Pandering for good food? Get yourself to Bandung
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta Sun, 03/12/2000 7:15 AM Life
BANDUNG (JP): One Saturday afternoon young Yeannie Adisubrata, with her three girl friends, drove her car along Jl. Kolonel Masturi, leaving the busy city of Bandung and making for its hinterland, Lembang.
""I want to reach The Peak before sunset,"" said Yeannie, who works in for international bank. During the trip she turned down the air-conditioning and opened a window, letting the cool breeze crossing the Lembang mountain range whip past her face. ""The sunset at The Peak is one of the most beautiful things here,"" she said.
Located at the top of a hill in Parompong, along the route from Bandung to Lembang, The Peak is one of the newest dining areas in Bandung and underlines the cafemania phenomenon that hit the area last year.
The newest cafe is Kampung Daun, which opened two months ago. It is located on Jl. Sersan Bajuri. According to Dwi Budi, the cafe's customer service officer, a spa and another cafe offering Mediterranean food will soon open there.
""For now we have Warung Cadas Gantung which offers local food and Cabanasfor self-cooking dining,"" she explained.
Nested in a secluded lower area and surrounded by a high rocky wall, Warung Daun's interior is traditionally designed to match nature. Each table is placed under a bamboo structure whose roofs are made of sago palm leaf. International cuisine like shabu-shabu or deep-fried calamari is available, but Kampung Daun concentrates mostly on traditional food and beverages such as nasi goreng ikan asin (fried rice with salty fish), bakso campur (mixed meat ball soup), colenak (fried cassava with shreddedcoconut topping), bandrek (a hot ginger drink) and bajigur (coconut milk drink). The dishes cost about Rp 10,000 each. Traditional touches are also found in the bar's architecture, the waiter's uniforms and also the plates and mug which are made from coconut shells.
The Peak, however, is ensconced in a modern three-story building, with glass walls offering guests the best views of the surrounding mountain valley. The Peak also only serves European food and beverages. ""One of the most favorite items on the menu here is steak,"" said Sukirman, master chef at The Peak. Local steak is between Rp 32,000 and Rp 45,000 while imported meat is about Rp 50,000.
Employing 45 people, The Peak has a 160-seat capacity and is open everyday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., according to the cafe's operations manager, Agus Erick, who was recently busy preparing the cafe's first anniversary on Feb. 27.
In Parompong, there is another cafe called Rossan Resto. But cafes with valley views can also be found in the city of Bandung. In the Dago area, there are the Calista and Lalita Cafes, which face each other. Guests of the two cafes can enjoy the scenery of Bandung city from their seats. And the prices are reasonable: only an average of Rp 10,000 per dish from theirIndonesian and international menu -- from satay to lasagna. No wonder the Calista and Lalita Cafes are always crowded.
""Except for the narrow street leading to the cafes, everything is just great. The scenery, the food and also the prices,"" said SF Gunawan, an telecommunications engineer who often dines there.
Besides the new cafes, gourmet safaris in Bandung have long been popular.For example, there is an old jam factory that is still producing on Jl. Veteran 40. This industry is owned by 80-year-old Mrs. Budiana, who startedthe business in the 1920s.
""But the heyday of our business has gone due to the industrial development in Bandung's hinterland over the last two decades, as it made it difficult to find fresh fruit for our jam,"" explained Inge, Mrs. Budiana's niece.
Selling the jam for between Rp 12,000 and Rp 24,000 per kilogram, the factory is trying hard to maintain their mulberry, pineapple, chocolate, peanut and lobi-lobi (edible fruit) jams.
Across the street there is the famous Es Bungsu. Containing avocado, cincau jelly and mixed fruit, this very sweet iced beverage is a favorite choice for local tourists. This ""brand"" was even chosen as an item to be asked in a national quiz, Kata Berkait, on an RCTI program last year.
Warungs, operated by small-scale vendors, are quite modest with old wood benches for customers. But they are always packed with teenagers who buy their favorite beverage, iced fruit, which is available at Rp 3,000 per cup, usually after eating snacks at Batagor Kingsley next door. One of Bandung's most famous foods, batagor or baso tahu goreng (fried tofu and meat balls) is served with peanut sauce with chili. At Batagor Kingsley it costs Rp 5,000.
