Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Celebrating Chinese New Year at Paradise Dynasty

Chinese New Year is a special celebration for us of Chinese descent. Even though some probably prefer to have a private dinner with close family members, many others opt for a restaurant which serves everything. Paradise Dynasty is here with the traditional Northern and Southern Chinese cuisine, placing their well-known 8-colored Xiao Long Bao as the hero.

Celebrating The year of the ram (or sheep or goat, depends on which translation you take), Paradise Group (which include Paradise Dynasty, Paradise Inn, and Canton Paradise) offered a set of program that we can’t miss. From Yu Sheng, Nian Gao Paradise, Longevity Bun and Take Away Signature Roast and Crispy Duck.

In these past years, Yu Sheng has been a regular in Chinese Restaurants during Chinese New Year celebration. The one at Paradise Dynasty include vegetable, fresh fish with plum sauce, peanut, sesame seed and some other spices directly imported from China like five spices powder (wu xiang fen) and fresh tangerine (ju zi). At Paradise Dynasty, there are two types of Yu Sheng: salmon or salmon with Japanese Amaebi. When Yu Sheng is served, the waiter will shout the blessings and all the good wishes, may your year is filled with luck, prosperity, harmony and success.

Pork Samcan and salted vegetables

We’re definitely full with the Chinese New Year set that kept arriving to our table: Tim Sup Abalone soup with Hisit and chicken, Angsio Taugan with Hoisom and Fattchoy, Lap Mei Fried Rice with taro, Pork Samcan and salted vegetables, Steamed rice lotus leaf with egg white, stir-fried Tommeo egg white and crab meat. But the best is yet to come. Macaroon Nian Gao is the best choice ever that we’re glad we had them. It’s a red Macaroon with Nian Gao (the sticky Chinese New Year cake) and shredded coconut.

Macaroon Nian Gao
Longevity Bun
When it comes to gift boxes for family members, Paradise Group has peach-shaped  Longevity Bun, arranged in a basket, available in small (38 pcs), medium (88 pcs) or large (118pcs). So, don’t worry about going home empty handed.

About Paradise Dynasty

Famous for its La Mian (handmade Chinese noodle), this restaurant’s signature is no other than La mian with Sliced Pork in Signature Pork Bone Soup. Currently opens its doors in Plaza Senayan, Jakarta, Central Park, Jakarta, Ciputra World, Surabaya, Center Point, Medan and Beachwalk, Bali.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Breakfast Menu at Pepper Lunch

Once upon a time, Pepper Lunch arrived with its unique concept: food served on a hot plate (260 Degree Celcius), mixed with secret ingredients that makes food even more delicious. Recently it introduces a breakfast menu, saying "It's never too early to enjoy our hot plate."

Early Bite is the latest breakfast menu from Pepper Lunch, perfect to start your weekend. Breakfast is served every Sunday from 8-11 AM at Pepper Lunch fX, Cilandak Town Square (citos) and Kota Kasablanka.

So, what’s on your bite?

Cheesy Omelet & Sausage
Soft and cheesy omelet with extra sausage, [buncis] and corn. Served with mashed potato and gravy in a large enough size for your power breakfast.
Hamburg Steak & Sausage
One other favorite is Hamburg Steak, served with special melted butter on top. Added to the mix are sausage, [buncis], vegetables and mashed potato. Apparently this Hamburg isn’t only great for lunch and dinner but also for breakfast. Sounds like a great idea.

Pepper Lunch first opened with the concept of DIY Japanese Teppan, giving the guests a chance to cook their own food and mix the sauces according to their personal taste. Melted butter and crushed pepper soon becomes their tasty signature. Operated under Boga Group, this restaurant is using imported ingredients from Australia, Taiwan, Norwegia and USA. Today, Pepper Lunch isn’t exclusively for the Jakartans but also opens its doors to Bandung, Surabaya, Medan, Bali, Yogyakarta and Makassar

For us, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What do you have for breakfast?

Cheesy Omelet & Sausage 
Hamburg Steak & Sausage

Thursday, February 5, 2015

What's New for Lunch: Carl's Jr. Plaza Semanggi

Carl's Jr. gave a great end-of-the-year gift, opening its 9th store in Plaza Semanggi to cater office workers’ lunch need. A relief for both of us too, because Plaza Semanggi is close to our office. So this definitely can be a lunch getaway option. 

Carl's Jr arrived in Indonesia in 2010. Three years later it was acquired by Mahadaya business group and had been opening more branches. Recently, the burger chain added breakfast to its menu. The one in Plaza Semanggi is open everyday at 7AM – 11PM daily so you can stop by here for breakfast and overtime dinner.

Why we love Carl’s Jr? Well, they serve premium, made-to-order, burgers, made of 100% pure beef and cooked with Charbroiled grill method. The result is a juicy (and filling) burger.

Let’s get to the menu!

The star is Western Beef Bac Cheeseburger. Made from juicy beef burger, cheese, beef bacon and fried onion rings. When you’re in doubt, choose this!

Well, our favorite among all is Portobello Mushroom and Cheese.

For those who prefer white meat, Charbroiled Chicken Club comes with tasty and juicy chicken meat. 
A table full of juicy food
On a diet? You can still have a burger. Just ask for their “Less Carbo” option. They put lettuce instead of the bun. Or go for the Grilled Chicken Salad.

Say YES to Less Carbo
Come dessert time, pair your burger with Hand Scooped Real Ice Cream Shakes. Carls Jr never leave you thirsty with free-refill drinks of soda, ice tea and lemon tea options.

But what we’re looking forward to try is their breakfast menu: Breakfast Burger, Sunrise Croissant Egg and Cheese, Tea and Italian Premium Coffee. Anyone up for meeting us at sunrise?

Where is this?
Plaza Semanggi, Lantai Upper Ground
(021) 500101