Gentle Ben at KH Ahmad Dahlan Gandaria Jakarta

May 24th, 2017. I had an event at Gandaria area, then I thought, “Why don’t I visit this coffee shop near the place?” I heard about Gentle Ben months ago, and I haven’t got the time to visit it. So, that lovely morning, I ordered online car and came to the lovely coffee shop.

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Around 7 months ago, Gentle Ben was born in Ahmad Dahlan road. Why they chose the name Gentle Ben? “Gentle Ben is the name of a place in the States. I think it’s where the owner used to hang out with friends there.” the barista explained to me. I searched Gentle Bens and I found that it’s a place for local craftbeer on University Blvd. Tucson, AZ. Anyway, Gentle Ben in Jakarta is a coffee shop and it’s very comfortable. It shares the space with Flipside Concept Store, a retail shop specializing in fashion and lifestyle products. I didn’t have a chance to look Flipside around. I just sat and enjoyed my me-time at Gentle Ben.

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Latte 35k

I asked them to make it less coffee, and it made the flavour quite different, I think. It’s sweeter, without sugar. The barista told me that the sweet came from the milk. Next time I think I will try the original latte hahahaha..

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Donut Gourmet 22k

strawberry creme

At first, I wanted to try their canelle, but my eyes suddenly fascinated with the red strawberry colour. So canelle next time ya hahahaha.. But I didn’t really like the cream inside the donut. I prefer they filled it with strawberry too. And I forgot to take photo of the cream filling LOL.

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Croque Madame 55k

Toasted smoked beef and cheese sandwich served with fondue sauce and topped with sunny side up with a side of salad

The presentation of the croque madame was not really impressive, but it tasted delicious. A little bit too salty but if you eat it with the salad, it’s indeed balancing the flavour. I think the salty taste came from the combination of smoked beef, cheese and fondue sauce. Recommended dish for those who love flavourful dish.

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I will be back to this place. They offer a very comfortable place with friendly barista. I saw the owner there, but he’s too busy I guess. That’s why I didn’t wanna bother him at all. Well, maybe next time..

Gentle Ben Cafe
Jl. KH. Ahmad Dahlan No.32
Kramat Pela, Kebayoran
Gandaria, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 7204493
IG: @gentleben.id

DomaDona Coffee at Wijaya I Kebayoran Jakarta

May 23rd, 2017. It’s my 2nd time to DomaDona Coffee. The first time was on October 9th, 2016. But I haven’t got a chance to blogging about it. I went with Natasha since she never been there. She picked me up at my apartment, and headed to the venue.

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DomaDona serve coffee which they did all the plant, process, roast and brew it into a cup. Located on the road side of Wijaya 1, their lovely interior is very warm and comfortable. They have outdoor and indoor area. The outdoor area looks comfortable but very hot in the afternoon. The indoor area is beautiful with dim lights and minimalist vibe.

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Ice Tea 30k

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Hot Tea 30k

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Chicken Maryland 65k

Tender fried chicken with superb savory cheese topping. Recommended for lunch. It won’t make you too full. And you don’t need another dish to fulfill your tummy. The portion of this chicken maryland was just perfect for me.

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Chicken Cordon Blue 65k

It’s Natasha’s order. I tried and I loved it. The sauce was delicious, not too creamy. And the texture of the chicken was perfect. Another recommended dish for lunch. Trust me. Too bad, both of us weren’t in good condition for coffee. Next time ya.

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Wait for me, DomaDona. I will be back to try your other dishes, and your coffee. For sure.

DomaDona Coffee
Jl. Wijaya I No.9AB
Kby. Baru, Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 7267619
IG: @domadonacoffee

[BANDUNG] Gormeteria at Pasir Kaliki Bandung

May 7th, 2017. Before we went home to Jakarta, we dropped in to another new place in Bandung. Gormeteria is a new hype, I guess. I saw their photos everywhere in foodies’ Instagram accounts. At first, I didn’t think I can make it since it’s already Sunday, and we had to go back to Jakarta. But then my hubby made the time for me to visit it for lunch. Yaaaay..

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Located on the roadside of Pasir Kaliki, it’s very easy to find the place. When we arrived, lucky us, there’s still parking lot inside. To find the dining area, we should go to level 2. The place is very spacious. Divided into 3 areas. From the stairs, to the right is outdoor area. Coffee bar area in the middle. And to the left is dining area. The dining area is also divided into different themes. Let me show you around through my photos below, and enjoy the simple review.

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Original Ice Tea 12k

Gormeteria house blend tea

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Orange Juice 25k

Fresh squeezed orange juice

It’s a really fresh orange juice. My hubby loved it.

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Ochazuke 98k

Seared salmon over rice poured with aromatic green tea soup

Adorable presentation. You have to pour the aromatic green tea soup to the salmon over rice. I thought it must be weird, but turned out it’s really good. Light flavour with adorable texture. The salmon was tender. The character of the rice was also perfect. Super recommended.

