[Food Review] Lunch Package@Bureau Gastro

It’s been a while since I had last lunch-out \(^o^)/

This time, full team (Me, Husband and Baby) went to Bureau Gastro@Plaza Pondok Indah II. This restaurant is originally a night-pub –definitely not a family restaurant with baby-friendly environment -but at lunch time, said my friend Hasegawa-san, they serve delicious lunch package. Well, can’t miss this opportunity. and YES, they have Pretty Good Lunch Package for only IDR 59K++ (About IDR 70K inclusive Tax+Service Charge).

Arriving at 11:30 a.m, we were the first customer. The restaurant was quiet and peaceful, without any tobacco smoke (I concern a lot about tobacco smoke everytime I go to air-conditioned fancy restaurants). We were offered list of food that goes into lunch package. They had loads of combination and were included Free Drink of either Ice Tea or Mineral Water. Good enough. As my habit of eating out in fancy restaurant, I always order Pasta as main course. –Not very good reasoning but- Pasta is considered easier-recipe (compare to those Indonesian recipe that require too many ingredient) but it has some level difficulty a chef need to pass. So for me, Pasta should be good or I’m out.

Okay, let’s start to review the food one by one

1. My Lunch Package

Clockwise : Thai Chicken Salad (App), Spaghetti A.O.P (Aglio Olio), Cheese Cake
Clockwise : Thai Chicken Salad (App), Spaghetti A.O.P (Aglio Olio), Cheese Cake

Appetizer : Thai Chicken Salad

I underestimated the meaning of lunch package because sometimes the chef would reduce the portion, but this one was a treat. The salad wasn’t as small as I thought. It was enough! Yes it was enough for giant-filling stomach like me, as appetizer. Appearance was tempting, the sauce was delicious (sour, sweet, a bit spicy with good proportion) and the chicken was tender. For me, Appetizer should be just good, not overwhelming the main course.

5 of 5

Main Course : Spaghetti A.O.P

I don’t know what P stands for, but this was Spaghetti Aglio Olio with generous amount of Beef Bacon. Love Bacon! The Spaghetti was cooked al dente with proper amount of olive oil. This Aglio Olio was sufficiently oily, but didn’t leave oily-fat traces  in my mouth. Plus, Bacon was cooked first and I think they mixed into the pasta afterwards. It did taste bacon in the oily, but no bacon-fat in the trace. Well done, Chef! The only downhill was the amount. As in any lunch package, they would reduce portion in the main course and I think my spaghetti was less than 150gram. Otherwise, this is perfect.

4.8 of 5

Dessert : Cheese Cake

I don’t fancy sweet food in any way. This dessert was just good. Love the cheese cake but I would comment on other thing. While the appearance looked so delicious, they put unnecessary ingredient : Choco Sprinkle. I think a slice of cheese cake with blueberry sauce and a bit of whip cream on the side will do just great. Erase the Choco Sprinkle and I will say It was perfect.

3 of 5

2. My Husband’s Lunch Package

Clockwise : Mushroom Soup, Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Apple Strudel
Clockwise : Mushroom Soup, Chicken Teriyaki with Rice, Apple Strudel

Appetizer : Mushroom Soup

I tried it and this, without a doubt, was one of the most delicious mushroom soup I’ve ever eaten. While it may sound exaggerating, This is mushroom soup where you will find no mushroom chunk in it. I was surprised because I was hoping to find large piece of champignon or Shiitake or any mushroom. This was like Mushroom Pureed, but tasted so good. Creamy with just enough saltiness and rich flavor of mushroom. A winner!

5 of 5

Main course : Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

I ate half of my husband’s portion because he was full (LOL am I big eater) and it tasted good. I ate Chicken teriyaki hundred times before, what I like about this teriyaki was the sauce. It wasn’t like chicken teriyaki sauce I know. I wouldn’t argue about the chicken itself, as it was well-properly-cooked with sufficient crunchiness. The teriyaki sauce usually has a bit of soyu taste, but this one wasn’t japanese-thingy. I would refer to -more-korean-style sauce but it wasn’t spicy either. Better taste it for yourself.

4.5 of 5

Dessert : Apple Strudel

All desserts had chocolate sprinkle, so I think this is restaurants policy. Apple Strudel tasted Good! I’m not very objective because I haven’t tasted many apple strudels before.. but this one was delicious. Proper sweetness to close our lunch that day.

