Strawberry Kiss IDR 59K
Another one combines Strawberry, Banana, Apple, and although it was refreshing, again I didn’t think it was too special for the taste. I barely could taste the strawberry, not to mention apple, and the whole drink was too bland for my liking.
No Name IDR 99K
Smirnoff Vodka Orange, raspberry and lemon juice, topped by a raspberry foam, served in a brandy glass. Apparently, this funky named cocktail is included in Blue Monkey’s Signature Cocktails list and it got me curious as hell. I was told that the drink is more for ladies market (and indeed popular amongst them) but surprisingly it’s also hit for the gentlemen. Everything about it was so fascinating (even from reading its description) and when it was served on the table, I instantly fell in love. The drink was lovely, started by the soft and smooth foam, then the liquor reaches the tongue, and it started kicking. Sweet and bitter, it was playful and addicting in the same time.
Flaming Passion IDR 99K
Myers Rum, passion fruit and lemon juice, Cointreau. This is another signature cocktails and I just had to see it! I am always so enthusiastic to see those flaming drinks (err.. XD) but taste wise I don’t really have any favorite so far. This cocktail uses Cointreau (orange-flavoured liquor) that in my opinion, combined really well with the citrusy passion fruit and lemon juice. As expected, it was fragrant and mild, with good balance of sweetness and sourness. The passion fruit seeds gave an extra crunchy twist to the drink and it was fun!
Salmon Millefoglie IDR 89K
Basically salmon slices served with Raspberry vinegar sherbet, goat cheese and pesto. First of all, the salmon was incredibly fresh and mouth-watering. They were stacked up together with some biscotti-alike crispy breads and goat cheese. The raspberry vinegar sherbet actually looked like seasoned mashed raspberry, sweet and sour, perfect as dipping sauce or better yet, pour it onto the salmon and you’ll be amazed of how it will taste. It looked like a simple dish but it is not.
Mushroom Cream Soup with Truffle Oil Foam IDR 59K
And this, this has gotta be one of my (and Mr. K’s) favorites that day! The soup was creamy but not too thick, very fragrant and flavorful! Topped with a special foam created from truffle oil, the soup was tasty and savory. I think the Blue Monkey team maybe a little too obsessed with foam (keep reading and you’ll know why), not that I am complaining, though.
Beef Carpaccio IDR 79K
The Beef Carpaccio is served with Mesclun, pesto sauce, raspberry vinegar sherbet. Honestly I am not a fan of beef carpaccio as I don’t really fancy raw beef or other meat, except fish. And the fact that the beef carpaccio that I found always had this blah taste of raw meat although they were seasoned, certainly doesn’t help. Here, the beef carpaccio looked merry and tasty even from the appearance. Surprisingly, the taste was great too, it almost felt like they were cooked because of the seasonings but the raw texture was still there. If you have never tried something like this and always hesitate doing it, maybe you should give it a try here!
Pan Seared Barramundi IDR 109K
I looooveee barramundi. I love fish. And this was superb! The pan seared barramundi is nothing new but the way they cooked it gave me a whole new experience. First of all, the barramundi was cooked with cacao butter resulting in a crispy layer in the outside and keeping the softness inside. Again, the fish was topped with orange foam which is actually made from paprika. Served with mashed potato (very delicious with super smooth texture, but wish we got more, LOL!) and chopped truffle (seriously? I thought it was caviar or something), the plate is simply a feast to the eyes (and tongue).
Prosciutto E Funghi Pizza IDR 59K
Now a visit to Blue Monkey is never complete if you haven’t ordered the pizza yet! There are currently 4 selections of pizza with price ranges from IDR 49K – 89K only, with medium size to be enjoyed for 1-2 persons. I tried this one with tomato sauce, mozzarella, mushroom, and smoked beef. The pizza was served on a square wooden board, complete with the spatula. The bread was soft and chewy, the kind that I love the most, and the toppings completely covered the surface. Everything was delicious, including the tomato sauce (definitely not instant one), the smoked beef was even more brilliant with visible beef meat texture.
Beef Gulash IDR 99K
Served with spietzel gnocchi and paprika cloud, this dish is categorized as main course. Although it didn’t look fulfilling but it surely did! The beef blocks were soft and tender, they almost melted in the mouth! The gnocchi wasn’t the most beautiful I have seen but had good consistency and paired well with the well-seasoned beef. Again, they played around with the paprika foam on the top and it gave another kick to the plate. Seriously I am hooked!
Onto the dessert!
Half Meter Platter Dessert IDR 159K
Assortment of several home made desserts to share for 2 persons. So this is the HALF METER version of the infamous Blue Monkey’s One Meter Platter Dessert (IDR 189K). As we were already quite full, we opted for the half meter one and I think it fits well for 2 persons. Beautiful presentation indeed, and it was magnificent to see assorted dessert like this in cute, tiny portions, rather than bigger portions. There are gelato, panna cotta, mousse, cookies etc.
The other favorite was Vanilla Gelato that was kinda different from usual gelato I had. The texture was thick, complete with milkier flavor. I don’t like milky stuffs but this one was exceptionally good. I wish they put more vanilla essence inside, though because it was easily overkilled. Pardon the picture of melting gelato, we had no choice, blogging about food means taking photos is the priority! XD
And meet Chef Deni, the genius behind all the dishes!
*All prices are subject to 10% service charge & 10% government tax