Escaping the malls and posh locales, Ve Handojo found a non-pretentious sanctuary for great food and coffee not so far from Blok M in Jakarta.
Photos by Ramadhan
Nestling in the cozy neighborhood of Jalan Panglima Polim V, Sinou Kaffe Hausen has quietly been a favourite for local celebrities and public figures for ages. But, that does not mean this spacious cafe exhibits glam and luxury. On the contrary, Sinou goes rustic by housing collectibles and antiques all over the place. The setting allows vocalists, movie stars, TV personalities, artists and the like to blend with the crowd and enjoy the atmosphere in a casual manner.
The industrial theme is also endorsed by the rough and sometimes unpolished materials. The shades and textures are natural and rich. I would not recommend you come here wearing your branded gear when you visit. Cheap, cheerful and comfortable will suit this place just fine.
Nevertheless, Sinou does not go easy with their food and drinks, and excellent wagyu at reasonable price is their forté. My medium-well rib eye was moist and juicy and Sinou’s special sauce on the side it added a balanced flavour of sweet and sour. Add stuffed mushrooms with cheese, and you’ll have a great party going at your table. The peach French toast is also among the all-day favourites.
The private rooms on the second floor are enough for small-scale gathering, while the outdoor terrace overlooks the not-so-busy street. It is the perfect setting to indulge yourself with Sinou’s collection of pancakes. Try the stacks of coins with heavenly fruits – a plate of tiny pancakes served with strawberries, bananas, kiwi, and ice cream.
In the caffeine department, Sinou is proudly the first in Indonesia to operate the custom-made KEES Idro Compresso coffee machine. Serving mostly arabica from all over Indonesia and other parts of the world, Sinou is a temple for coffee worshippers. Even teen pop idol Vidi Aldiano could not fight the temptation to try pressing his own first shot of espresso here.
Find your way to South Jakarta, and discover Sinou right next to a 7-Eleven store in Jalan Panglima Polim V. The “warehouse” is an escape from predictable, overdressed cafes and bistros, and a gateway to good food, sharp coffee, and endless conversations among friends.
SINOU Kaffee Hausen
Jl. Panglima Polim V No. 26
Tel: +6221 7258 568