one of the greatest cinematic achievements of the 20th Century, is invented and one of the first motion picture machines which produced “talkies” is housed in The Fairmont Royal York.


1930's
The Fairmont Copley Plaza becomes the first hotel to install a skating rink.


1930
Playwright Noël Coward finishes Private Lives in the Penthouse suite at Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai while fighting the flu.

The Savoy, the birthplace of some of the most famous cocktails in the world, becomes the first hotel to publish its own book of drink recipes. The Savoy Hotel Cocktail Book has remained in print ever since.

The King and Queen of Siam arrive at The Fairmont Empress with 56 attendants, 556 pieces of luggage and occupy an entire floor. They leave two teak elephants as a gift, which guard the entrance to the hotel’s Bengal Lounge today.

Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the biggest log construction in the world, is created with more than 10,000 red cedars imported from British Columbia by train. Employing more than 3,500 workers, it takes just three months to build.


1932
Betty Grable, “The Girl With The Million Dollar Legs”, and poster girl for G.I.s during WWII is “discovered” singing in the lounge of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows by MGM studio executives.


1936
Fairmont Le Montreux Palace hosts the Montreux Convention or “Traité des Dardanelles”. Nine participating nations (with over 500 diplomats in attendance) sign an agreement regarding control of the strategically vital link between the Black and Mediterranean Seas.  


1939
The basement of The Fairmont Hamilton Princess becomes headquarters for an Allied intelligence center where 1,200 censors secretly scour mail being sent across the Atlantic.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth officially open The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.


1940's
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa falls under the control of the U.S. Navy, becoming an 'R&R' site for sailors and marines until 1945.

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is the first hotel constructed on the west coast of Barbados.


1943
Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and William Lyon Mackenzie hold The First Quebec Conference at Fairmont Le Château Frontenac to devise plans for the Allied Forces’ campaigns overseas.  

Ministers from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg gather at The Savoy to discuss a post-war "customs union", laying the groundwork for today's European Union.


1945
The United Nations Charter is drafted in the Garden Room at The Fairmont San Francisco and signed by 50 countries.

The Plaza's legendary Oak Bar opens.


1946
Britain's Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) is seen in public with her husband-to-be, Prince Philip of Greece, for the first time at a wedding reception at The Savoy.


1948
During the filming of Emperor Waltz at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, staff is hired to keep Bing Crosby from sneaking off to go fishing or golfing instead of completing the movie.


1949
A fire on board the cruise ship Noronic on Toronto's harbor sends the injured to The Fairmont Royal York, where the lobby acts as a triage centre and guests offer their rooms to those rescued.


1952
Alfred Hitchcock, fascinated by Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, makes it an integral part of his movie I Confess. Hotel manager Mr. Jessop plays himself. Staff members remember Hitchcock's love of rare beef.  


1953
Marilyn Monroe films River of No Return at The Fairmont Banff Springs. After she twists her ankle, bellboys jockey to assist pushing her wheelchair.


1955
Eloise, Kay Thompson's classic book about a precocious little girl's adventures at The Plaza, is published.


1959
Film star William Holden and friends buy Kenyan property after enjoying a safari there and one of the world's most glamorous and exclusive clubs is born. It lives on to this day as Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club.


1962
Tony Bennett croons his classic "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" for the first time in The Fairmont San Francisco's Venetian Room.


1964
Relations between China and France are restored at Fairmont Peace Hotel after a successful meeting between Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai and his French counterpart Edgar Faure.


1965
High-priest of pop-culture Marshall McLuhan, famous for his thesis, “the medium is the message” meets with California spin-doctors Gerald Feigen and Howard Gossage at Toronto's The Fairmont Royal York. Their global publicity campaign spreads McLuhan's ideas around the world like wildfire.

1966
Truman Capote throws the "Party of the Century" - the Black & White Ball at The Plaza. Henry Fonda, Rose Kennedy, Lauren Bacall, Andy Warhol, and newlyweds Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, among others, attend.


1969
John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold their famous Bed-In for Peace at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. International media converge on suite 1742, where the anthem of the anti-war movement, “Give Peace a Chance” is composed and recorded.


1970
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) gathers at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth to announce Montreal as the host city of the 1976 Summer Games.


