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Sydwic, The Whitewashed Hipster Kahvehane from Bandung

Datang begitu pagi ke sebuah cafe untuk menikmati sarapan ringan serta secangkir kopi bisa menjadi pengalaman menarik tersendiri, terkhusus bagi saya yang sudah cukup lama berjalan-jalan ke sana kemari dan menulis mengenai gaya hidup perkulineran di Indonesia selama bertahun-tahun.

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Adalah Sydwic, sebuah coffee shop kekinian di Bandung yang tidak jauh dari rumah. Ide untuk merapat begitu pagi ke sini tiada lain karena begitu penuhnya kedai kopi mutakhir ini ketika siang hari telah datang hingga malam menjelang. Tidak hanya itu, Sydwic memang khusus telah buka sejak pukul 7 pagi dan tetap buka hingga selarut pukul 10 malam.

Tiba sekira pukul 7.30, suasana cafe masih kosong melompong. Belum ada barisan pastry yang mengisi display di counter namun sang barista dengan ramah mempersilakan saya duduk terlebih dahulu. Sementara melihat-lihat menu, kondisi cafe sepertinya memang belum siap karena masih ada beberapa hal yang tengah dibersihkan. Tidak hanya itu, banyak juga menu makanan yang belum siap dan sang La Marzocco masih dalam proses kalibrasi.

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Walhasil, pilihan akhirnya hanya jatuh pada sepiring chicken quesadillas dan secangkir cappuccino untuk saya serta teh untuk sang istri.

Lama berselang, sekira 45 menit, sepiring quesadilla akhirnya tiba setelah saya menanyakan sekitar dua kali. Chicken quesadilla tampil dengan penampilan minimalis dengan tomato salsa yang kurang melimpah.

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Sementara house blend yang digunakan Sydwic berasal dari Jack Runners dan menggunakan tiga jenis biji kopi. Secangkir cappuccino hangat tiba tidak lama setelah makanan hadir, sesuai permintaan saya. Suhu dan rasa ternyata cukup memuaskan dan Sydwic dari secangkir ini saja sudah cocok untuk kapan-kapan bertandang lagi di lain waktu.

Meskipun tempatnya elok, minimalis, bercahaya, dan kekinian; yang agak disayangkan adalah ketidaksiapan produk-produknya di pagi hari padahal Sydwic buka begitu awal. Terlebih kunjungan ini terjadi di hari Sabtu, hari dimana sebuah usaha F&B semestinya lebih sigap melayani pengunjung yang biasanya lebih membludak dibanding hari biasanya.

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Selain ketidaksiapan banyak produk-produknya, saya juga mempertanyakan mengenai waktu penyajian. Ini sebetulnya yang berpotensi menjadi masalah di waktu-waktu ramai. Apakah Sydwic selama ini ternyata memiliki masalah di situ? Sedikit observasi di dunia maya ternyata membuktikan jawaban tersebut dan tidak sedikit yang mengeluh mengenai lambatnya pelayanan. Setidaknya itu lumayan terbukti dari pengalaman saya pagi itu dimana saya menanti hingga pukul 8.30 untuk makanan yang saya pesan padahal saya pesan sejak 7.45 dalam kondisi dimana pengunjung baru saya saja yang hadir.

Sebagai sesama urang Bandung dan aficionado kuliner serta kopi, saya tetap mendukung Sydwic untuk bebenah kekurangan yang satu ini. Sayang sebetulnya tempat yang cantik dan kopi nikmat yang dimilikinya ini malah menjadi kurang berkesan gegara masalah lambat dan servis yang kurang memuaskan.

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Semoga di lain kesempatan berkunjung di sini dan setelah beberapa perbaikan, saya berharap Sydwic menjadi destinasi ngopi pilihan saya ketika di Bandung.


SYDWIC
Not halal-certified but halal-friendly
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address: Jalan Cilaki no. 63, Bandung

Opening hours: Daily, 7am – 10pm


Yoforia, Euforia Yogurt Gaya Hipster

Dua hal yang sebetulnya para foodies tengah gemari saat ini – makanan sehat ala hipster serta kopi ala hipster.

Yup, memang kita harus pandai-pandai menahan diri dengan sebutan “hipster” karena golongan kekinian yang satu inilah yang justru mendefinisikan selera pasar sekaligus yang paling terdepan soal eksplorasi kuliner. Jadi bicara makan-makan seru hari ini, tentu kita gak mau dong ketinggalan dengan para hipsters ini sebagai foodies sejati?

Yang dahulunya hanya ada satu atau dua third-wave coffee shop di Jakarta maupun Bandung, kini jumlahnya bejibun padahal hanya beberapa tahun berselang. Yang dahulunya hanya segelintir yogi yang menggemari overnight oats, kini begitu banyak yang berbagi resep superfood dan buah-buahan eksotis untuk dinikmati ketika nyarap alias sarapan.

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Bagaimana ketika kedua konsep ini semacam disatukan? Di situlah Yoforia Yogurt Studio hadir untuk memanjakan pengunjung Paris van Java shopping mall, Bandung. Ide awal dari Yoforia sebetulnya berkutat mengenai kopi namun yogurt menjadi semacam katalis dan pembeda dari bisnis-bisnis serupa yang tengah naik daun dimana-mana hari ini.

