Okay, first of all, allow us to brag a little. Ehem. We are the first blog to review Calia: House of Eatery! Wow! How cool is that? I mean, how could the pilgrims of #ForeverThrowback like us be a trailblazer? How can we look so cool this time? Hahaha, the world is funny sometimes, huh. So, how does it feel having lunch at one of the prettiest and esthetique restaurants at the heart of Yogyakarta?
Located beside the main road of Kragilan, Calia was a true oasis for getting away from the hustle and bustle street. Come here for an early dinner so you can equally take in the beautiful decor in the daylight, yet still experience the dusk as it settles over the sunset in front of you. Calia has both an outdoor and indoor setting. Both areas looked comfortable. But since the humidity is kinda crazy that day, we opted for indoor—even in front of the AC haha! I love the way Calia combine concrete wall, white and blue furniture, along with big windows so sunshine can come in without a doubt. I always love natural brightness.
Now into what you’ve been waiting for. The food. Having tasted the starters, main courses, and yummy desserts, we’re truly excited for what Calia is bringing to the table. I saw people mostly order Fish x Chips for sharing, so Adi, our cousin, got us a hint. I can say the platting was catchy, they make the fish and the criss-cut chips appear to have fallen from the bucket. Interesting! Anyway, the fish was so tender, I love it better than the chips. Their aglio e’ olio was cooked to perfection with garlic oil and butter, and Mas Gepeng said the grilled breast chicken completed the dish. That beautiful balance also works for their carbonara and pesto. And I love the way they use fried-onion and red cabbage for the complementary, it’s simply attractive. I’m sure I will go back for their pasta.
Craving for something local? Try their signature betutu fried rice served with sate lilit (made from fish) and sambal matah, I’m sure it will satisfy your appetite. They also have a soup called Balinese Delight, which is served with our local-pride cracker, rengginang. OMG, who has miraculously thought of using rengginang in a soup? If you wanna taste a little bit of Java spices, they have Chicken Salted Egg Honje, which combines the tastiness of salted egg, papaya leaves, and sambal. A very interesting combination if you ask me, but whatever floats your boat, babe!
If you see the photos below and guessing that they served a small portion of each meal, I can say yes they did. Calia won’t make you enough with only main course. They want you to complete the festive with their desserts. That’s cheating I knooow. But when Mille Fuille came to the table and I swallowed a piece of crunchy pastry with the torched cream, oh my God, suh gooood! The cream is really fits my element, lightly sweet yet savory. The dessert also came with green bean ice cream with a crunchy cone. Ice cream chillin’ chillin’ ice cream chillin…
With Calia, you know exactly what you’re going to get. Tasty flavors, beautiful presentation, and affordable price. Those three will ultimately keep people coming back for more. We, for example, will definitely be a repeat customer if the location is closer haha. Do give it a try and hopefully you’ll find yourself enjoying the place as much as we did.