Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peloton Supershop, the Single Stop for Dining and Shopping

As my last post talked about Bali, I decided to continue with another Bali blog post. If I previously shared about Seminyak, this time I moved a little bit further to Canggu. I knew most of you must have been there especially with the lately hype cafes mostly being established around this area. 

Again similar to Australia, they seemed to have super-good work-life balance for all the employees as they opened early in the morning (and when I said early, most of them were literally early like 7-8am in the morning) and closed earlier as well before the sun set. Thereby, it's highly recommended to start your day earlier when you're about to come here and explored a lot of places. Especially, most cafes were pretty tiny, meaning they could only accommodate limited number of people so did expect queuing for getting a seat, particularly if you're visiting new ones. 

This time the turn went to Peloton Supershop, a cafe as well as a bicycle shop. Perhaps you have noticed that currently there were increasing amount of similar coffee shops in Jakarta, especially at South area, whose owners were mostly cyclists. It suddenly became the trending habit that cyclists went for morning exercise together then continued having their morning coffee at those particular cafes.

Nevertheless, Peloton was actually slightly different from those available in Jakarta. It offered something special, which you might still rarely be able to find in our beloved capital city, Vegan Cafe. Some of you might be familiar with this term, especially if you've been to one of them in Bali or perhaps many of them overseas, yet I did believe many people were still wondering what vegan cafe actually meant and what they served. 

Carrying out the vegan concept, this cafe which would be 2 years old in October, basically serving all dishes made of natural ingredients mainly plants. However, that didn't mean they only served salad and fruits, as they did serve menu like common cafes, just that they substituted the meat-based ingredients with similar ones made of fruits and veggies. Some of them even had exactly the same texture and very similar taste that you wouldn't even really notice in case you're not immediately told that they're not meat or dairy products. 

Before going further into the meal I had, I would share a little bit about the cozy space that I fell into at my premiere visit. The cafe itself wasn't that huge, just like the other common cafes in Canggu. Entering the front door, you would first meet the open-kitchen where they had the 'live performance' of the chefs handcrafting some of the dishes like salad/taco/burito as all the ingredients were mostly displayed there. Then turning left, there were the shop selling any equipment hunted by cyclists, and then the cafe area. There was actually no such thing like big communal table as most of the visitors were also small group of people or even individuals; yeah as expected, many of them were foreign tourists who might go for their single-trip so no wonder that's the fact. Though the size wasn't that 'huge huge', they were open for events as well, but more into the open-space one.  

The same thing was seen at the second floor in terms of the table capacity. Actually the are of the second level wasn't as huge as the first one since it's only half of the building itself. Some people might prefer to sit here since they could enjoy the semi-open air space as it's designed to be like a balcony. They did have the long-tall table where people could enjoy their healthy meals while having the view from the surrounding or what so called "people watching" nowadays.

Mentioning about decoration, actually the key highlight was the 'transparent venue' as it's mostly covered by glass windows especially the first storey. This made the indoor space became naturally bright, and thus the marble furniture used there looked more elegant. Some plants were put at several corners to give earthy ambience to the space. Not to forget, there were also cycling stuffs displayed here and there, which made you completely got that it was also a shop besides a cafe.

Serving foods and drinks made of organic ingredients, I guessed most of them could still be called as in affordable price range, starting from IDR 50k up to IDR 85k. The menu could be further divided into 2 big groups; breakfast and lunch. At 8am - 12pm, the first group was there, mostly served healthy bowls ranging from savory to sweet ones, toast, and burito. Meanwhile later at 12pm to closing time, they provided lunch menu, mostly wraps, tacos, buritos, vegan pasta, as well as special Balinese traditional rice which definitely was vegan as well. The distinctive one was probably the salad lunch menu, which had quite rich varieties, each of which consisted generous mix of ingredients. If you came in group, sharing menu was also available. I could see the excitement as well as dilemma on the face of the healthy-dish lover now *giggling*.

Hot Cappuccino (IDR 30k)
Walking from the prior cafe I visited to Peloton, you might be able to imagine how badly I was in demand for something to drink. There were actually quite mountainous options, ranging from light and refreshing types like organic tea, mocktails, and kombucha (fermented tea); up to the heavy and fulfilling ones like smoothies and fresh juices. Those who fancied healthy shots would get their craving being satisfied here as well and great thing, they had several choices delivered for the shots. 

Having told you quite long story there, my option actually fell on their coffee. Yeah, I heard they served organic coffee, making me wonder how it would taste as I was a first-timer for this. The beans were sourced from the infamous Revolver cafe, yet the house milk was the element differentiating this cup. It's unquestionably non-dairy one, for which Peloton served coconut milk. The guests had the option to replace it with almond or soy milk with extra charge of IDR 10k. 

Thinking that coconut milk was kinda anti-mainstream, I went for it. The texture was much thicker than the cappuccino served with normal full-cream milk or skimmed milk. It's even kinda heavy for me and the coconut milk taste quite overpowered the coffee flavor in the cup. It might be the matter of preference but my palate surely still voted for the common dairy one. Nonetheless, nothing's wrong with trying, wasn't it?

Ms. Jackson Taco (IDR 65k)

With continuous dining rally my sister and I had in prior to arrive at Peloton, we're seeking for something not too heavy here. Looking that taco was one of the dishes listed on the menu, we then had it as our order and our choice was Ms. Jackson, the one served with marinated BBQ jackfruit as the replacement of the protein component. The texture was similar to either pulled beef or pulled pork, which usually got paired with taco. Regardless that all the ingredients were natural ones, the taste was surprisingly succulent, being flavorful at each bite. The cabbage, avocado, and coriander impeccably complemented the whole dish as they didn't only make the presentation looking good with combination of colors, but also adding more flavor into the meal itself. The rain of tropical salsa and cashew sour cream on top of my fat chipotle pepper tortilla that had been stuffed with tons of elements, were certainly extra excitement for the taste bud. This was absolutely my drug from Peloton, for which I would come back over and over again!

Being a first-timer for vegan brunch, I was astonished by the palatable taste of the dish! I might even say that I couldn't really notice it's vegan menu if I hadn't known it initially. One core competence Peloton might own was the ability to request for your own personalized menu by choosing the base - either rice/taco/others - then mixing the ingredients as what you desired. Final sayings, happy trying! :)

Taste: Food (8.5/10) / Coffee (7.5/10)
Place: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Price: 7.5/10

Thanks for reading! :)

Address: Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa No. 46, Canggu, Bali
Phone: (+62) 859 5413 1451
Operating hours: Mon - Sun 7.30am - 4.30pm (Juice Bar), 8am - 4pm (Kitchen)

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