In case you're wondering, the photo above was edited using my "Bluedrue" tone and I intentionally added the grains on the Photoshop, hence it's very grainy but I love it! 
Recently, I feel like the Dim Sum hype is being more lifted up with the existence of more modern Chinese restaurant. In the last couple of months, I've seen quite a few new restaurants opening and most of them concentrated on the Dim Sum service, some prefer ala carte and some provides All You Can Eat (AYCE) service. Just last night, I had my dinner at this new establishment named Ling Ling located in Mega Kuningan, so was it a mesmerizing dinner? Keep reading.


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Recently, I feel like the Dim Sum hype is being more lifted up with the existence of more modern Chinese restaurant. In the last couple o...
One of the highly requested blog post is this particular tutorial. I have been receiving so many questions (and *ahem* compliments) about the tone that I am applying for the pictures on the blog and Instagram, but truth be told, I am not 100% satisfied with my works because my blog concentrated on restaurant reviews and each restaurant has different setting and lighting situation and for some reasons, what I had in mind about the pictures can't always be translated as how I wanted them to be, I can't always shoot with natural daylight because some restaurants don't even have the sunlight access. Aside from that, I am still having so much fun tho!
Ribs and Bier Co. (R&B Co.) is not a newcomer on the biz, but for some reasons I feel like it's not that well known. Personally, I would say that it's because of the (sort of) isolated location, I myself am not a big Kelapa Gading person and honestly don't go here that often, but when I do, I try to really browse some places in a single visit.
The name “Mazda” is not a baby when it comes to the automotive business, well indeed it's still some people's babe tho. Their cars are stylish, sporty and unconventional. First founded and established in Japan back in 1920 and after more than 9 decades, it’s one of the most populars automobile brands in the world.
The past few months, the Ismaya group has been expanding their business by opening some ventures like Publik Markette, the new Colette and Lola (both located in Grand Indonesia) and this particular one called GIA. Something about the naming that I like, it's simple but resemble elegance and class, but somehow French like while their concept is an Italian restaurant.


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The past few months, the Ismaya group has been expanding their business by opening some ventures like Publik Markette, the new Colette and...
The trial of this recipe was executed a while ago but here comes the recipe. I am glad that when I post the teaser on my Instagram, people seem so excited and kind of waiting for it, that's why it's 3 freaking AM, I couldn't sleep and I am writing this post with such spirit!!!

I collaborated with Jansen Karyadi, a very very talented man who loves to cook and a self-taught mixologist! By the way, he also owns Elixcir Gelato and currently expanding his love for cuisine (and conscious for health) by curating his own healthy meals catering called Slimco. I am actually collaborating on this week's healthy issue so do follow my Instagram and Slimco's Instagram for the menu inspiration.

The preparation and production process of this Bailey's Chocolate Lava Cake is very simple and took around 15 minutes for the whole thing! I gotta be honest here, not that we're complimenting on our own creation (well I kinda do), but it's one of the yummiest most delicious chocolate lava cake I've ever had! Suck on that you crappy restaurant's lava cake, sometimes it's so horrible I could blood vomit (not referring to all but I don't name names). Scroll down as you're on your way to make just the most amazing chocolate lava cake!

Basically here are the ingredients that you're going to need:
Note: for three pieces

1. Heat the oven at 200 degree celcius and melt the chocolate. I recommend using premium chocolate, even though more expensive but worth the result ;).
2. While waiting for the chocolate to melt, you can mix the eggs, with the sugar and butter (you can melt the butter first) and stir until the texture's smooth.
3. After the chocolate melt, quickly mix it along with the baking flour to the sugar, butter and egg mixture and followed by Bailey's.
4. You're going to be needing the rameskin as it will be the mixture base and rameskin is heat-proof and made for baking. Apply a little amount of butter to the surface and cover it with a little flour. This to prevent the mix from sticking to the rameskin.
5. Bake your cake for around 12 minutes and your life just turns better!
This baking tutorial is not a rocket science and so damn easy! GOOD LUCK BAKING!!!
Special thanks to Jansen Karyadi for this recipe and for letting me bake and shoot in his house!

