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Cafe cuisine, Melbourne style
CHANNELLING THE SPIRIT of the Melbourne chain of cafes that defined coffeehouse culture in Australia, the local outpost of ST. ALi offers an easy-going vibe, great food and even better coffee with a casual, semi-alfresco concept on the edge of the city’s office-minded Kuningan district. A healthy selection of single-origin beans are manually brewed (of course) over a wood-and-metal bar dominated by a light-and-airy semi-enclosed space that’s otherwise open to passers-by in the Setiabudi complex.
As baristas adroitly work a La Marzocco espresso machine with the skills and fervor of their Melbourne peers, the hip young clientele sip flat whites at long tables full of laptops.
While most of the delights on ST. ALi-Jakarta’s menu originally took cues from headquarters in Melbourne, as in My Mexican Cousin (bready corn fritters served with poached eggs); the local culinary staff–some of who have Cordon Bleu training–have come into their own, offering seasonal, only-inJakarta dishes.(cr)