Kosenda Hotel is one of the relatively new hip design hotels in Central Jakarta, only a stone’s throw away from Djakarta Theater. I’ve been wanting to visit this place after hearing about its quirky design and also its non-smoking restaurant and cafe, which have received many good reviews. The hotel is small with a tiny parking space, so the valet service they offered is essential. However, you can always park at Sarinah/Djakarta Theater and walk to the hotel. It’s only about 200 meters away and your heart will thank you.
Waha Kitchen is on Kosenda’s ground floor. The interior is delightful, with one of the walls decorated in Indonesian street food murals. It boasts peranakan cuisine as their specialty, but Melbourne style breakfast is also available as the restaurateur hails from there. One of their signature dishes is Laksa, with a choice of chicken, seafood or roast duck. A bowl of this dish cost 95K++, quite pricey, but the portion is generous. I tried their roast duck laksa, and it was delicious. The creamy coconut curry broth was light and tasty, they used some kind of herbs that made the broth tasted unique and fragrant, but I couldn’t puzzle out what they are. It was good, but after several bites I felt bored. Perhaps they can consider to reduce the portion and cut the price lower. I also tried their Hainanese roast duck rice 99K++ and it tasted good as well.
Next to Waha Kitchen is a very cozy 127 Cafe. The design resembled a vintage library with plush seating and dimmed lighting. I’ve heard from a tea-loving friend, they have a very nice chai latte 35K that used Prana chai masala blend. I tried it, and it was very good indeed. Their coffee and juices were also decent.
Overall, it was a nice time spent at Waha Kitchen and 127 Cafe. The service was top notch and I also like their unisex toilet. I’ll be back for an all-you-can-eat brunch on the weekend.
Jl. KH Wahid Hasyim No.127
Central Jakarta 10240