If you have any special recipe that you want to share, drop me an email to and let's collaborate!

Another year, another Valentine's day!

So how are things going? Can't believe it's been a goddamn year since last year's list, it's funny when you look back and realize how one year could do so much, last year you might be single, but this year you might no longer be, or even more amazing, tying the knot, well hopefully your love story will be sweet always and for those who unfortunately not, better luck mate and never gave up on love!

I am the type of person who believe in something that's meant to be. One of my favorite movies is 500 Days of Summer and watching the movie felt like blending in Tom and Summer's love story, even though the ending's sort of bad-bad-good but I love when Summer's surprisingly tied the knot with a guy, surprising because Summer's portrayed as someone who never believed in love and never wanted a label for the mutual relationship she's having and claimed everything that happened to her life as "meant to be". The phrase "meant to be" is clearly how your take on things. I believe in that "meant to be" with effort and prayers. That's my main formula in life and everyone has their on. BTW that movie has so many good-inspiring-depressive quotes!

"Your love will always be there and going nowhere", why not you move you ass, chase your love to make you closer since it'll always be there and only time knows the distance. I am the good old "love will find you if you try" :).

Anyway, I will try to change my list a bit, I usually come with so many recommendations because I want to give you guys more options from the venue and the budgeting, but this time I am going to shorten the list giving you the best of the best recommendations. From affordable to high-end, from the blocks to the spot allowing the bird eye view for your eyes only, as long as you're together, the two hearts remain one.

My opening is so poetic I could blood vomit on my laptop right now.

Hope you're enjoying this list! Sorted in Alphabetical order

MD Place Building/Penthouse, Level 12
Jl. Setiabudi Selatan No. 7 (near to Four Seasons Jakarta)
Setiabudi, South Jakarta
021 - 2904 0777 / 0857 7778 8777
Pricing: $$$$ - IDR 2 mil for two
Dresscode: smart attire

As one of the best restaurants in Jakarta at the moment (for me), Akira Back is surely too unfortunate to be missed. Food here is amazing and I am still raving about them whenever people ask me about the best restaurants in Jakarta. To order is their Crispy Tuna Pizza and that oh-melt-in-your-mouth Slow Cooked Short Ribs. Perfection! Book the seats early as they're quite full and packed for dinner.

Office Park Thamrin City Block AA-01
Jl. Thamrin Boulevard
Central Jakarta
Ph. +6221 29625878
Pricing: $$$ - IDR 500k for two
Dresscode: Smart casual
The new kid on the block is also one of the must go place for modern French cuisine enthusiasts and even more, bet everyone who's been here before agreed that it's one of the most serious and promising restaurants in J-town. Serious meaning the quality of the food and what they have in store. Its venue might not be the fanciest or the most romantic, but if you're more on the food side, this you can't miss.

Plaza Indonesia 1st fl. Unit E 20-21 (across Kitchenette)
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta Pusat 10350
021 - 2992 3505/06
BB PIN: 2144528C

Pricing: $$$ - IDR 500k for two
Dresscode: smart casual
I think romantic dinner ambiance seems very close to your fantasy when there are proteins cooked and dressed fancily, wines and even good looking sides, in this case the Italian and French cuisine are closest what I am referring. Bistro Baron is next on the list and deserves a spot for their unbebloodilivably good food, top top notch cooked beautifully and simple lovely venue. They're also quite packed for dinners so an early reservation is suggested!

Menara Bank Danamon
Jl. Prof. Dr. Satrio Kav. E4 No. 6
Lingkar Mega Kuningan, Kuningan, Jakarta Selatan 12950
021 - 5799 2222

Opening Hours: 9 AM - 12 AM
Pricing: $$ - IDR 500k for two
Dresscode: Sporty Casual

 My first visit to Bottega was a love-hate relationship. Love the place, hate the food, but I am still putting them on the list because the owner also owns Wilshire and for me, Wilshire's food is crazy good so I assume they just were not quite ready on the early days, but I heard they're not slowly improving so hopefully the food will be better here. BTW it's currently my top 3 most beautiful restaurants in Jakarta!

