..It's a journey after all.. : Food and Travel Blog based in Jakarta: January 2012

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Huize Triveli

Huize Trivelli (click on it to go to their web for more info) is a restaurant and pattisier with a classic tempoe doloe theme. When we first arrived there, I thought the place is small, but as soon as we stepped in, it's pretty big..

The feelings that I got inside is like I was actually has been transferred to the past. In other words, it's like I was visiting to someone's house that has been passed from generation to generation. The details and decorations are JUST SO AMAZING! For wimpies, you might get scared cause they have a lot of black and white photos, which are quite scary, BUT, coming from my mouth, a person who can't sleep after watching Paranormal Activity 3 (a wimp myself -___-"), Huize Trivelli really fascinates me!

This place is actually new, they moved from their original place. The old place used to belong to a real Dutch-man from time to time. So the history of this place is really WOW. Due to city's development, they have to move to this new place, but..  IT'S STILL GREAT!

You can definitely feel the Dutch influence in this restaurant (it feels more like a house actually). Since I'm a big fan of anything colonial related, I love love LOVE this place.. Let me just show you the pictures..

Even the menu looks so old! Gotta love all the Dutch in the menu. Everything that is written inside has the Dutch translation and of course, with Indonesian Tempoe Doloe spelling

This is the room that we occupied when we visited the place.. I love the shelves on the left side, there are so many books and details inside. There is no free space!

This part is the most beautiful and creepiest part of the house. It's in the left side of the back of the house..

This is the room before ours. It's green and have oriental vibe. Just look at the Shanghai girl's paintings.. Loves it!

The tables outside matches with the theme of the whole place

They even have a broken Ontel bike for decorations

Another antique decoration 

I wonder if this thing still works

Who knows that traditional lunch boxes could be used as decorations?

See, there are just no free space no matter where we go. Everything is just so detailed!

EPIC.. This is the back room and you can see this instrument straight after you enter the place

This room is hidden on the right back side of the house. It's quite small but pretty long..

Beautiful, right? Talking bout anggi or the room? Nyahahahaha

Anggi posing in the room we dined in.. Low lightning, I just cannot use nikon for life!

Main room of the restaurant. Pretty, isn't it? No matter how creepy it may look, it still makes my jaw drop everytime I discover something unique.

About the food

It's actually very good! They made everything from scratch. No food preservation inside. I can definitely feel that it's a home dish! Really makes you feel as if you're at home, with a twist of Dutch influence

Macaroni Schotel

Trivelli chicken ragout risoles

Trivelli Bitter Ballen. OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST BITTER BALLEN I HAVE EVER EATEN IN MY LIFE! When I first took a bite, the ragout fillings sorta burst out and melt inside your mouth. So yummy!

This is what I ordered. I asked the waiter what the favorite is and he said this is their specialty dish. It's beef's tongue and I ordered it without even looking at the other choices.. First bite, speechless.. I just love it so much!

This is Trivelli Chateaubriand aux Champignons. It's basically a beef steak. The sauce is very nice, it really suits the meat. See the fries, they really meant it when they said that everything is home made.

The red one is wedang jahe secang. It warmed me up through out the whole night. The white one is Trivelli Selasih de Coco, but I don't get to taste it. One more thing about the drinks, YOU MUST ORDER THE BIER PLETOK, no matter you want it hot or cold! I originally intend to order the bier pletok, but Denny ordered it first. OH MY GOD! It's so good I can drink a whole jug of it myself!

I really enjoyed dining in Huize Trivelli. Not many restaurant can provide you with a tempoe doloe ambiance. And what I love about the place is the originality of the whole history that they have. 

I rate the food for drink for 8.4/10, the place is a 9.5/10. The staffs are very polite and shy, it really makes you feel that they all belong in the past (or am I just too wild?). Anyway, I would definitely recommend this place to you all. It's a great place to eat. You can also have a secret rendezvous here since the place hasn't been quite exposed. In fact, when we went there, we're the only one that were there.. Makes you feel you own the place..

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Bandung Trip!

Bandung, the nearest get away city for Jakarta citizens. The MOST polite people are mostly there I guess. But most of all, in this city, there are tons of YUMMY food.

First stop,

Freshly made everyday! Just looking at this picture makes me drool for some more batagor! The crispiness of the outer layer combined with the tenderness of the fillings, not forgetting the yummy peanut sauce! AUHHHHHH TWO THUMBS UP.. and four including my toes!

