Broke and Famous… not. Despite the bright neon blue signage that says so, Monks Gading is certainly not broke and famous. Judging from the constant number of customers walking through the door even when it’s in the middle of a weekday afternoon, pretty sure Monks is leaning more towards successful and famous. We’ve dropped by on a weekday morning as well, and the situation is pretty much the same. Weekends? It gets worse.
The Broke and Famous signage is not the only memorable ornamentation in Monks. There’s the manekineko neon light, the B&W drawings on the stair walls, the bookshelves. Every item is dispersed thoughtfully over the 3-story building, giving each floor a point of interest that somehow still feels cohesive. Don’t be too surprised if you happen to catch a fashion blogger mid-shoot.
To accompany your Insta-worthy time at Monks Gading, they have quite the number of food choices. Looking at the menu, it’s obvious that a modern take on Japanese cuisine with Western twist is the theme. Breakfast, available from 7 to 11 AM, serves you an array of brunch dishes. Meanwhile, lunch and dinner, available from 11 AM onwards, are more various. Expect everything from salad, steak, ramen, and rice dishes. I must admit that I’ve tasted better ramen, but I manage to finish the whole bowl anyway.
But you know the modern-day unwritten rule: It’s not complete without a cup of coffee. Monks has two house blends for espresso: Namaste (Flores, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Yirgacheffe) and Turbo (Toraja, Pengalengan). Drop by the coffee bar to chat more with the barista, and you can also ask them directly what beans are available for Manual Brew. Iced tea variations and blended drinks are available for non-coffee drinkers.
Yet it is neither food nor coffee that gives this restaurant slash coffee shop a lot of attention. It’s the cakes. Provided by Bata Patisserie, the Stone Cake has perhaps become the most popular item. Order one and you’ll see why the visuals continue to create buzz even months after Monks’ opening.
In a nutshell, Monks Gading is an all-round place. I know I can go somewhere else for better food or coffee, but Monks’ atmosphere is pleasing, great for catching up with friends, having a reunion, or simply taking awesome #OOTD shots. The place is more on the noisy side instead of peaceful, so you might as well leave your laptop at home, grab a friend to Monks, and start chatting. That’s what I did. ?
P.S. Monks is also featured on our New Coffee Shop in Kelapa Gading list.
Address: Komp. Graha Boulevard Timur, Blok ND1/51, Kelapa Gading
Price Range: IDR 23-50K (beverage); IDR 15-195K (food)
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