Despite the pouring rain and the gloom outside, Mamain Gunawarman remains all warm and pastel inside. The family-friendly Mamain is devoted to the pleasure of children, and inadvertently, their parents. A third of Mamain’s space is dedicated to children’s playground, complete with a slide. The walls are adorned with colorful adorable characters in the shape of cactus, onigiri, and cats. While I’m not exactly Mamain’s target market, I have to say that I am wholly impressed and having a lot of fun.
Mamain definitely remembers that in order to attract children, first, you have to attract the parents. Particularly the moms. There are details that only the parents can appreciate, like the availability of baby chair and a special nursery room. Don’t forget the mini La Marzocco machine, the posh French-origin Dammann Frères tea, and Wi-Fi. Then there are things that the children and the adults can both enjoy, like the adorableness of the tea cups or the playlist choice. Expect the likes of Frozen’s Let It Go and Beauty and The Beast’s Be Our Guest playing, plus the unescapable Baby Shark thrown in between.
More than just a pretty face, Mamain Gunawarman also offers a pretty solid selection of Western and Indonesian food. Nasi Bakar is fragrant with fun surprises inside from salted fish. Ayam Geprek strays a bit from our expectation of what’s written on the menu as Chicken Maryland, as the chicken is cut into slices instead of served whole, and is a bit dry. Having said that, it’s still a safe choice of rice and fried chicken. What truly steals our attention is the divine Mango Serabi. The unexpected addition of sweet-sour mango and ice cream on top of a classic serabi hits our palate at all the right places.
Should you go to Mamain with your children? Yes. It’s not perfect, as it is located on the second floor and there’s no way a stroller would fit inside, plus parking can be a nightmare. But children would love it, and you might be surprised with the amount of fun you could have as well. Should you go to Mamain if you had no children? It’s up to you, but it might just be the reminder you need of childhood and happy times.
We believe Mamain Gunawarman is just the first of many more family-friendly spaces in Jakarta. As we’ve talked about in Dear Restaurant Owners: There’s a New Market in Town article, there’s a growing need of this kind of place and the opportunity is too good to pass. It’s all a matter of when. Stay tuned as we venture the city for more family-friendly spots.