letter D

Letter D. - Ahmad Dahlan, Gandaria

2/28/2015 soya yanagawa 1 Comments



Do you know about Chef Degan Septoadji Suprijadi? Well, he is one of the most famous celebrity chef in Indonesia. I know that he just opened his cuisine and bar named Letter D. in Gandaria area. Finally, I have the opportunity to visit this place at Jl. Ahmad Dahlan. 









I really love the warmth and the welcoming ambiance when I visited this place on the first time. You can see that the sun easily brighten up this beautiful place. I really love the rustic touch on the tapestry, the high ceiling and the grunge texture on their walls. The dynamic wooden chair design really completes this place into a very posh and romantic place.

Letter D. area was divided into two spacious floors. On the first level was dedicated for dining area and the second floor is for the bar. 




I am so happy when they give us tempeh as their complementary or welcoming snacks. It taste really delish and really pampering us to the fullest. Well, let us see the dishes!






Yum Nuea IDR 100,000
Thai Beef Salad, Tomato, Cucumber, Coriander, Chili, Lime, Roasted Rice.

For the appetizer, I choose Yum Nuea. The presentation of Yum Nuea or Thai Beef Salad from Letter D. screams for its freshness. The contrast color from coriander, cucumber, and tomato really boost up your appetite. Slices of beef was hidden on the bottom of this dish.

Thai salad was known for it's freshness and tangy flavor. I really love the texture from the meat. It has smooth and wonderful texture and taste. The meat has a hint of sweetness that really stands out on this tangy dish. The crisp texture from the vegetables was completed with the baked rice. Really give you some plus point to start your culinary journey on this place.






Salmon Lodeh IDR 130,000
Slow Roasted Salmon Fillet, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Zucchini, Chili, Galangal, Coconut Broth.

Slow roasted salmon looks like an almost raw fillet.. But the difference is on the textures. It has a melty tender texture and rich flavor. I really love this way of cooking. They vacuumed sealing and cooked in thermal circulator so you will get all the moisture and tenderness of poaching without losing its flavor.

Surprisingly, salmon with coconut broth actually gives a beautiful combination. The vegetables adds some sweetness and texture on the palate. 





Eton Mess IDR 50,000
Vanilla Ice Cream, Meringue, Strawberry, Whipped Cream

You have to try Eton Mess from Letted D.  But let me tell you the fun fact first!

FUN FACT 
The word mess may refer to the appearance of the dish, or may be used in the sense of "a quantity of food", particularly "a prepared dish of soft food" or "a mixture of ingredients cooked or eaten together". A recent myth is that Eton mess was first created when a meringue dessert was accidentally crushed by a dog while travelling to picnic at Eton College, but what could be salvaged was served as a crushed meringue with strawberries and cream.

OK, indeed the presentation looks a little bit messy. But for your information, this is my most favorite dessert on this place. It has the richness of textures and flavors. 

You can taste the sweet and indulging vanilla ice cream collaborate beautifully with strawberry jam. the sour and the sweet really mixed perfectly together. added with the sweet and crunchy meringue, really makes my culinary journey feels so perfect!





Chocolate Bailey's Mudcake IDR 60,000

Chocolate Bailey's Mud Cake from Letter D. refers to a baked dessert made of dark chocolate cake with Bailey's and dark chocolate icing. Usually, the mud pie has a very moist, crumbly texture that tends not to hold its shape very well. The cake is typically fairly dense, and has bitter-sweet taste of the chocolate. Indeed the mud pie from Letter D. has dense yet crumbly texture, but for me the cake was a little bit too dry for me. That is why they served the mud pie with vanilla sauce to add some moisture into the cake. 

The Icing was superb! I really love the dark chocolate flavor combined beautifully with the bailey's aroma and flavor. It gives warmth and indulgent feeling. Served with vanilla sauce,







La Citro IDR 35,000
Mango, Lychee, Blue Curacao Syrup, Sprite.

For the beverages, I really recommend you with this exotic mocktail. The blue curacao syrup was complemented with the tropical fruit such as mango and lychee. The sprite was added to boost up the refreshment. Really a nice combination of flavor and deliciousness.




