Sunday, April 22, 2018

Molecula, A Package of Awesome Presentation and Affordable Price

Hearing the name Molecula, you might have made the accurate wild guess that it had something related to molecular gastronomy. Yes, you were right if that’s what coming into your mind about this new born baby. 

I right away got hitched by the interior once reaching this house-alike cafe. It came with unique and consistent concept, mainly featuring green plants on the white walls as well as photo frames with all the menu called out on them. The peculiar fact was the menu was mentioned in the phrase that’s similar to periodic table you met in Chemistry class. 

Seemed to formerly be a house that got renovated and transformed into this cafe, the set up was really remarkable, leaving some spaces with glass ceiling where the guests could enjoy the feeling of sitting under the blue sky without being directly kissed by the sun and still accompanied by fully air-conditioned room. The showcase was right at the center, surrounded by several seats including the long one next to the window for individual visitors. 

If you just wanna breathe the fresh air, you might opt to sit outside right before the entrance, where the gorgeous instagenic green wall was also located. It’s surely not my option in the midst of this hot sunny Surabaya. 

Besides falling for the place, I was also impressed by how good the service was on my initial visit. Despite being a new kid in town, all the waiters seemed to be well-trained, knowing the ‘A to Z’ on best way to treat the coming guests. They were very knowledgeable and helpful in assisting my friend and I placing our orders as newbies who simply knew nothing about this place and what they served. 

Iced Americano (IDR 25k)

To begin the breakie set, my friend and I bet on their coffee despite we didn’t expect much as it’s indeed not their specialty. The Americano turned out fine, though it might be not that distinctive. Well for thirst quencher and morning coffee craving routine, that should be okay. 

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 28k)

Since I wasn’t into black, I opted for Cappuccino which was actually pretty milky as the beans were prolly medium roasted ones. I guessing my friend made the right choice as she could have that strong morning kick, but if you couldn’t handle non-milk coffee, you might wanna try double espresso shot ;)

Colorful Bread (IDR 35k)

If you just thought this would be kind of rainbow cake, which used to be hype, no it’s far different to that. FYI, this wasn’t close to anything sweet as well as this was savory dish featuring tuna mayo as it’s main actor. Stuffed in between whole wheat bread, it was accompanied by rich flavors coming from the combination of mascarpone, cream cheese, mustard, and ricotta. Well yeah, you could imagine well-balanced level of cheesy and creamy taste, further enriched by other toppings of prawn, egg, and onion; creating that pretty little dance of taste on the palate. 

Espresso Jelly (IDR 40k)

Shifting from savory to sweet would doubtlessly be more awesome with something in between as the ‘transition period’. Thus, the order landed on this bitter-sweet blend of espresso shot jelly, which was complemented by vanilla ice cream, hazelnut sands, and honey mixed nuts. The play of textures and flavors didn’t stop there as the molecular gastronomy concept went beyond expectation, serving espresso yolk which perfectly burst right at the first chew, and caramel foam which played its role well to blow you away by its fragrance. 

You were even given a small lipstick-alike caramel spray to add stronger scent to your dessert as desired. Despite I had to honestly admit that the taste was at moderate level and I did wish the espresso jelly had stronger coffee flavor as the yolk, I was totally impressed by the presentation and the concept of this sweet tooth!

Cold Lava (IDR 40k)

Being a bit mainstream and trying to listen to the crowd, this brownie came as my next dessert. Yep, you heard it right that it’s brownie instead of molten chocolate cake (in case you initially had the same thought as me). The brownie itself was slightly too dense for me, and since they covered the top part with dark chocolate compound, it took me quite some effort to slice the cake. 

Fortunately the pairing of chocolate sauce and vanilla Ovomaltine ice cream saved the overall judgment towards the came as they added distinctive points to this menu. I loved how the dark chocolate sauce being bold, satisfying my chocolate-craze. If you tried to find refreshing elements in the cake as you might be neither that much into cake nor a big fan of sweets, they gave you a little twist of freshness from the orange yolk and orange caviar; which boldly said I didn’t really fancy as I wasn’t a fan of chocolate-orange mix. The peanut butter sand was my top of mind, which seemed to be made of soft-grounded nuts. I was a lame for almost everything made of nuts and sincerely speaking this was top notch and impeccable complement to the chocolate taste!!

