Sunday, March 18, 2018

Neoma

Earlier occupied by Osaka Moo’s Lippo Mall Puri outlet, I believed you’ve passed this place before or prolly have dined in there as well. This sizable 3-storey space surely was visible and accommodative for bigger group of people. You might be not familiar with the name, but that’s totally fine as they’re indeed just there for 3 weeks, even not yet celebrating their grand opening. Nonetheless, they’ve been more than ready to serve the dishes freshly crafted in the kitchen to fulfill your hunger. 








The place felt homey, especially the first level where they had the swing-alike seats. The space was also suitable for bigger family, having long communal table at the center. It’s also a great idea to place the beverage bar at the center, where people could enjoy the life show of their beverage being processed from scratch. 






The interior blended monochrome colors, wooden pattern, as well as some touch of marbles. On several corners they made racks next to the walls, where coffee-making equipment, tableware, as well as green plants were beautifully displayed. Surrounded by glass windows, you could enjoy the view of people passing by as well as clear blue sky. My sweetest spot would doubtlessly be the ratan swing next to that window where I could enjoy the outside scenery while simultaneously get the snapshot of the whole cafe. 

Previously owning a cake shop, the owner this time wanted to spread the wings to savory dishes. As they’re still in soft opening period, the choices of dishes were pretty limited and kinda dynamic as she’s still trying to figure out the best set to go with. Most of the options were Western-themed, and dominated by pasta-based ones. 


Rigatoni Pie (IDR 65k)


I initially thought this would literally be a pie with rigatoni coming as the toppings; yeah that double carbo dish which was usually sinful yet pleasant. Surprisingly it’s rigatoni pasta being round-shaped like a pie, then dressed with beef ragout and mozzarella on top. The pasta was cooked al-dente, but unfortunately the sauce needed that ‘stronger kick’ of flavor as it’s pretty bland for my palate. I was hoping the sauce could get infused to the rigatoni, so I could enjoy mix of flavors in each spoon, instead of like eating 2 separated dishes. Nonetheless, there’s always reason to be thankful; they’re pretty lavish for the toppings especially the mozzarella!

Chicken Lemon Cream Linguine (IDR 72k)


Another pasta, but this one was prolly more on the mainstream side, serving another al-dente cooked one, linguine! I was always in love with anything creamy for Western dishes and bluntly speaking I put much hope into this one as I could usually easily be pleased by this type of sauce. However, I guessed they needed to make the mushroom lemon cream sauce to be a bit salty and adding more flavors into it as it seemed to not deliver that surprising taste to make it stand out. Again toppings wise I had no issue and was even delighted by how they’re royal for the mushroom and the chicken cutlets. These pan-seated protein pieces were tender and yummy, and luckily became the extra flavors to complement the carbo. 

Chicken Florentine (IDR 82k)


Now it came to the turn of the one that’s distinctive from the first two. Mashed potato came as the substitute to the pasta, being served with pan-fried chicken, sautéed spinach, and tomato pesto cream sauce. Not only the components were different, the taste was exceptional as well, featuring richer combination of spices. The savory taste was boldly presented and the creamy sauce did came as perfect pair to the other components. Thanks to the sautéed spinach which wasn’t only healthy but never failed to spoil my palate. Nyuummm!

Red Velvet Cake (IDR 45k)
*sorry for missing the picture*

The beautiful one in red which had ever been a massive trend, and managed to survive till now. When you first entered the venue, you first got exposed to the sweets displayed on the showcase next to the front entrance. Initially being a patisserie before coming up with this cafe, the choices of desserts they served were quite abundant. 

The cake size pretty much explained the price. The taste was actually okay but it’s slightly too dry. I guessed they might want to wrap the cakes upon being sliced to keep them moist. 

Layered Cheesecake (IDR 40k)



If the earlier one was my friend’s choice, this was mine. It reminded me of old-style cheesecake with simple sponge cake combined with layers of cheese cream in between. Pretty similar problem to the earlier, it’s also bit too dry and I thought the cream layers were more to butter than cream. If I might advise, I wished they could substitute it with creamier ingredients to avoid people getting nauseated. 

Thai Mille Crepes 



Yeay! Complimentary from the house <3. Gorgeously presented mille crepe with the decoration of elephant on top, representing its origin - Thailand. Being a big fan of Thai Tea, I had my high expectation set on this slice and thankfully it did go beyond. The bold Thai Tea flavor blended in well with the smooth crepes. I was in love with the texture, being at the right stage between light and dense. Simply said, it’s a slice of non-mainstream indulgence. 

Hot Butterscotch Latte (IDR 40k)


Unique flavors which I couldn’t commonly find in all places always captured my attention well and made me not able to resist trying them, not to exclude this Butterscotch Latte. I knew it’s syrup but surely there’s no harm in trying. The coffee taste was medium-to-strong bodied one, but not acidic, exactly like what my taste bud loved. The fragrance was delightful as well, but the syrup doze might be too much causing it to be too sweet. Next time I would surely request for less syrup and I believed it would be my cup of perfection!

Hot Double-shot Cappuccino (IDR 42k)
Opting for the standard one, but adding extra shot, my friend got his ultimate satisfaction as the coffee was awesome! Well I guessed this place would be on out most fave list for coffee now ;)


Despite Neoma didn’t call itself as coffee specialist, surprisingly what I loved the most from this place was its coffee. I was also pleased by how nice and open the owner was in getting the inputs from the guests, especially during this soft-opening period. I couldn’t wait for the grand one, when they might come with more new stuffs and surely much better improvement.


Taste: 6.5/10
Place: 7.5/10
Service: 8/10
Price: 7/10


Thanks for reading! :)


NEOMA
Address: Lippo Mall Puri GF @ The St. Moritz, Jakarta
Phone: (+62) 811 88888 14
Operating Hours: Mon - Sun 9am - 9pm