1975
Princess Grace of Monaco officially opens Fairmont Monte Carlo. Built in part upon pillars approximately 49 feet high, the hotel is entirely heated and air conditioned by a sophisticated system which draws water from the Mediterranean.


1977
Seattle's Fairmont Olympic Hotel gets “Sedated” when punk band The Ramones show up for a gig in the Georgian Room on their first West Coast tour. There's only enough material for one set...so they play it twice.


1981
Fairmont Le Château Montebello hosts the G-7 International Summit conference, welcoming Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, François Mitterrand and Pierre Trudeau.


1983
Aaron Spelling shoots the pilot and early episodes for Hotel, a hit TV series about the fictional St. Gregory hotel, at The Fairmont San Francisco. The hotel's signature look is later recreated on a Warner Bros. lot.


1986
The Plaza is deemed a National Historic Landmark in the United States. 


1988
The Fairmont Palliser becomes the official Olympic venue and headquarters for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) during the XV Winter Olympics in Calgary.


1990
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts (then Canadian Pacific Hotels) is the first hotel company in the world to launch a comprehensive environmental mandate. The pioneering program, called the Green Partnership Program, is emulated by others in the decades that follow.


1992
The Fairmont Banff Springs is designated a National Historic Site to recognize its role in opening the west of Canada to tourism, and the building of a nation.


1999
Fairmont Hotels and Canadian Pacific Hotels merge, forming Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a leading luxury hotel brand which today has over 60 landmark properties worldwide.


2001
Fairmont introduces Willow Stream Spas, its signature spa brand, offering treatments which draw on the nature, energy and essence of each spa's surroundings.


2002
Fairmont welcomes its first property in the Middle East, Fairmont Dubai. Its distinctive design is a modern interpretation of an Arabic wind tower or barajeel.

The Fairmont Vancouver Airport is the first hotel in North America to offer an entire floor of hypoallergenic guestrooms.  

Vancouver's The Fairmont Waterfront welcomes the brand's first official canine ambassador, Morgan, a Black Labrador. More than a dozen dogs now call Fairmont hotels home, much to the delight of guests.


2006
Fairmont St Andrews in Scotland hosts The Northern Ireland peace talks, leading to the St Andrews Agreement, the cornerstone to peace in Ulster today.

Kingdom Hotels International and Colony Capital purchase the Fairmont Hotels & Resorts portfolio and merge it with the Raffles and Swissôtel brands to create a new luxury hotel powerhouse, FRHI Hotels & Resorts. Qatari Diar joins the party a few years later, becoming a major shareholder in the luxury hotel brand’s parent company.


2007
Fairmont celebrates its Centennial with a yearlong series of special events. The Fairmont San Francisco and The Plaza also mark a century.

Fairmont Mayakoba's El Camaleón golf course, Greg Norman’s first in Mexico, hosts a new event on the PGA TOUR - The Mayakoba Classic. It's the first official TOUR event outside the U.S. or Canada.

Fairmont Le Château Montebello hosts the North American Leaders Summit welcoming world leaders US President George W. Bush, Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.


2008
Fairmont's abuzz. Bees arrive in rooftop gardens at The Fairmont Royal York and The Fairmont Waterfront. This sweet and sustainable trend is adopted by many other Fairmonts in the years that follow. 


2010
Fairmont Peace Hotel and The Savoy reopen to great acclaim after extensive restoration projects.

Makkah Clock Royal Tower, A Fairmont Hotel, opens in Islam's holy city. At 76 stories, it's the world's tallest concrete building. Its 130 foot Royal Clock, which announces daily prayers, is five times bigger than London's Big Ben, and can be seen from 10 miles away.


2011
Fairmont launches Lifestyle Cuisine Plus, the hotel industry’s first brand wide program that caters to guests with specific diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and celiac disease, as well as unique dietary preferences including macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets. 


2012
The Fairmont Copley Plaza and Fairmont Château Laurier join the elite ranks of 100-year-old iconic hotels. Both hotels celebrate with noteworthy renovations including the restoration of the 1929 art deco pool at Ottawa’s grand Château.


