One of Jakarta’s Finest Coffee House: Tanamera Coffee Roastery

Tanamera Coffee is an independent coffee house with several branches in Jakarta (and even one in Bali!).
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CHEERS!


TANAMERA Kebayoran

Jalan Ahmad Dahlan no.16
Jakarta Selatan 12130

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Artisanal Baked Goods: BEAU HQ by Talita Setyadi

It’s been about 5 months since BEAU HQ opened her doors in Senopati. Helmed by Indonesian pastry chef Talita Setyadi, BEAU focuses on producing artisan bread and pastries of high quality — using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

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BEAU HQ by Talita Setyadi.

BEAU HQ is Talita Setyadi’s third outlet; she opened her first outlet in Plaza Indonesia, followed by the second one in Central Department Store, Grand Indonesia.

There are two separate seating areas, indoor and outdoor. The outdoor area gives the feel of a lush garden at the back of a friend’s home. It is for those who want to bask in the sun and people watch from their seats.

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Indoor area – super packed on a weekday afternoon.

The indoor area has a Scandinavian minimalist design with white walls, large windows, black frames, wooden furniture and loads of greenery. I love it that the large windows allow lots of natural light to stream in, brightening up the entire place.

A large white communal table sits in the center of the cafe. It is perfect for large group meetups and encourages conversations between strangers.

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Communal table (foreground) and live kitchen (background).

The live kitchen and production space is separated from the cafe by a large glass window. Patrons can peer in and watch pastries being molded into various shapes. I found it pretty therapeutic haha.

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Hot from the oven – croissants, bagels and pastries on a rack.

Apart from the usual bread and pastries, BEAU HQ has an all-day brunch menu. Watch out for their famous Smorrebrod — a Danish style open-faced sandwich, which comes in a variety of toppings and spreads. I’ve heard it not only looks good but tastes delish too.

What we ordered that day…

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Table flatlay.

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Eggs Florentine (IDR 75k).

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Green Pearl Barley Risotto with Pesto (IDR 89k).

Sadly, the eclair was a lil’ disappointing though. I felt that the choux dough was a tad dry and hard. Wished it was softer!

BEAU by Talita Setyadi is definitely one of the better artisan bakerys in town and I’ll be back again for more.

“Bread – like real love – took time, cultivation, strong loving hands and patience. It lived, rising and growing to fruition only under the most perfect circumstances.”
Melissa Hill, Something From Tiffany’s


Beau HQ

Jalan Cikajang No. 29 
Senopati, Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan 12190

Best Japanese Brunch Buffet In Jakarta: ENMARU

Enmaru (rated 4.8 on Google, 4.8 on Zomato and 4.5 on Trip Advisor at the point of writing) is part of a group of three restaurants called Altitude, located on the 46th floor of The Plaza. From there, you get to enjoy one of the finest 360 degree views of the city + a spectacular view of Jakarta’s bay with boats lining the coastline.

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Bird’s-eye view from where we were seated in Enmaru.

Since opening its doors in 2006, Enmaru has been highly regarded as Japan’s no.1 Izakaya restaurant. (Izakaya is a Japanese dining style where one sits down for sake after a long day at work.) In Japan, Enmaru won the champion award for two nationwide restaurant competitions — the “Izakaya Koshien 2010” and the “S1 Server Grand Prix 2011”.

ENMARU has a total of 13 restaurants in Japan, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and most recently in Shanghai.

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Enmaru – bringing the authenticity of Japanese culinary to you.

Enmaru Jakarta’s interior is like that of a traditional Izakaya restaurant tucked in a corner of a busy Tokyo street. The dark solid timbers, stone slabs, and rustic wood decor give the entire place an authentic Japanese ambiance. The atmosphere is lively and warm,  great for all occasions from family gatherings to romantic date nights.

Since its opening, Enmaru’s top priority has been to ensure the freshness of its products (I guess that’s what Japanese food is all about right!). Their seafood is air-flown from the world’s biggest fish market, Tsukiji in Tokyo.

