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  • ross1948 16:57 on October 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beer-battered fish and chips, cat wedding, , Falatehan, fries, Indonesian Expat, , , , , posh taps, toilet,   

    Indonesia Expat Magazine- Always A Rewarding Read! 

    Not paying much attention today, got a few bottles of Anker to drink out front on this magnificently hot arvo. Also have Indonesia Expat to read, picked up on my dawdle around town yesterday.

    • I took a brief nostalgic detour round Jaksa, a scene of dereliction, the Obama Bar seemingly defunct (or has it moved?) and Romance Cafe sinking into a ruinous state, a sad loss still, after four years or is it more?

    I only went to Jaksa to exchange some books, but Ning’s little store was closed for the holiday.

    So off to Ya Udah, quieter than usual, where a couple of reasonably priced  Bintangs accompanied me for the hour or so I spent there.


    yaudah bistro jakarta Ya Udah


    • posh cats
    • ooooooooooooooooooo
    • …but also burst out laughing at some of the ads.

    There was one depicting some blonde bint hovering by a sink in a posh restroom, in a dress which was obviously designed for easy access to body-parts not allowed on our tv by the Indonesian censors.


    • falatehan Jalan Falatehan
    • ———————————
    • The said bog was way too fancy to be that more or less uni-sex facility in D’s Place on Jl. Falatehan, but she could do well there.

    What was it advertising?

    Posh taps!

    Seriously! Who advertises taps?

    a tap’s a tap, for pity’s sake’


    • Who shops for posh taps?

    Presumably the guy who masquerades as the ‘Clandestine Critic.’

    He actually writes amusingly of the joints he goes to, but although I had a chortle or two at his put-downs of the standard of service and the food, do he and I live in the same city?

    His reported bill for two people was over a MILLION RUPIAH!

    I pay about Rp.15000 for a very tasty and filling meal in my warteg.


    • warteg
    • ————————
    • Maybe if I wanted to impress some hoity-toity slapper encountered in the Mo Bar Ladies’ Night, I would stretch to Ya Udah, but c’mon, a HUNDRED dollars plus-plus to capture her heart?

    In a city where many people get by on a monthly income less than he paid for his dinner?

    • dignif
    • YUK!

    Having said that, his comments on fish and chips held my attention for seconds and seconds. Rp.140,000? That’s twice what I paid for PROPER fish n chips in Sydney.

    He moans about how the pub concept ought to be tried seriously in snobby Kemang, but how about the chipper concept?

    Real fish n chips is HARD to get here. 

    Fish and Chips in Jakarta! A Veritable Grail-Quest! 

    A lot of Indonesians think chips should appear (and taste) like fries, as Yanks call them.

    If some guy or gal opened a REAL chipper – not in Kemang, please; it’s such an isolated kampung due to the terrible traffic – maybe in Blok M or Kota – it could be a gold-mine!



    And Indonesia has not been lumbered with the moronic hang-ups afflicting the UK, where it’s now forbidden by health nazis to wrap the food of the gods in old news-papers…

    Like I say, Ankers away today…I’ll resume this tomorrow!

  • ross1948 14:14 on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , beer-battered fish and chips, hair-cuts, , , , salons, Serassa, Tanjung Duren   

    Beer-Battered Fish and Chips…in Jakarta?!? 

    Just got back from a meander round the bookstores in Jakarta’s Central Park mall,and have a nice paperback to read if the sun returns.

    It began to rain as I left my fave warteg after a yummy lunch – one pound sterling for a big plate of tahu, tempe, cap cay and perkadel, and that included es teh and nasi putih, plus three fritters to take away for a snack later – so I’m happy to have made it home undrenched!

    • whatever__i_love_indonesia_by_NOF_artherapy
    • But that otherwise agreeable outing was not without health hazards – I almost had a heart attack going through the tunnel that takes you from the mall to the nearby side street, having passed a barber shop which advertised a simple hair-cut for RP.80,000 – that’s damn near EIGHT DOLLARS US. (at this point some over-paid expat NGO snob will blast off a salvo to my comments column saying how disgusting it is that I don’t waste money like him, and how can I POSSIBLY use the same eateries and services that ordinary Indonesians use!)

    Shocking – where I go, in fact almost anywhere in Jakarta, the standard trim costs between 8K and 12K.

    Were one to seek a more self-indulgent experience, a fine idea is to pop into one of the salons that sprout all over the place, staffed by aromatic wenches, who will do much the same job…


    ayu salon This is probably a year or two ago, but prices have not rocketed


    …and charge you Rp. 25 – 30,000, a price the paying of which is eased by the charm and warmth of the cutter. (Health warning -beware, some are operated by poofters!)

    Some salon staff are even said to offer massages, for a little extra cash, but that is not a ubiquitous extra service – you need to suss out how friendly your salonette is before you ask!



    And check she’s not a well-disguised trannie!


    Anyway, from one delight to another.

    Beer-battered fish and chips!

    I left the mall via that tunnel and walked down to Tanjung Duren Barat Satu, my aim being to grab an angkot home…

    angkot angkots

    …via the warteg.

    But what should I see when I reached that busy thoroughfare but a resto named Serassa, with a big sign outside advertising its various specialties.

    One of which was the aforesaid BBFnC! 


    I didn’t eat there, because the dish costs Rp. 39,000, almost three times as much as I later paid in the place I like best (and that’s without the drink and probably the service ++)

    But I’m tempted to try it on some special occasion.

    Given the moronic regulation I posted on recently, the ban on mini-marts selling beer…

    Bali Beer Ban Looms – Why Pander to Intolerance? 

    …inaugurated by a millionaire minister just to make life awkward for us haram-addicted humans) it is reassuring that normal tastes are catered for here in Jakarta – you just have to know where to look!


    • Glenn 19:31 on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds good to me, Ross, but there are quite a lot of restaurants in Kemang make the same dish.
      Too many ‘posh’ expats in that part of town for you?


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