Do you know that there are actually lots of good food in Esplanade? Have a meal and catch a performance, or simply just visit here for a cozy dinner.
Located at Esplanade Annexe, I had a great time doing a food trail here! I went to several places, Alter Ego, Wah Kee Big Prawn, Suzette, and Supply & Demand. It was fun and delightful.
1. Alter Ego
I started it off with Alter Ego. They serve Hawaiian poke bowls in the day, but craft beers and bar grub in the night. It is a good place to chill and a sweet spot to a spectacular view of the Marina Bay.
Inspired by Louisiana, Seafood Gumbo is a Creole-style soup with intense flavor from the roasted prawn heads, and spices. It is then thickened with delicious sweet roasted vegetables. Served with shrimps, shredded chicken Italian sausage, it goes perfectly with their garlic paprika bread!
I personally enjoy this soup a lot! I love the strong aroma of the prawn and it was just too good and comforting!
Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich
Southern Fried Chicken Sandwich felt like the ‘atas’ (high class) version of McSpicy. Deep fried chicken thigh drizzled with cheese sauce and sandwiched between buttery soft brioche bun, it was hell delicious! The chicken was crispy and well-seasoned. Additionally, it was also juicy! Definitely a winner.
Began in 1951, Wah Kee’s signature dish is prawn noodle. The robust soup, gigantic prawns and firm noodles all come together to achieve a winning dish.
Wah Kee Prawn Noodle
Famous Wah Kee Prawn Noodles can also be found here in Esplanade! Why go to Pek Kio Market where it is hot and humid to eat the famous prawn noodles when you can eat here chilly with air-conditioning in Esplanade?
Prices are still as affordable and there are new dishes that will be available exclusively only at this outlet. Make sure to drop by for your prawn noodles kick!
I’m sure I have mentioned about Suzette, the dessert bar before. It is a small cafe where you can find delicious and comforting desserts and tarts. Their creations always make me excited and I love it.
One look and you will know it’s a durian tart as it looks like a durian. Suzette’s White Chocolate Durian Tart won’t be surprising as it’s located here in Esplanade which has a similar appearance too! Even though I’m not a fan of durian, it was pleasing and Durian-lovers will find it satisfying as the flavor of the fruit was intense.
Though I do hope that their Lemon Tart can be more sourish, I’m sure this tart will fair much better to others as I’m a little extreme. Nevertheless, I had the whole tart myself because it’s still my favorite!
Handcrafted waffles with ice-cream
Served with their homemade ice-cream, I was surprised that they served handcrafted waffles here! Waffles are always welcome!
Do you know? Supply & Demand’s Garlic Truffle Fries have been voted as one of the best in town by Lifestyle Asia Singapore, Lady Iron Chef, Honey Combers, The Smart Local SG, Marie France Asia, and more.
Though Supply and Demand is a Italian restaurant, they introduced many Southeast Asian dishes to the menu to let their tourist guests enjoy our local favourites. One of their dishes is Salted Egg Yolk Drumlets. Typical spiced fried drumlets with salted egg yolk sauce and curry leaves.
The Morning After Pizza
One of their signature pizza, The Morning After Pizza is served with tomato sauce, mozzarella, bacon and mushrooms with a soft egg set in the center. I think it will pairs well with beers and cocktails!
Cute right? Strawberry Shortcake is a very popular comfort drink! This cocktail consists of vodka, strawberry syrup, frangelico, whipped cream and milk. So instagrammable at time same time.
Recently, Nando’s have launched a brand-new flavor, Mango & Lime! I can’t believe it pairs well and tastes so zingy delicious! It is refreshingly sweet and zesty, great for people who can’t take the heat at all! The new Mango & Lime is set to bring a new dimension to our range of PERi-PERi flavors to suit Singaporean’s taste buds. This interesting mix of refreshing flavors is a sure-winner for you and chicken lovers!
The Full Platter will allow 2 to 4 people to share as it consists of one whole Chicken and 2 Large sides (or 4 REG sides). Make sure to go with their Mango & Lime so that you can experience the new robust flavors!
I got to try out one of their Designer Dinks, Citrus Bliss. It is a combination of Mint Syrup, with Grapefruit Juice and Sprite. Refreshing sweet and carbonated drink to mark the start of my chicken feast!
If you have been to Nando’s, you know that you get to pair your chicken with their PERi-PERi sauces!
