The other day our team visited a hidden gem located in Essence Darmawangsa Apartment, South Jakarta. Paris-Lyon Café; created by Gil D’Harcour, was inspired by the two biggest cities in France. Paris-Lyon Café has done a tremendous job in combining the ambience of the two cities in one intimate café to make you feel like you are actually hanging out in a little café in Europe. The café itself is tucked away from the hassle of city life which gives out a calming effect on guests.
Opening their door everyday from 7 AM to 10 PM, the café have a typical bistro look featuring a variety of freshly made breads. Conveniently located just below the apartment building, the tenants living around the area could get some take-away coffees, blends and smoothies on their way to work.
Their French charm is even more apparent once you get inside of the café which is wonderfully designed with a few classic French chairs and tables. We like the fact that they placed some table lamps hanging upside down as their décor that complement the whole baroque-styled decoration.
Since we were just done battling with the rain, we immediately look for ways to fill our tummy. As recommended, we started feasting on the Quesadillas to build up our appetite. It was a satisfying small bites filled with melted cheese and chicken, completed with salsa sauce and guacamole. This dish is excellent for afternoon snacks due to the fact that it is not really filling but could hold your hunger while chatting away with your friends.
We also had a taste of their Caesar Salad with Chicken Bulgogi Style which made a pretty tasty appetizer. It is quite a healthy food selection topped with grilled chicken that is marinated with bulgogi sauce and some shredded cheese. Should you be in need for tasty diet food, this salad will not disappoint.
For the main course, we had the Oxtail Soup which is a famed traditional Indonesian dish made of fried oxtail served with vegetable soup. It is a package deal that comes with rice and traditional chili sauce. You will get to taste the tender meat complemented with the perfectly seasoned soup. Truly recommended dish especially during the rainy season.
Our final meal was Nasi Goreng Kampung; we heard that its recipe was personally made by the founder of Paris-Lyon Café himself. The signature Indonesian dish was completed with some chicken meat, a fried egg and some crackers. Get a kick out of this authentic comfort food.
In the nutshell, this café indeed is a good place to hang out and get some quiet time. It offers a variety of pretty tempting food selections, and we are grateful to be able to share this place with you all!