Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Eastman Coffee, Semarang

Hello folks! It has been a year since my last visit to Semarang and I was completely puzzled in planning out where to eat there, because Semarang is not somewhere familiar to me. I barely heard of any famous cafe in Semarang, so I asked my uncle for recommendations. He has been to several cafes and one of those cafes he recommended is Eastman Coffee. Apparently, Eastman Coffee has just opened earlier this year. My brother and I went for late breakfast at 10am and the place was almost full already (aha, I could see the popularity). Eastman Coffee is located right in the center of the city, only 500 meters away from Simpang Lima. Eastman shares the same building with an up-class restaurant called Bowery on the back side. They have wide parking lot with valet service, but I am more fascinated by their location on a major road haha.

Eastman looks more like a semi fine-dining restaurant than a coffee shop tbh. Which coffee shop has chandelier and flower vase on every table?

Cafe Latte - IDR28,000
The coffee was served on a metal tray with an almond biscuit. A glass of plain water was also thoughtfully served along with the coffee. My uncle said the coffee was good, but somehow I had to disagree. My latte was smooth but too acidic for my liking. It's not that it was too strong like piccolo but it was just acidic (strong coffee doesn't need to be acidic). Perhaps I was just being unlucky this time.

Mr. PB - IDR35,000
My brother was attracted to this drink because he saw in the menu that it contained Madura salted caramel lol (he was like 'Madura produce salted caramel meh?'). Anyway, the glass might look small, but in fact it was very filling. The strong nutty flavor hit me at the first sip. We then described the taste as how 'martabak manis' tasted like haha. The milkshake itself was smooth and rich.  The salted caramel helped enhance the overall flavor to be less nutty.

Balinese Fried Rice - IDR35,000
They also have Indonesian food in the menu. This Balinese fried rice came with sate lilit, chicken feet crackers, fried egg, sambal and acar on the side. I tried a spoonful and I found nothing special. I am never a fan of Balinese spices and I don't think I will ever be.


Sweet Chick - IDR40,000
I opted for this American soul food as I wanted something savory and sweet. I'm gonna rave about this dish and you should really get this when you visit Eastman (disclaimer: I had never tried fried chicken with waffles before, thus I don't have any benchmark). I forgot to ask for the maple syrup to be served separately, but thankfully it wasn't as sweet as I thought. The waffle was well-made. It wasn't the crispy type but it was buttery and dense. The chicken was da bomb. I love how it was tender, crispy-skinned and flavorful without being too greasy. I devoured everything including the mesclun (I don't usually finish my mesclun lol). The serving was also hearty for the price. Man, feed me this anytime!





Overall, I had my breakfast here in contentment. Not only the place was charming, but the food was also above my expectations. The service was okay albeit not very courteous. Couldn't believe we only spent around IDR160,000 for 2 people to dine in such fancy ambiance - it's something you can't encounter in big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya.

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Jl. Ahmad Yani 140
Semarang, Indonesia 50241

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Spiegel Bar & Bistro + Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery, Semarang

One place you definitely must visit in Semarang is Kota Lama (old town). While you are here, make sure to drop by the historical Spiegel Bar & Bistro. It is located across the famous Gereja Blenduk (dome church). Spiegel is actually the name of a building that was built in 1895 and has been revamped to a bar and bistro.



When you step inside, you will feel like going back to the colonial era with the rustic interior and soft retro music playing in the background. The dining area is very spacious, I felt like eating in a castle dining hall haha.

Festive mood is in the air <3


Hot Caramel Latte - IDR30,000
Their blend of coffee was smooth with fruity finish. The caramel flavor was there although I would expect a stronger taste. Kudos for the pretty latte art, which is simple but matters.


Bitterballen - IDR30,000
Bitterballen is Dutch-style croquette where the meat filling is shaped into a ball and coated with coarse breadcrumbs. I could really taste the savory and meaty flavor in every bite. The fried ball was already flavorful to eat on its own without the dipping. Bitterballen is always served piping hot inside, so try not to immediately have your first bite as soon as it is served. You have been warned.



Classic Caesar Salad - IDR35,000
One thing you might want to note, Spiegel's Caesar salad is not like your usual Caesar salad. Firstly, they use a slice of crispy toast to replace the diced croutons. Secondly, they throw in some flower petals to the salad. Whut?! I got a mini heart attack when I saw flower petals in my salad - I thought they fell down out of nowhere lol. I have never eaten flower petals before in my life (I don't even think it's actually edible), but turned out it tasted unique with fragrant floral scent. The lettuce was fresh and crispy but sadly the dressing was too little and the chicken meat was a bit tough to chew. I also found a small piece of plastic inside my salad (fortunately I didn't eat it). When I told the staff about it, she only smiled and said 'oh ya' while clearing up the plate. What a gesture. I didn't expect to get refund or what, but my feedback was genuinely meant for them to be more careful in the future so that this thing would not happen again to other customer.


Overall, I quite enjoyed my short visit to Spiegel despite a few misses that happened. I am particularly impressed on how the owner managed to revive Spiegel building without altering the original facade. There is no eerie feeling at all - rather, it gives a very relaxing vibe. I would not mind to give this place another visit in the future, perhaps to try their cocktails or gelato

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Jl. Letjen Suprapto 24, Kota Lama
Semarang, Indonesia 50174
+6224-3580049
Opening hours: 10am - 12am (Mon - Thu) // 10am - 1am (Fri - Sun)



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From Spiegel, I headed to Semarang Contemporary Art Gallery which is located about 100 meters away. Just follow the sign, go along the street-side antique kiosks and you will find the art gallery entrance.

You will pass by this antique kiosks on the way to the gallery

This is the entrance of SCAG. The entrance fee is IDR10,000 per person. They change the exhibition regularly and when I went there the current exhibition was 'Heaven is Mindset' by German artist Franziska Fennert. I enjoyed exploring the museum even though I'm not a museum kinda person lol. Anyway, photo spam below...





















Hello Michael Jackson?


Naked boy in front of the restrooms lol





I always get excited when I see cats haha

Til then Semarang!