4 of 5

3. Hasegawa-san’s Lunch Package

Clockwise : Mushroom soup, Wagyu Black Pepper, Banana Split
Hasegawa-san’s. Clockwise : Mushroom soup, Wagyu Black Pepper, Banana Split

Appetizer : Same with my husband’s

Main Course : Wagyu Black Pepper

Wow Wagyu! Can you imagine Wagyu included in Lunch Package? I always thought Wagyu is forever-ala carte dish because it’s expensive. When my friend took the first bite, she commented, “Taste like Beef Black Pepper”. I joked, “Ofcourse it is, they are after all beef”. But… Definitely taste soooo much better. As you expected in Wagyu, the meat texture was soft, easy to chew and juicy. Juicy-ness is the winning factor here. The black pepper sauce was spicy enough and didn’t have burnt-flavor, Love it! Pity it’s only half the ala carte portion (my guess), maybe just about 50gr. Aww I’m too greedy.

4.5 of 5

Dessert : Banana Split

I didn’t try the Banana Split. I hoped Hasegawa-san would comment on the ice cream (because banana is banana, wherever you go).

One more thing..

I ordered ala carte menu : Margarita Pizza (IDR 55k)

Didn’t I say I was too greedy? HAHA…

In addition to being hungry, again I underestimated the content of lunch package. I thought the spaghetti was too small and my stomach was too big so I ordered Pizza. Waiting 15 minutes and Pizza came. Not long after I craved my 3rd slices, my baby started to cry and I realized it was time to wrap it up. I asked the waiter to bring dessert immediately and had the rest of pizza to take home. Guess what? I was utterly full (but still ate the cheese cake)

Margarita pizza –being the simplest form of pizza– was packed with generous amount of mozarella, cheddar cheese and tomatoes. I think they need to add more basil in this pizza. Pizza dough was crispy, so yummy.. and it still tasted good after I brought home (I ate it 3-4 hour after went back home).

Free Drink of Ice Tea, Margarita Pizza
Free Drink of Ice Tea(Big Glass), Margarita Pizza
Overall, RECOMMENDED!
Bureau Gastro
Pondok Indah Plaza 2, Bl BA Unit 27
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah, Jakarta
Phone number: +62-21 751 0412
Fax: +62-21 751 1895
 
Email         : bureau.gastropub@yahoo.com
Twitter      : @BureauGastroPub

My Food Policy

Many people seemed to envy why I could live healthy life. To be honest, I’m not 100% healthy living, and still working on it . When they asked me about recipe, I was even more confused because I just copied from many websites and modified it to suit my taste. It was nothing special. These are my food policy :

Point #1 : CONSCIOUS COOKING

I cook most of my food (except when there are dine-outs), so I am aware of what I eat. I picked all veggies and meats/chicken by myself (needless to say, I don’t really trust other people for doing this). I consciously cut down salt/sugar amount when I did cooking, instead I use garlic/onion more than the recipe told, to get the savory. Most of time I cooked “boring-plain” food (that’s what some of my friends said when they tasted it)

Point #2 : BEING “PICKY” EATER

Basically I eat everything but I’m being picky eater to certain foods which are : cow’s organ, anything with coconuts milk, lamb (because I don’t like it) and any “ugly” food (such as cow’s brain, fish head, chicken’s intestines). They are known to increase bad cholesterol level and plague in our veins (I won’t explain it, just ask doctors, they know better). As for me, these food made my body heavier in movement, and I just hate it.

Point #3 : CUT DOWN SUGAR

I think this is one of basic advice any health tips would give you. but yeah, I do it most of the time. I tell waiter to bring me plain tea, instead of sweet tea. I don’t eat many sweet food in one day. I avoid cakes most of the time (it’s my least favourite snack).

Point #4 : Zero Soda Policy

I stopped drinking Soda (Cocacola, Sprite, Seven Up, bla bla bla) in Primary school. I never actually liked it from the start. Now I still don’t drink it.

Point #5 : Under 15-Minute Recipe

on par with #1, I always searched for recipe that can be done in less than 15 minute (in cooking time, not prep time). I love cooking but I don’t want to spend my entire day in the kitchen only to cook certain foods (this goes to Rendang, or similar indonesian food that require long period of cooking).