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Visiting Enmaru when my parents were in town.

I’ve been wanting to check out Enmaru’s all-you-can-eat weekend brunch for the longest time ever. And I finally got down to it earlier this month, when Dad and Mom visited Jakarta over Chinese New Year.

The weekend brunch buffet runs every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday (12pm – 3pm). Unlike the usual buffet where you have to walk around to get your food, you can place your orders directly with the waiter, a la carte style. Thus, you can be assured that every dish comes to you freshly prepared from the kitchen.

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All-you-can-eat weekend brunch menu (IDR 385k++/pax).

Renowned for its classic Japanese cuisine and iconic homemade dishes, the variety of food on their menu is pretty extensive. And I’ve to add the quality is good too.

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Table flatlay of our first round of orders (appetizer round 1.0).

I won’t be reviewing all the individual dishes we had; that’ll take me forever as we tried almost everything on the menu. I’ll post up some pictures though. 🙂

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Tofu Agejako Salad.

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Tori Momo Kushiyaki 3 Kinds Moriawase (1 was devoured by Agent D).

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Sashimi 3 Kinds (I requested for all salmon) – LOVED IT.

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Unagi Tempura & Cream Cheese Ika Sumi Roll.

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Aburi Salmon Spicy Roll – one of my faves.

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Wagyu Tongue & Gyu Suji Miso Nikomi Gratin Soup Shitate.

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Grilled Eringi Mushrooms.

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Unagi Gohan – one of my faves.

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Mushi Buta Ponzu – pork belly was so good.

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Buta Kakuni Wasabi Potato.

Special mention goes to these two items on the menu:

This is seriously the best chawanmushi I’ve had in Jakarta. The texture was just right and the egg custard literally  melted in my mouth. The pairing of foie gras on top was an excellent combination. I would definitely go back to Enmaru just for this. ❤

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Foie Gras Steak & Yaki Onigiri.

Another AMAZEBALL dish is the Foie Gras Steak & Yaki Onigiri. I ordered 3 portions of this all to myself. The sauteed foie gras, together with the teriyaki sauce, was SO YUMMY. The grilled onigiri helped to neutralize the strong foie gras taste.

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Our faces one inch wider.

The desserts, though limited, was of impeccable quality. I loved every bit of the Ice Cream Zenzai which contained all my favourite things — matcha, azuki, and mochi. ‘Twas was a nice sweet finish to a very filling brunch.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Japan to satisfy your Jap cravings — just head down to Enmaru! 🙂 🙂 🙂


Enmaru Japanese Restaurant
Altitude, The Plaza level 46,
Jalan M.H. Thamrin No.28 – 30
Menteng, Jakarta 

It’s Always Tea Time at Lewis & Carroll Tea Jakarta

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” – C.S. LEWIS

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Lewis & Carroll Tea.

Lewis & Carroll Tea is an artisan tea house that has been around for some time in Jakarta. I’ve been wanting to check the place out (since early last year!) and finally got to do so last week. And I loved everything about it — the earth-toned, brightly lit space and the entire collection of lovely tea.

The cafe’s interior is very spacious and white, with loads of daylight. It seems like a great place to have good conversations over tea, or to simply sit in solitude with a book and a cuppa tea.img_16351

Inspired by two tea-loving literary icons C.S Lewis and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll), Lewis & Carroll works at crafting each and every blend into a masterpiece of aromatic attraction and visual artistry.

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Colourful pretty tea sets.

The tea is sourced from suppliers all around the world, including reputable tea plantations in Indonesia. Their entire tea leaves collection is impressive — a whooping 12 categories (Black, Black Blend, White, White Blend, Herbal, Green, Green Blend, Oolong, Oolong Blend, Spice, Fruits, or Flower) and 54 different flavors.

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Spoilt for choice by their comprehensive selection of tea blends.

Prior to ordering, you can either walk up to the counter to sniff the tea samples or request for them to be brought to your table. This experiential process enabled me to make a more informed choice on my desired flavour. 🙂

PS: Teas are priced differently with Signature teas at IDR 40k and Heritage teas at IDR 60k.

