Hooters, Kemang, Jakarta, Indonesia

Hooters has come to Jakarta! Really, this is one of the boldest moves in the restaurant industry in Indonesia, which is home to the biggest Islamic population in the world. The American restaurant chain serves food (chicken wings!) and drinks in a sports bar setting, with a slight twist – your meals are served by Hooters Girls – ladies in skimpy-tight outfits which leave little to the imagination. Their mascot is an owl (“hooter”) and the double-O’s may represent something else entirely…

How does it feel to dine with such unusual concept here in Jakarta? Let’s take a look!

Hooters, newly opened in Kemang, South Jakarta
Hooters, newly opened in Kemang, South Jakarta

John Smith Café, Waterloo, Sydney

A while ago I discovered this breakfast place in Waterloo, and subsequently this post was prepared a long, long time ago, but for some reason I’d never uploaded it. Nevertheless, they were memorable and I would like to share my experience with you. Their menu options may have changed now but judging from my visit, they should still be one of the breaky places to visit.

Braised pulled pork pannini w/ coriander and mango chutney, swiss cheese, and cabbage slaw
Braised pulled pork panini w/ coriander and mango chutney, Swiss cheese, and cabbage slaw

OTAKUDOU Okonomiyaki, Grand Indonesia, Jakarta

A few months ago I had the chance to travel to Japan. Among all of the authentic Japanese dishes, one that caught my eyes was Okonomiyaki in Osaka. It was interesting to see how they mixed everything together in front of you to create one unique delicacy that foreigners dare call “Japanese Pizza“.

Upon my return, I immediately looked for the same taste in Jakarta. I remembered trying a local Okonomiyaki restaurant, only to be disappointed since what they offered resembles more like a Chinese omelette. They are quite successful, though, thanks to focusing more on the business side. I, however, wanted something more. A few weeks ago, during a food event in Grand Indonesia, it all changed when I discovered OTAKUDOU Okonomiyaki, one of the tenants there who introduced Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki.

OTAKUDOU – Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki, IDR 35,000 per slice.

What is Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki? How does it differ from its Osakan counterpart?

Barmuda Cafe, Newtown, Sydney

I love Newtown. Every time I come to this suburb of Sydney, there are always some restaurants catching my eye. This time, located just behind the you-can’t-miss-it pink building (photos below) is this classic-looking Barmuda Café. Conveniently it is just a stone-throw away from the infamous Black Star Pastry (review coming soon!).

Potato Stack

Potato Stack ($16). Crispy potato cake with scrambled eggs, grilled eggplant, rocket & tomato relish. Oh, and it’s gluten-free, too. A must-try.