Along Pesanggrahan street you will see lots of places to dine in which are connected by a bridge. The list has grown bigger with its new addition. Recently, a new coffee shop entered the list of “Pesanggrahan gang” and it is Ardent Coffee. Ardent Coffee itself already established two shops, at Plaza Senayan and at Soekarno-Hatta airport.
The shop at Pesanggrahan is located near Rasane Seafood, at the same row with Sandwich Bakar to be exact. With the minimalist exterior wall really stands out, it’s easy to spot Ardent Coffee from distance. You might think the shop is small in size if you look it from the outside, but it actually has a quite spacious place inside.
Minimalist at its best
The entrance is a small glass door and when you first come in, you will see the counter for baristas. After you walk pass it, there’s the spacious place that you can enjoy. It has an outdoor place as well. I simply love the minimalist setting of this coffee shop, full of window glasses for sunlight to come through and some plants on the walls. Felt so comfortable here that I spent almost 7 hours here!
Complete choice of drinks and Japan-inspired kitchen
Drinks here at Ardent Coffee is pretty complete. From coffee, manual brews, cold brews, tea, juices, milkshake and beer. If you opt for the tea, Ardent Coffee provides tea by Lewis & Carroll. I tried its caramel flavoured ice latte. The amount of caramel put in was just enough and not overcoming the latte flavour.
Ardent’s kitchen brings Japanese theme or should I say twist, to the foods. From the usual menu we find in other cafe, Ardent adds a Japanese touch to it. As an appetizer, I had Chicken Karaage. The Chicken Karaage was really authentic and classic and it was served with a mayo dipping sauce.
For the mains, I tried Salmon Aburi Fried Rice and Tonkatsu Sandwich. The fried rice was decent enough, though I was expecting a bit more from it. The salmon was slightly under-grilled but still came out nice and fresh. Topped with salmon roe and nori as the garnish.
The Tonkatsu Sandwich was pretty similar with the usual sandwich, but with breaded deep fried pork cutlet. Personally, I love the toast which was fragrant and the butter taste really came out. The pork cutlet was nicely deep fried and drenched with tonkatsu sauce drizzle, taste was good and it was actually a good combination with the toast. The sandwich was served with sea salt fries and tonkatsu dip sauce.
Overall, Ardent Coffee will be hyped for its minimalist and calm ambiance. Food here was pretty okay with some room from improvement. But I believe this coffee shop will be a hit soon. Congrats for the soft opening!