Away from the more densely-populated-with-cafés areas of Kelapa Gading, The Hideout stands 4-story tall and proud at Jalan Raya Kelapa Hibrida. Thanks to the height and navy blue exterior, it immediately pops out from the shophouses next door. At a glance, The Hideout seems like a great place to take shelter under the unforgiving Jakarta sun.
Once inside, you’ll be presented with a choice to go down or up. The basement level, where most people sit, is a nice space to eat and chill. Meanwhile, going up will lead you to the coffee bar and pastry case, where a few small tables and seats are available. Taking the stairs one more floor up will usher you to the smoking area. The most interesting part of The Hideout Gading is actually this smoking area, which is also the best location to take photos. So if food photos are your thing, be ready to inhale some smoke smells. The top floor is where they bake cakes.
So is The Hideout Gading a restaurant or a coffee shop? Judging from the menu, it most definitely is a restaurant that is also trying to be serious about coffee. Besides small bites such as Potato Chips and Mozzarella Stick, from 12 PM onwards they also serve Asian-inspired main dishes with Western twists such as pasta and rendang pie. Salted-Egg Yolk Chicken over Rice is pretty fulfilling, although it could use some more salted egg kick. Meanwhile, Thai Basil Beef over Rice’s size is also quite right for lunch time.
Now onto the coffee shop side of things. For espresso blend, The Hideout uses beans from Giyanti Coffee. We’re no expert in coffee, but our cup of cappuccino tasted somewhat burnt. It was an agreement between the team that the coffee was not right. Perhaps another visit is necessary to confirm. But no worries, they have organic tea, mocktail, chocolate drinks, and juices when you want to skip coffee.
Although it used to be a patisserie called Le Epicure, The Hideout Gading is very much different from its predecessor. As it is still new, let’s be understanding of mistakes that are bound to happen—mixed orders, unusual coffee, and crumbly cakes, to name a few. It’ll be interesting to see what improvements they can do in the future. Best of luck, The Hideout!
P.S. The Hideout is also featured on our New Coffee Shop in Kelapa Gading list.
The Hideout Gading
Address: Jl. Raya Kelapa Hibrida Blok QH12 No. 5
Price Range: IDR 20-55K (beverage); IDR 25-70K (food)
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