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Food & Dining Review: Kokoro Mazesoba Gandaria City

>> At A Glance

* Restaurant name: Kokoro Mazesoba

* Cuisine: Japanese

* Address: Gandaria City Mall (Upper Ground Floor), Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, RT 10/RW 6, Kebayoran Lama Utara, Jakarta Selatan 12240

* Opening times: Everyday 10.00 – 22.00

* Social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

 

>> Ratings

* Overall flavour: 5

Hands down, this place serves the best maze soba I’ve ever tasted in my life. Of course, I only had room to taste one of the soba variations they have on offer, but that alone has compelled me to write a review, so I guess that’s saying something. Kokoro’s flavour profile is truly delightful and will certainly leave you craving for more down the line. This in addition to fresh drinks makes Kokoro Mazesoba an ideal place for day/night-outs with both friends and family.

* Price for portion: 4

It’s a tad bit expensive, but can still pass as reasonable considering the typical pricing in mall restaurants. With no soba/don/zosui bowls over 100k IDR, I personally find that the main dishes are more sensibly priced than the drinks and side dishes (e.g. one small chicken katsu pao alone can set you back 23k IDR). That being said, the prices are not too extortionate to the point that the restaurant loses its competitive edge. Check out the full menu here

* Service: 4.5

Interior of the restaurant.

As the Gandaria City branch is relatively new (Kokoro has another branch in Grand Indonesia), the servers were very proactive in encouraging people to try the restaurant. They were knowledgeable about the menu and able to satisfyingly help customers figure out the best dishes to try depending on their interests. Furthermore, they were relatively alert in refilling ocha and offering additional rice. The only aspect that could be improved is possibly friendliness; a few more smiles here and there can go a long way in amplifying the comfortable atmosphere for customers.

* Venue / ambiance: 5

The place is well-decorated; it’s evident that the furnitures and their placements have been carefully thought out. Moreover, I love the elegant yet cozy Japanese street store feel created by the wooden textures.

* X factor: The perfect combination of tangy vinegar and well-made soba is likely to encourage return visits!

* Overall experience: 4.5

>> Dish By Dish Review

* Shio Mazesoba Chicken for 69k IDR: 5

Such an exciting, mild, and yummy dish! If spaghetti carbonara was to be done with a Japanese twist, then this would be it. The portion is generous and filling; there are adequate toppings and all the ingredients taste super fresh. The grilled chicken slices are tender, moist, and well seasoned, just outright delicious. You can add vinegar and chilli flakes to your liking, and I would certainly recommend adding vinegar because its tang complements the soba really well. The chilli flakes are great for adding a bit of spice, too.

Interestingly, all guests are welcome to free additional rice after they finish their soba to make the most out of the remaining sauce. This is the first time I’ve encountered this at a Japanese restaurant in Jakarta and it certainly creates a novelty effect, but I think many people (including me) would be to full to follow up the soba with rice. Overall, I believe Kokoro has successfully lived up to their slogan, “Not ramen, not udon, it’s a new taste!”.

* Yuzu Punch for 35k IDR: 4

A refreshing way to end a heavy noodle meal. This cold citrus punch topped with passion fruit is a great drink as well as light dessert; its fruitiness is a good change from the soba sauce. However, I’m sure customers would appreciate less ice and more punch, so that the ice doesn’t dilute the fresh flavour of the punch too much as it melts.

>> Other Opinions

* Various reviews on Zomato (in Indonesian and English)

* Various reviews on TripAdvisor (in Indonesian and English, on the Grand Indonesia branch)

* An article by the news outlet detikFood (in Indonesian)

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Are you affiliated with Kokoro Mazesoba? Reach out (christyzee98@gmail.com) and let me know if you’d like me to come back or review any new dishes!

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Taste of London June ’17

On June 14th to 18th, the restaurant festival Taste of London transformed Regent’s Park into a foodie wonderland by exhibiting 40 of London’s most exciting restaurants, the world’s greatest chefs, brand new exclusive features, interactive masterclasses, delectable drinks, and live entertainment for five days of gastronomical greatness. Taste of London is one of the seventeen global food festivals run by the company Taste Festivals, a part of the sports, fashion, and media mega-company IMG Worldwide.

I was absolutely thrilled when I received a press pass for this event, my first-ever restaurant festival! I went on the Saturday and spent the entire afternoon exploring every stand, feasting on testers, and just soaking in the vibrant atmosphere under the Sun. It was truly a day to remember, and only being able to attend one day made me realise that a day is far from enough to experience everything the festival has to offer.

That being said, I’m still very grateful to have been able to cover such an exciting event and I’m certainly looking forward to future Taste festivals. Here’s a quick recap video of my day at Taste of London:

If you’re interested in feasting on London’s finest food, this is definitely the festival for you. Last June, 40 of London’s most exciting restaurants were offering more than 160 taster-sized portions of their signature dishes throughout the festival. Whether you’re in the mood for some Peruvian barbecue by Señor Ceviche, fine Indian dining by Jamavar, or Nordic-French cuisine by Aster, Taste of London has it all. In addition to restaurants, over 200 artisan exhibitors with the UK’s best wine, cheese, and charcuterie (amongst other goods) were also featured.

Furthermore, you can also hone your skills and make new discoveries by participating in eclectic masterclasses. From creating your own gourmet food with the ever-popular AEG’s Take Taste Further cookery school to sampling a range of handcrafted single malts at The Balvenie Craftsmen’s Dinner Masterclass, your growth as a foodie is guaranteed.

If all this sounds invigorating to you, then you’re in luck because the next Taste of London is just four months away! From 16 to 19 November, Tobacco Dock will host 20 of London’s most exciting restaurants, re-imagined masterclasses, and live entertainment. Read more about this upcoming festival and get your tickets here.

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