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Minggu, 17 Februari 2013

Quickbites: free food! Torino's Margherita Pizza

Lucky me, my mother knows the owner of a hot Italian restaurant near my house, Torino. She (the owner) sent us two boxes of delicious margherita pizza. It's just pizza with cheese, tomato sauce, and sprinklings of beef bacon, but dangit it doesn't get any better than this. Divine simplicity at its best!

Quickbites: Ragusa's strawberry ice cream

Smooth with the perfect amount of sweetness and tang: forever a classic.

Quickbites: banana pancakes

Perfection on a plate: Nanny's Pavillon's Banana Pancake. It's pancake that has bananas in it, drenched in maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. Nuff said.

Quickbites: Tahu Bolak Balik

This is Kopitiam QQ's Tahu Bolak Balik. It got its cheeky name because each one of them is a piece of tahu cut in half, and glued together back-to-back with something delicious that tastes like otak-otak. Served with a lovely kecap pedas, it's an awesome afternoon snack. Enjoy with a glass of iced milo!

Loobie Lobster

From the people that made Holycow, comes Loobie Lobster! It's located at Jl Gunawarman, really close to my house. I was really curious to try this, so even though I know it's got a killer waiting list, I just went ahead and did it. 

Look at that line! Took us an hour to get a seat. But I'll tell you this: it was worth it.

This is my half lobster. It took its time getting to me, so when it did get on my table, I tore it up, hence the not so pretty picture. Bram's whole lobster came way earlier. I gotta admit, the service isn't that smooth yet, unlike its brother Holycow, since they opened not so long ago. But the food is fantastic. Your lobster will come with white rice and a side of crunchy calamari, with the sauce of your choice. There's two options: sambal matah (YES PLEASE) and spicy garlic. I tried both, and both of them are awesome. I suggest getting both, because the sambal matah go so well with the lobster, and the spicy garlic go well with the calamari. The meal filled me up, with good value. I think the whole lobster costs less that 100k. Silly me, I always forget to note prices of meals.

Anyway, do check them out! Come early, wear comfy clothes and bring something to keep you busy while waiting. Or hit them up at @loobielobster. Enjoy!

Garcon, Plaza Senayan

For someone who goes to Plaza Senayan a lot, Garcon is a welcome addition to PS' array of restaurants. Ever since they put up a really pretty 'Coming Soon' wall.

One day me and my mom decided to go fancy and have lunch there.

I love their decor! I love love love it. 

Came in, sat down, enjoyed the decor, opened the menu, almost had a heart attack. Hahaha I mean, I know it's not gonna be cheap, but dayum! Thankfully I'm with my mom, so I'm good. After I got over the initial heart attack, I got excited because the menu looks delicious. 

After ordering, we got this complimentary bread and butter. The bread. Oh dear God, the bread. It's SO delicious. It's like being in France all over again. It's warm, crunchy on the outside, pure deliciousness inside. With the salted butter, I'm willing to pay for this. Heck, I'll come back to Garcon just for this bread alone!

Starters: Escargot. I think the appetizers are decently priced, this baby is 50k. It's delicious. The breadcrumbs is crunchy, adds good texture to the escargot.

My dish: sauteed shrimp, lemon, and parsley risotto (90k). This dish is a pretty little dish. The portion's a bit small, but I think it's enough. The risotto is thick, and VERY cheesy. It's not necessarily a bad thing, I still find it delicious. The lemon and parsley adds good balance. The shrimps are awesome! Really juicy and sweet, seasoned well. Great dish!

My mom's: roasted chicken and glazed vegetables in rosemary juice (90k). Yes, we ordered the cheapest dishes to test the waters and avoid getting ripped off (*cough* yeyo *cough*). This dish is really good value! We got two pieces of succulent chicken, with veggies and potatoes. Grilled chicken and rosemary go hand in hand, so it's delicious. Very filling, too.

We ordered one other thing that I forgot to take a picture of (oops), the crunchy creamy cheese wrap with garden salad (60k). It's basically four samosa-like creamy cheese wraps with delicious cream cheese fillings and a bunch of greens. It's awesome, I love it. (I love salads) The greens are crunchy and fresh, the dressing is a bit tangy but good, and the wraps made it come full circle. Noms!

Overall, I'm impressed. Hefty price tag, yes. But it's delicious, the place is really pretty, so it's all worth it.