Kalaku Coffee & Company at Pesanggrahan Kembangan Puri Jakarta

April 16th, 2017. I had a birthday invitation at noon around Pesanggrahan street, so before that, I planned to go to a coffee shop nearby. I looked around the venue and voila! Kalaku.

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From the facade, it’s quite nice, with 3-cars parking lot. But when I stepped inside, I found it quite oldies. It’s very spacious, with several tables and seats scattered neatly all around. There’re men doing some works near the barista. They politely said sorry for the inconveniences. They have smoking area outside, only 2 tables. The barista worked alone, then another man came. But, it’s only us, so they weren’t very busy. Well, please enjoy my simple review then.

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Ice Lychee Tea 28k

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Caffee Nutella 35k

As usual, I asked the barista first. If I cannot drink coffee but I want to drink coffee, what should I drink? He said, “Caffee Nutella is good. I will make it not too coffee for you.” Yaaaaay. And it was really delicious. It’s coffee but full of Nutella. Love it. Sweet flavour with rich texture of Nutella, for sure.

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Banana Bread 25k

It’s not really special, but it’s okay. The texture was fantastic. Sometimes they made the banana bread too crumbly. But this wasn’t like that. Tasted good too. They didn’t have many food or pastry. So, I guess it’s the banana bread or the brownies. I wasn’t in the mood for brownies. So, banana bread, then.

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Hokkaido Cheese Tart 18k

Actually, I wasn’t very sure about this one. But, instead of brownies, I thought I prefer this one. So I ordered this hokkaido cheese tart. Its presentation wasn’t convincing enough but I think I wanted to try this one. And.. it’s delicious. The texture was great. Tasted perfectly delightful. This is what we sometimes called: “Don’t judge the book by its cover.” Recommended.

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Hope to be back again soon. Wanna try their other food, for sure.

Kalaku Coffee & Company
Jl. Pesanggrahan No.26
Kembangan, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 58357296
IG: @kalakucoffee.jkt

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[EVENT] Basque X Cuca: Sugar Rush from Bali to Noble House Mega Kuningan Jakarta

April 13th, 2017. I got the VIP invitation from Cuca Bali to a Sugar Rush event at Basque. Virginia sent me the message and asked me to choose from 3 dates. So, I chose April 13th. Yaaaay, finally I could meet up with Virginia and Kevin. Long time no see. Basque X Cuca.

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Remember those happy childhood moment when you had all those sweets and cakes on your hand? In collaboration with Chef Kevin Cherkas from Cuca Bali, we want to re-create those too-happy too-energetic moment to put a cherry on top of your day.

This was our first time to Basque. It’s quite a fascinating place. There’s a bunch of people dancing, and there’s a bunch of people eating. LOL. Such a different atmosphere. 🙂 But what I loved the most was when I met them again after some times. Virginia! Kevin! We miss you!

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Apple Crumble

Ginger braised apples, frothed cream, country granola, tarragon; best paired with Apple Ginger Iced Tea

Kevin always amazed me with his creation. It’s a really beautiful presentation. An apple crumble disguised into a beautiful rose. I think it’s the only apple crumble that I could eat, since it looked very much alike a rose. And I love rose. Rose is my weakness. Hahahaha. Smart Kevin! He knew I was into roses hahahahah.. It was delicious but apple is actually my hubby’s thing. So, I let him finish it.

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Arroz Con Leche

Coconut rice, caramel banana, cinnamon perfume; best paired with Cortado Coffee

Another creative dessert from Kevin. It looked like banana, it tasted like banana, it was actually banana with coconut rice and caramel. It was on top of the banana peel. Genius! Oh well, it looked more like banana peel, but it’s actually the banana. Hahaha. Love the texture of it. Tender and sweet. One of our favourite.

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Brownie

Warm chocolate mousse, palm sugar ice cream, cocoa cumbs; best paired with Cortado Coffee

THE BEST! Kevin said that he wanted to make it a real brownie, with the same packaging when you buy a brownies for souvenir. That’s why they presented the brownie in the carton box. And it was dabomb! Tasted delicious with fluffy and delicate texture, but of course with richer flavour. OMG! OMG! I love you Kevin! *Sorry Virginia hahaha* The fluffy texture of chocolate mousse mixed beautifully with the cocoa crumbs. DABEST!

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Tea-Ramisu

Black tea cake, grass jelly, aired mascarpone, caramelized seeds; best paired with Creme Caramel Tea

Actually, Virginia and Kevin asked me, “Have you ever tried our tiramisu?” And I answered, “Not yet. When I was in Cuca, I tried the Bali Breakfast.” Then, Kevin went back to the kitchen and made me a Tea-Ramisu. Love the texture. Love the flavour. Love Love Love. This was the second best that night! And it ended our #SugarRush night lusciously.

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Thank you Virginia and Kevin. You guys are the best! Really! The best!

Cuca Bali
Jl. Yoga Perkanthi
Jimbaran, Bali
Phone: +62 361 708066
IG: @cucaflavor

Basque – Bar de Tapas
Noble House Building
8th Floor
Mega Kuningan
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 29783111-12
IG: @basquejkt

Kopi Es Tak Kie at Gang Gloria Glodok Pinangsia Jakarta

April 12th, 2017. It’s the legendary coffee shop. It’s been there since 1920s. Actually, it’s one coffee shop where my parents brought me when I was a kid, to eat Nasi Campur or meet up with their friends. Kopi Es Tak Kie.

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Established in 1927, Tak Kie’s name is derived from the word “Tak” which means wise and simple man. While the word “Kie” means easy to remember. This name has not changed since it was first established. The founder of this coffee shop wanted to teach his successors to always be low-profile and hard-working. I didn’t know then, that it will be famous hahaha. It’s my childhood memory, of course, with Mom, Dad and my siblings. Ok, back to the place now. When I was there, the lady behind the Nasi Campur there didn’t recognize me. When I told her my Dad’s name, she finally remembered me. She said, “Aaaah yes, I remember you.” 🙂

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Kopi Susu 17k

First timer. Yup, even though I always went there, I’ve never tried their coffee. So yeah, first timer, for sure. And I love the iced one. Tasted like a legendary coffee, not those modern coffee. LOL. I heard that they used varieties beans, but always the best one. Pssst, we ordered the hot one just because we wanted to take photos of the cup with their name written. Hahahaha..

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Bakmi Pangsit 30k

Not my order. It’s Cindy’s and Ivan’s order. Anyway, noodle is not my thing there. Well, it’s quite delicious but not my favourite. Maybe next time I will order a bowl for myself. Maybe. Or maybe I will ask my hubby to order it, and I just try from his bowl.

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Nasi Campur 40k

My childhood’s Nasi Campur. Yaaaaaay. Always favourite. Trust me, the flavor never changed. My favourite was the pork satay. I remember, whenever I ate this Nasi Campur, I saved the pork satay for last. Yup, just like the quote said: save the best for last. LOL. Oh I miss those days..

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I held my tears when they said to me before I went, “Send regards to your mom ya.” When I said, “Mom’s gone in July last year.” I couldn’t forget the look on their face. The lady said to me, “Sorry. We didn’t know. Sorry.” I had to hold my tears so hard. Mom, you see, they love you. Well, I will be back there again, to reminisce my childhood’s memory. Soon.

Kopi Es Tak Kie
Jl. Pintu Besar Selatan III
Gang Gloria No. 4 – 6
Glodok, Pinangsia
Tamansari, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 6928296 / +62 859-2133-6686
IG: @kopiestakkieglodok