Saturday, April 15, 2017

56 Degrees Cafe, A Dining Venue in Florist Theme

Residing at one of Bandung's most crowded spot, Paskal Hypersquare, 56 Degrees Cafe occupied a 3-storey building which was all dedicated for the cafe. The entrance looked like an alley, located next to the kitchen, bringing you to the stairs at its end. It was completely covered with flowers here and there, making the venue looked like a flower shop at first, till the point that you figured out they're all artificial only. 

At the second floor, there was the bar where you could enjoy the life show of the barista handcrafted your beverage order. The third floor was my favorite as the interior was different to the common one usually offered by recently opened coffee shops. They painted the wall with kitchen utensils and cupboards, making it looked like a gigantic kitchen. On the other side, a different minimalist view was presented by the wooden racking decorated with petite flower pots. Awesome combination carried out there <3!

Going through the IG account of 56 Degrees, I got hitched by their wonderfully crafted dishes. Yeah, I guessed they did want to emphasize their excellence in terms of presentation as many elements were combined, making the plating turned out jaw-breaking, including using edible flowers! 

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 25k)

Today's dining session was started with a slap on the face from the caffeine cup. Don't take it too seriously, it's just an analogy guys, no one's being slapped here :). Served with low-to-medium body level, the coffee was okay, but I preferred it to be slightly stronger.

Hotcakes (IDR 31.5k)

When firstly reading the name, I initially thought it was that gigantic hotcake just like Australian style one, but fortunately it's not. The size was like normal sliced cake, being just the right portion for dessert. The very affordable price made it even more appealing to try and actually, I could say that I would value it much higher than that, spotting the picturesque setting on the plate. Adding extra happiness for us, the taste of the soft hotcake was tantalizing and the extra condiments of crumbles, watermelon jelly, and pandan ice cream, made it even more worthy to try. Yeah, not a mainstream flavor for ice cream, yet amazingly became our new favorite right away! Thanks to the fragrant aroma which immediately got us hypnotized.

Basil Chiffon Cake (IDR 38k)

Yes, you heard it right guys, basil chiffon cake, such a unique one, wasn't it? That's basically also the key reason making me ordering this cake, since it wouldn't be special if it's just normal chiffon cake like pandan or chocolate flavor, right? If you just thought this was your first time hearing basil became chiffon cake flavor, you're not the only one as neither did I know it before. Coming in round shape and spongy texture and being paired with vanilla ice cream, it was a simply delectable dessert, which I guessed would be the 'safe choice' for everyone. The reason's the taste wasn't overly sweet, and it was light as well, hence anyone including non-dessert lover might get sold.   

Hawaiian Chicken (IDR 55k)

Going in reversed order this time, we started with desserts and ended the course with something savory. The choice went to this Hawaiian Chicken, bread-crumbed chicken breast being deep fried to golden brown color. At first my friends and I were quite surprised as the preparation time seemed too fast for us, as the dish was served on the table just in like 10 minutes I guessed. The appearance did wow us as it showed lovely combination of colors from the veggies, tomatoes, pineapple, and the chicken itself. The mozzarella cheese on top of the fillet was also one of the ingredients attracted me the most. As for the seasonings, the chicken was actually served in Gremolata (chopped herb made of lemon zest, garlic, and parsley) and Napoli (tomato-based) sauce. Having my first slice from the edge part, the taste actually didn't surprise me as much as the looking as the texture was slightly too dry and the batter's quite too thick for my preference.

Since I was sharing the dish with my friend, he enjoyed the other side of the chicken, which unexpectedly turned to be a bad experience for us; the chicken was still raw *deep-frowned*. Telling the waiter and waitress, I was actually disappointed with the response provided by them as one person had to call another one just to make sure it's indeed raw or not, and somehow it gave me the reflection that they didn't feel that bad for this as they took quite long before coming back to our table (sorry for saying this, but I guessed even longer than the time they took to prepare the dish for the first timetelling us that they would make another one to substitute this. As we're already full anyway, we told them not to do so. 

Luckily, the bad experience just came up with the dish that we had the last so at least, it didn't ruin our appetite in prior. Bluntly speaking, the desserts did impress me a lot, not only the flawless arrangement, but also the indulging flavor; however with the terrible incident I had with the last one, I wished the restaurant would pay more attention to every single dish they served, ensuring no other guests facing the same thing in the future. Most importantly, service improvement, pretty please ;)

Taste: Main Course (5/10), Desserts (7.5/10)
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 6.5/10
Price: 7.5/10

Thanks for reading! :)

Address: Paskal Hypersquare B 69, Jl. Pasirkaliki, Bandung
Phone: (+62 22) 8606 0668
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 9am - 11pm

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