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Caloria Surabaya (Review)

Just when I thought that Surabaya probably have enough cafes already, more new cafes are popping out everywhere, LOL. I guess people in Surabaya is now really stepping up in their game, I really can't underestimate their entrepreneur soul and their unlimited sources of money, no offense. I mean, opening your own business especially in culinary and lifestyle area is not that easy and is obviously need a lot of money. So, let's take a minute of silence, honoring their passion, sacrifices and their hard work to always giving us a new place to hang out (and a new blog post for me, hahaha..) 

So here goes the new one I found!

Caloria
Don't Think, Just Eat & Be Happy
They just launched their soft opening two weeks ago, on October 17th to be exact. I saw some of my friends were starting to upload their soft opening promo and stuffs in the social media, and that bothered the crap out of me, because at that time I was really, like, really broke. :( But blessings can always come in various ways, right? It happened to me though. :)
So the next day my dear culinary partner, Fiony, texted me and asked me to go there with her that afternoon. I told her that I would love to be her companion but I might just going to take pictures of everything there, without ordering anything. She agreed and said that she'd still ordered for two and shared it with me. Aw <3
Not too long after that conversation, my other friend, Tressya, also texted me and asked me to accompany her  to visit Caloria, not on the same day, but at the day after, which is on Sunday. And again, I told her the same thing I said to Fiony, she also replied that I don't have to worry about that sort of matter. Ah.. I just whispered to myself, "Friends who give you foods are friends to keep for life!"


So I went there two days in a row, on saturday afternoon and on sunday night.. Let me tell you what I know and what I have experienced there.

Caloria is placed on the east side of Surabaya, as usual, their address and the map will be attached down below, please keep reading. (: The place is big, they have four sections of dining space inside, plus one VIP room. They also have an outdoor space, and a dining space on the second floor (but it's not ready yet). In total, Caloria can accommodate up to 100 people inside.

This is the first section of the dining place, it is on the left side of the entrance and mostly for people who come with their group of friends


This is the second section and also the main dining hall.



This is the third section of the dining space, it's on the right side, in between the cashier & the bar

And this is the fourth one which is the bar itself


The VIP room is placed right across the bar, next to the mural on the left wall




And last but not least, the outdoor space!



 The Kitchen


The decoration of the place is really WOW if I may say. They are using a lot of unique props, different set of tables and chairs, and also plenty of murals on their walls. I can't really tell what's their real concept because everything seems overwhelming in every corner, but for an amateur eyes like mine, it's more than enough, just wow.

Foods & Drinks
For the first visit, as promised, I didn't order anything besides Iced Lemon Tea (I should at least drink right? hahaha), while Fiony orderded a full course menu from the appetizer, main course, dessert and a fancy drink. Okay, now I will tell you the nicest part of my first visit : I came across my good old friend Stanley there. Oh my, it's been a very long time since the last time we saw each other! I guess it was on my birthday last year, lol.. He went to my table and greeted me, we chatted for a while and then he went back to his table. When he was about to go home, he visited my table again, asked about how was the foods and the drinks, he also introduced us to the owner which turned out was his friend. It was nice a very nice of him to do so, because I could tell straight to the owner about my opinions and asked her about things that I wanted to ask. So after a little more chit chat, he left us and went home. (keep reading)

And oh, these are our foods :
Morning Glory Salad Rp. 50.000,-
It tasted nice, basically contains lettuce, purple cabbage and red onion with deep fried kangkung like in Malay Village, but they served it also with shrimp and smoked beef. :)

Loco Moco Rp. 58.000,-
The waiter was raving about this dish, that's why she ordered. They said it was "Grilled beef polynesian cuisine served with poached egg. Home made brown gravy and fragrant rice" The poached egg was nice, but the beef and the sauce were tasteless and the rice was cooked with chopped paprika, it was also tasteless. (Ps : On my second visit, Loco Moco has gone from the menu, lol)

Fried Chocolate Fudge Rp. 25.000,-
Uhm.. This was also recommended by the waiter, and again, we were not really happy with it. From the looks, it was like tahu isi, do you know what I mean? Lol.. So the brownies were deep fried with the flour, it should be crispy but you know, people would always take a picture of it first before they eat it. And by the time they are ready to eat, the deep fried brownies gets cold and it's hard to cut. And after you cut it, the brownies are crumbling into pieces and the ice cream already melted. 😑 So, yeah it was messy and all over the place and we couldn't also taste the strawberry jam.


Strawberry Cheese Cake Rp. 33.000,- & Iced Lemon Tea Rp. 25.000,-
We thought we would see or taste the cake inside this drink, but no.. There were no cake nor the cheese inside and sorry to say it kinda taste like pop ice. 😕 It's not bad in taste actually, I LOVE Popice, but just not with that price.. 


