When I heard that Melbourne’s specialty coffee roaster and cafe was opening its first branch in Jakarta (this Feb 2016), I was thrilled! I google mapped the address and found out that it was JUST 5 minutes from my doorstop…WAH even better. I called out my trusty brunch friend, Ivana, and we headed down to ST.ALi’s today.
I really liked the simplistic layout of the cafe and the wide-open space it is housed in. There wasn’t an ounce of pretentiousness — communal wooden/ concrete tables, metal chairs, wooden stools, etc. The chairs are not intended for long seating though (they are not the kind you can chill or lounge for a few hours on). 30 minutes into my meal and my back started to ache PERHAPS that’s why they have such a high turnover rate heh. There was just SO MANY people going in and out during a typical weekday lunch hour.
ST.ALi’s menu takes after Melbourne’s breakfast-and-cafe culture (i.e. all-day breakfast menu). And so happens I LOVE BRUNCHIN’ (perfect for me!). There aren’t a lot of items on the menu, which I think is wise. Just specialize on the few items and make them really good.
I ordered a latte (IDR 45K) while Ivana got herself a flat white (IDR 45K). I added almond milk to my latte (additional IDR 10K) which provided a nice twist (but only if you like almond). The coffee was pretty exceptional, thick and aromatic. I am no coffee connoisseur but I could tell it tasted better than Starbucks (and for about the same price!).
For mains, I ordered the “Kimchi Kelly” (IDR 130K) – korean pork belly, cucumber kimchi, coriander and kemangi dressing – EVERYTHING packed into a burger. It was not too bad. The pork belly was cooked just right, very soft. I found the coriander a little too overpowering though.
Ivana ordered the “Koo Koo Ca Choo” (IDR 150K) – crispy potato hash with mushroom duxelle, poached eggs, shaved parmesan, chlorophyll and truffle vinaigrette. She gave me some of her potato hash to try and I really liked it. The potato hash had a good consistency and was very fluffy. The seasonings worked in perfect combination and the aroma was enticing. YUMMY.
We felt quite full after finishing our mains but something felt AMISS. D-E-S-S-E-R-T-S.
So Ivana and I walked to the dessert counter to pick a dessert to share. We asked the waitress standing there what was good and she said, “Everthing is good. All our desserts are usually sold out by 4 p.m!”. Impressive. I can’t remember the name of the cake we ordered but it looks like this:
It was a white chocolate brownie cake with cookie crumbs, raspberry filling, and a biscuit base. To my disappointment, it tasted so-so only. I felt that the cake had too much gelatin and wished for it to be richer. Oh well, ST ALi’s specialty is in making coffee and not cakes anyway.
I was BLOATED FULL by the time I finished dessert and rolled all the way back home.
Setiabudi One, Ground Floor Suite 103A,
Jl. HR Rasuna Said Kav. 62,
Kuningan, South Jakarta 12920.
Oh my Agent D will be coming back soon. I better start preparing his dinner now! Ciao!