BigParma (Closed)

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After the first invitation in Sangrai, Bandung, I back to visit the second invitation from the same owner of Sangrai in an Italian resto called BigParma. Ever heard bout Parma? You must be know if you a football maniac hahaha, but do you know that Parma is also has a best cheese product in Europe. Nah, that was the BigParma is all about. They barely wanna show us the variant of cheese from Parma that other resto rarely to use. Furthermore, they also wanna introduce us with the other variants of Italian food instead of pasta, pizza, spaghetti, you name it! BigParma has its specialty in serving Parmigiana. Strange, right? Lemme explain a little to you.

Parmigiana is a Southern Italian dish made with a shallow-fried sliced filling, layered with cheese and tomato sauce, then baked. Parmigiana made with a filling of aubergine (eggplant) is the earliest version. Variations made with breaded meat cutlets, such as veal and chicken parmigiana, have been popularized in other countries, usually in areas of Italian immigration.  (www.wikipedia.org)

However, due to Indonesia taste, the Parmigiana term in BigParma has been modified.

Parmigiana is a Southern Italian dish made by chicken fillet covered with flour, fried then bake into an oven and served with melted Parma authentic cheese, handmade tomato sauce, fried fries, and salad. (BigParma's term)



As I understood enough to what Parmigiana is, I started to satisfy my tummy with the Original Parmigiana first. It was really a chicken fillet yet I remembered it similar with chicken katsu in Japanese dish. The surprising thing was it really covered with handmade tomato sauce and melted cheese. Yay! The texture of the chicken fillet was good and the cheese was sooooo definitely heaven! Really never tried this kind of cheese before. So far I met a melted cheese who really melted in my mouth, but this one melted in the chicken fillet not melted in my mouth. It’s even created a chewy and savory sensation. I can even chewing the super soft cheese! Great. I dunno why I love the not melted sensation in mouth of this Parma cheese. The taste was also different with similar cheese I’ve ever tasted. However, after several pieces of the parmigiana came into my tummy, I was getting full and wamble. Dunno why maybe it caused by the original taste of tomato sauce that unfamiliar in my Indonesian’s tongue. Watchout BigParma, except your market are tourists or food enthusiasts who loves to try many kind of cuisines, the Indonesian people might be unfamiliar and tend to avoid such taste, think to add a little ingredients or modification to make it familiar with average people who at least dining without any expectation in your resto.

  
On the other hand, my tastebud was getting better when trying the Smoked Beef Parmigiana, the tomato sauce tent to sweeter and savory than the Original one. The Smoked Beef on the top is also baked well and the portion of both is enough.


As my tummy getting full, I only could spent one more dish. So, I decided to take Chicken O’Balls. Unfortunately, it’s not even trigger my appetite due to the chicken was still frozen. How come?! When I get rid the crunchy covered of, I got a frozen and feels-like-raw chicken! I thought that this is a frozen chicken that directly being fried. Euuww, it’s failed BagParma. Sorry. Consider that you better boiled the frozen chicken before going to the frying pan. 


Having dissapointed by the snacks, I directly close my lunch with drinks. I ordered Blueberry Juice and Green Tea Blended. For God Sake, I looovve the Blueberry Juice! It’s fresh and the original of blueberry taste really dancing in my tongue. Aaah delicioso!


The Green Te Blended, however, not too good. Too much milk, less green tea. Feels like drink a skim milk with pandanese flavor, sort of. 


Oh ya, in the opening before tasting the main course, I also tasting their coffee. Hot Caramel Coffee and Hot Cappuccino. Both are not too interesting for me. It feels like a sachet of cappuccino brewing in my glass. The caramel was also not blended with the coffee. I even can’t distinguish whether it’s the cappuccino or the caramel one. It’s mostly similar.


I only noted that actually this resto should consider their menu variation. As I see in the list, the menu similar with Western not too Italian. BigParma might be reconsider to make really authentic Parmigiana menu that suit with Indonesian tongue, except they wanna change the concept into a real Italian resto. 

Thanks Pak Joy dan Pak Samsul for the invitation. I’m waiting the new menus of BigParma, lho! Hehehe..

How bout you who loves Italian food, eatersuntildiee? If you have a chance to taste BigParma, do you feel the same Indonesian-Italian tongue with me or am I too Indonesian til I can’t enjoy the original Italian cuisine haha....Can’t wait to hear your story. Au revoir.
 