2013
Fairmont opens the iconic Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers in Azerbaijan. Described by some as one of the most audacious buildings of modern times, the hotel is tallest building in the country and is designed in the shape and essence of a flame.


2014
It’s a year of milestone anniversaries as The Fairmont Palliser turns 100 years young and The Savoy, A Fairmont Managed Hotel celebrates 125 years of welcoming guests to London.





Well, after the ceremony, guests were guided to their Ballroom to be treats with a lot of delicacies. You can find Arabian, Chinese, Indonesia, US and French delicacies there. Too bad, I cannot join with Felicia Setiawan, Director of Marketing Communications Fairmont Jakarta, for the hotel tour. Well, Hopefully there will be next time.


Congratulations Fairmont Jakarta and Godspeed!




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Avec Moi - Thamrin

1/22/2015 soya yanagawa 1 Comments


You might already know about Avec Moi, a French restaurant that located at the Office Park Thamrin City, right behind the Thamrin City itself. Avec Moi opened in 4Q 2014, the restaurant meaning "with me". This restaurant looks so humble from the outside, with their huge yet cute logo makes this restaurant is easy to find.







The dining area is set out over two levels, with black tables, comfortable chairs and beautiful lighting. On the third floor, you can find a place where you can indulge yourself with liquors and hang out with your friends. Indeed, when I went here for the first time, the third floor is not opened for public yet. But I can imagine sitting there with my friends and enjoy the time.

I do admire their dining area. Really love the lighting and the giant window to the garden on the first floor, but for some private events, the second floor might be perfect for it.








When I look into their decorations, I just thought that the owner of this place is really into installation art. You can find beautiful collaborations between 2D and 3D artwork on the corners of this place. 

The owner of this place is Chef Romano, a Singaporean guy who find his passion in culinary and fall in love with Indonesia. That is why, with his Indonesian wife, they have decided to bear their brainchild, Avec Moi in Jakarta. Beside that, his 5 years experience at Gunther's, a well known French restaurant at Singapore gave him confidence to bring the French delicacies here.

OK, let's see the dishes





Foie de Poulet IDR 50,000
chicken liver rillettes, caramelised onions, pickled vegetables & grilled baguette.

For a Hors d'Oeuvre, this Foie de Poulet is ridiculously addicting. The chicken liver rillettes itself has an outstanding taste. Indeed, for a chicken liver pâté, the color was not really appetizing. But if you spread the pâté at the baguette and take a bite, you will not stop until it is empty.

Some people don't like the bitter taste and tangy odor of chicken liver, so they often to use a lot of garlic and vinegar to neutralize it. But on this chicken liver pâté you almost couldn't taste that thing. The pâté have a sweet and indulging taste, mild and creamy texture. If you eat the chicken liver pâté with the baguette, it will enrichen the textures.

For those who didn't like chicken liver, I dare you to eat it. Coz I know that you will love it and you will change your mind about this Foie de Poulet. 





Salmon Tartare, 63°C Egg IDR 83,000
Salmon Tartare, Sous Vide Egg and Grilled Baguette.

For salmon lover, I think you better choose this Hors d'Oeuvre. You will be indulged with the freshness of salmon that mixed together with silky egg's yolk. The salmon tartare itself was seasoned wise, the seasoning makes the dish taste so fresh and delish. Served with garlicky grilled baguette will add some textures on the dish.





French Escargots IDR 65,000
de-shelled escargots, fresh pesto & grilled baguette.

I never get bored with the pesto sauce. Pesto often screamed its mild and mellow basil sensation. on this French Escargot from Avec Moi, the pesto sauce was paired with the unique taste and chewy texture from the escargots. 

I really love the grainy texture for the basil when i ate the escargot. The baguette adds some crunchy texture on the dish. 






Foie Gras with Spiced Fruits and Orange Glaze IDR 155,000

Well, for me, this was the biggest foie gras that I have seen in Jakarta, it puts me in awe! The foie gras was served with diced apple and raisins, mini pancakes and orange glaze. It looks very beautiful and mouthwatering. 

The bitter taste of the foie gras was balanced with the sweet and indulging orange glaze. the spiced fruits were complementing the dishes and put the elegance into one stage higher. The foie gras itself was seasoned wise and perfectly cooked. The pancake enrich the textures. Really love the combination and salute for Chef Romano for his skills and ideas.






