After reading so many reviews about Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen, I had a couple of ideas in my brain of how it’s going to be. 24-hour establishment. High level of instagenicity. Diverse crowd, from teenagers to moms. But you know what? My first thought strays far from it.
One phrase: giant cat playhouse with cranked up AC.
Sometime last year, for the first time in my life, I saw an extravagant cat playhouse in my cousin’s apartment. It had two tall posts where the cats could scratch their nails, a ‘condo’ where they can sleep, and a hammock. That thing occupied a whole room. Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen reminds me of that. An old tree (tried asking the staffs how old the tree is but no one knows) with a sturdy trunk that goes through the semi-transparent roof is the centerpiece, just like the cat playhouse’s post.
Everything else is built around it. There are several different seating spots for every kind of guest. Long bar table for solo diners, communal table for big groups, and round tables for smaller groups. If Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen was a cat playhouse, well, you could definitely own many cats! Cats who love sweater weather, as the AC is very intense.
Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen currently offers 8 types of main courses, ranging from the Asian Nasi Lemak Malaca or Bubur Ayam Sukabumi to the Western Pan Seared Salmon or Pasta. No Whiskas, so no worries folks. Anyway, our pick falls to the recommended Mushroom & Avocado on Toast. I especially appreciate those small pieces of feta cheese, which work well with the salad and the sautéd mushroom. It’s a nice dish that will be acceptable to most tastebuds, if not a little generic. Don’t leave the dish too long before eating it, as the bread will be soggy. And the quality of the avocado could have been better, plus it could be incorporated in the dish even more. As you can see, the avocados are sitting there at the edge of the plate, looking lonely.
Time for coffee. There are two beans available that day, one labeled as ‘Bright’, and the other as ‘Bold’. The ‘Bold’ cappuccino still tastes lightweight, so those of you who favor strong coffee would probably need another cup. Same goes with the Avocado Latte. The one shot of espresso drowns in the avocado juice, almost leaving no trace. The drink could also have a lot more punch and sweetness if only the avocado was ripened one step further.
To sum it up, Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen is indeed a gorgeous place with a solid aim: anyone could come 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for some food and caffeine intake. I think it will survive in the market, considering right now there are very few places that offer what Lucky Cat does. Maybe Lucky only coincidentally represents a cat playhouse, and the name is more of a hope from the owners that the place will bring them fortune, in the same way manekineko does.
P.S. Don’t forget to bring a jacket, especially if you plan to stay longer at off-peak hours.
Lucky Cat Coffee & Kitchen
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Address: South Parking Plaza Festival No.1, Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, Jakarta
Phone: +62 2152961475
Price range: IDR 25-79k (excluding tax & service)