Jumat, 19 Mei 2017


Brought to you by the friends from Common Grounds and St. Ali: SENSORY LAB all the way from the land of kangaroo and coffee: AUSTRALIA (STRAYA!), yet another interesting brunch and coffee shop to check out this weekend!

So yesterday my dear friend Niko (who also co-own this establishment) told me that Sensory Lab was opening on the 19th of May so I wasted no time to come here after I had an appointment in Gading earlier, so here's the thing! Lately there have been TONS of new places opening but to the irony, I used to be the one who's so crazy about new places that it's exciting for me to come and review first for you, but I wasn't feeling most of them but Sensory Lab was an exception of course because I am always excited to see what my Common Grounds buddy has in store!

Sensory Lab is located at Mall Kelapa Gading 3 around the lobby entrance and across Starbucks Coffee, the coffee bar and some small seating area is located at this island space, for some reasons if I come alone I think I would love sitting around the island space more but since I always order more than I can take there won't be enough space to hold the food and coffee because there's only a little square table.
The outlet wasn't entirely spacious but I like how they keep the interior to be simple with a touch of industrial (very little) and altogether very comfortable, and for the menu here, except to find coffee choices that's similar to St. Ali and all day brunch menu that's fun and hard to go wrong like Common Grounds'. If you want to sample some of their coffee in a single serving then go with the Coffee Adventure (IDR 50k) where you can discover 2 espresso, 1 cappuccino and 1 barista choice filter coffee! For non-coffee drinkers they also have chocolate, matcha, tea and fresh juices here.

It took me a while to really know what I want to eat here because everything looks fuckin good on the menu, but I kept on eye-ing the Fri-Ken Benedict and Cookies & Cream Pancakes (because I kept on imagining dem fat Common Grounds) but Glo (the head chef) recommended me the French Toast instead so I went with her legit reco!
Here you can also find La Maison macarons 
Special coffee from Yoshi, "Geisha" Finca Deborah aka their competition coffee! It's bold & fresh!
Cold White (IDR 45k)
Their take on Iced Latte and nope they don't serve the classic 'on ice' coffee here but you can ask. Me loving this one, it's creamy with fresh aftertaste and the right balance of coffee and milk. You should try. I don't know why I freaking forgot to capture a photo of their Iced Mocha but it was SO GOOD!!!  It tastes like this amazing blend of only coffee and chocolate, just so creamy, sweet, enchanting and I like how they put real chocolate inside the drink for texture.

Fri-Ken Benedict (IDR 75k)
Tell what can go wrong with this unless they fail at cooking tender chicken? NONE. This dish consist of crispy fried chicken, two poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise and all on toasted buttery brioche. The fried chicken was BOMB, the coating was so crispy all the way moist on each bite, no complaint about the poached egg FRESH AF and the chipotle hollandaise was light just how I like it and the brioche was fluffy and moist! You know I'm a truffle whore so next time I think I might ask them to add a little truffle oil drizzle to the chicken.
Straight up guilty-pleasure, indulgence after indulgence.
Close up! Say egg porn!!!
BBQ Brisket Burger - IDR 100k
I didn't have a bite on this one but my friend told me this was good, only the scrambled egg kinda overshadowed the BBQ brisket which should be the highlight of this dish.
Chocolate and Honeycomb French Toast - IDR 70k
After some holy savory guilty pleasure I need some sweet therapy, now this one comes in a pretty presentation and taste that's just as sweet as the presentation! This dish consist of brioche, homemade honeycomb, chocolate soil, whipped chocolate ganache and topped with coffee and cream ice cream! So yum I can't even! Technically you're seeing at a good amount of chocolate but everything complemented one another, not too much just right.
Congrats Niko!
Sensory Lab for me is the more casual version of St. Ali and truth is, Kelapa Gading needs more cafe like this! PS: they're opening in PIK in a few months yay!

Sensory Lab Indonesia
Mall Kelapa Gading 3
Jl. Boulevard Utara Kelapa Gading
Kelapa Gading, Jakarta Utara
Opening hours: 10 AM-10 PM
Average spending for two: IDR 250k
Dresscode: none


Map for Sensory Lab 

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