Overall, in my opinion, this is a MUST VISIT place if you happened in the Gandaria or Ahmad Dahlan area. Their venue was beautiful, the dishes was outstanding and their service was top notch!

Such a mesmerizing place that i have visited in the late of February.



LETTER D. 


CUISINE & BAR
Jl. Ahmad Dahlan No.16
Gandaria, South Jakarta, 12130

Phone: +6221 72785111
Facebook: LetterD
Instagram: @letterd_



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Bakerzin

Bakerzin - Plaza Senayan

2/17/2015 soya yanagawa 0 Comments



On the 7th February 2015, I was invited to a media gathering at Bakerzin Plaza Senayan. I have heard that this place was closed, refurbished and renovated to become a brand new concept of restaurant and display as a dessert bar. They have opened their brand new concept last year, in January 2014.









They have successfully decorated their place into something that really pampering all of your senses. Even for a casual dining restaurant, I can see that the decorations were not "that" casual. It has touch of elegance, vintage and grunge. It makes this place become look so beautiful and indulging. Really suit for those who want to enjoy lunch / dinner with the beloved one or group of friends.

But there is something that really bother me. I have found a lot of defective plates, crooked forks and knifes, faded logo on the plates and many more. I hope that they can renew their utensils periodically. 

Another thing that really bother me. When I went home and look at their press release, they serve us with the dishes that was not on the "New Menu" List.

Here is the menu list that was written on the press release:

- Choco Fusion - Fruit Puff - Creamy Mushroom Soup - Salmon Salad -
- Corned Beef Spaghetti  - Roast Beef Pasta - Oxtail Soup Sop - Mama’s Chicken -
- Beef Rossini - Smoked Duck Breast -


I just don't get it... What am I suppose to write? Well, below are the menu the I have tasted there.






Calamari Tower IDR 55,000
Deep Fried Stack of Crispy Calamari

For a calamari tower, the presentation itself was a failure. I cannot find the "tower" on this dish. All I can see was piles of calamari. Maybe, they shouldn't put the "tower" from the beginning. 

The calamari actually was delish and perfectly cooked. You can find soft and delicate squid inside the crispy batter. But the tartar sauce was too tangy for me. The lemon tasted too bold and overwhelming.




Mushroom Meat Balls IDR 50,000
Deep Fried Button Mushroom Filled with Minced Beef

For a mushroom lover, I love this mushroom meatballs. This deep fried mushroom has a very delicious batter. The crisp and savory batter were combined beautifully with the moist and sweet mushroom. It was served with tangy and sour dipping sauce. For me, I like it more without the sauce.





Vegetable Quesadillas
A Mixture of Creamy Mushroom, Spinach and Tomato Vinaigrette

The mushroom and the cheese really combined beautifully. The spinach enriched the texture and add some flavor on the dish. The tomato vinaigrette completes and complements the quesadillas. I don't mind to become a vegetarian, if I can eat this thing every day.





Black Olive Fried Rice IDR 80,000
An extraordinary fried rice, cooked with black olive pesto and pan seared salmon

My favorite dish so far is this black olive fried rice. For IDR 80,000 dish, Bakerzin generously gives us the olive pesto. The fried rice has the unique scent and taste of pesto that collaborate beautifully with the salmon.

The Salmon was perfectly cooked. You can taste the crisp skin of salmon from the pan sear, and smoky sensation yet moist texture on the inside. The rocket leaves add some freshness on the dish, really complementing the rice and the salmon.





Mushroom Picase IDR 80,000
Spaghetti served with champignon mushrooms, spinach, parmesan cheese and poached egg

For me, this mushroom picase looks stunning with the poached egg on the top of the dish. But unfortunately, the dish tasted so bland and lack of seasoning. The only flavor on this dish was came from the parmesan cheese. But the spinach is overpowering the savory parmesan.

The portion was not so big, that is why,  80,000 rupiah is a little bit too much for me.