Salade Avec Moi IDR 65k
fresh mesclun, roasted tomatoes, grilled chicken & Avec Moi house dressing

If you a salad lover, you have to try Salade Avec Moi. I really love the combination of textures and freshness on this salad. The Avec Moi house dressing has an Asian touch, they used peanut on their ingredients. The nutty dressing has well balanced sweet and savory taste. It was really complementing the whole salad. 

The secret ingredient on this salad is the crunchy bawang goreng (deep fried red onions). The crunchy texture and wonderful fragrant from the bawang goreng will lifted up your appetite to the fullest.





Mushroom Cappuccino with Pumpkin Tortellini IDR 55,000
& Mushroom Cappuccino with Foie Gras Tortellini IDR 82,000

For potage, you might get indulged with Avec Moi's mushroom cappuccino. The soup was light and not very thick. Indeed, it was a very indulging dish on this rainy season. Oh, you can choose between pumpkin tortellini and foie gras tortellini. 

If you like sweeter soup, you can choose the pumpkin tortellini. But if you want to add some elegance on your dish, you better choose the foie gras tortellini. But for me, I rather choose the pumpkin tortellini and Foie Gras with Spiced Fruits and Orange Glaze. Haha... 





Prawn Pasta, IDR 88,000
Roasted tiger prawns in garlic, sous vide eggs, chilli flakes and parsley

I really love the idea to use sous vide eggs on their pasta. The yolk makes the pasta creamier and the taste bolder. The pasta has creamy sensation and herby. The prawns adds some sweetness and chewiness on the dish. Love the hint of garlic on its aroma and some heat from the chilli, really arouse the appetite.






Bacon Carbonara, IDR 78,000
Roasted pork bacon, sous vide egg, grated parmigiano, garlic, and fresh ground Sarawak black pepper

On Bacon Carbonara, you can taste the sweet and crisp roasted pork bacon. All of the ingredients become bolder because the sous vide egg. You also can smell a hint of burnt sensation on the dish. Different from the prawn pasta, this bacon carbonara has a little bit of savoriness on the dish. and the heat from the black pepper was flawless.





Seabass Grenobloise IDR 98,000
Pan seared fillet seabass, grenobloise condiment (capers, cherry tomato, croutons), potato mash.

Seabass Grenobloise is one of Chef Romano recommended dish. The seabass was really the king on this dish. Even though it was served with silky and delish mashed potato and full of fragrant and texture grenobloise condiment, but all of them is complementing the seabass.

It was perfectly cooked and seasoned. You can taste the crunchy exterior, combined with the moist interior that will pampering you with the indulging taste. Really a MUST TRY item on Avec Moi.

Fun Fact: Actually I have found it was kinda cute.. Did you know that fish in french was called Poisson? It was pronounced similar with the term of "poison". But seafood in french was called as "fruit de mer" which means fruits of the ocean.... kind a cute right? Haha...





Norwegian Salmon IDR 150,000
Pan seared salmon, blue shell mussels, cream sauce and mash potato.

Another dish for salmon lover. Don't you love the smokey taste on salmon when it was cooked? Served with flavorful mussels and cream sauce really shown the potential deliciousness of the salmon. completed with a diverse texture on the dish, makes this Norwegian Salmon is a must try item for Salmon Lover.






Crevette Geante Tigree IDR 120,000
grilled jumbo tiger prawns, sauce Diablo, bell peppers & mash potato.

Perfection is how you pronounce Chef Romano cooking ability. He cooked this Tiger Prawns flawlessly. It was so soft and moist. Complemented with the black sauce, really makes my tongue danced in joy. Do not forget with Avec Moi's unforgettable mashed potato! 

Oh, for you to be noticed, the portion on this dish was quite small. Well, it was a perfect menu for you who cannot eat a lot or for you who want to save your tummy for desserts.





Kakuni Pork Belly Burger IDR 138,000
Specially crafted minced beef, mixed slice lettuce, caramelised onions, fries 

Savory beef patty was combined beautifully with a crunchy fresh lettuce, sweet pork belly and sweet caramelised onions. When you took a bite you can sense the harmonious orchestra playing on your taste bud. The fatty pork belly enrich the flavor and bind all delicacies on this dish into a pitch perfect. The patty itself was beautifully seasoned. It was juicy and has a hint of heat and gorgeous savoriness. 

