When people ask me the place-to-go for cake or even Western delicacies, UNION Jakarta is surely on top of the list. Established in 2011, this prestigious brand has been consecutively awarded by many media both local and international. What makes them so special besides its food is the professional service and remarkable ambiance like no other. Feel so much treated? Let's take a peek.
Ideally located at the Plaza Senayan exactly inside the SOGO Department Store, this café is absolutely huge and never lack customer. During meal time, a huge crowd of the office worker and high-end people will take over space then slightly reduce on office hour. The interior is just vibrant and warmth that fully influenced by 20th-century American bistros. Old fashioned portrait, rustic accessories, and wooden furniture is just everywhere within the dining area. What I love the most from this is the old nostalgic ambiance perfected by the nice music selection mostly the classic Western instrument and old-school song.
Start with the crowd pleaser menu called Nachos Cheese (IDR 115K). A perfectly crispy nachos topped with melted cheese and beet bolognese are seriously delicious. The perfect harmony between sweet, salty and spicy is all there. When you start munching it, the crispy sensation will come first followed by the stickiness and creaminess of that cheese. However, the meat is quite dry, though. I do expect more juiciness and sweetness from it.
Unlike any other type of croissant, this Tuna Sambal Matah Croissant (IDR 85K) is far more satisfying than I expected. The croissant got a flaky exterior and buttery interior while that fish remain fresh and light. Thanks to the sambal matah paste that perfected the whole flavor of this dish like salty and sweet with a hint of heat. Came together with pretty decent potato chips, and beautifully seasoned salads, this menu is just big and amazing.
Most of you also recommend me to try the Club Sandwich with Bacon and Grilled Chicken (IDR 95K), and yes, it is quite comforting. The toasted bread is soft and crispy while the thinly sliced bacon, cheese, tomatoes, egg and the chicken resulting in savory yet sweet combination like no other. I just expect more flavor from that meat, but still, I do enjoy this menu a lot.
You will never ever leave this place without Red Velvet Cheesecake (IDR 60K). The ultimate trademark of UNION Jakarta is here. Featuring the freshly baked sponge cake with moist and light cream cheese at the center then layered with two type of flavour which is red velvet and cheese, finished with signature red velvet crumble on top. It's sweet, fluffy and absolutely moist. Whenever you start fork it, each layer would be separated nicely and deliver a sweet flavor and soft texture like no other. As the results, the melt-in-mouth texture will come out. Definitely the best cake ever.
UNION Jakarta also tweaks its original version of Red Velvet Cake into Red Velvet Pie (IDR 60K) without losing the essence of that sweetness. Compared with the previous one, this dessert is far more light and creamy. The great ratio between cream cheese and tart will remove any guilty feelings to consumed this on daily basis.
Nastar Cake (IDR 60K) is a scrumptious treat for the locals. A beautiful combination between the sunny sponge cake and pineapple jam is taste so good. Not too sweet, but relatively heavy and crunchy. That pie ball on top is just gorgeous and caught me addicted to it.
Overall, UNION Jakarta is the best café and bakery in town. All of the menus is made fresh daily and only using the high-quality ingredients. Headed by Pastry Chef Karen Carlotta, and Chef Andhika Maxi, this café is getting bigger and bigger each day. The crowd seems to be unstoppable and now UNION Jakarta has become more popular in Singapore and Malaysia. Hopefully, they can maintain this standard until forever. Best luck!
Plaza Senayan Lt. GF
Jalan Asia Afrika No. 8
Nearest Area: Senayan, Kuningan
RSVP: (+62) 21 579 05 861
11.00am - 11.00pm (Sunday - Thursday)
11.00am - 11.30pm (Friday & Saturday)
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