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After much sniffing, I finally picked this out.

Whilst waiting for your order, you can browse Lewis & Carroll’s teapots and tea leaves that are for sale. All of them are really PRETTY. I was so tempted to get one. 😉

I can imagine they would make lovely housewarming gifts.

To accompany your tea, Lewis & Carroll’s main menu offers a wide selection of choices from light to heavy, including all-day breakfast, salads, pastas, sandwiches, and sweets.

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Flatlay of our beautiful lunch.

The food was well presented and tasted good. Their teas were even better.

I particularly enjoyed the Crystalline Mojito (crystalline fruit tea with mint leaves and lemon water) from their craft tea fusion. It was sooooo refreshing to the throat!

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Truffle fries (IDR 50k) – Could have had more truffle!

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Pan-fried Salmon (IDR 115k) – Salmon was cooked well and the lemon butter cream sauce added a nice touch.

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Chicken Penne (IDR 80k) – Generous portions of chicken breast in fungi truffle sauce.

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Atlantic Bites (IDR 115k) – This one was a disappointment. The smoked salmon was off-colour and wasn’t fresh. I could hardly taste the truffle oil in the crab claw.

We ended off the meal with a really nice dessert (of which I can’t remember the name of!) that we selected at the counter.

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”

― William Ewart Gladstone


Lewis and Carroll
Jalan Bumi No. 4
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta Selatan 12120

Authentic Indonesian Food in an Elegant Colonial Setting: Kembang Goela Jakarta

When friends or family visit Jakarta, they always want to eat good Indonesian food. I am constantly on the lookout for new and interesting places to bring my guests, where they can experience the complex flavours of Indonesian cuisine in a traditional elegant setting.

In today’s post, I am going to share with you a list of my 5 favourite Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta – all tried and tested. One of them being Kembang Goela, a restaurant I recently brought my parents to (and they loved it).

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Entrance to Kembang Goela.

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Beautiful handcrafted mirror and chandelier overhead.

Kembang Goela feels like a mansion of some rich tycoon with many private dining rooms. I absolutely adore its high ceiling, which makes the entire place much more classy and roomy.

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One of the private rooms (it’s HUGE).

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Lovin’ the grand hanging lights.

Its interior is colonial yet elegant with old photographs on walls, pots of pretty flowers, dark wood furniture, and a grand piano by the side. #nostalgic

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Excited to order!

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Colonial-style architecture.

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Live piano music – a great dinner accompaniment.

Kembang Goela serves traditional Indonesian cuisine influenced by the various regions within Indonesia. What makes this restaurant unique is that its menu has a Peranakan twist as well. Indonesian food + Peranakan food = TREAT FOR THE TASTEBUDS.

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Table Flatlay of mains (not including the appetizers we ordered).

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Bon appetit!

The food was well-presented and excellent. Special mention goes to their Oseng-Oseng Ketjipir (sauteed wing beans) and their Brinjal Panggang (grilled egg plant with red chilli), which I loved.

I’ve also heard that their Dendeng Balado (deep fried beef carpacio) is good too but we weren’t feeling beefy that night and so didn’t order it.

Each dish on the menu comes with an English description, which I find really helpful. Saves me the hassle of googling to see what the dish looks like. 🙂

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Thank you for the lovely experience, Kembang Goela!


List of my 5 favourite Indonesian restaurants in Jakarta

1. Kembang Goela
Plaza Sentral Parking Lot
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 47-48
Central Jakarta 

2. Bunga Rampai
Jl. Teuku Cik Ditiro No. 35
Menteng, Central Jakarta

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Bunga Rampai (photo credit: JKTGO).

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Dining at Bunga Rampai.

3. Kila Kila by Akasya
SCBD Gedung Lot 4, 7th Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav 52-53
Central Jakarta

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Kila Kila (photo credit: Akasya).

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Delish.

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Dinner at Kila Kila, when Jia visited Jakarta.