PERi-PERi Soup with Chicken
PERi-PERi Soup with Chicken, your typical Cream Soup with a twist of spice. Served with grilled Garlic Roll, it was a little different than what I was expecting and it goes even better with their PERi-PERi sauces!
Espetada (essentially a very long chicken stick) is a fun and delicious way of having Nando’s Marinated Chicken Thighs. Served with 2 REG sides, it will be a showstopper for your evening meal and a great way to entertain your family and friends as you get to help them with the chicken.NandoNan
Tangy Lemon Tart
To end the meal, I got to try out their new dessert, Tangy Lemon Tart. It was a so good because the tart has a balance of tartness and sweetness. I have personally tried many and this was one of the best! The crust was also very buttery, it is something I would come back again for!
I got to try out ehbuzz.com to know what’s buzzing in town right now! Ehuzz.com is a platform for an authentic one-stop guide for you to know and to introduce the latest and upcoming trending buzzes and outlets!
It’s fun! You get to join the community to learn where is the newest cafes or outlets in town and what you should eat! There are three categories to choose from, Gourmet, Beauty (coming soon), and Fashion (coming soon).
You get to find what are the most rated food outlets under their Gourmet Outlets section. The great thing about Ehbuzz.com is that you could find detailed information like the estimated pricing of each outlet, the ratings and comments given from other members, and the location of the outlet. It is a good portal for you to check it out before going down to the restaurant!
If you ain’t sure about which restaurant you may want, why not check out the latest and most rated trending foods under their Gourmet Buzzes instead?
Personally, I love the fact that all the contents in Ehbuzz.com are authentic and genuine as these are given by other real members. When looking for the best place to eat, you would really want to have honest feedback of the food from other customers, right?
These are the badges I achieved from using ehbuzz.com. You get to earn badges by introducing outlets, buzzes or by reviewing them. Sounds fun, right?
It is really easy to navigate the portal and some of my friends are already a frequent user of ehbuzz.com! I know you guys can do better than me, so make sure to sign up and start earning badges! Be the highest ehbuzz.com Hunter!
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Caffe B at 64 Club Street
Caffe B at 64 Club Street Marina Bay Sands outlet is one of the participating restaurants on the Cheers Singapore 2017 app and has a wide variety of cocktails made with quality ingredients. In this Italian and Japanese restaurant, you get to try out their fusion cocktails that are very fascinating. They spent hours experimenting to find the perfect balance of each taste and meticulously created their very own secret cocktails that differ themselves with others.
If you want something light and plateable, I highly suggest to try out their Yuzu Mojito. It was surprisingly pleasant and sweet with the aroma of the Yuzu.
Some are in love with their Ume Gin as it was intense, but I find it a little too strong for me. Nevertheless, if Gin is one of your favorite spirits you should definitely try it out.
Sake Cucumber is also my another favorite as it was refreshingly cool.
For coffee-lovers, Espresso Martini is a classic sophisticated little devil to kill off your stress. It’s rich, indulgent and creamy. Yum!
Some of the dishes I got to pair with when I had my cocktails.
Thinly sliced Hokkaido Scallop unusually served with Dragon Fruit, Orange and Yuzu Vinaigrette. Something special to go with your cocktails.
Singaporean-inspired flavors, Chili Crab Sauce Risotto with Seared Scallop. Certainly exotic!
Super authentic, super classic, super good. Made only with rich Egg Yolks, Pork Bacon, Parmesan Cheese and a touch of Black Pepper.
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Make sure to check out both the app and Caffe B!
Contact: +65 6887 3311
Address: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-15 & 01-83
Cafes in Jakarta just keep getting better due to the rise of many new ones. I am astonished by the number of cafes I got to choose from! Ranging from chic and glamorous cafes to the best artisan coffee, you get to explore all of them, each being different and unique to their own. However, as Jakarta is a city that is known for one of the worst traffic congestion in the world, it would be a little hard to travel from one end of Jakarta to the other end. If you are interested in cafe hopping here in Jakarta, make sure to first plan your day out!
1. Sainé Daise Bistro
Sainé Daise Bistro
Sainé Daise Bistro has one of the best main courses among all the other cafes I tried when I was in Jakarta. They are famous for their fusion dishes. The menu is mainly a fusion of between Japanese, French and Indonesian cuisine. You certainly won’t be disappointed!
Their interior is also the one of the poshest you can find here. The cafe has two levels, the first floor operates as their cake dessert shop, EIO while the second level acts as a dining area. If you are interested in taking some #OOTD, this would be a good place to make you look chic and fancy!
