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The Other Cool Restaurants

someone asked me to post more about restaurants. so this is it!

 

Pizza E birra

when it’s time to sleep, but you feel really hungry and rambunctious, it’s time to go to PIZZA E BIRRA! we usually eat pizza with the stuffed crust, and heavy. well, it’s a very different pizza in here, duh.. it’s dip dish and very chunky. pizza e birra is owned by the Ismaya Group. the name is self explanatory: pizza e birra has mostly pizzas (+appetizers, and soups) and beers (all kind, there’s also the fruit flavored!)

pizza e birra also has a very cool live music on friday and saturday night, and the beer pong tournament that takes place once in a while. and the drawback, of course, it’s very expensive.

pizza e birra is nicer when we go with friends. it’s a kind of sharing food system. are you guys sure that you can finished one brass of pizza all by yourself? (yes, if you haven’t eat for a couple of days, i think). and the soups are also in a quite big size, that you can share it with a friend of yours.

 

price rate: 100.000-150.000/person.

places:

  • Plaza Indonesia. 5th floor, unit E 22
  • Setiabudi building, Kuningan. Jl. HR. Rasuna Said II.

 

Kitchenette

“The kitchen is a country in which there are always discoveries to be made.” –Grimod de la Reyniere

Kitchenette & Crêperie is also a restaurant owned by the Ismaya Group. Kitchenette is serving you with home cooked goodness, great coffee and various fresh off-the kitchen comfort foods.

the foods:

  • galettes
  • crêpes
  • salads
  • and many more..

their savory galettes are freshly made to order right in front of you and handcrafted with buckwheat flour, natural ingredients, and also a dash of love 😉 Their crêpes are very light and sweet filled with every delicious idea to spoiled your tongue and satisfy your sweet tooth.

their salad bar provides freshly prepared salad selections that can be served as a main course or as a complement to our crêpes.

 

Place:  Plaza Indonesia Lt 1, E16

 

Thin-Crust Pizza

NOTE: our preferred brand of whole-milk mozzarella is Dragone. you can shape the second dough ball while the first pizza bakes, but don’t top the pizza until right before you bake it. if you don’t have a baking stone, bake the pizzas on an overturned and preheated rimmed baking sheet. it is important to use ice water in the dough to prevent overheating the dough while in the food processor. semolina flour is ideal for dusting the peel; use it in place of bread flour if you have it. the sauce will yield more than needed in the recipe; extra sauce can be refrigerated for up to a week or frozen for up to a month. for our free recipe for thin-crust white pizza, go to www.CooksIllustrated.com/feb11.

Dough

  • 3 cups bread flour, plus more for work surface (see note)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 1/3 cups ice water (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus more for work surface
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt

Sauce:

  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, drained and liquid discarded
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black paper

Cheese:

  • 1 ounce finely  grated Parmesan cheese (about 1/2 cup)
  • 8 ounces shredded whole milk mozzarella (about 2 cups) (see note)
  1. FOR THE DOUGH: in food processor fitted with metal blade, process flour, sugar, and yeast until combined, about 2 seconds. with machine running, slowly add water through feed tube; process until dough is just combined and no dry flour remains, about 10 seconds. let dough stand 10 minutes.
  2. add oil and salt to dough and process until dough forms satiny, sticky ball that clears sides of workbowl, 30 to 60 seconds. remove dough from bowl, knead briefly on lightly oiled countertop until smooth, about 1 minute. shape dough into tight ball and place in large, lightly oiled bowl. cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 24 hours and up to 3 days.
  3. FOR THE SAUCE: process all ingredients in food processor until smooth, about 30 seconds. transfer to medium bowl or container and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. TO BAKE THE PIZZA: one hour before baking pizza, adjust oven rack to second highest position (rack shout be about 4 to 5 inches below broiler), set pizza stone on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees. remove dough from refrigerator and divide on lightly oiled baking sheet, spacing them at least 3 inches apart; cover loosely with plastic wrap coated with nonstick cooking spray; let stand for 1 hour.
  5. coat 1 ball of dough generously with flour and place on well-floured countertop. using fingertips, gently flatten into 8 inch disk, leaving 1 inch of outer edge slightly thicker than center. using hands, gently stretch into 13-inch round. using back of spoon or ladle, spread 1/2 cup tomato sauce in thin layer over surface of dough, leaving 1/4 inch border around edge. sprinkle 1/4 cup parmesan evenly over sauce, followed by 1 cup mozzarella. slide pizza carefully onto stone and bake until crust is well browned and cheese is bubbly and beginning to brown, 10 to 12 minutes, rotating pizza halfway through. remove pizza and place on wire rack for 5 minutes before slicing and serving. repeat step 5 to shape, top, and bake second pizza.

