Foodie Freak: Selamat Menikmati

While doing some household chores last Saturday (Aug 27), I heard something on TV that quickly grabbed my attention. The commercial went “Selamat Menikmati” (which Google translates to “enjoy” but actually means more like “enjoy eating”). It was an Indonesian Food Festival at Corniche, Diamond Hotel.

Unfortunately, last day was Sunday… so I quickly messaged my bro and we made plans for lunch the next day.

Anticipating a crazy gastronomic experience, I did some jogging and shot some hoops in the morning… and actually just finished in time for lunch. When we got to Corniche, we were a bit disappointed that there were very few Indonesian dishes. There were other cuisines (Japanese, Filipino, Chinese and the usual Roasting Station) but we expected to try lots and lots of our old childhood favourites.

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Here’s what we had:

Note:
If you’re wondering about the portions, don’t worry I’m not sick. I had other servings. These are just for photo ops 🙂
One thing I left out though was the Sop Buntot (Ox Tail)

Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng, Ikan Bakar, Mie Goreng
Beef Rendang, Nasi Goreng, Ikan Bakar, Mie Goreng

We tried the Indonesian dishes first. I’m not really a big fan of Indo appetizers so I went straight to the main dishes. Unfortunately, I was completely DISSATISFIED with all of them. They were all NOT spicy enough and TOO salty. FAIL! FAIL! FAIL! FAIL!

Lemon Chicken, Stuffed Beef, Cod, Beef w/ Cheese, Roast Beef
Lemon Chicken, Stuffed Beef, Cod, Beef w/ Cheese, Roast Beef

After those disappointing Indonesian dishes, I tried the others on display. The Lemon Chicken, Stuffed Beef and Fish were OK. The Beef with Cheese was a mistake… I’m sure those with “finer” taste would love that kind of cheese (the ones that smell spoiled) but I just can’t stand it. The Roast Beef was pretty awesome, especially the marbling. Yum!

LOBSTER!!!
LOBSTER!!!

This was the best thing about the buffet. It’s definitely not unique to Indonesia but who cares, right? SUCCESS!

Pisang
Pisang

I didn’t get the complete name of this dessert but it was delish (pisang simply translates to banana). The sauce is like latik and it was simply perfect with banana. It would have been better with better quality bananas.

Es Campur
Es Campur

Es Campur (which means Mixed Ice) is the Indonesian version of Halo-Halo. I still prefer the Filipino version of course but I do enjoy the avocado that comes in this dish.

Marshmallow Choco Fountain, Chocolate Truffles
Marshmallow Choco Fountain, Chocolate Truffles

There chocolate collections were really disappointing. I never really liked chocolate fountains (I just had to try it again) so I was not surprised that I did not enjoy it. However, I had high expectations for the truffles. The chocolate inside was all gooey and just too sweet. FAILED!!!

Cheesecake, Fruits
Cheesecake, Fruits

I love cheesecake and I love fruits. Thank goodness they did not go wrong with these. 🙂

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Here’s our bill:
1588 x 2 persons = Php 3,176.00

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Here’s what others are saying:

  • http://www.frannywanny.com/2011/08/selamat-menikmati-indonesian-feast-at.html
  • http://www.rochellesychua.com/2011/08/selamat-menikmati-a-culinary-journey-of-indonesias-best.html

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Here’s where you can find them:

Diamond Hotel
Roxas Blvd cor. Dr. J. Quintos St.,
Manila, Phil 1000


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  • Anton

    Yung sa unang picture lang yung Indonesian dishes?

    • Anonymous

      May soup pa pero hindi ko na nakuhaan… aside from that I do not recall any more Indo dishes (except for the desserts)