4th fl. Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
Jakarta 10350
021 - 2992 1234
If you're planning to have steaks for the dinner then look no further for C's Steak and Seafood as it is one of the most famous destinations for steak lovers. Located in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Jakarta, C's is offering you an exclusive dining experience with supporting classy ambiance and tons of wine to choose from. For those who don't know, beside its delicious steaks, C's also well known for its wine collections, they have around 3000 bottles of wine carefully kept and displayed in its special room. Dinner for two will cost you around IDR 1 million and still depending on what you ordered.

Jl. Suryo No. 25 (above Crematology) 
Jakarta Selatan 12180
021 - 2751 0539

Opening Hours:
11 AM - 11 PM (daily)
Pricing: $$
Dresscode: Casual
Cantina 18 is the opposite of Bottega in this case, love the food, hate the place. Not that it's ugly or what it's just too serious and stiff, but that seriousness somehow still lands a spot on this list because I could imagine a private loving moment of you and your loved ones over good Italian food and wine (they have pretty decent range of wines).

Jl. Senopati No. 38
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan

021 - 521 3626
Pricing: $$$$ - IDR 2 mil for two
Dresscode: stylish formal
Chateau Blanc is one of the fanciest restaurant in town, but the fanciness certainly align with its quality and service. Eating here might not be exactly cheap and nowhere near cheap, but once in a year celebration here could be memorable! They're quite famous for their Foie Gras so you might want to note that to the server.

Menara Rajawali, 1st fl.
Jl. Dr. Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung LOT #5.1
Kawasan Lingkar Mega Kuningan
Jakarta Selatan 12950
021 - 2902 3418
Pricing: $$$ - IDR 1,5 mil for two
Dresscode: smart casual
Whenever there's E&O on my list, I went crazy in a snap. It's still THE BEST restaurant in Jakarta, their food is amazing (they serve Asian: Thai, Vietnam, Fusion cuisine), venue's lovely and supported with friendly staffs. Four times going back and never had a single complaint. I am quite hard to please and I am bitchy enough to rave about my unpleasant experience. To order is their Crispy Pork Belly, Durian Pannacotta, Thai Beef Salad and Choo Chee Barramundi!

Jl. Senopati No. 39
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan
021 - 521 3626
Pricing: $$$$ - IDR 2 mil for two
Dresscode: stylish formal or smart attire
Emilie is undoubtedly one of the best French restaurants in town, established in 2005, Emilie has been stealing a lot of costumers hearts, especially those who appreciate an authentic French fine dining. Emilie is not a fancy restaurant with a lot of complicated ornaments and decorations, it's a restaurant with clean and tidy look but still having that touch of elegance to it. They have ala carte and set menu that I found to be exquisite, this should be on your list. It's an unspoken rival between Emilie and Chateau Blanc as they both serve French, as fancy, as good and both in Senopati! What's your favorite?

Dining here is not cheap, prepare around IDR 2 mil for a couple. 

The Plaza Tower 46th fl.
Jl. M.H. Thamrin Kav. 28-30
021 - 2992 2448
Pricing: $$$ - IDR 1,2 mil for two
Dresscode: smart casual
GAIA stood out for its location: The Plaza at level 46 allowing everyone who dine here to enjoy the bird eye view of Jakarta's famous landmark: Bundaran HI. Food here is not disappointing as well, they serve good Italian food with a little touch of French, casual fine dining I would say and prepare around IDR 1,5 mil for a couple.

Jl. Gunawarman No. 34
Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta
021 - 7278 8001

Pricing: $$$ - IDR 500k for two
Dresscode: smart casual
Le Quartier means "The Neighborhood" in english but this one is not your average neighbor, located in Gunawarman, this French casual fine dining restaurant has that thing for a romantic dinner! The vibe is on fire! Food was terrific, I even declared this as one of the best restaurants of 2013 and they have friendly staffs which just impress me more and *ahem* more points to the judgement. I love when a restaurant has an awesome service. Dining here would cost you a pretty reasonable price. I would say prepare around IDR 700k for dinner for two.

