Despite the coffee shop fatigue, particularly in neighborhoods such as Pluit and Muara Karang that have seen dozens of new coffee places in the last two or three years, one can’t help but applaud Delapan Gram for coming up with another distinctive spot. While the words “exposed bricks” and “unfinished walls” have become the norm rather than the exception, Delapan Gram Pluit pushes both concepts to the limit with its eye-pleasing outdoor space.
Under the unforgiving Jakarta sun, Delapan Gram’s smoker-friendly open air area provides a much-needed break to the eyes. Green potted plants and faux grass contrast nicely with the otherwise red-and-grey hues. Nomad workers are also pampered with electrical sockets and a nice speaker, which plays the same audio indoor. It might be too hot to sit outside for long hours in the afternoon, but it’s easy imagine a breezier and somewhat more romantic experience beneath the hanging lights in the evening.
Meanwhile, the indoor space stays cohesive to the exposed bricks and unfinished theme, just without the greens. The narrow width and dark atmosphere gives a hole-in-the-wall vibes unlike anything else around Pluit right now.
This does not mean that Delapan Gram is not trying to fit with its surroundings. On the contrary, a quick peek at the menu tells you that it knows exactly how to blend in. Alongside menus like Truffled Mac n Cheese and Scotch Egg are Nasi Goreng and Crispy Fried Pork Belly, complete with Hainanese rice. We’re really happy with the taste of our Scotch Egg. Served alongside punchy tomato sambal, it’s a flavorful dish suitable for Indonesian palate. A little more meaty goodness would have been better, but for the price, this is more than decent.
As for drinks, expect the usual suspects of coffee—both espresso-based and rotating beans for filter—alongside chocolate beverages, tea, and local refreshments. Think Badak float, markisa, and sonkit. It is as if Delapan Gram Pluit is trying to combine the best of both worlds. A modern-looking place where people would want to take photos and stay a while, paired with tried-and-tested comfort food. Has Delapan Gram succeeded? You’ll be the judge of that.