Bermodalkan olahan yogurt sendiri yang imbang antara rasa asam serta manisnya, Yoforia lebih lanjut mengolahnya dengan berbagai varian yang dicampur bersama espresso! Ya, Yoforia menjadi salah satu pionir minuman sehat yogurt yang memiliki rasa kopi cukup serius dengan kombinasi-kombinasi seperti karamel, coklat, Oreo, atau buah-buahan seperti peach, lychee, strawberry, dragon fruit hingga alpukat!

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Sebagai temannya, tentu makanan-makanan ringan semisal potato wedges, chicken wings, salmon salad, hingga YOLO (yogurt smoothies, granola, dan pisang), serta panna cotta yang kembali menggunakan yogurt, espresso, serta karamel sebagai formula saktinya.

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Untuk menu development-nya sendiri, Yoforia menggandeng koki muda bertato nan hipster yang tengah naik daun di dunia social media – Martin Natadipraja. Hasilnya, ada rasa kekinian seru di balik suguhan-suguhan yang sebetulnya merupakan olahan lanjutan dari kuliner klasik seperti gyoza, chicken wings, bahkan yogurt itu sendiri.

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Selain foodies gak boleh kelewatan kesempatan berkuliner sehat yang satu ini, Yoforia juga hanya akan buka selama tiga bulan ke depan. Konsep pop-up ini adalah perkenalan lebih lanjut untuk nantinya produk-produk Yoforia akan masuk ke tatanan rak supermarket dan retail. 

Jadi tunggu apa lagi? Ayo cobain dulu coffee yogurt khas dari Yoforia dan cemilan-cemilan serunya bersama teman-teman di mall paling kekinian di Bandung – Paris van Java.


YOFORIA YOGURT STUDIO
Not halal-certified but halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians

Address: Paris van Java, Bandung

Opening hours: Daily, mall opening hours (only until March 2017)

Website: http://www.yoforia.id
Instagram:
@yoforiaid


Menu Highlights: The Sandwich Battle at Caribou Coffee – Jakarta

It is as of this point that Jakarta has done a lot with the growth of third wave shops. Now a handful of these fancy coffee shops are to be found almost everywhere from the far northern part of Jakarta and down to the hipster parts on the south.

In light to this, somehow the view of traditional second wave coffee shops are becoming scarce. Starbucks is still the dominating force in Indonesia, but at times I do miss the Gloria Jean’s which is no longer here or Coffee World and some other notables.

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Caribou Coffee came in as a remedy and my first ever visit there gave me a really good experience with how they are willing to give quality with the lineups they have to offer. While I would usually talk about the coffee, actually what I want to share now is about the food – particularly the sandwiches!

Should you must know what I think about the coffee, well, it is actually quite decent. They sure are really proud of how they can blend it well and up to three or five types of beans and the result was also quite to my liking. As of now, two Indonesian coffee are already in used and the rest are what Caribou has best for the blends from medium to dark roasts.

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Well, I can feel the balanced and standardized taste in a way that the flavors were getting through my mouth like a silk and comforting. Me as an aficionado of distinctive coffee flavors of today was somehow still struggling upon finding these characters. Even so, I completely enjoyed their other beverages such as the tea, the signature mocha drinks, and even the fruit smoothies.

The other pastries and desserts such as the scones, the bagels with four spreads, the crunchy chocolate cake, and also the pistacchio cake were all became my favorite in an instant.

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The scones which were of two versions – plain and with blueberries, each shares a different story but with a fulfilling sweet taste that made me want to add more cream or even ice cream to it.

Meanwhile the bagels were probably one of the champions and on par with the sandwiches. With fine spreads such as the traditional cream cheese, salmon, pepper, and pesto (which is the best among all), the bagels are clearly a force to be reckoned with.

So, here’s a bit about the sandwich then!

STEAK SANDWICH

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I cannot recall how many times I muttered, “Mmmm… mmmmm…. mmm…” and that is because how I am so in love with the sandwich. I even daresay that I favor this over Quiznos’.

One certainly cannot skip over a chemistry between a good multi grain toast, steak cuts, cheese sauce, and mushrooms with onions.

CHICKEN PESTO

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With the strong pesto flavor coming in from the spread, the tradition is also continued with this one. The grilled chicken was plenty and it went well with the pesto, but I do still have other favorites aside from this.

PRETZEL SMOKED BEEF & BRIE

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The smoked beef is always a safe choice for sandwich. Not only that it is comforting and familiar but apparently, the use of brie cheese which notably has a strong savory flavor actually elevates the whole experience.

LAMB KOFTA

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The lamb kofta is the underdog of all the sandwich selections here. Even so, everything about it is actually satisfying and I know how much I love the juiciness coming from shish kebab and kofta which is often made to meatballs. This one becomes my second best after the steak sandwich

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So, which one would you prefer when it comes to the sandwich? And how about the coffee? Do share your experience here!