Those who want a more international taste should try the brownies at Bawean, at one of the oldest bakeries in Bandung. The bakery on Jl. Bawean,built in the 1946s and which used to be called the Sweetheart Bakery, is also famous for its rumtarts. Another popular brownie maker is Primarasa Bakery, which has outlets on Jl. Buahbatu and Jl. Kemuning. Primarasa has four choices of brownies, sold for between Rp 17,500 and Rp 23,000. Bandungalso has a yogurt center on Jl. Cisangkuy. Various yogurt flavors -- from grapes to lychees -- are offered with sausages and baked potatoes.
Day or night, Bandung is always ready to cater for any taste.
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Our Proposed Programme
3D/2N in Bandung & 3D/3N Jakarta
Group 1 - KL-Jakarta-KL
Group 2 - KL-Bandung-Jakarta-KL
· time subject to K.Ah’s or driver (supir) advice.
· Transportation – those with contacts in Jakarta / Bandung – please arrange
· Hotel – sapa-sapa senang please check internet.
DAY 1, 6/6/09 (SATURDAY)
· Group 1 depart from KL by KLM at 4.15pm, arr Jakarta 5.15pm
· Grab a cab from airport to hotel (unless other group members want to spend the night at K.Ah’s house).
· Drop off bags at hotel n freshen up. After maghrib, dinner at Nasi Padang restaurant.
· After dinner – walk around town (shopping or window shopping) / massage
· Book a taxi (Blue Bird) tru hotel for transport to Gambir train station
DAY 2, 7/6/09 (SUNDAY)
· Early breakfast at hotel (if available, if not have breakfast on the train)
· Arrive train station 5.20am (must be at train station 1 hour before departure time)
· Depart Jkt by Argo Gede for Bandung by train at 6.45am. Enjoy the view, or sleep.
· 9.26am - Arrive in Bandung
· Take a cab to hotel & check-in (drop of bags and freshen up), walk around hotel/nearby shopping areas
· 11am - lunch
· After lunch – continue shopping
o fabrics & embroideries - Pasar Baru Wholesale Market (open 10am-5pm)
o leather / shoes – Cibaduyut (open 9.30am-9pm)
o Jeans Street – Cihampelas (open 9.30am-9pm)
DAY 3, 8/6/09 (MONDAY)
· Breakfast at hotel
· 9.00am - leave hotel for shopping exploration
o fabrics & embroideries - Pasar Baru Wholesale Market
o leather / shoes – Cibaduyut
o Jeans Street – Cihampelas
o Factory outlets - Jalan Riau (Martadinata); Jalan Dago ; Cipaganti
o More shopping places here http://indo-spot.blogspot.com/2007/11/bandung-shopping-paradise.html
o Food & drink http://bandungindonesia.blogspot.com/2007/06/ice-creampastry-and-drink-in-bandung.html
· 4.30pm – back to hotel (rest / freshen up) / maybe massage.
· 6.30pm – dinner (kalau tak penat lagi, more shopping after dinner)
DAY 4, 9/6/09 (TUESDAY)
· Early breakfast at hotel
· 7.30am - pick-up by rental van to go to Lembang
· On the way to Lembang, make a sidetrip to Bosscha, the onlyobservatorium in Indonesia. If tour members are into astronomy, if not – no stop necessary (need to make sure reservation is made and to take note on its opening hours.)
· Continue journey to Lembang and stop at one of the food stall that sellsfresh milk. One can drink fresh milk with many flavours. The milk is reallyfresh.
· Proceed to the Mt. Tangkuban Perahu. Go circling around Kawah Ratu (Queen's crater)to see the volcanic activity closely. There are other craters: Kawah Upas andKawah Domas. Beware of the tourist hawkers who sell many things at unreasonablyexpensive prices.
· Continue the journey to Sari Ater, a hot water spring complex. On the way,there is a good Sundanese restaurant, named Sindang Reret, that one can stop byfor lunch. Sari Ater is a resort with natural hot water spring pools, some recreationparks and healthy spas.
. If time permits, continue shopping
· Early dinner at Kampung Daun http://www.samyeap.com/bandung-kampung-daun-restaurant-review/
· after dinner proceed to Jakarta, take a stop at a street food stall and have some grilled 'sweet corns or grilled ketan (sticky rice) while enjoying the view of the tea plantation.
· Arrive Jakarta - Sleep at K.Ah’s house.
DAY 5 10/6/09 (WEDNESDAY)
· Early breakfast at k.Ah’s house.
