Thursday, October 27, 2011

ER report today, and MEATSHOP Wagyu Steak Amateur Review :)

Holaaa readers :)

It's me, posting again :)
It's surprising how the last three weeks 'guarding' the Emergency Room in the one and only government hospital in this small town Situbondo has taught me more lesson than probably the previous 4 months in the ambulatory unit. Being 'raised' in the class A hospital with its complete facilities during medschool make me rely too much on those modern and sophisticated diagnostic test results, while here the hospital is still classified as class C, with it's very limited facilities, so the lack of things you can do for your patients sometimes make u just wanna cry. Knowing that there are already wayy more advanced technology out there and that slight different result can make difference in the prognosis of the patients. But hey, the positive side is that we really are required to really master the physical examination.

The ER here if I may describe, is a very small room probably 1/4 or less the size of the ER I used to work in during Medschool, and it is more like the triage than ER in function. Most of the time we just diagnose the patients by rewriting the signs and symptoms just in medical language, then we plan the lab tests, x-rays if necessary, ultrasound (mostly will be done the next day) and transport the patients to the 'suitable' wards without waiting for the results. So mainly we treat symptomatically, so that they 'survive' until the next day when the specialists visit and review the results, thus giving more appropriate treatments. Except for those with really blown-up signs and symptoms that we already 100% sure about the diagnosis. And here are some things I learned here..

- I always remember the internist here telling me that the way people think in small town like this, especially them who come from the lower educational and socioeconomic background are very much different from them in big cities. They almost always come to medical services only if their diseases and sickness are already unbearable and disturb their daily life/work. So they demand with just a SINGLE visit the doctor a.k.a medical services can cure them and they can immediately go back to their normal life. That's why here symptomatic cure is always given brutally and is the most important factor that will also impact what they think about their doctor. Some with higher education can be told that there are many diseases that needs continuous medicine and routine check-ups. But let's say.. most of the ER's patients here are considered in the first group.

- Antibiotics and their rational use.. still and will always be an issue in Indonesia, probably, and don't see that it will change anytime soon because of the old paradigms.. But not gonna talk about this in this post, will be too long :D

-Immunization and vaccines programs here really should be re-evaluated.. proved by abundant tetanus cases and recent diphtery outbreaks.. TBCs are very common also. Anyway the patients are usually teenagers at the youngest, so the immunization time were 15-20 years backwards, by now there should be a far improvement :)

-The case of tentament suicide, conversion reaction and psychosomatic disorders here is very high.. Probably because of the people temperaments? or the irrational hot weather? hehehe this could be an interesting field of research, for them who is interested in psychiatry :)

Okayyy so those are some early conclusion after three weeks in the ER, now let's do a little shopping review.. Well guys, I'm actually planning to put in a little review on anything I've experienced, from movies, beauty products, restaurants, just to add a little spice to this blog :p And to make it a little useful to the readers, if there is any :p Now my treasure find is.. tarraaa...

Excuse the poor picture quality, I am too lazy to bring camera everywhere so always capture anything with my 3.2mp oldschool phone camera :P

It is the MEATSHOP wagyu tenderloin 9+ medium well with potato and brocolli au gratin and mushroom sauce :)

This is my BF's bday treat :p Not my average pocket-friendly dinner... Just for special occasion :) The Meatshop is located on HR Muhammad street, Surabaya. It claimed to be the best steakhouse and gourmet spot in Surabaya with finest ingredients and tempting dishes. This is another ranch-market like steakhouse that allows us to choose our own meatloaf and each and every detail of it's side dish. Basically a meatshop with quite various range of choice starting from (believe it or not) IDR 6.000/100g (local meats) until the 9+ wagyu for IDR 170.000/100g. OK let's start this amateur review :)

1. PLACE : 3 out of 5
Comfy enough for casual dinner, but no music, no candlelight, no extraordinary view.. So this is actually not the best place for fine dining :p Most of the visitors are dressed in casuals.. Saw many foreigners with Australian and American accents, so I am concluding that this place actually meet their standards. TIPS: choose the downstair seats, ignore the waiters/waitresses offer for the upstair ones because it's even more boring :D

2. SERVICE : 4 out of 5
The waiters/waitresses are knowledgeable enough to inform their customers about the meat selection, drinks come immediately, free breads for starters, making waiting not so long.. And the wait itself is not so long considering its weekend...

3. FOOD : 4.5 out of 5
The wagyu tenderloin was delightful, the right medium-well as I requested, juicy and fresh enough you don't need that much sauce.. Melts in your mouth. I order it with potato au gratin and brocolli au gratin which was probably a mistake cause they tasted the same, should have chosen sauteed mushroom or stirfried mixed veggies, maybe for a little more contrast. Mushroom sauce was fine but I prefer my BF's sauce the steak sauce. Only give them 4.5 because of the mushroom sauce..

4. PRICE : 4 out of 5
For my 170gr Wagyu 9+ tenderloin and full side dishes it is not that expensive, comparing to other 9+ wagyus in other places such as La Rucola... There is a slightly lower quality also the 4/6 wagyu that my BF ordered and the 2/3 wagyu which is less pricey but still gives you that 'ohhh' wagyu melting feeling :) But for the 4/6 and 2/3 you have to order minimum 200g.

So overall I give it 4.5 out of 5 for Meatshop Wagyu Tenderloin + Potato Au Gratin + Broccoli Au Gratin just because of the place is not that fancy and my own fault choosing the mushroom sauce. Excited to try other cheaper menus, though, and will review soon!


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