Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Night We Splurged at ShopHaus

I don't always eat a lot, especially during these days when I'm on a carb-free diet, but when I do, I splurged without having a damn care in the world and stuffed myself until I'm on the verge of bursting.

It was a quarter to six in the evening when I arrived at ShopHaus, a hip hangout spot at Menteng where the nibble makes one's tummy happy and the interior design is aesthetically pleasing. Inside, you will find numerous cafes and dinning places, such as NAMELAKA, BerryWell, Mockingbird, Secret Gelato, and many more. And, for those who aim to display pleasing Instagram feeds, you can definitely shoot some squares on every fancy and fabulous corners that catch your eyes at the ShopHaus.

I came too early as both of my best friends were still half an hour away from where I was. I couldn't bring myself to sit still at this double-seater table because I was uncomfortable by the fact that I was alone and surrounded with strangers at an open area. So, then, I decided to enter a health bar named BerryWell and stayed there munching on some Salmon and Hummus Wrap until I got a phone call from Sally, saying that she couldn't make it.

Contains only 246 calories, BerryWell's Salmon and Hummus Wrap was a grilled salmon and hummus filled tortilla that made my stomach and my tastebuds very happy. The fact that they didn't make it fresh at the health bar itself was a bit of a let-down. I waited quite a while for my Salmon and Hummus Wrap to be served, which was silly because why would it take long for them to heat up some instant tortilla roll? Well, never mind that.

Just a bite of the healthy wrap made my tastebuds danced with joy. The salmon was very delicious and flavorful, not any bit fishy in a bad way. It made a very delicious combination with the mushy and spiced hummus, and both element went well paired with the grilled tortilla wrap. Every bite filled my stomach nicely and the best part is the fact that the dish was healthy and low in calories I didn't feel guilty devouring the whole thing in less than 5 minutes.

As I took my last bite, I was surprised by the arrival of my other best buddy, Angel. She came after a long meeting at her office in Menteng. We were catching up with each other's lives and paused as I ordered myself a bowl of BerryWell's smoothie bowl, while Angel got herself a glass of coffee from Pigeonhole Coffee.

Since Angel was on a diet program, she didn't ordered any meal at the ShopHaus, rather she brought her own food. A bowl of greens, topped with grilled eggplant, then drizzled with a splash of balsamic vinegar. For her, the eggplant slices and the balsamic vinegar was torture. I believed that her food tasted amazing, until I got a taste of the eggplant myself. Bleugh.

My smoothie bowl, on the other hand, was sweet and delightful! PB & B was the name of the healthy and nutritious superfood and it consisted of banana, peanut butter, and multigrain milk (no idea what that is, but it sounds healthy as fvck), topped with coconut flakes, granola, cacao nibs, banana, chia seeds, and cookie crumbs. The banana flavor is strong in this one, as well as the peanut butter, but it had this weird and annoying bitter-like after taste after every spoonful. It was good, yet I couldn't help but to compare this smoothie bowl with Nalu Bowl's J-Bay which, in my opinion, tasted sweeter and way better.

Time flew as Angel and I exchange stories about work, love life, and the reason why I deleted my Instagram account. We decided to move to the second level of the building, get ourselves a table at Mockingbird, and ordered proper food for dinner.

Now, this is where things get pretty wild. Angel was starving and decided to put her diet aside. She surfed through the menu and was overwhelmed by how good the food sounds. All I could hear was an endless read back of the menu, along with a few gasps of "Oh my God!".

We ended up ordering a set of meal consisted of three different dishes. We went for the Mockingbird Salad, Hawaiian Roasted Chicken, and Sour Dough Bread with Minced Meat. It didn't take a while for the food to be served on our table. Angel glowed every time the waiter delivered our dishes and, as soon as our order was completed, we dig in.

I love love love (when you know I can't love) the Hawaiian Roasted Chicken! It was pretty big to be consumed just by one person, despite the fact that it was way smaller than the Pork Knuckle I once shared with my Mom during my trip to Germany, so Angel and I decided to share the crispy chicken thigh. It came with a pile of potato and cheese gratin, which tasted okay for me, and some diced and spiced pineapple and carrot.

I'm not a big fan of the Sour Dough Bread with Minced Meat, which was basically curry spiced minced meat sandwiched between a pair of baguette then topped with melted cheddar, but it tasted good. The baguette was a bit too hard to bite and chew, while the minced meat just fall of from where it was supposed to be and made a mess here and there. It had a very strong curry flavor, which Angel critique, yet I was kind of into it.

And last, and the least delicious, was the Mockingbird Salad. Consisted of crispy kale chips, spinach, iceberg lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, sweet potato, avocado, tofu, hard-boiled egg, and salmon sashimi, and drizzled with a generous splash of Mockingbird dressing, which I assume was merely balsamic vinegar. It was a pain trying to finish the salad. I hated the dressing, it tasted horrible, and all the ingredient didn't click with each other. We couldn't finish it.

If you have been following the story until this part, can you tell how much food I had eaten starting from the moment I arrived at the ShopHaus? Can you tell how stuffed I was? I was so full I was on the verge of exploding. It felt like as if there was a Facehugger in my stomach waiting for the right time to be born and tear my guts open. I had a minor breathing difficulties and a slight walking problem from the excessive eating. It didn't last long though.

The splurge was over for me, but not for Angel, as she went downstairs and ordered herself a cup of Gelato Secret's three-flavored gelato. Strawberry Sorbet, Green Tea, and Ferrero Rocher gelato were what she had. I had a spoonful of each, just to end the curiosity of the flavor, yet I couldn't get myself to buy one for me. I would burst in just a second if I dare to stuff myself more with this deliciously cold and sweet gelato.

Jl. Tauku Cik Ditiro, No. 36
Menteng, Jakarta

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Monday - Sunday: Time may varies on each shop

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