EXPATRIATE RESTAURANT KELAPA GADING - ONE OF THE BEST MEALS OF 2016?
Expatriate first introduced themselves and their existence on April 2016. I don't know why a lot of people refer to them as a coffee shop because to me it clearly is not, well I mean they serve specialty coffee but after my visit it's actually more like a semi-fine dining restaurant which served coffee. The interior of the restaurant rang humble and absolutely homey, especially the outdoor area (dedicated for smoking guests) which kinda gave me this Bandung cafe vibe with all the simple deco and decent amount of green surrounding the area. If you're an Instagram foodie who care so much about your pictures then do sit outside as the lighting on the indoor area was dimmed and warm.
Talk about their indoor area, it did has this Italian-French bistro look to it that even though it's dimmed and dark, but homey as fuck, it's almost like you're eating at someone else's house (or kitchen) with cooking pans hanging, a live kitchen and bar and nice air conditioning, the only thing that I expected to experience was the good jazz lounge music to support the ambiance. Also around their indoor dining area: a mini bakery/patisserie and a mini wine display located around the main entrance.
To kickstart your meal, it's suggested that you warm up your palate with selections of appetizers and I highly recommend their Escargot (more below) or if you fancy something else they also have selections of garlic breads, bruschetta, avo toast, pan seared foie gras and cheese platter. I have such big appetite and sometimes appetizers are not even enough for me and I need something heavier but not exactly main courses AND they happen to accomodate that! Expect to find various salad creations, calamari, onion rings, nachos, mini fish & chips, mozarella cheese stick, chicken wings, fried mushroom, truffle fries and more ok I'm hungry.
For heavier bites, here you can find various options of burgers and sandwich, pizza, pasta, main courses (protein courses) like fish, meat, poultry. Ok enough yakking pictures!!!
Complimentary bread: warm, fragrant, fluffy you can't complain.
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Boulevard Raya QF 3 No. 11 RT. 11/12
Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara 14240
021 - 4585 0388
Opening hours: 8 AM-11 PM daily
Average spending for two: IDR 300k
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