Puri and Pesanggrahan district are no stranger to specialty coffee, but the arrival of Ardent Coffee & Kitchen Puri feels fresh. It gives you a different kind of dining experience from other spots in the neighborhood. While from the outside it looks just as narrow as its neighboring townhouses, the inside is another matter. There is a sense of spaciousness and openness that you see at cafés at a less dense part of Jabodetabek area, such as Bintaro and Tangerang. Rough calculations of the available seats tell me that Ardent Coffee & Kitchen Puri can fit around 50 people indoor and 20 people outdoor.
One of the most notable things about Ardent Coffee & Kitchen Puri is the absence of any kind of roof structure on the triangular-shaped outdoor area, letting plenty of direct sunlight in, even to the indoor are. Despite the hard-working air conditioners and the relief from views of potted green bonsai, it can get very hot in the afternoon. The blinds definitely help a lot. A glass of cool beverage does too.
Ardent’s new home in Puri is technically its third outlet. It has an outlet in Co.Lab Plaza Senayan, plus a more Indonesian-centric shop called Archipelago by Ardent Coffee in Soekarno Hatta Terminal 3 Ultimate. Meanwhile, Ardent Coffee & Kitchen Puri is bigger in size with a lot more to offer. Coffee comes in many forms, including espresso-based drinks, cold brew, and manual brew in three techniques. There are also tea, mocktails, milkshakes, juice, ice cream soda, and beer. As for food, Ardent serves a fusion of Japanese-Western dishes.
Sushi Taco is a perfect example to that. Two pieces of nori taco shell (the nori is deep fried to give form and texture) filled with rice, tempura shrimp, aburi salmon, and tangy pineapple mango salsa. It is fresh and crunchy, although a bit messy to eat. Another Ardent Special menu that we try is Neapolitan Hamburg Spaghetti, tangy tomato spaghetti with homemade hamburg steak. We’re on the fence with this one, as the tomato sauce reminds us of ketchup, which overpowers the taste of the juicy hamburg. Almond Pesto & Shrimp Spaghetti, while not bearing the Ardent Special logo, suits our palate better with a generous amount of nutty almond pesto.
As for dessert, it’s impossible to not get drawn by the theatrical Brownie Bomb. You get to pour hot sea salt caramel sauce on a chocolate dome shell, creating a surprise hole. The dome sits on top of dark chocolate brownies and surrounded by banana, strawberries, whipped cream, and rainbow cereals. The concept is clever and people with extreme sweet tooth will surely love this, but we find the sweetness level to be over the top.
There are some dishes that we really like, and there are a couple of miss. Having said that, the place is awesome, the drink section is diverse, and the service is friendly. The good outweighs the bad. I’ll be back next time I’m around the area.