After we finished everything, we asked for the bill to the waiter. We waited for less than a minute before the waiter said, "It was already paid by the guy who sat on that table (pointing on where Stanley was seated)" And I was like, "OMG.. Why did he do that?" I rushed myself to find his contact on my phone and asked him "What was that even for?" He simply replied that it was a payback for the last time I treated him on my birthday last year, lol..
Wasn't that just amazing? How God can really blesses you in any freakin' way?? Well at least that's what I thought.. But still.. Thank you Stanley for the treat! May God bless you more.. :)

On my second visit, I went there with the hottie Tressya and also Eki. He picked us up and he also helped me took some pictures that night. Thank you Eki.. :) At that time, I also didn't order anything besides Caloria Punch, while Tressya ordered two main dishes, and Eki went with the Taro latte.

Here they are
Escargot in Garlic Butter Sauce Rp. 48.000,-
This was yummy, but Vinnette still hold the champion title for selling the best Escargot dish in town. The waiter gave us forks but I guess toothpicks does the job better than the fork.
Caloria's Beef Steak Rp. 128.000,-
First of all, it was already a big mistake for them to not asking the customer about how do they like the meat to be cooked. Yes, they didn't ask. And it was so freakin' long to wait for this dish to come out. At the first cut, we could really tell that it's overcooked, because the meat wasn't tender but it was hard to cut and hard to chew. The mushroom sauce was also too salty and the mashed potato needs to be more soft and creamy :)

Caloria Punch Rp. 30.000 -
It tastes nice, and refreshing. The fragrance kind of reminded me with the old kiddo hand wash. But the color wasn't pretty when you mix the color together, imagine what you'll get when you mix these two colors?


Taro Latte Rp. 32.000,-
Eki said it was nice and sweet and milky.

Toilet & Other Stuffs
The toilet are pretty unique, especially for the women's. But too bad on my second visit, the toilet was really a mess and dirty.





You can actually bring five people inside to be your pee companions, lol.. jk

What I also like about Caloria is that they provide a lot of electricity outlets, like literally everywhere! So you don't have to worry about your phone or your laptop battery. ^^




This is the stair to the second floor, can't wait to see what's going to be up there!

Thoughts & Suggestions
  • The dining place is big, and the interior design is overwhelming, if you are into that stuff, you might want to check out the place
  • The ambience was pretty nice, I see a lot of young adults there..
  • Many unique menus inside, plating was nice, but a lot of them were disappointed in taste. Take notes from people's (honest) opinion about it, try to fix it, and let them try again, I'm sure there will be a good progression.
  • The waiters & waitresses need more training. They were really friendly, but some of them were less educated about your products. I asked them about Tabasco, all of them said they didn't have it, when I asked the owner, she said she has it. Erm..
  • Food serving was taking a quite long time. Upgrade your kitchen or your chefs or both, because for such a big place that could hold a lot of people, you don't want make more people waiting for too long, right?
  • It's pretty hard to find a parking lot, though the place wasn't that crowded. Should you consider a cheap valet parking?
  • I don't think the spacious women's toilet is effective, adding two or more seating for the toilet would be awesome. And you should also consider hiring one cleaning service for both toilet as well. It gets messy after a lot of people using it. 
Summary
Name :
Caloria
Location :
Jl. Raya Dharmahusada Indah 87, Surabaya (next to House Of Jhony)
Operational Days :
Every day
Operational Hours :
Mon - Thu: 11.00 AM - 10.00 PM
Sat - Sun: 11.00 AM - 11.00 PM
Contact :
031-5997420
Walk in or Reservations :
Walk in & Reservation
Best Visit for Walk In :
Anytime
Range of Price :
Foods Rp. 30.000, -  Rp. 128.000, -
Drinks Rp. 10.000, -  Rp. 33.000, -
Exclude 5% Service Charge & 10% Government Tax
Wi-fi :
Available
Smoking :
Outside only
Paying with Cards :
Available

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6 comments:

  1. Hmmfftt....I don't know WTF interior designer thinked when placing something like chair inside ladies toilet -____-" btw Escargot, how way are you ate it if I may to know? It seems like the same way to ate the Kol Nenek

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    1. Hahaha.. Exactly.. :)
      Umm.. I just use the toothpick and stab it out..
      No, you can't suck escargot like keong nenek, lol..

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  2. I think the chair in the toilet can be used for diaper-changing for baby ce :D
    but I don't think it's a good idea to combine regular toilet with chair lol

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    1. Hahah.. Iyaa.. Whatever it is for, agak sayang aja kalo ditaru di dalem toiletnya, sangat kurang efektif.. Apalagi toiletnya cm satu..
      Anyways Ve, help cc like the foto ya.. :) thank you..

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  3. Hi! I just read ur blog and start falling in love with it! Thanks for sharing ur strory. It helps me alot to find out new resto&cafe at Surabaya! Keep on sharing..

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    1. Hi Juliana.. Thanks a lot!
      This means so much to me.. :)

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