Who would not have known of BMC if you live in Bandung. It’s a very classical place, even elders recognize it better than us. Since of course, it’s owned by the government then we can always assume that they don’t really care about it anymore after one point. For example, after the renovation finished (after many decades of ignorance) or other jokes they made. Ah enough politics, let us instead enjoy the milk products BMC has to offer.
Established in 1928 and famous during the colonial days back then, BMC specialty was indeed in milk and yogurt. They also offer local cuisine, a bit of Western and snacks. It’s been awhile since I last visited the place and I had enjoyed the milk and the yogurt of course. But this time, I’d like to taste the kefir. What is kefir anyway? We already knew that yogurt is a fermented milk, and kefir is next cycle of it, meaning that it’s a fermented yogurt. Recommended mostly for diabetic people or people in health treatment but it’s still healthy anyway of course.
So then I picked Mocha Kefir and proven not to be that sour. Perhaps the plain one would be quite ‘devastating’ for weak stomach but of course you can pick the strawberry version of it too. Cost for only IDR 10,000. For friendlier picks, there’s always milk, yogurt, and ice cream with all their assortments and ‘accessory’. Have a try!
Location : Jl. Aceh (nearby Masjid Al-Ukhuwwah and Sawios), Bandung
This place dates back from the colonial era as a famous cafe even until now, the waning days of it, for the ice cream. Though the number of the customer’s now severely dwindling, Braga Permai is still hanging on. Braga Street and its surrounding pose the real problem. The local government’s failure to create continuity of the developments to boost the business and preservation of the old district of Bandung after the silly cobblestone project for the road resulted in the ‘hidup segan mati tak mau’ condition for Braga old businesses and one of them of course is Braga Permai.
But let us discuss only about the ice cream here. Heavily taxed up until 20% though fortunately quite reasonably priced for the ice cream. The average price of each of the ice cream menu was around IDR 20,000. I instantly picked Sengasengana, a weird name for a great ice cream parfait. The impressive mixture between vanilla, chocolate, strawberry ice creams plus the whipped cream, fresh strawberries, and delicious thin chocolates that melt away created this awesome taste!
We also browsed through the pastries, marshmallows, and chocolates. The pastries were like the usual ones in bakery shops and the marshmallows, however eye-catching, failed to befriend themselves with the teeth. So my friend decided to buy a hundred grams of chocolates from every type available. Tagged for around IDR 35,000. Quite pricey and I forgot to try it by myself but I bet it was decent.
However uninviting Braga Street may be (cheers for the local government!), Braga Permai is still defending its dignity though I don’t know until when they’ll endure. But anyway, do come by anytime you want a good ice cream in Bandung.