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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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Food & Dining Review: King Mango Thai Neo Soho

>> At A Glance

* Restaurant name: King Mango Thai

* Cuisine: Thai

* Address: Neo Soho Mall, Lower Ground (LG) Floor, Jl. Letjen S. Parman (Podomoro City), Tanjung Duren, Jakarta 11470

* Opening times: Everyday 10.00 – 22.00

* Phone: +622156985555

* Social media: Facebook, Instagram

This up-and-coming juice bar currently only offers one thing on their menu: their viral mango juice. As such, I won’t be doing a dish-by-dish review section as per usual, and will instead just do a general ratings review section.

>> Ratings

* Flavour: 2.5

Right off the bat: I expected more. A lot more. For the tons of social media hype, an hour-long (sometimes even more) line, and 50k IDR, I expected a drink that would transform the mango dessert world. Instead, all customers are really getting is a mango juice topped with whipped cream, shaved ice, and mango pieces that’s overall way too sweet for its own good. It might not be as bad if the juice is entirely made from mangoes, but the additional mango extract and liquid sugar just pushed it over the edge for me. The artificial substances hinder the fresh, characteristic texture I wanted to taste from pure mango juice, and unless some significant changes are made or new drinks are introduced, I’m not planning on going for seconds anytime soon – I didn’t even finish the one I bought for this review. The whipped cream, shaved ice, and mango pieces, whilst absolutely delicious toppings, are not nearly enough to make this drink worthwhile.

* Price for portion: 4

Whilst 50k IDR for a mango drink is arguably more on the expensive end, it can still pass as reasonable considering the claim that it uses genuine Thai mangoes. Additionally, the size of each serving is rather huge and can fill you up quite significantly.

* Service: 1.5

Maybe it’s the super long line or maybe it’s because I came during the later half of the day, but the cashier and server were not at all friendly and accommodating. There were no smile, no greetings, and no explanation of the juice bar’s concept (or even the fact that they only have one drink on offer). It was definitely a subpar experience in terms of service, and the only reason I didn’t give it a one is because service was quite quick once you put your order in.

* Venue / ambiance: 3.5

The Thai ornaments on the walls are intricately beautiful, creating an authentic Thai feel to the place. Moreover, the combination of wood and yellow lighting throughout the shop complements the Thai ornaments’ colour scheme rather well. Unfortunately, the cloud ceiling looks out of place, and I’m sure customers would appreciate more seats.

* X factor: Does a super long line count as an x factor?

* Overall experience: 2.5

>> Other Opinions

* Various reviews on Zomato, pergikulinerQraved, and Foody.id (in Indonesian and English)

* On food/lifestyle blogs called Eat and Treats and My Fun Food Diary (in English)

* On a food blog called Dosen Kuliner (in Indonesian)

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Photographs: Cityscapes of Jakarta

I’m starting a new photography collection called Cityscapes. As the name suggests, the collection aims to capture defining landscapes of some of the greatest cities in the world. For this first update, I’m featuring my very own hometown, Jakarta!

Home to over ten million people, malls have become an integral part of this Indonesian capital city. In September 2013, Indonesian president Joko Widodo claimed that there are 173 malls in Jakarta [1], and I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if the number has grown since then. As such, below are two shots I took at Pacific Place, one of the malls in Central Jakarta.

Stay tuned for more Cityscapes updates featuring Jakarta and other cities all across the globe.

Taken at Pacific Place Jakarta. Click to enlarge.

Taken at Pacific Place Jakarta. Click to enlarge.

>> Citation

[1] https://en.tempo.co/read/news/2013/09/16/057513745/Jokowi-Too-Many-Malls-in-Jakarta

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