indonesia chronicles: makanan tempat

one of the things that i appreciated when i visited indonesia was their cuisine. i actually liked their dishes that i was able to taste which satisfied my fondness to slightly spicy food. here are some of the “restoran” i visited during my solo travel.

black canyon coffee

i was searching for a place to have dinner after my leisurely walk at kuta beach and noticed this nice looking restaurant in discovery shopping mall in jalan kartika plaza.

black canyon coffee is originally from thailand. this one in bali is the only branch they have that is operating in indonesia.

my first impression about black canyon was that it only serves typical menu that one will find in a coffee shop like sandwiches or other quick-fix food but i was surprised when i checked out in their menu that the place is actually a restaurant that offers extensive choices of food.

they have what they call “indonesia favorites” where local dishes are served in a different zest.

i ordered some sweetened black iced tea.

and nasi pedas, where the spiciness of the dish is just right for my taste. their restaurant have thai dishes but i was more interested with their indonesian specialties. rice dishes, pasta, noodles, curries and soups are also available

nong jma

there is a foodcourt in sarinah mall in jakarta where i ate at nong jma.

the set-up is that there is a buffet spread where you can choose a variety of local dishes.

you pick what you want and how much you want it in your plate and pay for that.

fried fish and tofu, spicy anchovies (loved it!), string beans with mongo sprouts and brown rice cost me only about idr 20,000 – like $2.00!

tomodachi café

this restaurant is at the ground floor of fave hotel where i stayed in jakarta. i had my dinner here before my flight back to manila.

it is a french-oriental fusion restaurant.

the restaurant has a very modern feel.

i ordered “ayam betutu”, half chicken grilled with traditional balinese spice, served with steamed rice, sambal matah, and piecing kacang panjang.  the dish was beautifully presented though the food itself, i can consider as average.

makanan tempat means food places in bahasa.

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indonesia chronicles: fave hotel

i returned to jakarta through an air asia flight after my four-day visit to bali.  from terminal 3 i took a “golden bird” taxi which was pre-arranged to my pre-booked hotel which is located in jakarta’s central business district, fave hotel wahid hasyim.

i have reserved a room for a three night stay at fave through their website.  the hotel is almost new, for it was still less than a year old.

i was given a room at the fifth floor.  though it was opposite the elevator, the noise did not bother me at all.  i can see the traffic in wahid hasyim road from my window specially during rush hours.

the room has a soft feminine touch, adding the flower wall paper.  the double bed and the pillows are comfortable and the room generally clean.

a 26 inch lcd television and a small writing desk is found in the room.

universal power socket is also available.

complimentary wi-fi access was efficient.  during my travel in indonesia i only have with me my phone for internet use.  unlike before in my past travels, i cannot seem to leave back home my laptop, now obviously i realized the convenience of not carrying one.

a phone is available for local and international calls.  i did used this and was separately charged a small fee.

there is no clothes cabinet in the room but there is a space to hang clothing and a room safe.

toilet and shower with basic toiletries which were replenished daily.

a thing to know when you check-in in a hotel room is the fire exit.

i paid like $55.00 / night with breakfast in this hotel.

on the ground floor of the hotel is tomodachi café.  a french-oriental fusion restaurant.

they serve buffet breakfast and ala carte food.

though the buffet during breakfast has limited choices, it was quite okay for me.

i was satisfied with my stay at fave hotel and recommend it if you will be staying in jakarta on a mid-range budget.  it has a very accessible site and it is near shopping malls, museums and the national monument.