Saturday, August 19, 2017

The Fat Turtle, Bali

The Fat Turtle is a small cafe that serves all day breakfast, desserts and coffee. It is located on Jl. Petitenget next to Deus ex Machina shop and opposite Potato Head Beach Club main gate. When I visited this cafe, 90% of the guests were foreigners - suddenly I felt like I was somewhere in Australia haha.

The atmosphere was very laid-back. The sofa where I sat on was plied with coffee bean sack and I love how they converted a sewing table to a dining table.


Mocha - IDR28,000
Sadly enough, my hot mocha wasn't very pleasant despite the beautifully crafted latte art. The caffeine wasn't kicking enough and the chocolate flavor was faint.


Red Velvet Pancakes - IDR55,000
The Fat Turtle cafe is famous for its red velvet pancakes so I made sure to try it on my visit. I understood why. Major love for the pancakes! They were super fluffy and the cream cheese was not overly cheesy, just the way I liked it. There were only 4 pieces honeycomb but dayum I was a fan - they kinda reminded me of Garrett's caramel popcorn. The vanilla ice cream and the chocolate soil created a perfect match together. Not just delicious, the presentation was a winner too, although the cream cheese slipped off the pancake when it was served haha. To my surprise, triple stack of pancake was more than enough to refuel my tummy.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time here. The pancake was just too good and I would definitely come back for it! If you are a sucker for pancake, The Fat Turtle is a place you simply cannot miss when you are in Bali.

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Jl. Petitenget 886A, Seminyak
Bali, Indonesia 80361
+628998912127

IG: thefatturtlebali
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lantern, Bali

Lantern is an Southeast Asian-inspired eatery located on Jl. Petitenget. It stays true to the process of making every dish from scratch and by hand using the freshest ingredients. When I came here for early lunch at 11am, this place was empty and there was only one in-charge staff.


The place looks cheerfully bright in white and yellow colors during the daylight. Although it has no aircon, the fans were cooling enough to me.


Thai Iced Tea - IDR30,000
The Thai iced tea came in layers, which means I need to stir it up before drinking. The drink was nice and I could taste the fragrant tea aroma. However, I don't think the serving size justifies the price enough.



Holy Basil & Chicken - IDR65,000
Among all kinds of food - from Singaporean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Thai to Malaysian food - my pick went to Thai food. The portion was enormous! The minced chicken was given in an abundant amount and it was well-seasoned. The fried egg was the highlight of this dish - the saltiness level was just right. And the most important part, this dish wasn't spicy unlike other versions of basil chicken that I had tried.


Bluntly speaking, the service had a huge room for improvement. I was a service staff intern in a 5* resort that puts hospitality above everything, so I see customer service as the most crucial element of an F&B business and I get irritated easily with places that implement service charge yet they can't afford to deliver good service! Since the very first time I stepped inside Lantern, I saw no sign of welcoming. The staff pretended not to see me (I don't know if she did it purposely or not) and acted if she's busy with her paperwork until I approached her, asking sarcastically whether the restaurant had opened yet.

Well, that's not the end. After my food had come, I politely asked her to help me take a picture. She just nodded her head, took 2 pictures of me, and went away. Yes, she went away without saying any word! Whereas, in some other cafes the staffs would gladly help me take pics and they would ask me to check the pics they took whether I was okay with them or I wanted a retake. They would wait until I finished checking, thanked them or asked for a retake and informed them on how to adjust the brightness, focus, and so forth until it fitted my desired result. I checked the pictures and they didn't look nice. Too much exposure and not focused enough. You can see in my pic above that my face was only half bright - I've done my best to edit it. I was damn pissed off, what disappointed me more was the fact that I was the only patron that time - come on, are you that busy mbak?! I would understand if your place was crowded, but it's not! If you're in a hurry to finish your paperwork, that's your own fault, why don't you finish it before the restaurant's opening time?! After I finished eating, the staff casually asked me 'have you done?'. I just nodded and let her clear up my plate. Actually I wanted to ask for the wi-fi password from the very beginning but I decided to refrain myself from doing so upon receiving her frigid treatment. Lazy already.

Overall, I like the food and ambiance here, but my only concern is their service. PLEASE improve it, because in F&B business, good food means nothing without good customer service.

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Jl. Petitenget 17, Kerobokan
Bali, Indonesia 80361
+62361-733192
IG: lanternbali
Opening hours: 10am - 11.30pm

Friday, July 7, 2017

Calibre Coffee Roasters, Surabaya

Today I drove my mom to a coffee shop near my house called Calibre Coffee Roasters (actually it's not so near la, given the fact that I still needed to drive haha). Frankly speaking, this was one of those rare occasions that I went to a cafe with my mom. Normally, I would go with my close friends or cousins since we're already clicked - thus, we could spend a few hours together without looking awkward.