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Mocha Cake 33k

A slice of old school mocca cake with mocca butter cream

I saw this one on the display at the coffee bar. So I ordered one slice. It was fantastic! I really loved the cake. The texture was fluffy and soft. Generous mocca butter cream. I just hope they sprinkled the top with more chocolate rice.

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Love the place and love the food. Definitely a keeper.

Gormeteria
Jl. Pasirkaliki No. 176
Pasir Kaliki, Bandung
Phone: +62 22 20524850
IG: @gormeteria

Ardent Coffee at CoLab Plaza Senayan Jakarta

May 1st, 2017. I had an event in Plaza Senayan around 3pm. So, when I arrived earlier, I tried to find a place to sit, waiting for Hans. I walked around until I saw CoLab space. It was a working space with several tenants. And one of them is Ardent Coffee. I saw Berrywell, Dore, and Lewis & Carroll, but this time I only visited Ardent.

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CoLab is a curated concept store for local lifestyle brands. Lucky me, I still got seat there, since it was weekend. So many beautiful things in there. I had to hold the urge to buy things there hahahaha.. The place isn’t small but not too spacious. Well, please enjoy my very very simple review.

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Hazelnut Latte 39k

I loved it. It’s very delicious. The texture was perfect. Smell so good, with great flavour. It’s weet but not too sweet. Well, it’s like hazelnut latte in general, of course. And I love the latte art. It’s simple but beautiful.

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Nutella Marshmallow 31k

I think it’s my mistake to order this nutella marshmallow toast. I ordered hazelnut latte for the drink, and this one for the food? OMG. I should order the savoury one. But it’s too late. Well, it’s just like any ordinary toast. Served with vanilla ice cream and marshmallow, it was delicious, sweet and appetizing.

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Next time, I will try the savoury toast, for sure. Cannot wait to be back!

Ardent Coffee
CoLab Space
Plaza Senayan B1 A Floor
Jl. Asia Afrika no 8
Jakarta
Phone: +62 821-1140-0088
IG: @ardent.coffee

Molasses Coffee, Cake & More at Cipete Raya Jakarta

May 17th, 2017. “As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” I saw this somewhere on internet. Well, that’s why coffee shops are everywhere hahaha. Well, I visited Molasses with Cindy. It’s not far from our previous coffee shop. Just across the road. Actually we came in around 9am, but there’s no one. So we came back around 10:30am. 🙂

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Located at Komplek Cipete Square, Molasses occupied the first floor, while the second floor occupied by other tenant. Too bad, on our visit, they didn’t have any food to order. That’s why we ordered only 1 drink. It’s not really usual for me to make a blog on 1 drink only, but I loved the place. So I wanted to show to you the ambiance of it. Please enjoy my most simple review. Pssst, I will be back there again to order food hahahaha..

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Ice Salted Caramel Latte 40k

It’s really good, but too sweet for us. Maybe next time I will ask for a less sweeter drink. And we were too full to order another drink hahahahaha.. Too bad they ran out of food, since I was very hungry for savoury food. Well, another time, then.. *wink wink*

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Wait for us, Molasses. I will come again to try everything hahaha..

Molasses Cafe
Komplek Cipete Square
Jl. Cipete Raya 55 no 7
Jakarta
Phone: +62 21 7590 0697
IG: @molassescafe

Pikul Coffee & Roastery at Cipete Cilandak Jakarta

May 17th, 2017. I was invited to an event at Plaza Senayan. Before the event, Cindy asked me to join her to find new places at Cipete area. And then, when we walked around the area, we found a new place just at a nice location. The name was eye-catching. Pikul Coffee & Roastery. LOL. Pikul means carry on the shoulder. It was a fun name, of course. But when I asked the barista, he didn’t know why the owner named it Pikul. Well, next time I meet the owner, I will ask him or her. 🙂

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A humble coffee shop always makes me happy. And Pikul was one of them. A very simple place with indoor and outdoor area. They’re preparing the roastery area right now. If we’re not in a hurry, I guess, we would be sitting all day long at Pikul. The barista was friendly. We felt very welcomed there. We love the place.

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Latte 32k

Love it. The after taste was fantastic. I almost finished the whole cup. The barista said sorry that he couldn’t make a beautiful latte art. But for me, it’s very pretty. The texture was rich with strong flavour. Love love love.

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Ice Lychee Tea 25k

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Scrambled Egg & Sausage 35k

I love how they made this scrambled egg. Look at the sexy colour. And the sausage was delicious. Great texture with delightful flavour. Scrambled egg is always favourit for breakfast. It’s a simple dish but if you cannot make it with the right texture, it will ruin your morning.

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Great job, Pikul. Definitely a keeper. Since they open 7am every day, it’s really good for those early birds. Woohoo!!

Pikul Coffee & Roastery
Jl. Cipete Raya Blok B No.7
Cipete Selatan, Cilandak
Jakarta
Phone: +62 877-2119-2210
IG: @pikul.coffee