I am an avid fan of Yakiniku, and to be honest, it's not always a piece of cake when it comes to finding a proper Yakiniku restaurant that actually serves great Yakiniku, and when I talk about 'great', I mean starting from the base (meat) to the aftertaste, and I am sooooo glad to find this gorgeous Yakiniku restaurant called Kintan, such a hidden pearl in the "Pacific".
Black Sugar is located just beside the famous Korean restaurant, Arang 22 (located right before the left turn to the area where emm... Publico is). As a regular customer of the Senopati area, I've been passing and checking this out excited for their opening and just a couple days ago, I did my first visit to this place for a report purpose with one of the most happening online magazine in town which is... keep on reading ;). Beside the exterior and the inviting black color (don't know why black seems inviting), the inner venue had nothing special and outstanding, it's just the proper place to have your dessert and clearly NOT a bad place to hangout with your fellas. I did count and approximately the whole venue can accommodate around 50-60 people and I LOVE how they managed to separate the smoking and non-smoking area!
Lamps hanging all over the ceiling.
Sneakily taking pictures of the production process, one of the owners happen to be real Taiwanese and will that actually guarantee the dessert to be a potential mazor-yumster and wear the others down?
If you're wondering why the photos are so CHIO, it's because I came with the amazing people from ShoppingMagz and they brought extra lamp for food photos. I am contributing for their issue next month so make sure you read it! BTW I bloody love the photos here!!!
One portion of this dessert consist of pudding, grass jelly, vermicelli, douhua, vanilla ice cream topped with black sugar and condensed milk. First of all, the photo looks good (I know), but it's just that this dessert needs major improvement. It felt so bland with lack of sugar, before I started mixing everything, I tried each of the elements and eventually left with mixed impressions: the Douhua felt too milky for my liking, the grass jelly was a little bitter and the pudding was just okay. I honestly expected this portion to be a little 'wet', in a sense they could pour a little more syrup because even after mixing everything, the amount of shaved ice was a little more than the rest, and turned out a little 'dry'. Sorry to say but this one left nothing impressive for me.
If the previous one was a little disappointing, then this one was much better than the previous one, maybe because I am an avid fan of Matcha ice cream as the extra topping. I rarely found a dessert with condiments like real taro chunks and I was glad that they're using it plus the glazed the taro chunks with sugar so they were a little caramell-ish, the red beans and mung beans had this proper sweetness and I found no problem with them. Honestly, I was expecting the flavor of the Matcha ice cream to be sort of like what those other Taiwanese dessert brands in Jakarta are using: intense Matcha with a hints of creamy and milky flavor (kind of hard to explain it but if you've been having Taiwanese desserts, you'll know what I mean), it's just that the flavor of the Matcha ice cream they're using was a little light (couldn't really find the intensity), when I thought it should be tuning up the flavor and made a difference, however I still got to give them credit for their concept and preference.
Spicy Chicken Katsu Rice
I was having love-hate relationship with this particular dish, the meat was a little dry while the seasoning was great. The portion of rice given to one bowl was pretty generous and in a way balance with the amount of chicken cuts given, the texture of rice was also lovely, I like the short-grain rice they're using, kind of reminded me of Japanese rice, only this one wasn't as sticky as Japanese rice. As in for the salad side, a little glimpse of mayonnaise should be good to add a little play of flavor and to give a little texture to the whole dish as I found it to be a little dry.
To be fair, I'll come for another 'secret' visit probably few weeks from now to see how they're doing and WILL update!
黑糖 Black Sugar
Jl. Tulodong Bawah No. 1
SBCD - Senopati, Jakarta Selatan 12190
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Map for Arang 22 (Black Sugar located just beside Arang 22)
...and yes you are welcome to one of my most favorite coffee shops at the moment.
I know, might be too early to decide something without telling you guys all the reasons behind the love, but stick with me I'll hook you up to this new coffee shop in town that managed to steal my heart just on the very first visit, all I ask is just consistent performances so that I'll stay in love or I'll cheat.
Nuff with the dramatic opening, ladies and gentlemen or most importantly coffee lovers out there, give a round of applause to Trafique Coffee!
First impression arriving in front of this building was like "OMFG it should be a coffee house instead of coffee shop", this was
slightly a lot bigger that most coffee shops in Jakarta, they are mostly petite!