Topping tips:

we like our thin-crust pizza simply dressed with tomato sauce and handfuls of shredded mozzarella and parmesan, but additional toppings are always an option-provided they’re prepared correctly and added judiciously. (an overloaded pie will bake up soggy.) here are a few guidelines for how to handle different types of topping:

HEARTY VEGETABLES

aim for a maximum of 6 ounces per pie, spread out in a single layer. vegetables such as onions, peppers, and mushrooms should be thinly sliced and lightly sauteed (or microwaved for a minute or two along with a little olive oil) before using.

DELICATE VEGETABLES AND HERBS

leafy greens and herbs like spinach and basil are best placed beneath the cheese to protect them or added raw to the fully cooked pizza.

MEATS:

proteins (no more than 4 ounces per pie) should be precooked and drained to remove excess fat. we like to poach meats like sausage (broken up into 1/2 inch chunks), pepperoni, or ground beef for 4 to 5 minutes in a wide skillet along with 1/4 cup of water, which helps to render the fat while keeping the meat moist.

Technique

Baking the pizza on the top rack-rather than the usual approach of placing it near the bottom of a home oven-means heat will hit the top of the pie, browning the toppings before the crust overcooks.

source: cook’s illustrated February 2011

article by: andrew janjigian

Cheese pleasers

CHEESE lends itself to so many occasions-barbecues, stand up cocktail parties, sit down dinners or buffet meals; and it’s also ideal for when you’re asked to ‘bring a plate’.

cheese for starters

fresh and soft cheeses are lovely served antipasto-style with drinks at the beginning of a meal, barbecue or picnic.

try South Cape Persian Fetta or Goat’s cheese, prosciutto wrapped bocconcini, and even a pepper cheese like South Cape Cracked Pepper, with olives, salami, asparagus, roasted capsicum and cherry tomatoes. serve with crispbreads and crusty bread.

cheese for afters

an ideal cheese selection starts with a soft, white cheese, such as Tasmanian Heritage Brie or Camembert, a blue cheese like King Island Dairy’s Roaring Forties, and a firmer style – perhaps Mersey Valley Vintage or South Cape Swiss-style cheese.

serve with crusty bread or crispbreads, seasonal fruit – grapes, pears, figs or green apples – and something sweet, like quince paste or dates.

one special cheese

after dinner, sometimes just one special cheese – like king island dairy’s endeavour blue, drizzled with a little scented honey and served with a sticky dessert wine – is all you need.

cheese etiquette

  • allow 20-30 grams of each cheese per person
  • serve cheese at room temperature – remove from fridge 1 hour beforehand
  • provide one knife for each cheese
  • present cheese on an over-sized plate so there is room for cutting
  • cut a “starting slice” on each cheese to indicate to guests how it is best cut

DID YOU KNOW?

the rind of soft cheeses is edible but the rind of firm cheeses can be dry or brittle, so is usually avoided.

ask the foodie

got a cheesy question? you can ask Naomi Crisante at www.cheesematters.com.au

source: better homes and gardens 2008