The caramelised onion was superb. Sometimes, you can only taste an overly sweetness, but different from the others, Avec Moi's caramelised onion show for its natural sweetness. For me, this kakuni Pork Belly Burger taste heavenly.





Duck Leg Confit IDR 145,000
sous vide duck leg in duck fat, grapes & tomato concasse, mash potato. 

I really admire how Chef Romano combined all of the ingredients. Duck confit was perfectly matched with fresh fruit sauce. for me, orange is the perfect match for duck confit. But on this case, the idea to use grapes and tomato were awesome!

The duck leg was so tender and delish. it was seasoned wise and really delish. The grapes and tomato concasse really compliment the duck with elegance and grace. Served with mashed potatoes will make you eat like a king.





6hrs sous vide Chicken IDR 130,000
Roasted sous vide half chicken, pommery mustard cream sauce, grilled sous vide vegetables, mash potato.

This gigantic portion of half chicken is really suit for those who want to glut your tummy. The portion was equal with the taste, so big and tasty. 

Really love the grilled vegetables, especially the garlic and baby carrot. It has a wonderful texture and fragrant. Served with pommery mustard cream sauce makes this dish taste delish.



Boeuf Bourguignon, IDR 140,000
Sous vide wagyu beef shank, red wine juice, grilled sous vide vegetables and mash potato.

What do you expect from wagyu? Soft, tender, juicy and delicious; You can find it all on this Beouf Bourguignon. Served with sour red wine sauce, sweet vegetables and creamy mashed potato will completes it's scrumptiousness. For a meat lover, this will your perfect dish on Avec Moi.




Valrhona Chocolate Fondant IDR 65,000
Valrhona manjari chocolate and Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

Even though Chocolate Fondant was already an all time favorite and become a common dessert that you can find it almost everywhere, you can tell which one are using high quality ingredients. Just like Avec Moi's Chocolate fondant, you can taste the smooth indulging and silky valrhona chocolate fondant inside. Perfected with an indulging Häagen-Dazs ice cream, made this dessert irresistable.

For me, indeed this chocolate fondant was a sinful dessert! 



Orange Souffle with Rum Raisin Ice Cream IDR 60,000
Candied orange zest, segment orange and Häagen-Dazs ice cream.

For your info, the best time to eat souffle, is the moment when it was fresh from the oven. Souffle can easily shrink within second. The fresh from the oven souffle has crunchy exterior, fluffy and moist on the inside. 

Chef Romano said that it was already too mainstream to serve chocolate souffle. That is why he indulge his customers with a tangy orange souffle. His souffle was nearly perfection. It has a very wonderful texture and delicious taste. The souffle itself scream for freshness. Really a mesmerizing dish to put an end on this food journey at Avec Moi.






What is good meal without good drinks? Well, you can choose from assorted tea collections, wine collections or non alcoholic drinks that you can paired with your awesome dish. If you can paired the good dish with the good drinks, you will have an outstanding dining experience here. For suggestion, you can try to paired your dish with 






2012 COASTAL RIDGE MERLOT (USA) IDR 495,000
This Merlot has a stunning ruby color. With a soft, slightly dry but fruity (berries) aroma and body, you can paired it with the pasta or the wagyu. Oh, this wine consists 12.5% Alc.




Overall, I really admire Chef Romano's skill and palate. Really love everything that he made. I also recommend you to try their full course of dining. On their proposed set menus, you will be served from the appetizer through dessert. You will experienced a wonderful French dining journey there. 

I will be back for sure to have another journey of Frenchs' delicacies here.

have a great day and Godspeed,



Avec Moi Restaurant



Office Park Thamrin City Block AA-01
Jl. Thamrin Boulevard
Jakarta Pusat
021-29625878
INSTAGRAM: @avecmoirestaurant

Opening Hours :
Lunch
Monday - Sunday : 11:30 am - 02:00 pm
Dinner
Sunday - Thursday : 06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
Friday - Saturday : 06:00 pm - 10:30 pm








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