The Kingsley Bakso.. I always wonder how the hell Indonesian meatballs look grey and is very different with other meatballs from other countries..

I couldn't take my eyes off of the boiling water.. It's just.. so.. *drool some more*

The famous Mie Kocok.. If we translated this to English, it would be called Shaken Noodles which pretty much sounded like a bad ass kung fu trick.. They way they cooked it is by stirring the noodles all the time and that's how it came up with its name

Another thing why I love to come here is because of the SNACKS! There are numerous piles of snack behind this numerous piles! It's like 'snack land'. You can find every Indonesian snack starting from fried intestines to simple cheese stick.. A TRUE INDONESIAN SNACK!

Second stop, 

Oh how much I love Bandung.. :)

This is the view the moment you entered the place

Oh sweet heavens, on the right side there are shelves filled with various cookies! Sorry bout the lady, she just won't budge away!

On the left side of the door, TADAAAAA, yummy cakessss!

They even sell so many food outside this place.. I always buy the strawberry juice which you can buy in front of Primarasa.. It's nothing special, but it's Bandung. Somehow I just feel that it's a tradition to drink strawberry juice in here..

Tahu Pletok are sold in front.. You actually have to eat this with the sauce, it's sweet and spicy.. I took this picture because they were freshly fried and I just couldn't resist!!

I bought their famous picnic roll, apple pie, fermented cassava pie (my favorite), banana molen, brownies for Sara and Andreas, and of course, Bandung potato chips.. It's almost like you have to fight to buy them. The pies are always freshly baked and it runs out in minutes time, especially when the place is crowded with Jakarta people. They're still so warm when I bought it. I just couldn't resist eating it on the car.. 

Third Stop, 
SAPU LIDI (click to go to their web)
They originally opened the place at Lembang, but the one I visited is in Cihampelas, their franchise.. 

They divided the place into several areas, this one is my favorite. It has a lounge atmosphere, with a twist of post-modern ethnic urban decoration

They use a lot of potteries for decoration, which I think is very suitable with the theme of the restaurant

Unique decoration by using worn out Wayang Kulit

This is just another spacious area on the left side of the place

Menus are even very ethnic

As far as I remember, the first time we dated, he's not this chubby.. 

You can eat outside too. Under the shades and enjoy the cool breeze of Bandung

I ordered this dish called Tahu Bakar. I picked it out randomly and have no idea how it's gonna be like

When I opened the banana leaf, I was quite amazed. It was still steaming hot as you can see and soooo fragrant! I love Sundanese food! <3 <3

Grilled Nila fish with Sapu Lidi special sauce.. OH MY GOD, this grilled fish is THE BOMBDIGITTY!! It's so good!! As I eat it, I can smell the hint of charcoal and the fragrance of the spices in the sauce.. YUMMY!! 

If you have visited the original Sapu Lidi at Lembang, you'll find many differences between the two of them. This one is more for a cafe/resto while the other one is more of a resort. I rated the place for 8.5/10, Overall, the food for 8.5/10 as well

We're not done yet.. Next stop,
POTLUCK (click to visit their Facebook page)

The first view when you enter the place

A cafe with a library concept. You can actually borrow the books

The place is too cute with so many creative decorations

Talking about being creative, how cute is that hanging on the other side of the room


They actually provide you with 2 rooms for more privacy. This Robusta room happened to be empty, so I went in for a picture

Pardon my narcissism  

A great place for a photo shoot or movie settings 

This is strawberry monster. It's so delicious! Basically it's coffee with strawberry milk, strawberry ice cream and oreos. Trust me, it's YUMMY

Mine is very safe, it's Vanilla Chocolate. I'd prefer the Strawberry Monster!

Chicken wrap

Chicken Parmigiana 

Chicken Stroganoff with buttered rice

For Potluck, I think the place is very cozy for hanging out. I'd prefer to order drinks rather than the food there. For the place and service, I rated the place 9/10. For the drinks 8.5/10. The food 6/10

There are tons of cute places like this in Bandung and each of them has different unique concepts. It's been fun to actually go there and review the places there. Going to Bandung is really the cheapest, the nearest get away destination.. 

The other thing that I enjoy the most beside eating in Bandung is Shopping in Bandung. I went to every distro I found. The best part was most of them are ON SALE.. Nyahahahahaha.. Yeah, I'm cheap for SALE stuffs.. I found it more satisfying to shop on discounted items