This cafe is strategically located in the heart of Surabaya and majority of its patrons are youngsters. There are indoor and outdoor areas - outdoor area is suitable for smokers. Calibre occupies the space of a colonial-style house, whereby the front part has been converted into a hipster-looking cafe.

These hanging lightbulbs add more hipster feeling to the cafe

When I saw some seats upon the windowsill that had a view to the main road, I immediately 'chope' them before proceeding to the counter for ordering process. Taking a glance at their menu board, there are not many options of heavy meal, but the usual cafe fares like sandwiches, salad, French toast, pasta, and cakes on display are available.

Shaken Iced Tea - IDR20,000
Not just ordinary iced tea, it's shaken iced tea (hence the frothy surface). My mom didn't expect it to taste so plain - she thought that some sugar had been added beforehand.


Caffe Latte - IDR30,000
A trip to a hipster coffee shop is not complete without getting a dose of caffeine. The latte art looks kinda vague. I took my first sip and it was pleasant. It carried a good ratio between acidity and milkiness. However, my mom complained that it was too acidic for her liking, as she had been accustomed to drinking instant milk coffee lol. Therefore, when a cup of freshly-roasted coffee was given to her, she got surprised of its acidity. I'm no coffee connoisseur, but I think it is safe to say that my latte was enjoyable.


Spicy Beef Bacon Penne in Tomato Cream Sauce - IDR55,000
I shared this pasta with mom since we were both too full to get each of us a main course. I was underestimating their food - I initially thought that cafe food would be mediocre. But when they said it's spicy, they really meant it. The spiciness was no joke for a non-spicy eater like me, but mom said it tasted fine.


Choco Oreo Mille Crepes - IDR35,000
This mille crepe was supplied by Lareia, I suppose? It had super soft texture, chocolatey taste and sweet Oreo finish. Definitely no regret paying IDR35,000 for this!




Was it awkward to actually spend time in a coffee shop with mom? Not really, she could be a pretty good photographer and we could chat about random stuffs while consuming the food haha. Sitting next to the big window glass is really helpful to add natural lighting to my photos. Furthermore, it's an enjoyment for me to see what's happening on the road outside and do people-watching. The atmosphere is homey and laid-back with some blues and jazz tunes playing in the background. The service was okay, although I felt that the counter staffs could deliver more eye contact to customers. Cafe hoppers, do give this place a try!

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Jl. Walikota Mustajab 67-69
Surabaya, Indonesia 60272
+6231-5454801
IG: calibrecoffeeroasters
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm (Mon - Thu & Sun) // 10am - 11.30pm (Fri - Sat)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie, Bali

Have I mentioned before that I’m the type of person who eats dessert for lunch? I know it sounds weird but I obviously don’t mind just eating cakes instead of heavy meal. So this afternoon I visited Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie (the name reminds me of TWG Tea Salon) in Kerobokan area. The place was rather empty with only one group of ang mohs having brunch. After I had seated, a staff handed me a menu book and informed me that hot meals and some beverage menus were not available due to the blackout (yes they’re having power failure that time, no wonder it felt so hot as the place was supposed to be aircon-ed)!. That being said, I could only order their cakes and cold beverages like iced teas and mojitos. Oh well, I was disappointed but it wouldn’t be nice to leave – I thought it would be offensive to them lol.

Anyway, the place still looks pretty despite the blackout (luckily I came on the daytime, otherwise I would not be able to appreciate the beautiful interior in the dark right?). I sat right next to the window – enough to make me feel like staying in an old English house in the countryside haha. I adore the Parisian-style decor with turquoise pastel color – it looks so chic and enchanting.

The outdoor area is narrow but Instagrammable

Ice Tea - IDR20,000
I wanted to have a cup of hot cappuccino or latte to go with the cakes but since hot drinks were not available, I got myself a glass of iced tea instead. The drink was forgettable but the presentation looked chio haha.



Nutella Croissant - IDR18,000
From the bread selection, my pick went to this Nutella croissant. The croissant itself has several variants like almond, Nutella, green tea and salted egg yolk. I wanted to have the salted egg one, but for the second time I was made disappointed for not being able to order it as they would need a microwave to re-heat the croissant. Okay fine. Even though it was not served warm, the croissant was still enjoyable. Besides having flaky skin, the texture was soft and slightly chewy. The Nutella filling was generous as well albeit not flowy as I thought it would be.


