We were lucky to arrive in Yogya on a Friday because there were on-going promos for Phoenix Hotel‘s resto, Paprika and their bar, Vino. We were too tired to drink but definitely not too tired to eat. For dinner we decided to eat early so we could snooze early. Off we went to Paprika for the Friday Sate Dinner Buffet!
I definitely loved the open air set up and lovely ambiance of the restaurant.
I like sitting by this gorgeous staircase with an antique becak (tricycle) and romantic chandeliers. Also because it’s still open air but has AC so it’s cooler and less humid than the smoking area.
I just adore the simple but fresh table centerpiece – it’s a mini-rice paddy at each table! I thought it was just grass at first but after close examination you will see there are rice grains at the base!
The buffet set-up was ample! Aside from all the sate there was a salad station, peking duck and roast beef carving stations and much more!
Lamb martabak which was surprisingly delicious – I usually dislike lamb but this was one of the best thins on the buffet!
For the peking duck wrap I asked if they could make me one roll with only the skin (no duck meat) and they happily obliged me (the staff are amazingly cheerful and accommodating at Phoenix hotel) – they even made TWO instead of just one! I was a bit disappointed in the wrap itself though because it was hard for me to chew through it. it was a bit rubbery. Weird.
The amazing Sate selection: Chicken, beef, fish, etc. etc. I was so full by the time I got to this that I just got a couple of sticks of chicken and a fish fillet one (not the minced fish – which I don’t have a taste for). The flavors were amazing. Nice and crispy burnt on the edges but tender and moist inside – just the way I like it!
Also had some Krupuk Udang (prawn kropek), nasi goren (fried rice), steamed rice, Chicken curry, beef stew (yum!) and garlic potatoes.
My friend’s dessert plate
My dessert plate. The one in the foreground reminds me of a popular dessert that we Filipino got from the Spanish, Lecho Flan, except this version in Indonesia is not as sweet. Filipinos have a sweet tooth!
I had strawberry Dilmah tea which they served with Monggo Dark Chocolate – OMG what a discover this Monggo chocolate was! It is amazingly yummy chocolate made in Yogyakarta! Must find more of this!
After dinner I was ready to hit the spa! Stay tuned for my post on Phoenix Hotel‘s My Spa on Tuesday.
I am reserving Monday for an Azkals post. Remember the scrapbook I mentioned when I wrote about the signed Azkals jersey? Well I am posting scanned images of the entire thing on Monday in time for the game with Myanmar! Good luck to the Azkals!
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