Roast Beef Pasta IDR 80,000
Spaghetti in Basil Cream Sauce and tender sliced of roast beef

To be honest, I would like to give 3 from 10 for the presentation. It looks like something that cooked in the pan and then poured on the plate for immediately serving. it was lack of aesthetic and not arouse the appetite. Nowadays, we start to eat with our eyes.

Indeed the roast beef has a wonderful texture and scent. But the basil cream sauce taste so bland and lack of seasoning. To be straightened, the basil cream sauce is not creamy as its name. It was oily.






OH, If you come to this place, be amazed with their wonderful, elegant and luxurious menu book. You will be pampered with beautiful and mouthdrooling pictures. Indeed it has plus point to have that kind of luxurious book, but for an input, you better know what do you want to eat before you have opened the book.

Well, have a great day and Godspeed,



Bakerzin



Plaza Senayan 2nd Floor, Unit 209C, 211C, 213C
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta Pusat

Telephone: +6221 57900408
Facebook: bakerzin jakarta
Twitter: @bakerzinjkt
Instagram: bakerzinjkt








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bridestory,

Bridestory.com - A Friend When You are Preparing Your Wedding

2/13/2015 soya yanagawa 4 Comments




I'd imagine my wedding as a fairy tale... huge, beautiful and white.
- Paris Hilton -


I am sure that every woman has their own dream about their wedding. Who is not? Wedding is a celebration of life, a once in a lifetime moment.

Indeed, preparing a wedding is going to be very demanding and draining your stamina. But if you do it right, prepare a wedding actually is a fun things to do.

One of the most important things to prepare your wedding is to be organized. You must have a wedding planner book! Well, you can download the wedding planner that I have made for you.





The Wedding Planner was meant to help planning your day of your dreams both manageable and enjoyable. It is divided into sections that cover different aspects of your wedding. There is also a countdown to help keep you on track, a wedding budget, and important contacts list, so you can tick of your achievements as you go.

Print these sheets and put them into a folder. Once the big day has passed, they could become one of your wedding keepsakes.

Indeed, a wedding planner itself will be nothing without the source information. Well, do not be afraid, coz we are very lucky to have bridestory.com.




Inspiring, resourceful and trust really describes this a fast growing company. Bridestory aspires to become the most trusted, inspiring and resourceful one-stop online wedding vendor directory. Their technology platform helps users find, select and compare wedding vendors from 22 different categories.

Their passion is to make every bride's dream wedding come true and to help wedding vendors connect with engaged couples.




I really admire how bridestory inspired the newly engaged couples with their stunning blog. You can find a versatile articles such as 3 Things to Know Before Planning Your Wedding Budget, Blossoming Spring Pre-Wedding in Melbourne or even an interesting articles like The Art of Apologizing: Why Saying 'I'm Sorry' is Not Enough.

Indeed, the blog was really informative, inspiring and enlightening. Completed with outstanding pictures, will enliven the passion for the readers to read it more and more.





Oh, the most wonderful thing at bridestory.com is you can make your own account. You can make your account here. You can simply make your account by clicking the facebook / google+ / Yahoo! button. It will automatically use your email and your name from the platform that you have registered. 

Or, you can manually register your name and email address by writing it on the columns. 

After you have made your account, you will be guided to your "User Setting". There,  you can put your wedding date, size, budget and location. It will become handier and easier for bridestory to start to give you recommendations. And then start to browse!





You can find inspiration, vendors, and everything you needs for your wedding. From inspiring your wonderful theme through the venue of your wedding, bridestory.com is a one-stop solution for newly engaged peoples to start the preparations.

You can sit down with your fiancé browse the website and talk ideas. Think about the style you would like, whether it’s a beach bash, a sit-down dinner in a ballroom or a ceremony on a mountaintop. I bet, it will be the first major project that a couple takes on together; The first opportunity of seeing how you brainstorm, compromise, listen, respect and love.




Diamond List...

Well, for starter, you can look into bridestory's diamond list. Right here, you can see the recommended catering through the entertainment you might need. Those on the list were trusted and well-grounded vendor. Their experiences, qualities and professionalism were already well known, so they will make your job easier.




