Thursday, March 28, 2013

Kwetiau Akang

2 weeks ago I had the opportunity to go back to Akang after 2 years. I know I could've gone there multiple times in a year,
but somehow I always get swerved by other treats

This time, I've committed myself to enjoy it once more

When I arrived it was already around 8 PM, however I believe this is actually the peak hour. I was glad I could get a seat for both of us! Akang is open only in the EVENING, around dinner time and they open until very late, so plan your culinary travel time accordingly. 

Conveniently located just at the right side of Jalan Muara Karang, with a visible blinking red sign in the night, this restaurant is already quite famous among foodies who like to try street foods. Despite being a street restaurant, it is very clean and well maintained. A plus point for me.

 As much as we would like to devour everything on the menu, we kept things realistic :D

We ordered 1 Kwetiau Siram (with pork) and 1 Kweatiau Goreng Isi (again, with pork), plus 2 portion of Wotie. 

The wotie, as an appetizer, left a very strong impression on us, mainly because it is not served like any other wotie you might find around Muara Karang or any other typical Chinese Food or Chinese Street Food around. The wotie was fried with a nicely done crispy texture on the outside and with a juicy bunch of meat on the inside.
We bought another portion to be taken home to be eater later on that night

Have to say, this is the best kwetiau I've ever eaten. I can't be bothered to use the proper English language for kwetiau because this is just too delicious.

The Kwetiau Siram is just as expected : tasty and having the right texture. The amount of soup poured onto the dish is just right and not overwhelming. 

The Kwetiau Goreng Isi is just as delicious. While I am more into Kwetiau Siram in general, when I tasted my girlfriend's dish it was awesome and really, really worth a try in the future
It is also said that the tomato noodle (Mie Tomat) is also one of the signature dish. I'm going to make sure I'll  get that one

The portion, as you can see, is not that huge. Those who have a large appetite might want to order two of everything served. 

All in all, with 2 kwetiau, 2 wotie, and 2 drinks, we paid Rp 130++ K. We can't say it's cheap, but for sure it's not too expensive either. 

Interested? Go pay a visit and find the address below

Kwetiau Akang
JL Muara Karang Raya Z-6 Selatan no 21 ,
Muara Karang – Jakarta Utara
Phone: 021 661 0359 / 021 668 1659
Opening hours : Dinner time - Late

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Toscana Ristorante - Kemang

People said that unforgettable moments are best celebrated. For us, it is best celebrated with a nice Italian dinner.

I admit, looking for a nice Italian restaurant is neither too easy nor too hard. We prefer something that is not quite common, but not too remote as well. The place was easy to find, all you have to do is look for Jalan Kemang Raya in Kemang, South Jakarta and find number 120. Not that hard actually, as it is located right next to the road.

Then we found this jewel called Toscana.

We went on weekdays, thus we didn't need to book although I would suggest to book beforehand just in case. The restaurant was very home-styled and with relatively good service. A perfect choice for both business and romantic dinner. Trust me. Ambiance is also very supportive, not too noisy and relatively calm on that day

We were served complimentary bread with butter, a classic Italian style. The water was also free-flow so you actually have the choice not to order any drinks.

As the appetizer, we had the Merlanzalle alla Parmigiana (eggplant) and Cheese Salad, both have this tiny little tomato with some kind of fish stuffing in it. Very delicious. 

The portion of the salad is not too much, we think it is quite fulfilling and serves right as an appetizer. The dough balls served in the salad were DELICIOUS. Unlike some other restaurants, the dough balls were fried and they were very crunchy.  

The eggplant is a bit cheesy-tasting, however  in general it is OK.

For the main course, we chose the Fettuccine Con Sugo di Polpette and the Dory fish. While the Fettuccine seems like a mere pasta with meatball, I can assure you the taste is delicious and the meatball was very meaty and juicy. 

For the fish, the portion itself was quite okay for a main dish, and I think the chips added more to the uniqueness of the dish itself. It was also served with lemon sauce and black pepper.  Overall, the fish itself was also yummy to some extent.

Then, the final ordeal : PIZZA

We ordered pizza Rustica. Yes yes, we did not finish all of it and I saved some for my breakfast tomorrow. Very delicious and rich pizza with a thin crust. Those who likes thin crust pizza would definitely love the pizza served here. It is unfortunate that by the time we eat the pizza, we were rather full, however we could still tell the goodness of the pizza.

Finally for desert, we had the Tiramisu and Milano ice cream. While the Tiramisu is just quite OK and taste like common tiramisu, I I found the Milano quite unique, as I never tasted something similar before.

Price was quite competitive with around Rp 400K, considering we ordered a full course meal including pizza.

Interested? Go pay a visit and find the address below

Jl. Kemang Raya No. 120
Jakarta Selatan
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
+62217181217 ‎
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