One of their popular main courses is Ami Ebi Hair Japanese Tiny Ebi Tobiko with Prawn-infused Oil and Wakegi. The flavors really complement well together. Strong flavors, yet not fishy and pungent at all!
Address: Jln. Mandara Permai VII Blok 6 KA , Pantai Indah Kapuk , Jakarta Utara, Jakarta, Kapuk Muara, Penjaringan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14460, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 30051662 Hours: Sun – Wed 11 AM – 11 PM, Thu – Sat 11 AM – 02 AM Website:http://www.sainedaise.com/
2. Ombe Kofie
OmbeKofie is well-known for their artisan coffee. Their standard of coffee surely stands out and it’s not surprising as the staffs there have a deep understanding of coffee. I was told that Espresso and Cold Brew Coffee are two of their popular items in the cafe.
A very small and tiny coffee shop, yet it was cozy and relaxing. Certainly, a great place to laze around in the afternoon. Be warned that the cafe may get very crowded during the weekends.
Address: Jl. Pluit Sakti No.117, Pluit, Penjaringan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14450, Indonesia Phone: +62 811-1751-269 Hours: Sun 10AM–4:45PM, 8AM–4:45PM
** Waffles-lover alert! **
Bermvda Coffee is one of Jakarta’s hidden gem that is not known to many! It was only made known to me through my relative who she herself is an avid cafe hopper.
The waffle at Bermvda was fabulous! It was light, fluffed and not doughy at all! The portion was just right for me and was uniquely presented! I got to try two different types of waffles, Balinese Tuna Waffle and Strawberry Cheesecake Waffle. I enjoyed my time here with their delicious waffles.
Balinese Tuna Waffle was spicy and fragrant from the stir-fried chili padi, lemongrass, and onion! Reminds me of my distant Aunt who makes me Balinese shredded Chicken everytime I’m back in my mum’s hometown!
Make sure to check out Bermvda, you will be astonished by their wide selection of waffles and milkshake.
Address:Ruko Cordoba H/30, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Pantai Indah Kapuk, RT.6/RW.2, Kamal Muara, Jakarta Utara, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14470, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 22512465 Hours: 8AM–10PM
More like a dessert store, Kelasi is an Ice-cream shop that specializes only by using coconut as their ice cream base. You get to choose your own toppings with their Coconut Ice Cream. The Coconut Ice Cream was definitely refreshing to me. It wasn’t too sweet and overpowering. But, I do feel that they should have more variety of toppings as I was limited to only a few and I did not really like what they have on hand. They should have included more traditional toppings like Red Beans, Coconut Cream, and Aloe Vera instead of those overpowering sweet syrups that ruined the main flavors.
Nevertheless, you should try out something different if you have not tried out such dessert before. Just go light with their limited toppings!
Address: Mal Kelapa Gading, Mall Kelapa Gading 2, Gading Walk Area, Ground Floor, RT.13/RW.18, East Kelapa Gading, Kelapa Gading, DKI Jakarta, Special Capital Region of Jakarta 14240, Indonesia Phone: +62 815-1053-6036 Hours: 10AM–10PM
5. First Love Patisserie
First Love Patisserie
I’m in love with First Love Mille Crepe! I got to try out different flavors every time when I travel to Jakarta, Indonesia. My personal favorite is always Belgium Chocolate. First Love Patisserie isn’t really a cafe, it is a very small dessert store situated at a corner in a mall. Nevertheless, there are a few tables for you to dine in if you like to.
Additionally, the store is located in Mal Kelapa Gading. It is a super huge mall with over 600 shops for you to browse from. Make sure to spend at least a day here. I forgot to mention that No. 4 Kelasi is also found here.
Address: Mal Kelapa Gading, Jl. Boulevard Raya, RT.13/RW.18, Klp. Gading Tim., Klp. Gading, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14240, Indonesia
6. Gerobak Betawi
If I’m not wrong, ‘Gerobak Betawi’ refers to those street carts selling on a roadside in the olden days of Jakarta. In other words, this cafe/restaurant has a wide variety of Jakarta street food. It would be a great place to satisfy all your Nasi Goreng, Tahu Goreng and all your other Indonesian cravings.
I like something soupy so I really enjoyed their Soto Bihun. Delicious Indonesian-style chicken broth, and thin bee hoon to go with. However, their Kerupuk were a little too stale that day. I was pretty upset as those were my favorite. They are also known for their Nasi Kucing, make sure to order when you are there!
