Let’s face it. The hours spent sitting on the road and the office desk add up to more than your liking. The Nasi Goreng and Satay you had a couple days back didn’t help either. In a fast-moving city filled with pick-me-ups and comfort food, being fit and healthy is crucial to follow the momentum. Thankfully, another joint has opened for mobile Jakartans to help with that quest. Drumroll, and cue the entry of Central Park’s The Good Stuff.
Hard to miss by their bright orange and green neon sign, The Good Stuff has been serving their goodness to West Jakartans for a month at the time of this writing. Even before approaching their cashier, one can see the array of weapons they use to fight the bad carbs we consume so dearly. Row after row of organic toppings. Smoothie blenders. Refrigerated greens. And a whole fridge of cold-pressed juices for the weary.
Offering the whole nine-yards of superfoods, The Good Stuff has them all: smoothie bowls, salads, smoothies, and juices. I’m betting they had fun naming the menu entries, ’cause names like ‘Smoothie & Chill’ and ‘God Save the Quinoa’ don’t come when you’re totally serious. Still, after browsing and chuckling to their masterful menu, we finally chose the Superimmune smoothie bowl (65k, sharing portion) and Bittersweet Summer smoothie (60k).
Let’s talk about them. Superimmune consists of a mix of red dragon fruit, mixed berries, banana, coconut water, and a bunch of toppings that would make this paragraph longer than usual. The sharing portion, thankfully, is perfectly reasonable to be shared – and left us full at the end. Fresh are the fruits and crunchy were the granola that was present, and as a whole, the bowl didn’t taste sweet enough to make us think they added sugar. All organic stuff here. Great!
Now I cannot sing enough praises of the Bittersweet Summer smoothie. Apart from the delicious Strawberry/Banana combo, the ample multigrain milk made the smoothie very smooth and easy to keep slurping. To have a smoothie this milky and tasty is a pleasure on its own. Adding to that, the sweetness is just right for me. Zero complaints here. It has one downside though: it’s pricey for a smoothie. If it weren’t, I’d have it as a go-to weekly splurge.
And as I finished the last gulp of smoothie, there was no remorse, unlike a hearty portion of Nasi Goreng from a street vendor. It felt great to have food that was equally delicious and invigorating. And it’s another step to get people to consume better food. Therefore the verdict is here, and it’s this: The Good Stuff lives up to its name, sharing the good news that is healthy food.
The Good Stuff Central Park