Finally had a chance to go on a real date with my Hubby last March 27 (this is a super delayed re-edited post). Lots of things usually crop up on weekends and we are unable to get-away. When we have time though, we do what most married couples do on weekends... sleep!
Hubby and I chose to have dinner at Nuvali, just to have some change of scenery and for us to feel that we actually took some effort to "go out". We also wanted to try a new restaurant. There were a couple of restaurants in Nuvali that we haven't tried yet. One of them is John Bamboo, an Indonesian restaurant which recently opened. Hubby and I have both been to Jakarta years ago. The food in Jakarta didn't impress us much but we wanted to give John Bamboo Restaurant a go anyway.
John Bamboo gives a free appetizer of Spicy Anchovies, which was really nice, a bit spicy but a bit sweet too with a nice sprinkling of peanuts.
We ordered the Nasi Goreng Ikan Asin. Nasi Goreng is an Indonesian-style fried rice with mung sprouts, some vegetables and smoked fish. When we were in Jakarta, I practically had Nasi Goreng everyday, since it was the only thing that wasn't very spicy. John Bamboo's version is lighter than what I had in Jakarta.
Hubby ordered Tumis Kangkong with Tempe. Tempe, is fermented soybeans, shaped into little squares. The kangkong leaves (swamp cabbages) were sauteed in sweet soy sauce and topped with the fried tempe. The tempe was surprisingly tasteless. I'm not sure if it was supposed to taste like that though since I don't remember eating any in Jakarta.
Hubby and I also shared a Seafood Sate Sampler. The sate had grilled shrimps, squid and fish. It was presented in a clay grill with charcoal, which was a unique way of presenting the dish. The Seafood Sate was one of the most expensive things on the menu. We were pumped up that we would be getting something really good, such a disappointment. The serving was miniscule, the shrimps weren't fresh because the shells were so hard to peel off. They could have at least chosen a few pieces of bigger tiger prawns or something. The sate sauce was good though, it was the dish's only saving grace. Overall, totally not worth the money.
The drinks were much more inventive though. I had the Soda Gembira. It's 7Up with condensed milk. I liked it, since I typically like anything with condensed milk.
Hubby had the Soup Buah (pictured on top, right side), a fruity conconction. He didn't like that very much because it was bit sour and there were kiwis there. Hubby doesn't like kiwi.
The highlight of the evening was a hand-in-hand walk around the lake with Hubby. I love walking with Hubby :-)