I love the ambiance, it’s great! Lovely warmth and chic, yet all the food they served there are very traditional (and comfort to me). If you ain’t sure where to try our their local food, this is a good place to start with.
Address: Ruko Sunter Paradise Blok R No. 51, Jalan Danau Sunter Utara, Tanjung Priok, RT.1/RW.19, Sunter Agung, Tj. Priok, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14350, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 6402220 Hours: 7:30AM–12AM
7. Kedai Gentong Ice Cream
Kedai Ice Cream Gentong
Conveniently located just beside Gerobak Betawi, Kedai Gentong Ice Cream is a local premium home brand that uses Indonesian exotic finest ingredients. The result is luxuriously creamy and unusual range of selection when it comes to flavors. My personal favorites are Avocado, Green Tea, and Jack Fruit. I was told by my friend that they really liked their Mao Shan Wang Durian Ice Cream! All of us can conclude that the flavors are very natural and intense. That is why we all enjoy going to Kedai Gentong Ice Cream. Definitely should visit if you love a good scoop of ice cream.
Address: l. Danau Sunter Utara No.41, 12, Sunter Agung, Jakarta Utara, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14350, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 65831234 Hours: 10AM–10PM
8. The Caffeine Dispensary
The Caffeine Dispensary
Just like Ombe Kofie, The Caffeine Dispensary is also known for their artisan coffee! They roast their own coffee beans right inside the cafe. I was told that they often create their own blends of coffee bean to create a unique taste and aroma that differ themselves from other cafes. One of their signature drinks is Ice Latte Gula Jawa, which is my best-loved choice when I’m there.
For my Singaporean readers who doesn’t know what is Gula Jawa, Gula Jawa is a type of coconut sugar that is similar to what we usually will associate with, Gula Melaka. However, there are many kinds of coconut sugar in Indonesia. They are grouped base on their quality, and the different parts of tree used.
However, I would often request for a cup of hot Latte Gula Jawa instead as I still enjoy having a hot cup of coffee. Nevertheless, you should totally give it a try as I don’t think you can find such exotic combination elsewhere.
Address: Raya Blok O1 No, Jl. Kelapa Kopyor Blok M1 No.16, RT.17/RW.2, Klp. Gading Tim., Jakarta, DKI Jakarta, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14240, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 4520109 Hours: 11AM–9PM
Shirokuma is a Japanese themed dessert cafe that serves very delicious soft-serve ice cream, and dessert (they do serve main courses). If I’m not wrong, ‘Shirokuma’ literally means Polar Bear. I got to try out their combi-flavored ice cream that consists of Plain Vanilla, Matcha, Seasalt and Thai Milk Tea. You guys should totally try that out! It was so good that I couldn’t forget the taste of it till today, especially their Thai Milk Tea flavor.
It’s a pity that I did not manage to try out their other popular items like Affogato and Japadog (those were really cool >.< ). This is one of the cafes that I will definitely come back again when I’m in Jakarta.
Address: Ruko Crown Golf Blok A No. 32, Pantai Indah Kapuk, RT.6/RW.2, Kamal Muara, Penjaringan, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14460, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 29237523 Hours: 11AM–11PM Website: www.cafeshirokuma.com
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10. Aranzi Yokuden Cafe
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Aranzi Yokuden Cafe
Just like Shirokuma, Aranzi Yokuden is another Japanese themed cafe here in Jakarta. Here, you can find really fluffy Japanese-style Pancakes with infused sweet syrup, really cute cakes, and affordable Japanese meals. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed their pancakes, we were astonished that it was so thick! Yet, at first, my friends were skeptical about the texture. However, one bite revealed that it was so soft and delicious.
Another worthy thing to take is their wide range of cakes featuring different Aranzi Aronzo characters! I got to try out their Chocolate Fruit Panda Cake. It was really lovely and adorable! It was delighting as it was not very sweet and has lots of fruits in it.
While we felt that their main courses here weren’t outstanding, I really liked their Spicy Fried Shrimp Floss Maki Roll. It was something different and certainly palatable!
Address: Jalan Danau Indah Raya Blok A1 No.7, Sunter, RT.6/RW.13, Sunter Jaya, Tj. Priok, Kota Jkt Utara, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 14240, Indonesia Phone: +62 21 6517031 Hours: 10AM – 10 PM Website: http://aranzicafe.co.id/
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