Hailing from Surabaya, Le Café Gourmand’s appearance in Jakarta quite recently brings good tidings for the explorer of finer things in coffee and desserts. This new addition to the city’s culinary scene should make living in an era where dessert lovers can now get their way when it comes to dining out.
Jalan Gunawarman is definitely a great place to start for Le Café Gourmand. The all-day hustle and bustle through this street means progress and for that, the café starts early in the morning to serve everyone a quick cup of jo and Eggs Benedict before heading next to Sudirman or Senayan.
Sometime later in the afternoon, people will come in after lunch and enjoy a couple of bites on Le Café Gourmand’s famed mille feuille and the chocolate tarts, among others like panna cotta, cheese cake, truffle cake, or even ice cream. Intriguing homemade ice cream flavors like crème brulee, peanut butter, salted caramel and white chocolate, the sorbets, or the oldie goodie rum raisin are among the best you can find here.
One time, I personally had the latter flavor combined with coffee on their sought after best seller Affogato Espresso and indeed it’s a must-try for anyone who visits the café for the first time. With that, it brings us automatically to the coffee subject and Le Café Gourmand is not short of options for this. From their majestic Kees van der Westen’s espresso machine to manual brews like Siphon or V60, they simply have what it takes to take coffee to the next level and the rest is, of course, up to the skill and knowledge of the man behind the machine alongside the magical beans.
In terms with how it looks, we will all admit that this café has its own charm with neat décor, interesting painting on the walls and a warm, jazzy atmosphere that will make anyone prolong their stay and have their second pot of tea. But make no mistake because it gets full at times and you might want to reserve first.
So, if you are looking for a place to mingle with your friends over dessert and coffee, now you know where to go now.
LE CAFE GOURMAND
Jalan Gunawarman no. 65, Jakarta – Indonesia
Facebook: Le Cafe Gourmand
Opening hours: Everyday, TBA
Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE April 2014 edition
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Photos by: Dennie Benedict