Berry Chocolate Cake (IDR 35k)

Regardless you might start getting full reading through this blogpost, please bare with me for couple of minutes as I did believe you wouldn’t want to miss this gorgeously presented chocolate cake, especially if you’re chocolate-addict just like me! With the shiny chocolate coating on top, the cake looked simple yet lavish, and most importantly tempting! I could feel it screaming from the showcase when I first spotted it there. Despite the base or the dense chocolate sponge cake itself was great, but I guessed they did have to improve the way they stored the cake as the edge was a bit dry. The chocolate ganache layers in between the batter were mesmerizing and did get me unstoppable in having my other spoon of it <3. 

Cutting the long story short, this place totally got piece of my heart left. I was so in love with the ambiance, particularly my favorite corner under the glass window where I could enjoy the sun-burst while munching my breakie and sipping my morning caffeine. Funny yet true, I even went there two days consecutively just to ensure I tried all the selections I was curious about ;). Despite the improvements required, it did deserve a ‘well-done’ appreciation!

Taste: 7/10
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Price: 7.5/10

Thanks for reading! :)

Address: Jl. WR Supratman No. 43, Surabaya
Phone: (+62) 822 6969 6118
Operating Hours: Tue - Fri 12pm - 9pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 9pm, Mon Closed

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kopi Praja

Hello Bintaro!

It’s an awesome news for y’all staying here or spending most of your hours here as now you have one more new choice for places to either dine or simply gather. It looked like a glass house from the outer appearance, with tall glass windows surrounding the venue. If you didn’t know they actually had a back door, you would be just like me, mistakenly thought they didn’t have any entrance at the first level and thus from the parking area immediately went to the second floor. I initially thought it’s such a peculiar concept but then I figured out the guest could enter via the first storey, but would first meet the outdoor space. 

The order point itself was the main entrance at the second. You would be able to spot every single food served as they’re all in the display. If you wondered if they could fit in there, yes they could as the stocks were very limited. Only by lunch time, everything’s there was already gone and I wasn’t sure if they would order some more to refill the showcase since they did tell the newly coming guests the foods were all finished. Yep, it’s still many hours to go, so IMHO they should definitely consider the food shortage as urgent problem to solve, avoiding the first-timer getting disappointed on the premiere visit. 

As you went down from the order point to the center of crowd, you would pass the staircase-style seats, the new trend which apparently got more flourishing nowadays. Despite you couldn’t really get the people-watching experience here, you could simply enjoy the traffic in front of you via the glass windows. If this corner was more suitable for solo or couple guests, the other seats with table were also there to accommodate bigger group. Not only for casual meet up, this cafe could cater the need of those seeking place to work and I was so glad that it provided tons of electrical socket, almost all tables had their own dedicated one. 

Not to forget the outdoor seating I called out earlier, which wasn’t a small nice-to-have one, but a quite spacious area with abundant tables and chic monochromatic design. Families with kids needn’t worry as they did serve petite playground to get your little ones have themselves comfortable staying for long time. 

Blueberry Danish (IDR 25k)

Despite the few choices I had for the foods, I was still trying to get something to eat as I was the one who couldn’t skip breakie. My option went to the Blueberry Danish, which at the first glimpse was honestly not that appealing but not bad either. It’s not that affordable as the size was like general one and the stuffing was actually simple enough, however they’re pretty generous in giving the vanilla custard and blueberry jam for sure. Overall, it’s okay-ish to accompany the morning coffee. 

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 28k)

From the light sweet, we had no choice but to move on to the drink right away as the foods weren’t much. Beginning with the warm one, I had my kinda milky hot cap which I wished could go bolder than this. Nevertheless I ended up deciding not to add extra shot as I took two cups of caffeine there since I wanna try the cold one as well. No hurt-feeling, but I was expecting something more from a coffee expert ;)

Iced Kopi Praja (IDR 20k)

For the one with the opposite temperature, I opted for their core one, carrying the name of the cafe itself. It’s basically the still-trending iced milk coffee with brown sugar. Requesting it to be served with less ice and less sugar would make the simple classic ice coffee to be much better. You could have stronger bodied coffee, with the precise dose of sweetness <3. 

In a nutshell, I loved this place too much as it’s simply so cozy to spend all day long, both the light and the busy one. I would surely recommend it to any other one, but one thing I really wished, please serve more companions for the tummy :)

Taste: 6.5/10
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Price: 7/10

Thanks for reading! :)

Address: Jl. Titihan 1 No. 1 & 3, Bintaro Sektor 9
Phone: (+62) 899 6879 802
Operating Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 10pm, Sat - Sun 7am - 11pm

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