But if you want to have more options, you can start browsing and find the vendors that really suit for you. You can see lists of vendors that divided with their 22 different categories. Those categories are:



-  Bridal  -  Catering  -  Decoration & Lighting  -

-  Dress & Attire  -  Entertainment (DJ)  -  Entertainment (MC)  -  Entertainment (Music)  -

-  Favors & Gifts  -  Flowers  - Hair & Makeup  -  Health & Beauty  -  Invitations  -  Jewelry  -

-  Men's Formal Wear  -  Other  -  Photography  -  Venue  -  Videography  -

-  Wedding Cake  -  Wedding Planning  -  Location  -  Budget  -



Those categories were really helpful and handy. You can choose the vendors that you need and start to contact them.




After you find the vendor that you have interest with, you can go to their profile and click the "save this vendor" button.  The vendor will be pinned automatically on your "my saved vendors" page. you you will not have any difficulty to find the vendor on the next visit.

If you use their services, do not forget to write a review. Your review will help other newly engaged couples to determine their vendors. That is great right?





If you are a vendor...

Bridestory is not only belongs to the newly engaged couples, but for vendors too. They know that there is a lot of vendors who has not enlisted. That is why for vendors, you can log in into bridestory with vendor's account.

Entrust your marketing to bridestory.com, so you can focused on what you do the best.





For closure, when you prepare your wedding, there will always be problems, my advice... do not sinked into the situation, but adapt the problem and solve it with your partner.

I know that marriage and life are not always easy. Keep reminding to yourself, the most important thing from preparing a wedding is not  the perfection how you decorate your wedding. But is to creating a moment that you can look back where support and love beats all the odds.

Have a great day and Godspeed your wedding!



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chocolate Monggo,

Valentine's Chocolate & Romantic Restaurants - Jakarta

2/10/2015 Soya Yanagawa 1 Comments



With love... the moment we share.... the fuller our heart



Valentine is coming, so I will give you recommendation to pampered your beloved one. Well, this is just my opinion. Feel free to tell me which restaurant or chocolatier that deserved to be put on my next year's list.




- CHOCOLATIER -



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HUIZE VAN WELY
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Huize van Wely is the most famous patisserie from Dutch that offers hand-made chocolates, bonbons, truffles, pastries, cakes, sweet and savory biscuits and ice cream. They opened their stores on Jl. Kemang Raya and Pacific Place.




Huize van Wely
The Papilion Building, 1st level
Jl. Kemang Raya No. 45 AA
Kemang, Jakarta Selatan
T. +6221 719 1975

Pacific Place Mall, Lantai Ground
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman
SCBD, Jakarta
T. +6221 579 73645

Facebook: The Papilion
Twitter: @The_Papilion
Instagram: thepapilion

www.thepapilion.com





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GODIVA
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GODIVA Chocolatier got its start in 1926 in Belgium. GODIVA Chocolatier began as a small praline-making business run by the Draps family; It was named Chocolatier Draps. Joseph Draps want to produce more exclusive chocolate and opened a store. Inspired from the legend of Lady Godiva, the wife of a ruling monarch that lived hundreds of years ago, he based the name of his company on a legend of passion and purity. One of the first GODIVA Chocolatier shops still stands in the beautiful, historic Grand Place in Brussels.



GODIVA Chocolatier 
Plaza Indonesia Level 1, Unit 114
Jl. M. H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta

T. +62 21 2992 3972
Facebook: Godiva Indonesia
Twitter: @GODIVAIndonesia





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COKELAT MONGGO
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MONGGO CHOCOLATE is produced in Indonesia and prepared with the utmost respect for the tradition of the great master chocolatiers. All Monggo products are made of the finest dark chocolate with 100% cocoa butter.

The best cocoa beans are selected from the Javanese, Sumatran and Celebes plantations. Each flavor has a genuine taste of Indonesian ingredients and is a creation of our Belgian chocolatier in our ‘maison de production’ in Yogyakarta.

Monggo products are natural and most of the packaging are made of recycled paper and certified FSC paper. Monggo reduces plastic as much as possible in the production process. High quality and environmentally friendly products with authentic taste of Monggo makes it the first choice in quality and taste.



