St. Ali – ‘Melbournians’ should all feel too familiar with its great hype and animosity. It is definitely one of Melbourne’s most famous coffee shop and roaster. Apparently, they have chosen to open a branch in Asia, and the honor of being its first branch is located in Setiabudi, South Jakarta!
Even when compared to a regular restaurant, St. Ali offers quite a spacious area to accommodate its customers. There are 2 areas – indoor and outdoor, basically every area was packed full at the time of my visit. All sorts of people from all walks of life were here, it was truly a sight of vast diversity!
I find that their ‘standard’ coffee such as the piccolo, cappuccino, flat white, and latte to be quite affordable – IDR38,000 per cup. Their coffee was very aromatic with a slightly sour aftertaste.
Granola – IDR81,000++
I really love a good bowl of home-made granola and Greek yoghurt, so this should be the highlight of my meal. It doesn’t turned out to be quite as good as I expected. The ratio between the toasted granola and Greek yogurt doesn’t feel quite right. The yogurt was too sour and the granola tastes like it’s store-bought.
On the bright side, the honey roasted pears was lovely!
Avo on Toast – IDR85,000 + Poached eggs IDR10,000
Since it was said to be one of the favorite item on the menu, I decided to try this one out. I can only think of one word to describe this: unique. They’ve put PLENTY of mashed avocados on top of multi-grain toast and toasted nuts and seeds. This meals was definitely very healthy and filling. The combination makes the whole dish tastes a bit bland with a sudden lemon twist mixed inside the mashed avocado. On the other hand, I really like the toasted multi-grain toast as it is quite fragrant. I guess this is what an ‘authentic’ Australian meal would taste like..?
I really recommend adding the poached eggs because it does make a difference to their bland taste.
The portion at St. Ali tend to be large (following its Australian-branch counterpart), so you don’t have to worry about leaving this place hungry. The waiting time wasn’t bad at all, considering how crowded the place was it my time of visit.
St. Ali also offers a selection of cakes and eclair, so avid sweet lovers can satisfy their sweet tooth. As a dessert-lover myself, my next visit shall be to taste one of their well-known cherry pie and eclairs!