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CARIBOU COFFEE – JAKARTA
Halal-certification under process
Some menu are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Senopati no. 52, Jakarta – Indonesia

RSVP: +62.21.2751.5162

Opening hours:
Daily, 6am – 12am (Mon-Thu), 6am – 2am (Fri-Sun)

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Taking It To The Streets: Surabi Tradisional Cihapit (The Foodie Magazine, Apr 2015)

Who says that Indonesians don’t eat pancakes for breakfast and even queuing for it? You will find out about it early in the morning at Jalan Cihapit, Bandung.

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Waking up as early as 5.30am just to get a good breakfast may be too much for many, especially in the icy cold early morning Bandung. But some people do that and getting the first cream of the crop for this particular breakfast gives you the bragging right.

You will find the busy Jalan Cihapit is as drowsy as everyone else early in morning but certainly not for this serabi stall. It is, by the way, called surabi in Bandung and technically quite different than Solo’s version of serabi. Upon seeing on how it is made and the characters found on it, this is clearly what we call as the Indonesian-style pancake. It is suitable for breakfast and comes with many flavors with cheese, meat, or egg. However if you ask me, I’d go for the traditional flavors.

So make your queue by asking the person-in-charge for packaging to jot down your order in the queue list. The traditional types would be the plain and simple surabi and the one topped with oncom – the fermented soybean leftovers from making tempe. The process is relatively simple as the rice flour batter was already made and all they need is to pour it on a customized shaped griddle, grilled upon charcoals.

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The grilling process took probably around a bit more than a couple of minutes for each serabi but since everyone usually orders around a dozen for takeaways, that’s why patience becomes the tested virtue for any of us who queue for these delicious small creatures.

Of course, the wait was worth it. I had probably the best time of my life enjoying it and began to think that all those pancakes that my mother had bought me since I was a kid was something that I took for granted. It was a newfound spirit of appreciation for this lovely yet simple, traditional creation. Not only that it is flavorful, but you can’t resist its fluffiness and how tempting it is when served hot.

Oh how I miss Bandung already now…

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SURABI TRADISIONAL CIHAPIT
Halal-friendly
Suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Jalan Cihapit (in front of Toko Djitu), Bandung – Indonesia

Opening hours:
Daily, 6am – 12pm

Spend: IDR 3,000 – IDR 6,000 / serabi

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Featured in THE FOODIE MAGAZINE April 2015 edition

Download it for free here via SCOOP!

Quikskoop™: Sapori Deli, Fairmont Hotel Jakarta

A good delicatessen would excite anyone in Jakarta nowadays. With the coffee culture growing strong now, all that’s left is to actually pair it with great deli food from the simplest form of pasta and up to the most hearty sandwiches.

Every hotel usually owns their own cafe or deli somewhere, but for Fairmont Hotel Jakarta; they have allocated a great space for its newly opened Sapori deli. Sleek, homey, and has so much to offer; it was exciting to be among the early witnesses of the inception of this very Italian-style deli.

Separated into two lengthy sections, Sapori Deli might be the biggest deli in a five-star hotel in Jakarta. Not only that the deli serves fresh bakery, cannoli, and sandwiches; be prepared to be awed by their fresh options of pizza, pasta, and also other Italian snacks such as grissini and biscotti.

The sandwiches are, of course, the main theme in Sapori Deli. I have gone to the length of enjoying so many flavors of it from their luscious homemade meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, crab salad, duck ham, and also the crowned champion – chicken confit. How pleasing it was!

In this occasion, I was also graced by the opportunity to learn about how to make pizza. While the dough has been prepared beforehand, the toughest part is still yet to come. Seeing the pizza makers whirling and twirling the dough or even the guys from martabak telor vendors is fun, but not easy at all apparently!

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Lucky for us, the master of Sapori Deli – Chef Gozali, taught us how to do it and that we should appreciate the skills in equal to the taste itself.

As a chef once working for a Michelin-starred restaurant in Macau, it’s an easy affair for Chef Gozali with his pizza. Crisp on the crust, airy yet felt nice chewing it, and that came from a single margherita pizza!

What about the rest? Well, I did my part with my self-made vegetarian pizza and I was proud of myself (actually, credit should be given more to Chef Gozali and his baking crews there!). Happy to indulge my family back home with it.

Even from a single deli, there’s so much to see nowadays. Under Executive Chef Andrew Zarzosa’s hands, Sapori Deli gives out an adventure of its own for us as the early visitors of it. Aside from the fancy sandwiches and everything, I was also impressed at how their zappole can taste so good. The pistacchio filling I had was luscious and creamy, but I love the vanilla even better!

Looking forward to be back here again someday and other luxurious outlets that Fairmont Hotel Jakarta has to offer. I bet it would be a great escape for foodies out there by coming to this hotel and see what it has to offer.

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SAPORI DELI
Not halal-certified (serves alcohol, some dishes contain pork)
Some dishes are suitable for vegetarians

Address:
Fairmont Hotel Jakarta
Jalan Asia-Afrika no. 8, Jakarta – Indonesia
T: +62.21.2970.3333

Opening hours: Daily, 6.30am – 8pm