Monday, June 29, 2015

KOBE by Shabu Shabu House - Pondok Indah Mall Jakarta

いらしゃいませ  !!!

That's the word we heard when we came here : "irashaimase". It means "welcome" when you visit a restaurant. This time, we visited a Japanese restaurant located at Pondok Indah Mall and to be precisely, it's in the Street Gallery, near the BLACKLISTED.

Here's the look.

As in the picture has shown, the name of the restaurant is KOBE by Shabu - Shabu House. A restaurant which serve buffet lunch or dinner for family.

Short story of how we could end up coming here is this.

Since I've came to Jakarta, I intend to try a place which serve buffet meal and so does Vincent, he wants to try one too. As we know now, a buffet always serves a lot of food with different cuisines and of course, the price for the buffet is quite expensive. Luckily, this one, the price wasn't. It suits with us, for students and big eater LOL...

Since this month is the fasting month, the restaurant is always fully booked during the night and thankfully, when we arrived, there was still an empty table for us :D

Sorry for the long talk. Let's rock the food out !!!

This is where the food journey starts.

Where all the desserts are gathered.

Ice cream's toppings. Choose as you like !!

Here's the list of the foods' names that were there when we were visiting :
- Hamburg Stew
- Gyudon (I found there were 2 types, 1 serves as a soup and the other one was liked a side dish)
- Spring Roll
- Karage
- Spaghetti
- Fried Rice
- Ramen
- Chicken
- Tempura
- Sushi
- Japanese Curry
- Shabu-Shabu ingredients
- Dim Sum

As for the desserts, there were macaron, chocolate fountain and some satay (fruits, marshmallow stick like a satay and deeped to the fountain), brownies, and many more.

For the place, well, it was cozy and comfortable for families to gather and eat together. Sadly, there is a rule that the customer may only spend time only for 120 minutes in Weekday and 90 minutes in Weekend. Quite enough for people who intend to eat only without talking ehh ? Hahahaha.  

The review starts now !

There are 3 types of packages that you need to choose when you come here :
1. Regular (IDR 149k ++ weekday / IDR 177k ++ weekend)
2. Deluxe (IDR  249k ++ weekday / IDR 299k++ weekend)
3. Wagyu (IDR 349k++ weekday / IDR 399k++ weekend)

The differences are only on the beef steaks, and on the Deluxe and Wagyu, you can choose whether you want steaks or sukiyaki. We chose the Regular one.

Dish's Name :
Beef Steak

There are 3 types of sauces :
- Onion
- Soyu Butter
- Blackpepper

We chose the Onion sauce.

The beef was delicious. Though it wasn't juicy and the meat was tough, the sauce really helped to make the steak tasted good, for me.

Rate : 7.0 / 10

In the picture : fried sweet potato, onion ring and fried carrot (tempura).

The sweet potato really tasted good. It's sweet and the onion rings were delicious too ! Meanwhile, the carrot, well, when I ate it, it was still hard and I had trouble chewing it -_- maybe it was still raw :|

Dish's Name :
Spring Roll

This one, I liked the most. While it was still hot, it's crunchy and the filling, the vegetables were all tasted good, the sweetness was perfect !

Rate: 8.0 / 10

Dish's Name :

Another dish which I liked, the Karaage. It was juicy and tasted really good. At first, I didn't want to try it, thinking that the chicken would taste so meaty and hard to chew, but apparently, I couldn't stop eating this.

Rate : 8.0 / 10

Dish's Name from Left (Down) to Right (Up) :
Hamburg Stew, Karage, Spring Roll, Gyudon Beef

The Hamburg Stew, it was a kind of meat made into a meatball and pressed it to look like a patty (not a Crabby Patty, please. LOL..). It tasted good, the sauce tasted like a spaghetti's sauce, the bolognese. Most of the meat here were made with beef which I really liked it !

For Gyudon, here's the zoom out picture :

Another favorites. Got a lot here, LOL....

The thin sliced beef cooked with special Japanese sauce. This was the best out of the best in my opinion. I even took a plate full of this beef. It really tasted PERFECTO ! All the flavor came out as you chew on the meat.

Rate : 9.0 / 10 (my opinion)

Best chicken dish I ever ate ! I really mean this :|

The chicken was really juicy, moist and flavorful. I took this the most out of the others. How can be this was enjoyable ? The answer is because, the chefs had taken out all the bones from the meat, so you can eat the whole meat without needing to separate the bones and meat.

Rate : 9.0 / 10 (again, in my opinion)


We got the shabu-shabu's main ingredients. THIN SLICED RAW BEEF

Ahhh.... What a scenery to see the red raw meat. Well then, how do we eat this ? Ohhhh.... *thinking


Tell you what, there was soup for boiling the meat of course !

We got the choices :
1. Miso
2. Spicy Miso
3. Original

We chose the Soyu.

How to cook the beef ?
Here's the steps :
- Take the meat
- Dip it to the boiling soup
- Wait only for seconds (the red color change to white)
- Take it out and eat it

I even used the soup to boil other ingredient.

Shabu Shabu Time : OVER.


There's an ice cream machine which you can make your own ice cream.

The flavors are :
1. Vanilla
2. Matcha
3. Matcha & Vanilla

For the toppings, KOBE provides quite a lot.
- Oreo
- Coffee Jelly
- Tim Tam
- Rum Raisin
- Choco Chip
- Pop Eggs (lychee, mango, melon, etc)

Here's my creation. 

Even though I was already full, I managed to finish 2 glasses of this matcha ice cream, believe me it is that good.

I LOVE Matcha a lot. Really :D, I even drink matcha green tea quite a lot at home.

The ice cream was so soft and the smell of green tea was strong which was the reason I forced to finish 2 glasses.

Overall, KOBE really is one of the best place to eat buffet. For meat eater, you can eat as much as you want here, beef and chicken are served non stop here. My friends and I even ate till our tummy might explode any second (LOL), I had trouble walking with the full tummy because of this -_-

I might come here again for another fight with the food cause I hadn't taste all the food being served here. Wait for my another visit !

Rate for KOBE : 8.5 / 10

どうもありがとうございます ! (Thank you very much)


Location :
Pondok Indah Mall
Street Gallery, 2nd Floor
Jl. Metro Pondok Indah
Pondok Indah