Metro Coffee, oh Metro Coffee. That moment you finally managed to visit a new restaurant before it’s registered on any online food directory. *Insert so much win meme*
We first found out about Metro Coffee the old fashioned way: passing through in front of it. It was continued by a little bit of online stal.. ehm, research, which led to the conclusion (later confirmed by the staffs) that this establishment is owned partly by Chef Chandra Yudasswara, the man behind Bacco in Ciputra World.
Looking at the crowd during lunch time, it was clear that the majority of customers were office workers around Jalan Thamrin. Ones with offices within walking distance from Metro Coffee, as the place was quite packed, but the ample parking space was sparsely filled with cars. No need to fight for a parking spot—one less headache, right? There’s no hourly rate at the moment, so if you need to hang out for a long time, you can skip the mall and head here.
It’s important to note that customers are permitted to smoke inside, and there is no definite separation between smoking area and non-smoking area. Yes, tough luck for non-smokers. You simply have to pick a time when there are less people.
After looking at the menu, we think it’s a stretch to call Metro Coffee, well, a coffee shop. Currently they only offer Aceh Gayo beans, and the number of food option is more impressive than the coffee. Despite that and the “almost swan” latte art that we receive, the coffee actually tasted decent. And at IDR 25K for a cappuccino, who could complain? Metro Coffee also serves alcohol, which is a plus for clientele around their perimeter. For now we only see some wine bottles and beers in sight, but that doesn’t mean the line up will not grow in the near future. The restaurant is less than a month old after all.
Now, let’s talk about food. Metro Coffee serves a variety of Indonesian food, pasta, pizza, and dishes from the grill, all with a reasonable price. Spaghetti Tuna Rawit costs IDR 55K, while Soto Betawi costs IDR 50K. Not as expensive as eating inside the mall, but obviously not as cheap as eating street food. The flavors are solid with bold seasonings, and it would satisfy the majority of Indonesians’ tastebuds. If I had to pick between the two, I’d pick Soto Betawi because the spaghetti was too spicy for me. But hey, if you like spicy stuffs, bet you’d prefer the spaghetti.
For those who love music, they have a corner for live music, decorated with paintings of Whitney Houston, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, and Tupac? Perhaps it indicates the different music genres that will be played at this restaurant. To sum it up, Metro Coffee wants to be the place where you can have a cup of coffee in the morning, lunch with co-workers in the afternoon, and hang-out with friends after work. Considering its selling price, Metro Coffee might have just reached out to a new, previously untapped market in Thamrin area.