Hello to this newest comer in Alam Sutera! Occupying the front space of Brooklyn apartment, you would definitely notice this coffee shop as you went out of the Alam Sutera toll gate. A very strategic spot chosen there as it’s highly visible and would certainly catch the attention of people passing-by.
From the outer appearance, Canabeans looked like a gigantic coffee shop with casual concept. It somehow made my mind recalling the holiday time in Sydney, when I simply walked throughout the town and stopped at random coffee shop by the road. Perhaps the outdoor seating was the one giving this impression, as it’s located next to the huge open-space right at the center of Brooklyn apartment. Sitting in this particular corner, you would feel like enjoying the scenery of the traffic regardless you’re actually still within the area of the building. Besides, the green plants and huge pond, which were just several meters away, took the role as the flawless supplements for the eyes - awesome example for what so called Namaste!
You might also see people stopped-by, placing their order through the window at the left-hand side of the cafe; a great idea to let people being more time-efficient and to avoid the dining area from being overly crowded. Alternatively, those who just stopped by, spending few minutes for quick caffeine sip, could sit there and enjoyed their drinks.
Going inside, the theme was actually still consistent, talking about everything natural. It’s like wood here and there, giving the impeccable relaxation treatment for the sight. My crush was on the end corner at the right side of the entrance, the hook point with big table complemented by seats with cushion; feeling much like sitting lazily on the couch in my own living room. In demand for more privacy? You did deserve it here as they provided a closed-room with 10-15 people capacity.
Croque Monsieur with Egg (IDR 55k)
Skimming throughout the menu, I could spot pasta, rice bowls, noodles, and AHA! At the moment my eyes bumped into the breakfast selections, my mind was like automatically turning on its deep-search button. Not that much choices, but adequate enough to make me kind of falling into dilemma. Some of you who had followed my writings for several times, might have been able to guess my pick. Yep, egg-based one with abundant cheese as the ingredient, and I guessed Croque Monsieur did serve this liking best, so I opted for it.
The ‘chefs’ or at least those who loved their own hand-crafted meals certainly knew ‘what this dish was’. It might look fancy and highly appealing, but the components were actually pretty simple. Nevertheless, if the hands were talented in blending the flavors, it could turn out scrumptious and in contrary if they’re not, the nightmare was also unavoidable.
Canabeans’ one came in quite unique presentation, delivered in tall stacks of toasts rather than single-layered or short stacks ones. It’s however looking more tempting (well, at least my eyes did say so), giving that ‘bigger-size’ impression. The grilled bacon, cheddar cheese, and melted mozzarella flawlessly blended into the yummy bechamel sauce. I did love the generous stuffings put there as they balanced the toast well, cause honestly the toast were slightly too thick for me, despite that it made the whole dish looked more gorgeous in presentation and the buttery taste was coddling. One thing that might be improved was the sunny side up, which would absolutely went much better with the yolk being runny. Fortunately the white part, the one that might be least called out, was surprisingly curing with its super smooth texture.
Salted Caramel Fudge (IDR 38k)
I felt like having deja vu when spotting this cake for the first time, displayed in the showcase. It seemed that I’d ever had it somewhere before, but I couldn’t recall when and where. I didn’t ask, but I guessed yes it’s not coming from the house’s kitchen, but externally sourced.
As its name told, the cake was basically dark choco sponge based, with salted caramel cream in between the layers. Perhaps it’s due to being stored quite too long, the cake itself was pretty dry, not moist as my initial expectation. Fortunately the luscious and bold salted caramel saved the cake, pampering the taste bud with its not overly sweet flavor. If only I could have it fresh, I thought it would be muuuchhh better.
Hot Piccolo (IDR 30k)
Since Canabeans did call itself as coffee specialist, it would be impossible not giving a try. The trial did end up well as the cup served faultlessly matched my preference, aromatic smell as the starter attraction, strong coffee flavor as the main indulgence, and clean after taste as the final touch; such a complete set of perfection for my coffee liking.
Getting sold to their coffee, I’m calling all the coffee lovers out there to get the place on your checklist especially if you do have your radar ‘beeping’ around Alam Sutera or Serpong area.
Thanks for reading! :)
Address: Brooklyn Apartment, Alam Sutera Boulevard, Tangerang
Phone: (+62 21) 8082 1640
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 7am - 9pm
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