Are you looking for a little piece of Melbourne in in the middle of the hustle bustle of Jakarta? Look no further because St. Ali Jakarta is now open! When I stepped into the café, I knew this place is going to be one of the best brunch places in town. And have I mentioned that it’s a collaboration between Common Grounds Jakarta, my personal favorite coffee shop, and St. Ali Melbourne?
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I had the privilege of attending a Saturday Brunch here last week and was introduced to fellow food bloggers, award winning baristas, founders of Common Grounds, and Matt Perger, the Justin Timberlake of coffee world. It was a one of a kind first time experience. I mean, when you’re in a room with those who are as excited as you are to take pictures of food, you know you’re in a battle ground. It almost felt like Hunger Games but instead of vanishing the villain, you were fighting for the best angle to take photos and yes, we would kill for that picture perfect shot. Okay maybe I’m exaggerating, a little bit, but you know what I mean.
Off with the Hunger Games and on to the hunger diary.
During this event, we were to choose any choice of coffee and one of four dishes that were revealed by Chef Mark Richardson, Executive Chef of St. Ali. I chose the Omega Love over their Chicken Burger, Koo Koo Ca Choo, and My Mexican Cousin. Why, you say? The quick answer is because I’m a girl who needs salad in her life. The longer answer is because the moment I took a bite, I felt the saltiness of the smoked salmon sang in accordance with the tune of perfectly poached egg and beat in harmony with the resounding crunch of the vegetables in the background. Together they created a symphony entitled Omega Love. This girl definitely did not regret her choice.
I took the chance to take a bite on my friends’ order too. Among the rest, I’d say their Koo Koo Ca Choo was the most memorable of all. Here’s a reason why in one phrase: mushroom duxelle. That shredded mushroom with truffle oil was to die for!
Now on to the cappuccino. No complaints. Perfect latte art, perfect foam, and created by the artisan hands of Ben Morrow, the latte art magician. They were using their Orthodox Blend, which has a chocolatey and fruity note with a hint of caramel. Best cup of coffee I had that week.
Wonderful coffee, great ambiance, and delicious food prepped with fine produce—what else would you ask of a café? Super friendly baristas? They definitely also have that in check. I am certainly coming back to be Melbournians in my own Jakarta.
St. Ali Jakarta
Jl. HR Rasuna Said, Setiabudi, Jakarta
Everyday 7AM – 6PM
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