Point #6 : CONSCIOUS DINE-OUT

I wouldn’t lie that I love dine-out, but I dont make it a habit. and if I have to dine-out, I would choose “less complicated” recipe. I went to Pancake House, and ordered simple pancake (too many Oh-so delicious pancakes with long name in the menu). I went to Pizza hut, and ordered Salad + Tuscany Pizza (as far as I know,it’s the healthiest pizza in the restaurant). I try to avoid Soto with coconuts milk as much as possible (I ordered something with clear soup most of the time).

Point #7 : CHANGE SNACK TYPE

Recently, I fell in love with Edamame and Orange Juice. They are easily found in nearby supermarket and they don’t make me too guilty if I crave more. By the way, I still eat chocolates in moderate amount.

Point #8 : EAT GREENS MORE THAN MEAT

I like veggies. They are cheap and healthy. One of main reason to cut off meat is the price. Expensive! Besides, my bowel demands me to eat veggies more than normal, otherwise it gets stuck (you know what I mean)

 

Nothing special about my diet. I don’t go on weight-loss program either, but I like to stay in shape for my health.

Happy eating!

 

7 a.m Salad

7 a.m Salad
7 a.m Salad

Care to enjoy healthy food in the morning?

Try Fresh Morning Salad. I made this because I was too lazy to make anything else.

Ingredient

Veggies

Basically you can put whatever veggies you have, I had :

Carrot (Raw, Shredded)

Tomato (Cut into 1/4 thin slice)

Lettuce Head

Romaine Lettuce

Zucchini

Onion(Thinly sliced)

Green Bean (Boiled for 10-15second)

Dressing

Basically you can put whatever dressing you like, I made my own dressing :

– 1 tomato (Dip in boiled water for 1 minute, let it cool, blend or dice as desire)

– 1/2 onion (finely chopped)

– 250-300ml Ricebran oil (you can substitute with EVOO or Canola oil)

– Lemon Juice from 2 lemons (you can add more to the desired sourness)

– Sugar (I started with 2 tsp)

– Salt (I started with 1/2 tsp)

Mix all dressing ingredient, adjust salt and sugar to your taste.

How to Cook :

Just mix every veggies, then pour the dressing. Done!

Green Macaroni

Green Macaroni
Green Macaroni

I’ve been wanting to post this recipe for long time.. LOL too lazy am I?

This is Green Macaroni (Macaroni Hijau) taken from dapur umami recipe. But I didn’t follow most of the instruction, because it used too much MSG.

Ingredient 

125 gr Macaroni, Boil with 1tbsp salt

50 gr grated cheese

75 ml cooking oil (50 ml to blend the leaf and garlic, 25 ml for frying)

75 gr broccoli (I use 100gr because I love it)

40 gr Lemon Basil Leaf

2 clove of garlic

175 ml milk

Optional : Cherry Tomato or Usual Tomato

How to cook

1. Cut broccoli, wash and set aside.

2. Blend Lemon Basil leaf, Garlic, and oil in food processor until smooth.

3. Heat up cooking oil, add blended ingredient, stir fry until fragrant

4. Add broccoli, mix well.

5. Add milk and grated cheese

6. Add Boiled macaroni, cook well until incorporated (liquid will thicken)

7. Serve hot with cherry tomato

 

Note : Original Recipe use 1 sachet of MASAKO chicken stock .. which I think will be way too salty.

I just used salt to adjust the taste.

Vegetable Spring Roll (Harumaki)

I’m hungry again and I want to eat something light but nutritious. I remember I still have Vietnam Rice Paper left, why not make vietnamese spring roll? I don’t have shrimp available, so I made it vegetarian.

Harumaki is easy recipe, but the most difficult part is rolling the thin wet-rice paper without tearing it.

 

Ingredient :

Carrot

Lettuce

Cabbage

Bean sprout (put hot water, then drain)

Zucchini

Rice Paper

*Hoisin Sauce for dresssing (Brand : Lee Kum Kee

 

How to cook :

1) Prepare all ingredient (thinly sliced everything except beansprout)

2) Take one dried-rice paper from the pack, put in warm water till all side is wet, shake it a bit to remove excess water. Immediately place it in flat -clean surface. Arrange veggies in the center of rice papar nearest to us, wrap the veggies and roll over to close (wet rice paper is sticky and torn easily *careful :p )

3) Serve in a plate with Hoisin Sauce (click here for detail)

Vegetable Harumaki

-Enjoy-