March 3, 2018

Sari Ratu, Jakarta…simply too many dishes to choose from!

Immediately after I enter the place, sit down, a lot of dishes were served on my table a minute later.

Classic Padang style, meant putting a bunch of plates or bowls bearing different types of dishes on the table, allowing you to choose what you want. You can choose from beef, lamb, chicken, or sambal-swathed hard-boiled eggs to top your rice; Indonesia’s greatest hits: beef rendang, a spicy (an easy-to-abuse adjective around an Indonesian table), ayam gulag (special chicken in Indonesia curry) and Udang super (lobster) were my favorites. Portions are smallish (not that you can complain about much at this price) because the meat or vegetables are there as an accent, to flavor the rice. If you need something to quench the fire, order one of the Indonesian milk drinks, made with unlikely combinations like milk, grenadine-like syrup and avocado. Or grab a box of Teh Botol, a sweetened dark tea drink.

You don’t have to eat everything they put on the table. You won’t be charged for what you don’t eat. Untouched platters are taken away and served to other guests. Not everybody will think this is a sanitary way to serve food. Your dish may have visited a number of other tables before it lands on yours.

Cholesterol levels be damned. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 21, 2012

Bakmi GM, Jakarta…fast and easy on the wallet

This popular chain – they have 20 outlets – is an icon in Jakarta. They serve comfort food – a variety of Bakmi food (Indonesian noodle house) and it is easy on the wallet.  I consider this place as a fast food restaurant because they are fast, suitable for hungry people (like me most of the time)

The Bakmi SPC GM Bakso (meatball noodle) is one of my favourite meal – very simple and yet delicious. The noodles were soft without being mushy and the meat were seriously tasty. I always enjoy my Bakmi GM with a bottle of Teh Botol Sosro “Apapun makanan nya, minumannya, teh botol sosro”(Sosro: brand of sweet tea, “whatever the food is, drink sosro”-slogan). 

I wasn’t blown away but if you wanna take a quick an inexpensive meal, Bakmi GM is the place to go. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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