Chocolate Monggo Kemang
Jalan Kemang 1 no 72, Kemang
Jakarta Selatan

T. +62851 0069 3094
Facebook: cokelat monggo
Twitter: @cokelatmonggo







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DAPUR COKELAT
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In the confectionary world DAPUR COKELAT continues to set the pace and innovation in this booming and constantly innovative industry. Sophisticated pastry lovers have learned to recognize and expect outstanding quality. As the pastry-lover's palate searches for an ever more sensuous pastry experience, DAPUR COKELAT will continue to satisfy the most discerning pastry connoisseurs. The Company's founders share a mutual passion for exceptional cakes and pastries. 

DAPUR COKELAT's humble beginnings began with a vision and passion to create exceptional cakes and pastries. The business began as a part-time home-based-enterprise. Over the ensuing years the co-owners, Okky Dewanto and Ermey Trisniarty successfully transformed their home-based business into a company that today has nine retail sales outlets in three major cities in Indonesia: Jakarta, Surabaya and Makassar. The corporate offices are located in Serpong, Tangerang. 




Dapur Cokelat - Menteng
Jl. H.O.S. Cokroaminoto No. 62A
Jakarta Pusat
T. +6221 3192 3988

Dapur Cokelat - Ahmad Dahlan
Jl. K.H. Ahmad Dahlan No. 12
Jakarta Selatan
T. +6221 726 6727

Dapur Cokelat - GreenVille
Kompleks GreenVille Blok BL No.4
Jakarta Barat
T. +6221 5695 8638

Dapur Cokelat - Taman Palem
Ruko Palem Lestari Blok D10/31
Jakarta barat
T. +6221 555 1345

Dapur Cokelat - Bangka
Jl. Bangka Raya 8A
Jakarta Selatan
T. +6221 7179 5112

Dapur Cokelat - Bintaro
Jl. Mandar Raya Blok DD - 12 no.27 Sektor 3 A 
Bintaro Jaya, Tangerang Selatan
T. +6221 737 5899

Dapur Cokelat - Depok
Jl. IR. H. Juanda No. 26 Depok
Jawa Barat
T. +6221 7721 6536

Dapur Cokelat - Kelapa Gading
Jl. Kelapa Nias Raya blok QE-1 no. 3
Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara
T. +6221 4533 158

Dapur Cokelat - Tebet
Jl. Tebet Barat Dalam no. 43
Jakarta Selatan
T. +6221 8370 4189

Dapur Cokelat - Alam Sutera
Ruko Town Center 10B no.6
Alam Sutera - Serpong
T. +6221 2921 1488

Dapur Cokelat - Harapan Indah
Ruko Sentra Niaga Boulevard Blok SN2/03
Harapan Indah, Bekasi Barat - 17131
T. +6221 8886 6633 


Facebook: Dapur Cokelat
Twitter: @dapurcokelat





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PIPILTIN COCOA
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Pipiltin Cocoa believe that “sharing is caring”. As a huge chocolate lovers, they feel that all that is sweet and delicious must be enjoyed together. After years and years of research and indulging an array of different types of chocolate, they are here to share our knowledge in the best way Pipiltin Cocoa can, that is through sharing.

They have travelled to the many areas in Indonesia and gathered the finest cocoa beans to create mouthwatering desserts for you. Armed with their chef’s experience in creating tasty dishes, Pipiltin Cocoa is a place where you can share your love for chocolate with others.




Pipiltin Cocoa Barito
Jl. Barito 2 No. 5 Kebayoran Baru 
Jakarta Selatan 12160 
T. 021-72800011



Pipiltin Cocoa Senopati 
Jl. Senopati no. 27 Kebayoran Baru 
Jakarta Selatan 12190 
T. 021-36446914

Facebook: Pipiltin Cocoa
Twitter: @pipiltincocoa




Well, above are the chocolatier that I really recommended. They have made wonderful chocolate pralines, truffles and bars that really suit for Valentine's gift. Well, to add more indulging moments with your beloved one, here are the list for you to have a very romantic dinner.






- ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS -



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SALT GRILL
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Salt grill Jakarta opened its doors on 27April 2013 on the one of the city’s highest points. Food connoisseurs can enjoy sky-high dining at Salt grill, an ambient set against the backdrop of the breathtaking city skyline. Chef Marjon ”MJ” Olguera heads the team – bringing succulent food made based on celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s recipes. Salt grill is Jakarta’s latest fashionable urban restaurant and bar delivering Luke’s special style of contemporary Australian cuisine to dining aficionados in the city.

The Salt grill menu contains fresh Australian produce combined with the best of local ingredients. You can dine on earthy barramundi fish, salty Coffin Bay oysters or delicate Salmon from Tasmania. All meat is sourced from farming partners in Australia. Australian hospitality is intrinsic to the food, and your welcome at Salt grill will be as warm as if you were coming to a barbeque in our backyard.





Salt Grill - ALTITUDE
The Plaza, 46th floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin, Kavling 28 – 30
Jakarta 10350
T. +6221 2992 2447

Facebook: Salt Grill by Luke Mangan Jakarta
Twitter: @saltgrill
Instagram: saltgrilljakarta





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LA LUCE
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La Luce is an Italian restaurant in Jakarta which offers a wine and dine experience in a cozy and elegant ambiance. Located in the strategic Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) area, La Luce serves modern Italian cuisine from various regions and the best selections of wine from all over the world – carefully designed to give you a delightful, unforgettable modern Italian dining experience.

La Luce’s interior is designed with an open kitchen that allows customers to feel the passion of food preparation; spacious windows that welcome natural lights in the daytime; and vibrant bar for a relaxed atmosphere in the evening. Our private room is designed to serve your needs for elegant privacy and comfortable ambiance. With unsurpassed hospitality and attentive service, La Luce is committed to make your visit exceptionally special.

FYI: La Luce was awarded as the Best Restaurant 2014 by Indonesian Tattler.





LA LUCE
Tower C 18 Parc Office Building, Ground Floor.
SCBD Lot 18
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 52-53
Jakarta, 12190

T. +62 21 515 3860
Facebook: La Luce
Twitter: @LaLuceResto





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RIVA
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Strategically located at Jl. Casablanca, right after the new Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio's overpass, The Park Lane Hotel is waiting for you to indulge you with their delicacies from RIVA.

RIVA once a French cuisines restaurant. But on the April 2014, RIVA at Park Lane Hotel Jakarta was reopening with their new look. Now, RIVA is not just a fine dining restaurant, but they add more excitement and atmosphere on the bar area, tranquil and serenity on the terrace, and of course more variety on the menu!




RIVA
Grill . Bar . Terrace

The Park Lane Jakarta
Jl. Casablanca Kav. 18,
Jakarta 12870, Indonesia

Phone +62218282000
TWITTER: @riva_grillnbar
INSTAGRAM: rivagrillnbar





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ROSSO
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Meaning "red" in Italian, Rosso represents passion, warmth and elegance. The restaurant offers sensational yet authentic Italian cuisine, a combination designed to stimulate the well-known Italian passion for vibrant lifestyle and food.






Rosso Italian Restaurant 
Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, Lobby Level
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

www.shangri-la.com





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SEGARRA
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Indeed, I have come here in 2007, yup, it was 7 years ago. But how can I say, The romantic vibes still lingered on my mind. 

To have a wonderful valentine's dinner with your precious, accompanied by the star, breeze, beach and wine. For me, Segarra will be one of my recommended place to have a romantic and private place to dine.





SEGARRA
JL.Lodan Timur No 7
Pantai Carnaval, Ancol
Jakarta Utara, 14430 Indonesia
T. +6221 6471 0101

Facebook: Segarra Ancol
Twitter: @segarraancol


Well, Those are my Top 5 Chocolatiers and Romantic Restaurants for this year. I just thought that romantic restaurant is not only serving a sexy and delicious food but also the ambiance and the comfortness. You will not get a romantic dinner if venue is too hot, crowded or clamorous.

Once again there are my opinions, feel free to informed me your recommendation.


Have a great day and Godspeed





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