[NEW SPOT] The Taste of Japanese Cuisine at WakuWaku Cafe at Kaffein, Gandaria City

WAKUWAKU Japan, which entered Indonesia since 22 February 2014 just opened its cafe, WAKUWAKU CAFE, located at Kaffein, Mal Gandaria City. As we all know, that WAKUWAKU Japan is a Japanese TV Channel operated by SKY Perfect JSAT. In Indonesia, it is viewable in paid TV by subscribing via the following services such as Indovision, Okevision, BigTv, First Media, Orange TV, and Transvision. A few days ago, we attended the opening of WAKUWAKU CAFE by WAKUWAKU Japan together with other bloggers. Pssst, this cute cafe is open for public for a limited time! That’s why now I’m going to share it with you, so you can experience the real Japan too! Scroll down to see more about the cafe! 🙂

At Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by MyfunfoodiaryTatami Area at WakuWaku Cafe by Myfunfoodiary

WAKUWAKU CAFE as a Japanese-themed cafe wants to bring the real Japanese experience similar to the programs in WAKUWAKU Japan. Here, in WAKUWAKU CAFE, everyone can experience the concept and feel of Japan. The cafe is divided into two sections; the indoor area (non smoking area) and an outdoor area (smoking section). The indoor area is decorated with Sakura flowers, Tatami, and Nodate Umbrella, while at the outdoor area (smoking area) you can find lots of high quality traditional Japanese crafts on a wooden shelf, such as Edo Kiriko and iron craft Nanbu. Not only decorated with a Japanese theme, but their tableware is also using Japan original tableware. That’s cool!

Outdoor Area at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary

Outdoor area at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary 02Decorations at Outdoor area - at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by MyfunfoodiaryJapanese Feels at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary

During the opening, they present various kinds of washoku (Japanese food) like Cha-zuke and Chirashi-sushi serves in traditional Japanese tableware (Arita ware, Mino pottery) and lacquer ware (Yamanaka-nuri). Traditional Japanese sweets like Hiyashi Zenzai with typical Japanese tableware are also available.

Tai-Chazuke, IDR 120K                                                          

Chef Tahira Wataru from Japan who was also there at WAKUWAKU CAFE, prepared me with a traditional Japanese food called Tai-Chazuke. Slices of marinated tai fish are served over rice. Before we eat the fish, we have to cook them by pouring hot chazuke broth served in a Japanese pot. The Tai fish will turn white, and we added nori, wasabi, and other condiments to give more flavor to it. The taste was really good!

Chef Tahira Wataru at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary Tai-Chazuke at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary

Chirashi Sushi, IDR 150K 

Beautiful color combinations of chirashi sushi that consists of a variety of fresh seafood and sliced omelette, topped over seasoned rice vinegar. You cannot find this menu elsewhere in Jakarta. The taste was unique!

Chirashi Sushi at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary whole Chirashi Sushi at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by MyfunfoodiaryChirashi Sushi at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary 03

Tempura-Chazuke, IDR 120K 

Since I’m a fan of tempura, this one has also become my favorite even though the shrimp wasn’t big unlike what I usually eat at another restaurant. However, the serving size is quite filling, and they served it with the hot chazuke broth. Similar to the Tai-Chazuke menu above, where we should pour the broth over the rice. The broth itself has a unique savory flavor. Love it!

Preparing Tempura Chazuke at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary Tempura Chazuke at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary 02

There’re lots of interesting activities you can find at the PIAZZA Atrium, Gandaria City during the opening event of WAKUWAKU CAFE, from 28-30 November 2014. Visitors can experience various Japan snacks from Ennichi food stalls and enjoy a live performance by JKT48 located at the PIAZZA Atrium. Besides that, we can collect five stamps from all the games at PIAZZA to get special discount 30% off to eat in WAKUWAKU CAFE at Kaffein. All the unique games were pretty challenging, so I tried them. Before leaving the PIAZZA, both of us also took a picture with Ultraman Mebius, a famous superhero character from Japan. It was fun!!

Activity Corner at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by MyfunfoodiaryStamp Rally and Games at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by Myfunfoodiary Other Fun Activities at Wakuwaku Cafe Japan by MyfunfoodiaryAndy and Mullie with Ultraman Mebius - by Myfunfoodiary

Pssst, WAKUWAKU CAFE also sells a limited basis “SHIKI-ORIORI” sweets that use typical Japanese ingredients like shoyu, miso, and Sansho. These sweets come in various colors and flavors that represent the season in Japan. Not only that, but WAKUWAKU CAFE also offers a variety of Japan unique desserts. All desserts include Anko (red bean paste), such as Matcha Shiratama Anmitsu (IDR 50K), Imagawa-Yaki (IDR 50K), and Hiyashi Zenzai (IDR 50K). Everyone can also enjoy some Japanese tea variants such as Matcha, Sencha (medium-grade green tea), or Houjicha (roasted green tea) for only IDR 30K (free refill, and it comes with a SHIKI-ORIORI Cookie).

SHIKI ORIORI at Wakuwaku Cafe by Myfunfoodiary

WAKUWAKU CAFE at Kaffein
Kaffein Mall Gandaria City, Upper Ground, Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Jakarta Selatan
Phone: 021. 2900. 8071
Operation Hours: 10:00 until 22:00
Price Range: Rp 50.000,– – Rp. 100.000,-
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Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say “Hi”. Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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