Lunch at Locanda

 

I remember as a kid how I used to get psyched whenever my brothers voted for Tony Roma’s for dinners on Sundays. Sunday dinners are meals my family always have together, and the 3 of us (my older brothers and I) would vote for the cuisine we’d most like to eat.

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Although we’ll have different cuisines almost every week, sometimes we’d taste great foods and create unforgettable moments at very particular places, which kept us coming back. One of them is Tony Roma’s. The American chain used to be located here at Panin Center Building, but just a couple of months ago, the whole ground was renovated to uphold this new restaurant, Locanda.

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AW Kitchen has a lighter take on pasta.

 

Things are getting a bit tense in the world of pasta houses in Jakarta. Truthfully, I can count with my fingers how many out there are truly exceptional.

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That includes this one, brought to the Big Durian by reputed chef Akira Watanabe. Though it’s fresh off the boat (opened locally last June), it’s definitely worth a mention.

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Yamagoya Ramen is back.

 

The nice thing about dining at North Jakarta’s Baywalk Mall is that you get the priceless seaside view for free. In this case, I was watching the sunset while having this delicious supper.

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Yes, this is the ramen joint that was previously located on the basement floor of UOB Plaza in Thamrin, before it was closed due to the disastrous flooding back in January last year. But here it is back up again just recently, this time perched closer to where I live so I won’t have to suffer from the traffic :p

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Lamians at Jin Mu Dumpling, PIK

 

This modest restaurant’s left a big impression on me upon my first visit – now I know Jin Mu is the place to go whenever I’m craving for delicious lamian at a delicious price. Hands down, they have the supplest, springiest lamian in town.

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For the pork dumpling lovers out there, you’ll love what they have for starters too. Jin Mu has up to 10 different pork dumpling dishes for you to savor one by one, plus 2 different pork-laden xiao long bao dishes for you to try.

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Afternoon bites at Paulaner Bräuhaus

 

If you’re craving for foods served with the big portions and delicious being so, then you’ve come to the best place in town.

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Before my recent visit to Paulaner Bräuhaus, or Paulaner, now that we’re on a first-name basis, I had completely no idea what German food is like and how the rugged Germans will always have a soft spot for beers. Now for those of you who are fellow fans of the brewski, you’re sure going to love this dining spot, because the cold ones here are completely home-brewed, a.k.a. 100% legit.
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You should try mie Hing Hua at Sunter

 

Faddish eateries come and go, but the mainstay of the local F&B industry are those long-established restaurants that still brought in the big crowds today.

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One of the many old school establishments is Laris Manis, a small hideaway that’s been around for at least 8 years now. Its favorite menu item, mie Hing Hua, is a classic noodle dish prepared in the smooth, light, yet tasty way that the Hing Hua people enjoy it.

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