Green Tea Eclair - IDR32,000
Besides Nutella croissant, I got myself a piece of green tea eclair too because why didn't I indulge myself with the best of both worlds (I'm talking about Nutella and green tea here)? The choux was a tad dry for my liking. The green tea filling was clotted when I cut the choux but nevertheless it was delicious and it had a delightful green tea scent.




It was a good tai tai time spent at Angelita, although it would be much better if there wasn't any blackout haha. It was so awkward without any background music - the place was so quiet that even the staffs talked to each other whispering lol). The desserts were all good, if only they were not that pricey. I felt heavy-hearted paying 15% tax and service charge for two small cakes and a glass of iced tea *sobs*. But overall, I would recommend this place to visit when you are in Bali. Indulge in the princessy atmosphere and get your camera ready all the time as every corner is worth an Instagram post. They also have afternoon tea package on weekends (yup, it's available on weekends only - what’s the point of calling themselves a tea salon then haha).

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Jl. Raya Kerobokan 10A
Banjar Taman, Kerobokan
Bali, Indonesia 80361
+6281238974888
IG: angelitapatisserie
Opening hours: 8am - 7pm (Mon - Thu) / 8am - 8pm (Fri - Sun)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Livingstone Cafe & Bakery + Lycklig, Bali

Exploring cafes in Bali is a never ending thing to do! This time round, I tried another Instagrammers-pick cafe: Livingstone Cafe & Bakery. Livingstone is situated next to Kokonut Suites. It occupies the first floor of a 2-storey building - the second floor is owned by another eatery, Faculty Kitchen & Bar. Besides cafe, Livingstone is also a bakery - you will see bread displays on your left near the main entrance (psst, make sure to try their ever-popular watermelon-shaped bread).



The area is rather spacious, no need to worry of sitting very closely table-to-table. The use of glass wall allows the sun ray to get in - it was very bright that even a staff had to pull down the curtain to reduce the brightness haha.

Iced Chocolate - IDR35,000
The drink is made using Jembrana chocolate from Korte. Well, Korte is a well-known chocolate drink brand in Indonesia, so no doubt with the taste! I love every single slurp of it - it was so chocolatey, even after the ice cubes had melted down.


Chicken Pesto - IDR75,000
There is no breakfast menu like egg benedict of big breakkie here. They only have light bites, main course, pasta, sandwiches and burgers which are quite pricey for cafe: starting from IDR50,000. I chose to get some pasta since I hadn't eaten my breakfast yet. You can opt for spaghetti, tagliatelle or penne. I had penne to avoid the messiness of eating long-strain pasta lol. I had to admit, the serving was seriously huge that I could not finish it by myself (just so you know, I came with an empty, growling tummy). Anyway, it was good in taste. The herb was strong and the grilled chicken slices were generous as well, topped with crumbed feta cheese which gave a unique touch to the whole dish.

This place is really comfortable to chill the whole day, be it alone or with a group of friends. The food is slightly overpriced, but okay lah, at least the serving is huge. Service was decent, however, some staffs needed to look more approachable by putting a smile on their faces.

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Jl. Petitenget 88
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361
+62361-4735949
Opening hours: 7am - 10pm



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I continued my journey to Lycklig for some dessert. Lycklig is a nitrogen ice cream parlour located on Jl. Petitenget. By the way, Lycklig is located on an alley, but it's relatively easy to find as you would see Lycklig signage from the main road. The place looks catchy from outside with bright yellow color.




I love the interior, it looks so cheerful and bright with cute doodles on the walls. Actually here we can create our own ice cream mix, but when I came there this option wasn't available, and they only had medium and large sizes.




Rice Bubble Nutella - IDR40,000 (medium size)
I wanted to have something chocolatey thus I picked this Rice Bubble Nutella. The making process didn't take long - my ice cream was ready to serve in a short while. The medium cup was layered with a large-sized cup containing some dry ice inside to keep the ice cream chilled. This Rice Bubble Nutella was made with hazelnut-based ice cream, too bad the hazelnut flavor wasn't strong enough for my liking. It's served with a tiny Nutella injection and topped off with Nutella spread (which was hardened and looked like poop lol). There were also some rice crispies which complemented the ice cream perfectly, giving a crunchy sensation to the mouth.

I don't mind coming back to try more of Lycklig's flavors. The place was cute-looking, comfortable, and the staffs were friendly to me. I wondered why this place was empty - in fact they had good ice cream and the price is not very expensive either (compared to other N2O gelato ice cream shops with above IDR40,000 price tag). Oh ya, they also provide free plain water to cleanse your throat after eating the sweet ice cream.

Know what's similar between my day-offs and this ice cream? They both didn't last long :(
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Gang Cempaka 4
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak
Bali, Indonesia 80361
Opening hours: 10am - 10pm