When we decided to write a list about chocolate dessert in Jakarta, we asked ourselves. Where should we start? What are the perimeters? At the core of it all, a solid chocolate dessert requires premium quality chocolate. After that, the ingredients must be processed by people with skillful hands and passion for their craft. The article pretty much writes itself after deciding on those two factors.
When talking about high quality chocolate, Cacao Barry comes to mind. It is one of the largest and most reputable chocolate producers in the world, recently released Purity from Nature, three new varieties of premium chocolate couverture: the dark 70% Ocoa, the dark 65% Inaya, and the milky 41% Alunga. It is followed by a month long of chocolate “hunt”, ended with an interesting Chocolate 101 crash course and chocolate-making session at Lady Eve Patisserie’s new home in Tangerang.
Armed with the knowledge of the difference between chocolate compound vs couverture, how to temper chocolate, and chocolate pairing, we proudly present this list: 9 Places for Killer Chocolate Dessert in Jakarta (and Tangerang!), featuring Cacao Barry’s Purity from Nature series.
1. Eric Kayser Artisan Boulanger
The Paris-born patisserie has taken the global culinary world by storm with cakes and pastry made with finesse. Sacher, featuring Ocoa and Inaya, is a layered chocolate cake with great crunch. Think of your favorite classic chocolate cake, but more intense.
Address: Lippo Mall Puri @ The St. Moritz, Ground Floor
2. Lady Eve Patisserie
Almost everything on Lady Eve’s display case is mouthwatering, but when talking about chocolate, Mr. Grant is the winner. With so many individual elements with different textures and flavors in play, it’s a beautiful, complex, and finger-lickin’ good chocolate cake with strong berry taste.
Address: Ruko The Springs Selatan No. 41, Summarecon Gading Serpong
3. La Maison
Not every macaron is created equal, and La Maison is a proof of that. That dotted yellow macaron, Tropical Punch, is filled with milky Alunga. It’s amazing how a little macaron can pack so much intensity.
Address: Grand Indonesia, East Mall, UG Floor
Imagine the intricate layers of croissant, drizzled with chocolate on top. Social Affair’s Chocolate Purity Lava Croissant is sinfully delicious that your diet plans will go out of the window, but it’s oh-so-worth-it. Ruin your diet even further by having a slice of Passionate Chocolate, made with Inaya and Alunga.
Address: Ruko Garden House Blok B No. 17-18A, Pantai Indah Kapuk
Chocolate or no chocolate, Lewis & Carroll is one of our favorite places to have tea and dessert. But the addition of Ben’Amore and Choco Mochi is taking it to another level. Don’t forget to ask the staffs what tea is best paired with these chocolate goodness.
Address: Jl. Bumi No. 4, South Jakarta
6. Nomz Kitchen & Pastry
Nomz is a must-stop for dessert after a shopping spree at Grand Indonesia. We’ve tasted quite a number of yummy cakes there, and Elena is a mighty fine addition to the list. Not only it is a fine variation of the tried-and-tested sweet and sour flavor combo, this red chocolate cake looks mighty gorgeous with the little white feather accent.
Address: Grand Indonesia, East Mall, Ground Floor
Talking about chocolate dessert in Jakarta won’t be complete without mentioning Latteria. Our love affair for gelato is no secret, and we feel like shouting from the rooftops that Latteria’s chocolate gelato with Inaya is the bomb. There’s a hint of saltiness and extra textured crunch—our kind of dessert!
Address: Ruko Crown Golf Blok D No. 39, Pantai Indah Kapuk
When talking about consistent quality over time, Pand’or comes out on top. They have been in business since 1983, which means there is an accumulated 34 years of experience that goes into this Choco de Elegance cake. Imagine Opera cake with an extra crunch and sweet salty end.
Address: Jl. Wijaya 1 No. 60, South Jakarta
9. FJ Bistro & Deli
Kemang’s traffic jam is bad enough at times that it can drive you insane, but here, have some chocolate cake at FJ Bistro & Deli to feel better. Whether you choose to have Rocher Ocoa or Classic Chocolate Cake, feel your body transported into an alternate universe full of chocolate. Chocolate intensity level: High.
Address: FJL Building, Jl. Kemang Raya No. 25
Dishes come and go while flavors rotate, which means there is a possibility that you won’t find this exact menu at your visit to one of these places. Having said that, no matter the menu, these nine are legit spots to find chocolate dessert. By the way, following everything on this Killer Chocolate Dessert in Jakarta list in a day is definitely not advisable. It’s meant to be followed in small doses, making sure you’ll enjoy every bit of it. Happy chocolate hunting!