There’s a place called Komunal 88 that have become our go-to place whenever we’re around Kemang area. It’s a cafe / bakery that opens from 7 in the morning. The place is not too big but pretty comfortable with two large communal tables and several privates tables. Smoking is not allowed inside, yay! There’s a coffee section that serves Caswell’s coffee, a pastry shelf full with freshly baked goods and cakes, a fresh vegetables and drinks section and an open kitchen.
The first time we’re there, I tried their komunal 88 egg (a poached egg on a crown of crispy parma ham and garlic-sauteed mushrooms, served with an assortment of home-made flavored butters) 75K, freshly baked croissant, cappuccino, a plate of parmigiano puff 15K and chocolate mousse 25K. I was so impressed with what I ate that day and decided to return a week later.
They have a long list of tea selection by Betjeman & Barton, and so far we’ve tried white pearl tai mu 25K, mate limone (brazil) 20K, chrysanthemum flowers 25K, genmaicha 20K. They served the tea correctly, complete with a strainer and a timer, so we know exactly when to pour the tea into our cup and it resulted in aromatic, flavorful tea. I also tried their fig and pecan pie 49K which instantly become love on the first bite. I bought home some almond and chocolate financier which also tasted above average.
Last weekend, We went back again with a friend for some tea and delicacies. As we’ve just eaten lunch, we only opted for their tea and, of course, a plate of parmigiano puff to munch on. We’re having a great time there and an hour later, when we think we can order again, we went for a plate of On-demand Parma Platter (parma ham and DOP parmigiano reggiano, unlimited torta fritta, and tray of mostarda selection) 85K. I’ve been meaning to order this as I saw their big shiny meat slicer machine that they put in front of the cafe. The parma ham was delicious, a bit salty, but by combining it together with the cheese, and some mostarda (candied cherry, fig, apple, pear, onion), it created a delicious and balanced dish.
So far, I haven’t found anything to criticize about Komunal 88. The food is great, the service is impeccable, plus the place have free valet service. So yeah, I’m already plotting my next visit.
Ampera Six Building
Jalan Ampera Raya 5-6 Pejaten Barat
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