BigParma


Jl. Cemara 83, Sukajadi
Bandung
(next to Brands United FO)

Telp. (022) 91566224

@BIG_PARMA
Open from 10.00 – 21.00 WIB

Now Cooking: Sangrai

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Bandung is called as one of never ending culinary destination in Indonesia. I always agree for that statement due to me always craving for other culinary destinations here. On October, 2011, an owner of two breakthrough restaurant in Bandung invited me to taste their resto. Me certainly head over heels to visit such resto, one is Indonesian, the other is Italian. Then, when I was visiting my boyfriend in Bandung two weeks ago, I got a chance to visit the first resto, namely Sangrai. 



The resto is located at Jalan Riau 63, next to Heritage FO. Actually it is in one area with the FO. People can easily find the typical sundanese resto with a wooden wall and table and a big board with the resto name ‘Sangrai’ in front of the resto.  As I stepped my feet in the resto, I felt that this wasn’t kind of resto, me might be called this as cafĂ©. Because there is only several table, about 50 capacities of people. The ambience is quite nice, supported by the warm weather of Bandung and the wooden tables that make it feel homey. My tastebud suddenly appeared when I looking into a display of several menus of Sangrai. As the waiter gave me the menu list, it was inside my expectation. The menu is typical Indonesian resto since the market of which is mostly the tourists and people who looking for authentic Indonesian cuisine.


Actually, it was boring for me to read such Ayam Goreng, Iga Bakar, Nasi Goreng or Roti Bakar in the menu that I easily find in Jakarta. However, when the waiter explained they have other variants of Rice Package (Nasi Komplit), I agreed to try it. Sangrai, whose name comes from a Sundanese proverb ‘Sangrai’ which means a hereditary, served variant of Rice Package such as Nasi Timbel Bakar Komplit, Nasi Hijau Pandan Komplit, Nasi Ungu Ubi Komplit, Nasi Tutug Oncom Komplit, etc. My tastebud rolled into the Nasi Ungu Ubi and Nasi Hijau since I was curious how did the taste of rice combined by sweet potatoes hehehe….

Before the two of Rice Package hit my tummy, a plate of Tahu Gerus Pedas strokes my tummy first. This menu is actually a snack for appetizer. The good news is to follow and mention twitter account of Sangrai @SANGRAIBDG or upload your photo in their facebook http://facebook.com/sangraibdg, you can get free Tahu Gerus Pedas every purchase all menus. Yay! The Tahu Gerus Pedas has its spicy level one to three chilies.  Me not a spice food lover, so I ordered the one with one chili. The food remembered me of Tahu Gejrot, a kind of mince tofu with special sauce. This one only a mince fried tofu with chili. It was tasteless. My tastebud only taste a spicy flavor from the chili. I thought that Sangrai should consider to add a little of salt in the tofu.


Soon the Rice Package served into me. Wow, I love the appearance of both Nasi Ungu Ubi and Nasi Hijau Pandan. Colourful. Both Rice Package consists of gepuk (a mashed beef), fried tempe and tofu, salted fish, lalapan (lettuce and tomato) and sambal. My tummy was spoiled by Nasi Hijau Pandan since I’ve never taste the same Nasi Hijau as this one before. The one I’ve ever tasted only nasi hijau covered with pandanus flavor, but this one has a best texture of rice and combined with Suji leaves which its fiber united with the rice. It’s very savory, aromatic, sweet, aahh I couldn’t explain more except it’s tasty! I definitely will back for this one!



Meanwhile, the Nasi Ungu Ubi which made from a combination of purple sweet potatoes and rice tasted so-so for me. I didn’t know why the texture of the rice was different with Nasi Hijau Pandan. It’s more sticky.  Maybe it caused by the sweet potates in which. Ya at least the additional menus like the gepuk and the others satisfied my tummy hehehe...


So, next the dessert is the famous Batagor Karasa hahaha. I didn’t insist if somene give me various kind of Batagor as long as it comes handmade from Bandung hahaha. I dunno why the texture and taste is different with any other Batagor in other city. 


