DF Patisserie

Today's post is a bit different than what I normally publish here.
Usually it's always about the bricks-and-mortar eateries.
Yet this one is currently operating online.
Meet DF Patisserie.
DF Patisserie stands for Dira Fachry's Patisserie.
I was stumbled upon it by chance.
Around 2 weeks ago I was searching for a birthday cake
and I told one of my friends about this.
Basically she's the one who introduced me to DF Patisserie
and I believe we have similar taste,
so I reached out to Dira and the rest is history.
So what makes DF Patisserie different?
Hearing from my friend who is a friend of Dira, the pastry chef
herself (it's a small world after all),
the distinct part lies on the ingredients.
Dira takes the matter of ingredients very seriously.
Spending some years in Australia did that to her. 
To the point that most of DF Patisserie's ingredients
are still sourced from Down Under.
Writer's Note:
Being an occasional baker myself,
I have experienced how hard it is to get my hands
on some premium ingredients (yup, even in Jakarta).
So, good job, Dira!
Since everything was so tempting,
I had difficulty to choose which pie to order.
In the end, here goes my choice:
[ Chocolate Crumble Pie ]
Topped with big chunks of chocolate cookie,
this dark chocolate pie is a must order
if you're planning to order your first treat from DF Patisserie!
Spoiler: The dark chocolate pie also features a salty twist from the use of sea salt.
 This one here is their soft-baked goodness, I mean, cookies.
I'm actually a fan of crisp-hard cookies,
yet this one makes me think to convert
After few minutes thinking, I'm still team #crispycrunchycookies.
It's a harsh truth but not many soft-baked cookies are worth to buy.
Not every soft-baked cookies out there can be soft and chewy like this.
About the first and second photo here,
those babies are assorted choux.
My personal favourite would be:
Chocolate Crumble, Nutella, and Praline.
P. S. My friend is a huge fan of their Raspberry Choux.
Sorry, I can't be on the same page about this. :d

+62 818 333 163
Pie comes in 3 different sizes: 16/20/24 cm
Cookies come in a box of dozen
Choux comes in a box of 10 pieces
Price starts from IDR 100k - 275k

Tous les Jours

Or, everyday.
Yes, that's the meaning of those French words.
I love how short and beautiful it is.
How do you give meaning to your "everyday"?
For me, a cup of gratitude and a plate of mindfulness
do help me to be fully in present, everyday.
Start giving a meaning to your everyday.
It's a cliche.
Yet, fail to do so will usually end you up
in having mundane, humdrum life.
You don't want that, do you?

Taken at current favourite branch of Tous les Jours.

ASAGAO coffee house

Serpong coffee scene is indeed getting merrier.
Few coffee shop has popped up in the suburb after Turning Point.
Including this one, ASAGAO coffee house.

Since I'm helping out here, I won't do the usual review.
It might get biased, and I want to keep being fair and objective on this blog.

With lots of sun exposure,
all those pretty corners do get complemented really well.
It's almost effortless to have a beautiful picture taken here.

The use of wooden element can be seen everywhere on the site.

Do click on the image to get a better view of the mural.

Totoro pie, anyone?

I'm #TeamRilakkuma all the way!
Kori Kohi - When warm milk meets coffee cubes.
Taken by @ryansoegi
One-of-a-kind tea bowl, made by Tekuni Keramik.
On another note, would totally recommend their Genmaicha!

Same goes for the latte cups, flown all the way from Bali.

What I eat most when I'm at ASAGAO:
Plie au Chocolate and Butter Croissant.
Hands down, the best Plie I've ever tried, period.
And I know there are many people who agree with me on this,
since I've been told that the Plie sold out almost everyday!
As for the Butter Croissant, am actually not a fan of butter croissant until I tried this. #enoughsaid

Did you know, all those blue coasters they place under the
coffee cups are hand-knitted by [ sunday space ]?
You can check the basket near the pastry case for more items or their Instagram: @sunday.space.
ASAGAO is a Japanese word for the morning glory flower.
Yet it also means the people at ASAGAO wish you to have a glorious morning.
A great start is what it takes to seize the day!
But of course, it's definitely okay to come on the evening!
"The morning pouring everywhere, its golden glory on the air." - H. W. Longfellow
P. S. Forgot to mention, the succulents on the tin bowls are supplied by @sunday.space, and you can actually buy it.