· 7.30am - pick-up by rental van to go to Puncak / Bogor about 35 mi/60 km south ofJakarta, about a two-hour drive)
· On the way pass by - NATIONAL MONUMENT (MONAS) open 8.30am-5pm, the Land Mark city of Jakarta and
· Stop over shopping at RUMAH BATIK (open 10am-9pm) if agreeable to members, if not proceed to Tmn Mini.
· Visit TAMAN MIN (open 9am-5pm), the miniature houses from 26 Provinces, art andhandicraft display.
· After lunch at Bogor and walk around Bogor Botanical Garden , Proceed the tour to Cisarua - Safari Park with its various tame and wild animals.
· Visit The town of Cipanas is the home of the huge, spectacular National Flower Garden located in Kawang Luwuk Village. (A tall viewing tower in the center of the park offers panoramic views of the gardens and the mountain scenery in the background.)
· After that enjoy the most beautiful panorama of Gede Mountain at Gunung MasTea Plantation.
· Stop by at MASDJID BESAR in Puncak Tea Mountain Resort. After Dinner at localrestaurant, Drive back to Jakarta.
. If belum penat, continue shopping in Jakarta.
DAY 6 11/6/09 (THURSDAY)
· Morning – shopping
o Wholesale Market - Tanah Abang (open 8am-4pm); Mangga Dua 3-in-1 Wholesale Market (Pasar Pagi, ITC Mangga Dua & ManggaDua Mall). Open 8am-4pm.
o traditional markets - These traditional markets provide a lively glimpse into the city’s grassroots life. Among the major markets are Pasar Cikini, Pasar Tanah Abang, Pasar Baru and Pasar Mayestik. (Open 8am-4pm)
o Batik - Jakarta has plenty of Batik outlets. Sarinah and Pasaraya Grande have excellent selections of batik with all of the main styles and producers represented. Batik Keris has a large showroom at Jalan Cokroaminoto in Menteng and a shop in Plaza Indonesia. Batik Semar is in Plaza Indonesia and Blok M Plaza. Iwan Tirta produces exclusive Batik Tulis (Hand-Painted Batik) and one of Jakarta’s most famous batik designers. His showroom is at Jalan Panarukan 25, Central Jakarta or there is a shop at the Borobudur Hotel; Danarhadi Batik Gallery
o Antiques & crafts - Jalan Surabaya in Menteng is a colourful antique market that is include on most Jakarta itineraries. Pasar Seni at Ancol is another good craft market. Other notable areas for antiques and crafts is Jalan Kebon Sirih Timur, only one street away from Jalan Jaksa, for collectors and those after antique furniture who want to browse through the large shops in Ciputat, on the outskirt of the city. A couple of kilometers South of Blok M, Kemang is another hunting ground for antiques and crafts.
o Traditional handcrafted arts - Jakarta is also the city for great buys in traditional handcrafted arts. Sarinah and Pasaraya Grande department stores, both conveniently located, remain the best one-stop shopping places for Indonesia arts and crafts throughout the archipelago. Several floors of each store are dedicated to the sale of locally crafted items including textiles, weaving, carvings, paintings, silver, jewelry, basketry, puppetry, leather goods and a range of interior design items.
o Shopping malls - Elite Plaza Indonesia (adjacent to the Grand Hyatt), Plaza EX and The Plaza Semanggi in Central Jakarta in the East; Taman Anggrek Mall in West, Kelapa Gading Mall in East, WTC Mangga Dua in North, Plaza Senayan and Pondok Indah Mall in South Jakarta.
· Afternoon - group 2 sightseeing; group 1 ready to go to airport.
o Jakarta Old Town (Kota)
o Istiqlal Mosque (the biggest mosque in East Asia) and Cathedral (locatedright in front of it)
o Bird Market
o Sunda Kelapa Port / Old Harbour/ Fatahillah Square - stroll along SundaKelapa Harbour, the city's 16th-century port, where you'll find traditionalsailing ships known as Makassar schooners, or phinisi. One of the world's lastfleets of commercial sailing boats, these brightly painted ships still transportcargo between Jakarta and its outer islands.
· group 1 leaves Jkt by KLM at 6.45pm, arr KL 9.50pm
DAY 7 12/6/09 (FRIDAY)
· Group 2 leaves Jkt by Lion Air at 12.30pm, arr KL 3.30pm