Reminds me of those houses I saw in London! Ah memories, couldn't seem to move on!
Trafique Coffee is pretty easy to find, it's located just at the Hang Tuah street (number 9) just right across Senayan City and Hang Lekir, and if you see the number "9" sign in yellow color on top of the security station, then you're on the right place, also if you happen to see the yellow door like below, but stick to the number 9 sign or else you'll miss this!!! Especially if you drive by car then you're going to have to turn around. Detail much?!
Anyway, what's with yellow? There must be another 'sign', and yes there is! You can call this the 'reincarnation' of the previously existing "Yellow Truck Coffee" in Jakarta, even though it's no longer operating but this was built under the same management who still have the same passion for coffee (bravo!), short to say, a newborn venture with the same genes but different look!
I must say I was quite blown away by the place because the interior was in a glance... almost my dream coffee shop! White walls all around, the lingering smell of coffee surrounding the atmosphere of the room, earthy material used as additional interior elements, a little green from little plants and most importantly, access to the daylight, and I was glad that Trafique Coffee had it all! So far has been good!
FAVORITE SPOT! The best seatings are always near the windows.
I love how the center masterpiece brings life to the this area.
Magazine rack with updated issues.
Left: the non-smoking area (spot the AC), right: the smoking area... "outdoor".
The toilet was also hipster-ish!
One thing you need to know about their coffee is that they grind and the roast their own freaking coffees, and they're also supplying for some coffee shops in Jakarta but I won't name names ssssshhh!!!! The server also told me that the coffee here are guaranteed to be healthy, especially for those who have issues with stomach or 'maag' because they're using Single Origin here (Robusta free for those who have sensitive issues with stomach). If you love manual brews, then you can try their custom "Dolok Sanggul".
Oxtail Cream Soup
A visit is not a visit without some food! Tried their Oxtail Cream Soup and it was overall delicious! Super fond of the creamy texture and consistency, good savory dish to warm up the palate, however, the oxtail meat wasn't really generous for that price but I was glad that they put in mushrooms and carrot cuts, and if they could tone down the saltiness of this, then it'd be even better!
Fried Bread with Chicken Sausage Filling
This was a successful dish, the breads were perfectly crispy on the outside while still leaving the inner part (bread and sausage) to be hot but not overcooked. Having this dish with simply mayonnaise or chili sauce was just beautiful.
I don't know if they're mental or accidentally did this but the spelling was WOOOONG!!! *Mad Chinese accent*.
I had a FREAKING GOOD TIME in Trafique, the service was beyond friendly, the coffee was pretty decent, the savory treats were indeed beautiful treats and cherry on top, fast Wi-Fi connection! All in one hell of a gorgeous looking coffee shop!
For those of you who haven't got the chance to go here, then you might want to pay a visit! They also have meeting rooms for rent with capacity up to 20 people.
Actually, I still love the quiet ambiance of the coffee shop without a lot of people in, the thing is, I like places (esp. coffee shops) where I could hide from the crowd and do my thing, One Fifteenth used to be my favorite but it started to get so crowded I sometimes couldn't even concentrate, but that doesn't mean I don't love 'it', it still remains one of my MOST favorites and one of those with serious coffees!
...but hey! I am wishing this place a pocketful of luck and blessings, so that a lot more people could come and have a good time here, in the end, it's a business that needs to run and survive, bro you have my back ;).
THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME AND FOR NOW... STEALING MY HEART!!!
AND THANK YOU GUYS FOR READING!!! YOU ARE AWESOME!
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Never expected to be featured in HAI Magazine on their "Dipuja Di Negeri Orang, Disiapkan Di Masa Mendatang" (appreciated in else's country, planned for the future) feature. I find this pleasantly funny because one of the reasons why I started blogging was because of that one issue in HAI Magazine which then was "talking" about...yup you guessed it: FOOD! It was my last week interning in HAI Magazine, I remember it was exactly the last week of September and it took me only a few days to come with one interesting name, one basic layout and good food photos because I really want the blog to be born in October 5th, that's all, PERIOD! So when people ask me how did I start blogging, it's actually a good question because I didn't have any good answer to this as well as complicated philosophy behind it, it's just that I want a platform where I could showcase my food pics, but yes I've always loved photography.
Enough with my story now I am sharing you guys a happy news!
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