Manado Escape Trip with Riri – Day 1

Riri and Thatha took a 5:30 am flight from Jakarta to Manado last Saturday. We arrived in Manado at around 9:30 local time since the flight takes about 3 hours and Manado is one hour ahead of Jakarta.

This was my second time coming to Manado, but I had no memory of this city. Judging from the art deco glass and the tenants at the airport of Manado, the city of Manado should be more promising than Pontianak.

20141025_101011Outside the airport, Thatha saw an interesting phrase Si Tou Timou Tumou Tou and immediately guessed that the meaning must be “welcome”. Apparently, the phrase is the motto of Manado city, which means “Manusia hidup untuk menghidupkan manusia lain” (“Men live to help others live”). What a beautiful phrase that identifies Manado people.

We stayed in Manado Tateli Beach Resort. According to some locals, this resort was used to be Hotel Sedona, and it is going change into Grand Mercure Resort. 20141025_11492720141025_115138

The confusion of the name can be seen from the bath
room amenities. 20141025_115416After checked in, we had lunch at the hotel restaurant. I like the placemat that looks like a traditional satay fan without the stick. 20141025_120332Homemade bread before the meal 20141025_122134After waiting for an hour, our orders finally arrived. The appetizer, Pisang Goroho (Minahasa Fries), came out at the same time as the main course. This is a very unique fried banana that can only be found in Sulawesi. Javanese usually eat fried banana with cheese, condensed milk, chocolate butter, or fruit jams; Pontianak people usually dip fried banana into srikaya (coconut jam). In Manado, the fried banana is accompanied with spicy chilli sauce. The banana used is not the normal soft and sweet banana, it is more like plantain, a bit hard and bland. The chilli sauce in this restaurant is so addicting. I really love this dish. 20141025_125333

For main course, Thatha had Chicken and Beef Satay, Riri had Ayam Woku Bakar, and Franky had Spinach Tagliatelle Carbonara. The peanut sauce for the satay was a bit disappointing, not enough peanut flavours and the texture was too smooth, looked like an instant sauce. 20141025_125308

Franky’s dish didn’t turn out as expected. The homemade pasta was seasoned as Aglio Olio instead of Carbonara, and there was no meat at all, only spicy taste.

AW Kitchen by Akira Watanabe

AW Kitchen by Akira Watanabe is a new Japanese Italian restaurant in Plaza Senayan, Jakarta. 20141007_17514220141007_17521520141007_175406

Free bread and butter appetizer 20141007_184127

Drink Menu

Food Menu (Final Design). It was funny that my friend got the fully coloured menu book, whereas I got the draft version. 20141007_183550

Food menu (Draft)20141007_175646

For drink, I tried the Cucumber Peach Cocktail, which is made of Kyuri Cucumber Spirit, Lemon, sliced peach, sliced cucumber and Tonic Water.

For appetizer, we shared Yellowtail Carpaccio in Vegetable Chili Sauce. The fish was too fishy, so we didn’t finish this dish. Btw, I have exactly the same square glass plate as this one. 20141007_184440

For main course, I ordered Spaghettini in Garlic Oil with Spicy Cod Roe and Japanese Mushroom. I really liked the spaghettini, seaweed flakes and mushroom, but the cod roe wasn’t spicy at all and it was too fishy. The waiter was kind enough to give me a small glass of chilli flakes since I ordered extra spicy. 20141007_185306

Mamma Rosy


Caprese Salad. I was surprised that someone actually likes this appetizer a lot. I didn’t find it interesting, as it only contains tomato and mozzarella cheese, served with pesto sauce.

Pasta Menu. There are selections of dry and fresh pasta. For dry pasta, you may select the cooking option: “normal” or “al dente”, just like choosing the steak doneness. Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 10.48.39 AM

Angel Hair (Capellini) Aglio Olio. I fell in love with this dish, although at first I was scared to see the amount of parmesan cheese topping. 20140913_195926

Risotto Fontina Special with Fontina cheese, champignon mushrooms and black Italian truffle. I think this is the best risotto I’ve eaten. It’s wetter (oilier) than risotto in other Italian restaurants in Jakarta. 20140913_200151

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Pizza Golosa Pork – mozzarella, bacon, chicken, egg, truffle and mushroom cream, parmesan, black pepper, chilli oil. This was recommended by the waitress, and I think it was a good choice. I like the crispy crust. 20140913_200531

Tiramisu – a sweet ending to our big meal  20140913_205002

Interesting Mocktails Menu: “Jokowi Smile“. It is called “Guobernur Smile” on the website. 20140913_194824 Screen Shot 2014-09-15 at 10.46.13 AMI picked Oranjeboom Premium Bee since I never drank it before, and I liked it, a little sweet.

oranjeboomI had dinner at with these two pink shirt guys. What a cute couple (the two pink-shirt guys / Riri & Thatha?) 20140913_19562620140913_195149Mamma Rosy is located in a two-storey house in Kemang. The dining area is all open air, which saves lots of electricity. According to the website, Mamma Rosy Restaurant was established in 1948 by an Italian family, and it has served for three generations. When I peeked into the kitchen on my way to restroom, I saw European some cooks inside. Maybe this is the reason why all of our orders were served very quickly, which amazed all of us.    


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20140915_105721 copyI think the term “service charge” and “tax1” on the bill is supposed to be the other way around.

Pesto Autentico

At first, Thatha wanted to try Kembang Goela, but it was reserved for an event, so Riri suggested this Italian restaurant called Pesto Autentico, located in Thamrin Nine / UOB Tower Sudirman. 20140823_19135320140823_191511

Welcome appetizer. The bread was nice. Riri liked the garlic butter.   20140823_191748

This waiter was very friendly. He helped us pour the Brandy into the rest of Sangria mixture inside the 500 ml decanter glass. 20140823_192044

Thatha liked this sangria, although it was sweeter and less stronger than the one at Plan B. This one has more fruit chops, strawberry and apple. The sangria was such a great companion for Riri & Thatha while playing the question game, so they ordered another 500 ml of sangria.  20140823_192142

Thatha had Spaghetti Aglio Olio E Peperoncino, and Riri had Risotto Della Nonna. The spaghetti was a little bit watery, maybe it was cooked in seafood broth. The risotto contained lots of meats, including porchetta (roast pork) – traditional food of Central Italy. 20140823_19252820140823_192519



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Spaghetti Aglio Olio E Peperoncino = IDR 65k

Risotto Della Nonna = IDR 108k

Sangria (500 ml) = ?



Failed to try Woodpecker Coffee, my boyfriend and I walked to a nearby Italian cafe called Convivium. There was only another person when we entered the restaurant, but soon after we sat down more people coming.


I like the interior, dominated with light-colored woods, which made it feels homey. However, there was no sofa at all, not comfortable for chillaxing time with boyfriend. 20140816_162855 20140816_162843

The tabletop menu is very creative, made of wine corks.


After sitting down, the lady (maybe the owner) immediately delivered a jar of long biscuit sticks. Very generous.


I ordered a cup of hot cappuccino, turned out it was made of automatic Illy machine. The coffee was so so, but I like the homemade lemon cookie.


The outdoor looks pretty at night. 20140816_180650


Sopra, Pacific Place

Sopra is known for its good quality, fresh homemade pasta. It has been so long since the last time I ate gnocchi, which was like 2 years ago. I like the gnocchi dish here. The gnocchi is soft, not too buttery, and the tomato sauce is sour. Maybe it could have been better if the basil flavour came out more. 20140808_132615 copy

I added so much chilli flakes onto my dish.

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Gnocchi = Rp 119.000