So there’s a fairly-upscale, billiard-equipped, trending new space opened 3 weeks ago in Pantai Indah Kapuk (Yeap, another one).
The space covers 2 separate business joints, with one offering your meals and another a bar for enjoying ice creams. It’s located right beside Optik Melawai, so you’ll find it on the street parallel to Tekko, Leko, and Sate Khas Senayan.
On your way to the 2nd floor (yeap, both The Playroom and Milkbar is on the second floor, not to mention that the entrance has a couple of security guards opening doors for you), you’ll see this large piece of art to get you into the billiard groove.
The basic concept of Playroom was to have all your icings on one cake: You get to hang, play, chill, have proper meals and nosh on snacks all in one space. If you’re not the cue ball type, they also have a ping pong table on the corner. Around these game tables there are isles of stool seatings reminiscent of bar seats, while regular dining tables lined along the walls on the opposite end. Don’t worry, there’s a separate smoking area (and definitely a spacious one) on the other end, so you can rest assured that the whole non-smoking area is cigarette-free.
We started off with an appetizer, the fried mozzarella cheese sticks (IDR 50,000).
I’m gonna be biased about the sauce, because it’s basically pressed/chopped tomatoes with a dash of spice, and I don’t like tomatoes. Just make sure you dip on it before it gets cold. Once it gets cold it’s close to tasteless. To be fair there are also chopped garlic thrown into the sauce, so garlic saved the day.
The cheese sticks themselves are weird. The skin was fine, but mozzarella was obviously old and limp. It was far from fresh and doesn’t stick to the skin.
Then we had the sea bass Cajun Cuervo (IDR 95,000).
This was good. I love that the inside of the fillet remained soft, and the herbs and spices coating felt rich. I like that the mashed potato on the bottom wasn’t too salty either, although IMO it wasn’t fluffy enough. You always get very salty mashed potatoes elsewhere, just as you get super sweet and sour thousand island dressings everywhere. The salad dressing was served just at the right amount and really light, and the iceberg greens were fresh too.
We also had the chicken fajitas (IDR 80,000).
I actually though this was quite good, although by the first look I wasn’t impressed. The condiments and the sauces tasted just right, and the chicken cutlets were well-marinated. It’s just that the fajita serving was so little … in comparison to the 3 humongous tortillas that comes with it. Fajita was also too dry from being slightly overcooked, as you can see from the flimsy peppers, and the tortillas were too thick and firm, almost flatbread-like and can only roll so much.
Then again, the marination process saved the day. It tasted just right. I stripped each tortilla into halves for wrapping the fajita. I still ended up finishing only 1 and a half tortillas before there’s nothing left on the fajita hotplate.
Obviously, The Playroom is the spot for you to gather with your friends to hang and play, but not so much for having meals. You can set the bar high on your expectations for this place, but the food isn’t right on par with its chic and cozy ambiance.
Now. The neighboring Milkbar. It’s right to your left from the stairs. You won’t miss it as soon as you reached the 2nd floor.
Some of you may have tried their ice creams before because they have another location in the Senopati area, down at Three Buns. The family who owns Milkbar also owns another popular dessert business on the opposite of Jalan Marina Raya, Shirokuma. Yeap, you’ve probably heard of it and are probably a fan of it, as they’ve done a superb job whipping up matcha desserts, Japanese style.
Right now they have 18 flavors to choose from. We tried a lot of it (the Bailey’s, peanut butter, salted caramel, dark chocolate, rum raisin) but I decided to go with the pistachio. It looks sad with all his neighboring flavors (lime & lemon, strawberry, bailey’s, tiramisu) almost gone.
When it comes to food, I’m a big fan of textures, and with desserts it’s no different. I felt all the flavors I’ve tried are consistently good, really creamy. But if you had me choosing between a chunky or a creamy peanut butter, I’ll always choose the chunky, so I was a bit disappointed when the pistachio gelato didn’t have as much of real pistachios in it. Same goes for peanut butter as well – it’s completely luscious and creamy.
On the other hand, the Bailey’s tasted 70% like Bailey’s. Perhaps the milk and cream has overwhelmed the fragrance of the liqueur, but otherwise it was one of the best flavors of all.
So far the best gelato I’ve tasted in Indonesia is Lello Lello (tO DiE fOr!!!!! 5 eXcLaMaTiOn MARkS!! in Seminyak, Bali) as it’s chunky and heavy and tasted so much like the real thing. Yes, I’d argue it’s even better than the trendy Gusto, mainly for the texture reasons. But I guess at the end of the day it’s all a matter of personal preference, aight?
So which one are you? A chunky or a creamy?
Pantai Indah Kapuk
Bukit Golf Mediterania
Rukan Cordoba Blok F No. 1-3
Jakarta Utara 14460
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Jl. Senopati Raya No. 90
Jakarta Selatan 12190
+62 (0)21 2930 7780