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Jakarta, 2nd fl.
Jl. Kebon Kacang Raya
Jakarta Pusat 10310
Pricing: $$$ - IDR 1,5 mil for two
Dresscode: smart casual
When it comes to French dining places in Jakarta, you surely don't want to miss Lyon from your list as it's one of the best of the bunch! Loving the romantic ambiance of the restaurant and most importantly nice food they're having here, I am a total Foie Gras person I should make a goddamn list of the Best Foie Gras in Jakarta! In a nutshell, Lyon surely worth your consideration.

Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta
Jalan Asia Afrika Senayan
Jakarta Selatan 10270
021 - 574 7777

Pricing: $$$ - IDR 1 mil for two
Dresscode: Sporty Casual

Venue wise, Orient 8 is so beautiful it lands a special place in my heart...and list! The whole restaurant's divided into a few rooms but they prefer to call it as "suites". Orient 8 is a serious, fun, heartwarming, elegant restaurant: they're seriously good but you can also have fun and heartwarming lunch/dinner with being spoiled by the elegance that they hold. When you know a restaurant is under the management of an amazing hotel chain like The Mulia Group, you just need to sit back and enjoy. For the food, Orient 8 serves fine French cuisine. I highly recommend their steaks and appetizers, all fresh, delicious and on my latest visit, I found myself enjoying everything and had no complaint. This you should consider visiting. Eating here could cost a couple anywhere between IDR 1 - 1,5 mil.

Shangri-La Hotel Jakarta, lvl. 1
Jl. Jendral Sudirman Kav. 1
021 - 2939 9580
Pricing: $$$$ - IDR 2 mil for two
Dresscode: smart casual
If you're an Italian cuisine enthusiast, the award winning Rosso is the one you shouldn't miss! They serve various Italian cuisine and the food range here is pretty good. Kick things off with their adorable Beef Carpaccio, get the steaks for the mains and end the night with their famous Semifreddo. Bet you're going to have a good night sleep after <3.

Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta
Jalan Asia Afrika Senayan
Jakarta Selatan 10270
021 - 574 7777

Pricing: $$$
Dresscode: Sporty Casual
You can call Table 8 as Orient 8's sister from another mother. While Orient 8 is the French sibling, Table 8 is the Asian sibling but both are equally awesome! Table 8 is a beautiful restaurant filled with fine designs and dedications, dedication here refer to their Pagoda (photo above), the tallest one took 6 months to make as the modelling, carving and coloring is done handmade (that must have cost a lot). Table 8 serves fine Asian cuisine to the tables of the customers, they also have fresh Dim Sum made to order. Prepare IDR 1 mil for a couple.

Well, I hope this list could help you in deciding where to go on this year's Valentine's day. I gave you the best of the best options some might be very pricey and will cost you a little fortune, but that's not the point of this post, I want you to always remember that you need to be real and stay true to yourself, don't poor yourself just for the sake of making your favorite person happy, Valentine specifically or love in general is beyond that and hopefully you're with someone who wants to stick with you for what you are. 

For what life has beneath, a mystery that we all ride together on this infinity roller-coaster ;).

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO YOU ALL! I sincerely want everyone to be love or not in love! Being single is highly overrated and cheers to all the single people out there!


Bintaro is not somewhere I am familiar with and that's the truth be told, first of all, it's quite near my far, and when I say far I count the traffic jam in, and secondly, for some reasons Bintaro reminds me of my university that proceed to scare me enough. Before you start assuming things, no I don't have any problems back at the uni it's just that it is somewhere that I really want to escape at right now, the stress of final project has been exaggerating </3. Not until I heard of this cool cafe that I finally wanted to surf the Bintaro area.
The number of restaurants in Jakarta is undoubtedly (and no longer shocking): A LOT, and when I say A LOT I mean hundreds or even close to a single thousand, and if you've been following my blog, notice I've been all over the place trying new places and writing the reviews, and after all the money spent, countless calories, mixed impressions of meals and venues, I AM STILL here meaning online, sharing my love and passion for food HAHAHA!
Congratulations, Benedict Jakarta for finally opening!!! The UNION group ventures are always exciting enough to keep everyone thrilled and most of the times, they’re worth the wait. Been eyeing on Benedict and it's finally letting its door for people to come in.