4. Harum Manis 
Pavilion Apartment Retail Aracade
Jl. KH Mas Mansyur Kav.24
Central Jakarta

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Harum Manis (photo credit: JKTGO).

5. TeSate Menteng 
Jalan Dr Samratulangi No. 39
Menteng, Central Jakarta

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TeSate (photo credit: Sari Rasa Group).

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TeSate with Indo girlfriends, when Juli visited.

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien

Authentic Japanese Dining Series: Sakana in Sudirman

Sakana Japanese Restaurant was recommended to me by my Indonesian foodie friend. Shortly after, Agent D’s friend also raved about the Japanese food there. Last weekend, we decided to check it out for lunch.

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Sakana Japanese Restaurant.

Located in the basement of Midplaza 1 office tower in Sudirman, the restaurant is easily recognizable with its big red lanterns. Interestingly, Sakana is an izakaya — a type of informal Japanese gastropub for casual after-work drinks (perhaps that’s why it was so quiet on a weekend??). According to my friend, it is quite popular among the Japanese community and it is a common sight to see Japanese men chatting over sake and snacks on weekday evenings.

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Entrance of Sakana. The wine cellar is up ahead on the left side.

The restaurant’s interior is dimly lit and has a quaint Japanese charm. Made to look like a izakaya in Japan (or maybe just to save $$$), the floor area + corridors are narrow and the cashier area is tiny.

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Cashier area and private rooms on both sides.

Sakana’s classic Japanese decor gives diners an authentic Japanese experience. The restaurant consists of private rooms with full-length wooden panels. The rooms can accommodate two or more diners – some have regular tables and chairs whilst others are tatami rooms where you are required to take off your shoes before entering. There is also bar seating.

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More private cubicles. The entire place feels like a maze.

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From inside our private room.

Sakana offers a traditional Japanese menu at reasonable prices. I read online that Sakana’s Takoyaki (fried octopus balls) is the “it” thing in Sakana and one of the best in Jakarta. Other signature dishes are the Yakitori (skewers of choice morsels, grilled with tare or salt), Sushi Mori (assorted Sushi), and Tempura Mori (assorted tempura).

Here’s the menu for your viewing. 🙂

As we went during lunch time, Agent D and myself ordered from the bento set menu. I had the Unagi Don Set (IDR 142k) while Agent D had the Oyako Don Set (IDR 67k). Both sets are served with miso soup, pickles, and dessert. Such a pity we had a filling breakfast before lunch…if not I’d definitely have ordered the Takoyaki to try.

The grilled eel was not the best I’ve tasted in Jakarta, but it wasn’t too bad either. Oh and the cut was quite fatty too (in case you like/dislike fats).
Agent D liked his chicken-egg-onion mixture though. He finished every drop of his rice. :/
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Happy diners.

I guess we’ll be back to try out the much acclaimed Takoyaki. And the Yakitori. Oh and the Sushi Mori too. Perhaps with some sake the next round. 😉
If you are craving for casual Japanese food without burning a hole in your pocket, Sakana may be the place to go! X

Sakana Japanese Restaurant

Mid Plaza 1 Basement Floor 
JL. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 10 -11

2-in-1 Goodness: Eat Quality Japanese Food & Buy Fresh Seafood in Jakarta

Eat Quality Japanese Food at Sushi Masa (3rd floor)

I was first introduced to Sushi Masa by my food connoisseur friend, Sasha. Sushi Masa is unlike other Japanese restaurants located in malls/buildings; it is located inside the Muara Baru Port beside the sea (hence the fresh sushi!), at the northernmost point of North Jakarta. The location is pretty ulu. No one can rival my driver’s savvy sense of direction and his memory for even the smallest of roads around Jakarta…and we got lost inside the port.

Upon entering the port, you’ll see loads of huge warehouses on your left and right. Towards the end of the road, you can find Sushi Masa housed in a grey building. There’s no signboard whatsoever so keep your eyes peeled for the grey building!

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Helpful directions to get to Sushi Masa/ Norwegian Seafood Store.

