Coffee is one of my addiction. My insomnia forced me to consume coffee to make me stay awake after sleepless night so i could stay focus at work. But what made me keep coming to coffee shops was mostly because the excitement, the ambiance, the smell of coffee, and the love expressions for coffee that i found within the barristas and the coffee lovers in every coffee shop.
One of my most favorite coffee shop in Jakarta is Common Grounds. Located in Citiwalk Sudirman (see location details at the end of this post). The place itself is relatively small, but everytime i went there, it was almost always crowded. It is amazing how this small square of cafe could attract such a crowd. But if you take a sip for their coffee and try their food, it’s all make sense. I have been visited this place several times now and each time of visit gave me joy, i could say that for me Common Grounds is one of best breakfast-lunch cafe in Jakarta.
Now, lemme show you some of their menu that i have explored.
Smoked Salmon Frittata – (68k)
Frittata is italian style omelette, type of fried omelette, where the egg mixed together with other ingredients such as cheese, meat, veggies, onion, paprica or whatever the cook feel to mix in. Traditionally, people fried the egg mix. But in Common Grounds, they baked the Frittata. So it’s a guilty free kind of food. The taste itself is very simple, the chef tried to enriched the taste from original flavour of each ingredients. I can taste butter in it, but i’m pretty sure that there were not much seasonings or spices involved in the cooking process. Since i’m a fan of simple food, this Frittata easily gets me.
Huevos Rancheros Con Rendang – (68k)
Huevos rancheros is a popular breakfast dish comprising eggs served in the style of the traditional large mid-morning fare on rural Mexican farms (wiki). If you see a hot pan with double sunny side up on top from photo above, that is the famous Huevos Rancheros Con Rendang from Common Grounds. On the hot pan, they baked tomato puree, shredded beef (rendang beef, i suggest) and double eggs. And it is as delicious as it’s mouthwatering looks. The eggs perfectly cooked, also the flavour of tomato puree, mexican herbs seasoning and rendang are perfectly blend deliciously. And, as you can see, just like any other Huevos Rancheros, it served with corn tortilla and mexican rice.
What a full package of a brunch menu, right? When food finally served to the table, i was amazed by it’s mouthwatering look and then it’s rich flavour WOW-ed me on the first bite. Definitely a MUST try! at least once in your lifetime.
Butcher’s Wife Steak and Eggs – (100k)
This is sliced sirloin steak served with herbs seasoned-french fries and sauteed mushrooms. Maybe because it sliced, so they called it Butcher’s Wife, well, maybe, lol. This home made sirloin steak, tasted fairly good, uhm, it was decent enough but missed something in it’s tenderness. I know it’s sirloin, but still. Or at least i wish the meat would be a little bit more juicy. But you can still enjoy the meat, don’t worry. I like the herbs seasoned french fries and really looooove the sauteed mushrooms. I wished they would give me another bowl of sauteed mushrooms as side dish, hahaha, because i want more mushrooms!
Ice Coffee Latte – (35k)
Haven’t i told you that their coffee is so damn good? Well this ice coffee latte is so good and fresh and just right. Drink this, and you will look down on the coffee from that worldwide famous franchise coffee brand. =P
Niko’s Cold Brew – (40k)
Like i said, the coffee is so good, so maybe you’ll feel like want to take it home with you. Don’t worry this cold brewed coffee served in bottle. Actually, my friend who ordered this is not a big fan of coffee, but he said that this cold brew is a good one. He liked it! Could be a choice for a grab to go coffee in a hot sunny day, which will perfectly match in your busy summer day.
Well that’s is my Culinary Madness story for now. See you at next Culinary Madness post. Thanks!
Citywalk Sudirman, Lantai Ground, Jl. KH Mas Mansyur, Sudirman, Jakarta