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Akane Tokyo Cuisine, a Taste of Japanese Authenticity in Jakarta

During a business dinner, my sister, Nadia got a tip about a place serving great Japanese food with a large Japanese expat patrons. He gave such a good review that she immediately changed the venue of her Saturday lunch with a friend to the restaurant, Akane.

True to his description, Akane Tokyo Cuisine was looming with Japanese expats and their families. Lead by a Japanese chef, Akane serves ‘real’ Japanese cuisine. The lunch set menu is incredibly low priced, at only Rp. 86,000 (Around US$8.90). Set A: Pick 3 side dishes and one rice dish. Set B: Pick a rice bowl and a noodle dish. The most amazing thing about the set menu is the variety of things you can choose to savor, from sashimi, beef steak (highly recommended), yakisoba, katsudon (high recommended), mabo nasu don; all mouth watering. You also get chawan mushi, salad, miso soup and coffee jelly dessert with your lunch set. SUPER DEAL!

First Love Patisierre – Green Tea Hokkaido Layer Cake

My husband’s birthday came around and I ordered a large green tea flavored Hokkaido Layer Cake from First Love Patisierre. I was intending to share it with our family during his birthday lunch. Much to our dismay, Table 8 charges Rp. 25,000 ++ (almost US$3 + tax + gratuity) per slice for outside cake, so we ended up taking the cake home. (I’m glad we found out before everybody got there.) To add to the wound, the cake turned out to be the wrong flavor when we opened it at home. I called in to complain about the mistake. The store apologized and redelivered a new cake for me the next morning. Great customer service! After two days of wait, my husband finally got to enjoy the cake he has been waiting to eat.

After the delivery man left, James promptly requested me to serve him a slice. He got a wait for a bit more, though since I got to snap some pictures :D

Here's the picture of the box that was missing from the previous post.

At a quick glance, the green tea version looks like the original, but at a closer look it lacks the caramel glace of the original. Of course the difference is clearly visible once you take out a slice. The layers of muted green colored cream is really inviting.

First Love Patisserie: Hokkaido Thousand Layer Cake

Another Japanese dessert store has open in Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. First Love Patisserie. Thousand layer cake a la Hokkaido. Apparently the patisserie has been in business since the end of 2010, but this is the first time I’ve seen its outlet. According to a Jakarta Globe interview of the owners it seems that the brand came out of Malaysia.

I'm sorry for the bad picture, I took this with my blackberry.

When I first saw it yesterday, I tugged James, “Look, Baukumchen!” We immediately went over and picked some tiny samples. Wow, delish! It turned out that it was not baukumchen. It was something better. Placed in between countless paper thin crepes are equally thin layer of vanilla cream. Yummy mille crepe One bite, I was caught. Good bye ‘back to my original weight by July dream.’

Faux Kobe Beef

Kobe beef. Its name has soar far and wide across the globe as the premium of Japanese beef. Regardless the fact that its lower standing in Japan, outside Japan Kobe beef is all the rave. Interestingly, Matsuzaka beef, its superior, is less well known. People outside Japan flock to high class restaurants, willing to pay premium above premium just to have a bite of Kobe. Little do they know, what they are having is a fake branded beef.

I savored my first faux Kobe Beef in 2006, in a Japanese restaurant, downtown Chicago.

Curry House 38, So Delicious I Have to Blog It

I rolled off my bed hungry this morning and the first thing I thought was the delicious curry I had for dinner last night at Curry House 38 (Sanpachi). James and I found the Curry House 38 counter in Food Kulture, an up class food court in Plaza Indonesia Extension, Jakarta. It is from the same company as the popular ramen restaurant in Jakarta called, Ramen 38.

Ramen 38 offers Jigoku Ramen, to which customers can choose 10 levels of broth spiciness; I usually order level 4 or 5. In Curry House 38, you can choose also choose 5 levels of curry sauce spiciness. I think this gimmick is a match made in heaven for the spicy loving crowd in Indonesia that Japanese food do not offer. I ordered level 4 for my curry. It was spicy enough for me not to use any chilly sauce, but I think next time I will try level 5. However, I will keep the size to medium, since it was big enough for me.

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