The extensive menu is a combination of the best item selections from Ismaya's renowned brands; Pizza e Birra's oven-baked thin crust pizzas, Blowfish's modern Japanese Cuisine, Dragonfly and Puro's Spanish and Asian tapas menu, Kitchenette's home-cooked dishes, Sushi Groove's signature sushi, Social House's comfort food inspired from worldwide regions and of course, Ismaya Catering Co.'s signature dishes, which include Indonesian's local favorites.
Ismaya Catering Co. has opened it's second exciting pop-up project, Ismaya Catering Cafe & Galery. It features 3 different areas : An open kitchen concept, complete with Miele kitchen appliances to host culinary classes, cooking demonstrations, hands-on cooking classes, coffee art classes, and many more, that will be done periodically, a gallery space which functions as a food testing venue and meeting room to meet prospective outside catering clients' a larger and cozier dining area to accommodate small and large groups, as well as new comfortable sofa seating arrangements,
Ismaya Catering Cafe & Gallery was located at Grand Indonesia Shopping Town 5th level and they just launched their new menu on 28th February 2014 and lucky me was invited to their event two days ago. The cafe looked so homey and comfortable, they had a really nice interior. I love the ambience, the warm lighting, comfy sofa and some cute ornaments such as flower, kitchen stuffs and many more.
They had an open kitchen where you can see some food was prepared here, like meatballs and also pasta and there's bar too, where your beverages was processed. As I've told you before that they just released some new menu, of course now I want to explain it one by one from drink, appetaizer, main course and also dessert, here we come !!
>> Red Melon Berry Refresher
Their first new mocktails was Red Melon Berry Refresher mixture of watermelon, strawberry syrup and sprakling soda, as their named they're so fresh ! Can be you day refresher !! The combination between watermelon and strawberry was working !
>> Virgin Apple Mojito
Virigin Apple Mojito sounds usual but they had a really great mojito and become my favourite so far ! They had a strong flavour of mint and lemon, of course there's a lot of apple chunks in it, seriously they're an amazing mojito !
>> Nachos with Beef Chili Con Carne
Tortilla Corn Chips served with Beef Chili Con Carne and topped with sliced of jalapeno and red chili. This awesome nachos was completed with 3 dipping sauce : Salsa Sauce, Guacamole, and Sour Cream. But for me still to sweet yet delicious. So Mexican and perfect as an appetaizer.
>> Mexican Cheese Quesadilla
Another Mexican style appetaizer, This quesadilla was filled with mushroom, paprika, onion, coriander leaves and of course cheese topped with sliced jalapeno and red chili. This quesadilla was also served with 3 specials dipping sauce.
Beside that mexican style appetaizer, there's two new menu : Takoyaki (IDR 42.000) takoyaki filled with squid and cheese served with Buldog sauce, Mayonaise, Nori and Katsobushi. Another one was Shrimp, Enoki, and Tofu Fried Basket (IDR 45.000) shrimp, mushroom, and fried tofu were battered and deep-fried topped with fried garlic, salt and pepper served with sweet chili sauce.
>> Nasi Goreng Kecombrang (Fried Rice with Torch Ginger)
Fried rice was really known as Indonesian food, and here they made it more Indonesian by adding Kecombrang (Torch Ginger) which is usually used for balinese food as their main ingridients for Sambal Matah, Kecombrang has a really unique taste and I really like it, so this ordinary fried became special because of Kecombrang. Served with sunny side up eggs and pickles.
>> Soto Tangkar with Jasmine Rice
Another Indonesian main dish, Soto Tangkar with Jasmine Rice. The soto contain of meat and also tendon, sliced of tomatoes, potatoes and topped with shallots, fried onion and celeries, completely served with rice and emping. The soto was not too thick, for you who're not really into food which contain a lot of coconut milk, this soto will be great for you. Taste delicious !
>> Double Trouble Spaghetti
This was the BOOM !! Yup Double Trouble Spaghetti, combination between Ismaya Catering Co. two best seller menu ! Aglio Olio Spaghetti and Crackling Pork Belly hmmmm super duper yum ! The pasta was perfectly cooked and of course the crackling pork, hot from the aglio olio pasta because they used a lot of chili flakes and the crunchy was come from crackling pork, this was the best menu that day !! I would come here just for this great pasta, HOT and CRUNCHY !!
Beside that menu there're also Balinese Satay Lilit with Jasmine Rice (IDR 55.000) Satay lilit that made from chicken served with urap (Indonesian salad), rice and sambal kecombrang. Nasi Bakar (IDR 48.000) rice mixed with teri pedas (spicy tiny sea fish) which covered with daun pisang (banana leaves) grilled and served with fried tofu, beancurd, urap and sambal kecombrang.
>> Molten Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream
It was a warm lava chocolate cake, yep the choloate caked that will be melted if you cut it, and they're perfectly baked, the chocolate was really great ! Not overly sweet and served with vanilla ice cream and fresh strawberry, simple lovely dessert.
>> Singkong Belanda
Fried cassava served with caramel sauce and cheddar cheese, I'm one of cassava lover and if they made their cassave more tasty (add some salt before frying it) this will be a really awesome dessert ! Caramel sauce and cheese? They blended it well in your mouth ! Recommended !
Well, that's all the new menu from Ismaya Catering Cafe !! Overall, they're all good and for me the best of every section were Virgin Apple Mojito, Nachos with Beef Chili Con Carne, Double Trouble Spaghetti and Singkong Belanda. They had a really great ambience, wide variety of food which are all goods and the price still affordable even the portion was quite small for me. I wanna say thanks to Ismaya Catering Cafe by having me as their food testing panel and congratulations for your new menu.
Filipus Verdi Danutirto Tanu
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Ismaya Catering Cafe & Gallery
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town
West Mall. 5th floor
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No.1