ASAGAO coffee house
Ruko Graha Boulevard A9
Gading Serpong - Tangerang 15810
Mon - Thu: 10 AM - 9 PM
Fri - Sun: 10 AM - 11 PM


Quietly tucked in at the backside of Pelaspas Dharmawangsa,
here comes BUT FIRST COFFEE.
The name is very straightforward, nothing pretentious.
Just like the design of the coffee shop itself.
Warm and humble.
With a lot of wooden element, giving it a rustic vibe.
Every cup here is fondly made by Ignasius Tommy.
A fan of his work for these cups.
Photogenic spots everywhere you turn.
I warn you.
From the table above, you can sit calmly while your coffee is being brewed.
At that time, only 1 barista was working the magic behind the bar.
Patience will be required during your visit here.
On the pic: Where the magic happens.
On the pic: Sun-kissed space.
To sum up my experience,
it was a 98 out of 100 points.
2 points were taken since the cold beverage didn't taste
as good as the hot one and since it's hard to take
a good shot of the coffee indoor (due to the dim light).
That's why I was left with only this pic.
Put that aside,
it would be hassle and my hot coffee would turn cold 
if I took more time just to capture how my coffee looks.
That's not the point of going to a coffee shop, no?
Ending this post in black and white,
just because I can.
Have a great Monday, folks!
- P. S. If you feel those pics above are quite blurry,
you should click on the image to view the real resolution I posted.
Pelaspas Dharmawangsa
Jl. Dharmawangsa Raya No. 4
Kebayoran Baru - Jakarta 12160
8 AM - 10 PM

Food (C)rave: The Halal Boys

Inspired by the famous The Halal Guys from New York,
here comes The Halal Boys.

Just tried the most talk about gyro rice bowl for today's lunch,
with the help of Go-Jek (Go-Jek is definitely a life saver at times like this).
Opted for Half & Half (IDR 55k) which means chicken and lamb over rice.
Flavorwise, the chicken didn't taste as strong as the lamb.
Maybe they do it intentionally to balance the flavour,
or maybe it's better when being eaten separately.

Yet didn't really work for me when I mixed it.
Still think the chicken can use up more spices. :)

What I like the most about my food today:
the generous portion and the long-grain yellow rice (should be basmati).
P. S. Now that Middle Eastern food is on the rise,
wonder if Gyros Alley will also get this much buzz when they open for business. Halal Guys - http://halalguysid.com - will definitely get much hype when they open for business this August. Stay tuned, folks!

Jl. Hang Lekir 2 No. 4
Kebayoran Baru
Business Hours:
Mon - Thu: 11 AM - 10 PM
Fri - Sat: 11 AM - 1 AM
Sun: 8 AM - 10 PM

Food (C)rave: Publik Markette

Hello June!
Another month, yet still got a long list of delayed posts. :\

Anyway, I'm pretty sure most of you guys (who live in Jakarta and surrounding area) go to Central Jakarta every now and then, especially on weekends.

Now this establishment in Grand Indonesia is rather new in town (if I don't post this late, I actually can say "this brand new establishment"). Yet I believe they already garnished some loyal diners on their own.

From the concept to the experience, Publik Markette brings something fresh and true to its name.

That is, a food market where everyone can pick some freshly made delicacies on the kitchen counter (officially called as food gallery), and sometimes can also interact with their friendly chefs who are more than happy to provide details on their creations.
With the ever-changing daily menu, the probability for you to get bored if you come here twice a week is very small. Note that the constantly changed menu only applies to their food gallery which opens during lunch hour and dinner time. A la carte menu is available to fill the gap in between.
Lunch: 11.30 AM - 2.30 PM
A la Carte: 3 PM - 5 PM
Dinner: 6 PM - 9.30 PM
Sounds like a happy place for hungry tummy, huh?
Yet, Publik Markette proves it can be more than that.
With an island bar fully stocked with bottles of your favourite liquor, thirsty fellow are very welcomed here!
If you eat pork, then I strongly recommend you to order their Crispy Pork Belly!
If you don't, no worries, there are many things to choose from their food gallery; Rotisserie Chicken, Crostone, and Quiche Monsieur to name a few. For side dish, I would suggest their Saffron Paella, Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin, and Turkey Bacon Mac & Cheese.
Great food called for great companion. All these delectable pictures on this post are taken by Albert from Palming Pebbles, thank you~! Yours truly only did the photo editing and writing for this post. ;)
Follow Publik Markette on Instagram for their daily menu updates, and of course, tempting visual of your soon-to-be favourite food. :d

Publik Markette
Grand Indonesia // East Mall - Ground Floor
Accessible from Central Dept. Store
Jl. M. H. Thamrin No. 1
Jakarta 10310

Food (C)rave: Populi Kitchen • Bar • People

Last time I had dinner here, it was somewhere in 2013.
Then from what I heard, this place was closed for renovation.
Visited this place again last week, not disappointed at all with my food
but they really need to improve on the promptness of their service.
Combination of blue tiles and the terracotta-colored floor is simply dashing.
With the light falls into the right place and mirrors occupying some sides,
the space is lit with the work of reflection.
Food itself was very cheap considering the whole look of the place.
Ranging from IDR 20k something to IDR 38k on average for the main course.
We had OX XO which was beef toungue with sambal hijau on top of the rice,
risotto with mushroom and sausage, and pasta with corned beef.
All priced at 38k each with just the right amount of serving (I kid you not).
We were shocked (in a good way) with pretty much everything that night.

The highlight of the night is the ambience of this newly renovated place, very stylish I must say.
Definitely will come back soon. :)

Ruko Asiatic Blok B15/36
Jl. Permata Sari, Lippo Village
Karawaci, Tangerang
Open from Monday to Sunday
From 5 PM to 12 AM