This one, was quite tasty for me. The texture of the spring roll skin is very crunchy and I love the sauce. Very nutty, savory and goes sweet after passing my throat by. I also tasted two kinds of yoghurt, Strawberry and Mango, which is definitely handmade. Wow, I never heard before a resto prepare a handmade yoghurt except they using a ready-to-drink yoghurt. I saw how they made the drink. However, sorry to say that handmade yoghurt was too sour and the portion was too big. Hello, Sangrai someday you should consider that people will getting full in the second sip of yoghurt if you still served that in a tall glass. Better to put it in a small glass and people can enjoy the drink better. Fortunately, my tummy was helped by a giant glass of Sweet Ice Tea. It was neutralized my tummy. Phiuh.


  

Overall, I enjoyed to have lunch here. The serving was good. The price was very kind for Indonesian food’s range. I might said that Sangrai should consider to resize its area to become more bigger. I believe this resto will hit the city as they soon will make a breakthrough in opening this resto till late night and serving various night snacks such as Roti Bakar, Indomie Telor Kornet, Pisang Bakar, kinds of coffee, etc. I might be back for the Nasi Hijau Pandan. Thanks for Pak Joy and Pak Ricky for your kind invitation.

So, how bout you eatersuntildiee. Having a chance to visit Bandung? Visit Sangrai and tell me your story here. Ciao. 

Sangrai
Jl. Riau 63
Bandung
(next to Heritage FO)
@SANGRAIBDG

Now Brewing : Kaffein

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Two weeks ago, I invited by sendokgarpu.com to come to coffee tasting in Kaffein, FX Lifestyle X’nter. Kaffein belongs to Panorama Group that has several business activities such as travel (Day Trans), travel agent (Panorama tours), etc. On that occasion, Kaffein introduced us with their Holiday Drink Season to welcome Christmas and New Year’s eve, namely Black Forest Frosty and Black Forest Moccacino. Actually, twoof them aren’t new menu; they already exist in Kaffein common menu. However, they just wanna blew those two variants up due to their mission to remind us how delightful our childhoods are when welcoming New Year with a slice of Black Forest cake.

As I sipped the Black Forest Frosty, I tasted a slice of black forest cake came into my mouth since it contains ingredients of black forest cake such as cocoa, milk, cream, rum syrup, and black forest sauce. The coffee was not too strong because Kaffein used 100% Arabica coffee which is smoother and soft, suitable for woman who doesn’t wanna drink a strong taste of coffee. Meanwhile, I tasted more bitter taste of coffee in Black Forest Moccacino since it has one shot espresso and served hot. However, I was saved by the black forest sauce and whipped cream swirling on the top of which.



The last, Kaffein, introduced us to their other best non-coffee beverages (ice-blended) called Oreo Cheesecake, a combination of milk, drizzle of cheese, and blended oreo. Waw, I might not expected how does it taste at the first time, but for sure it has colourful taste. A combination of sweet, salty, and savoury in a drink. I love it in the first and second sipped, but til I got my third sipped, I felt like I was drinking a glass of baby milk. I dunno I thought the taste was like one of famous brand of baby milk I’ve ever tasted hahaha....


During, chit chat, Kaffein also gave us compliments of Sultana Roll and Cinnamon Roll, a delight cookies to compete our coffee time.


Overall, I enjoyed my time to have a chance in tasting their coffee. I’m not a coffee expert, but sometimes I kinda know the different between one coffee and other. Me, myself, thought that the taste of Kaffein’s coffee is mostly similar. Maybe you should consider giving it more shot of colourful taste (I believe the barista knows) to each of your coffee to make it has a unique and different characteristic.
 



Coffee lover, spend your chill out time here and feel the warm sensation of their Old Skool variants or a breeze feeling in sipping their rich Frosty variants. You might be won’t missed their non-coffee variants. It will complete your day. For ladies, feel bless to be a lady in a Wednesday, because Kaffein will pamper you with free brownies fudge compliment in every purchase of any Kaffein coffee.

I might be back to taste their non-coffee variants especially the fruity one. Curious. 

How about you, eatersuntildiee. Feel free to share your experience here.

Kaffein

FX Lifestyle X'nter 1st floor
Jl. Pintu Satu Senayan
Jakarta

Mal Taman Anggrek 4th Floor
Jakarta Barat

Panorama Building 1st Floor

 
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