The long journey there was well-compensated by the good quality Japanese food and seafood buys from Norwegian Seafood Store (2 floors below Sushi Masa). Rated 4.9/5 on Zomato, dining at Sushi Masa is truly an experience to behold.

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Entrance of grey building (Sushi Masa is on the third floor).

My parents were visiting Jakarta over the Labour Day long weekend and I decided to bring them to Sushi Masa. This time round, my driver located the place much more easily. 🙂

The restaurant interior is rather spacious and comes with a sushi bar where customers can watch the chef slicing sashimi. The seats beside the glass window overlook the sea (mental note to self: have to call in advance to reserve those seats next time).

Sushi Masa’s ala carte menu has an extensive list of Japanese and fusion dishes — all kinds of sashimi, sushi, makimono, live oysters and seashells, salads, udon/soba and rice sets, deep-fried/cooked/grilled dishes, and even pizzas and pastas.

My parents and I ordered a number of dishes for sharing:

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California Maki (IDR 45K)

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Spicy Salmon Maki (IDR 45K)

Being a California Maki fan (I often have California Maki for lunch when I’m too lazy to cook for myself), I must say their California Maki is one of the best I’ve tasted in Jakarta! The Spicy Salmon Maki was good too, with its rice bathed in crispy crumbs.

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Salmon Aburi Sushi (IDR 12K each)

The Salmon Aburi Sushi was cooked perfectly and addictively satisfying. I was so tempted to order another 3  pieces! :/

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Tamago Yaki (IDR 10K each)

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Kabuto Wagyu (IDR 150K)

Another perfectly cooked dish, the Kabuto Wagyu was very tender and sweet. It literally melts in your mouth.

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Black Cod Sakamushi Set with rice, miso soup, and salad (IDR 140K)

Ever tried searching for cod fish in Jakarta but to no avail?? Black cod (not the imitation Indonesian Gindara) is the answer. This tasted exactly like the cod fish back home – very fresh, slick with a delicate texture.

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Nagaimo Salad (IDR 35K)

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Garlic Rice (IDR 40K)

My mom enjoyed the garlic rice, saying it was crispy and well-fried.

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Happy diners – Mom and I.

Overall, my parents were very pleased with the quality Japanese food at Sushi Massa. Everything was so fresh and delectable!! Will definitely be heading there again soon.

PS: If you’re headed to Sushi Masa on a weekend, remember to make a reservation!

Sushi Masa
Jalan Tuna Raya No. 5
(3rd floor of grey building)
Muara Baru, North Jakarta

Buy Fresh Seafood at Norwegian Seafood Store (1st floor)

Sharing the same building as Sushi Masa is the Norwegian Seafood Store, a specialty seafood and frozen goods supermarket. Another HIDDEN GEM in Jakarta.
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Warm interior of Norwegian Seafood Store.

The store sells a large variety of imported and local fish including black cod (from Alaska and Canada), salmon, unagi, grouper, red snapper, sea bass, and so on. Some of the fish are marinated, but most are not.
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Quite a big selection of fresh frozen fish.

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The store also sells frozen meat, ice-cream, sauces, and other frozen food.

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BIG crabs from Russia, anyone?

Because cod can hardly be found in Jakarta supermarkets, I bought IDR 500K worth of cod the first time I came with Christian and Sasha. This time round, I spent IDR 833K on fish and Hokkaido ice-cream (super nice!). Apparently, if you order more than IDR 500K worth of products, it can be delivered to your home. AWESOME right. 🙂 🙂 🙂
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My spoils.

Oh, and you don’t have to worry about how your seafood will survive the journey back home. The staff will help you put everything into a large Styrofoam box and pack dry ice inside.

Now you know where to get fresh frozen seafood in Jakarta! Selamat shopping!!

Norwegian Seafood Store
Jalan Tuna Raya No. 5
(1st floor of grey building)
Muara Baru, North Jakarta

Email for online order and delivery: fishshop@coldwarehouse.co.id

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