At Fresh Market PIK, one spot is unlike the other. On the second story, nestled among clothes shop and counterfeit DVD seller is Rumahan Coffee & Kitchen. While certainly not the first modern-ish establishment in this particular market, Rumahan deftly catches one’s attention with its intimate yellow glow and tiny size.
When we say tiny, we mean it. The space is more or less equally divided only into two; half for the duo behind Rumahan, half for the customers. Three customers at a time is ideal, four is stretching it, and more than that is pushing it. Funnily enough, a quick view at Rumahan’s social media can show that “pushing it” happens quite frequently—a testament of how bigger does not always mean better.
Size is just one part of the chain of charms. It naturally pushes an interaction between the two parties involved. Conversations take place, a bit of laughter ensues. Rumahan’s signature Es Kopi Susu is pleasantly creamy and Mocca Nougat Donut is sweet, nutty, plus perfectly crunchy as it is, but the good mood you are in certainly amplifies everything.
Besides other sweet treats such as Lemon Cake and Banana Bread, Rumahan Coffee & Kitchen also serves homemade daily-changing healthy menus like Basil Pesto Pasta and Veggie Rice Bowl with Marinated Tempeh. The latter, for example, uses non-GMO local organic soy, cooked with coconut oil. Be sure to send Rumahan a text beforehand to secure your meal, preferably a day before, as the dishes can sold out pretty quickly. We came at 11 AM on a Wednesday only to find baked goods remaining.
With only a limited space to sit down and relax, yes, it makes more sense to simply hop on Go-Food and have a taste of Rumahan’s tasty goods from the comfort of your own home. But do come whenever you find yourself around the area. Where else you are going to find homemade healthy food, in a space that looks like it belongs to an IKEA catalogue for space maximization, at a traditional market? Rumahan Coffee & Kitchen is, indeed, an experience.