You probably know Dill Gourmet Cafe to be, well, a cafe. Think coffee and cake. During our last visit, we had some light bites from the sandwich, pizza, pasta, and cake selection. And when I say light, I mean it. But with the new year, Dill is rebranding and revamping its concept from cafe to casual dining, which means a whole lot more selection of mains that will actually fill you up.
Oh before I get too excited and forget, we got to take home these almond chocolate chip cookies as a favor, and boy were they a treat! I wiped out the whole can (with a bit of help from three friends) in a day. I regret nothing. You’ve got to get your hands on these! And since they were bite-sized, it didn’t even feel like I was eating anything (ha! the lies I feed myself!).
The new Dill features a gourmet market/cafe concept, complete with an inviting display of fresh pressed juices and a handsomely put-together menu.
The first thing on my table: the Energy Charger (31.8K) fresh pressed juice, a fun combination of orange, carrot, and pineapple.
The starter (right): Dill Chef Salad with Gochujang Dressing
Mixed greens with button mushrooms, boiled egg, chickpeas, and kidney beans, topped with a creamy Gochujang dressing.
Cassava fries (savory) | Wasabi Fries with Seaweed
If you are into wasabi, these wasabi fries will definitely please. As for me, I was content with is neighbor, the cassava fries which were perfectly fried and salted. A must-have!
Miso Gindara with Potato Purée
Baked gindara with potato purée, grilled asparagus, mushrooms, buttered peas, slow roast tomatoes, and pesto sauce.
For my main, I thought I’d sample a classic: Pad Kra Pao, Thai basil chicken with rice. Savory and a tad spicy. I’ve loved this dish for a long time, and although the portion is generous, it wasn’t my favorite. It lacked flavor and the basil had wilted before anything else. And for some reason, I favor pad kra pao with minced beef instead.
The next main I sampled was Hamburg Rice, a meatloaf wrapped in bacon, served with some greens and mushrooms, on a bed of mashed potatoes and white rice. Yes, mashed potatoes and white rice. Why the double carb load? I am not sure. I supposed either one would’ve been enough? Now, although this bad boy looked absolutely tempting on the menu, sadly it didn’t deliver. The meatloaf, which was supposed to be the star, was overcooked, rendering it parched and juiceless.
To wrap up the meal, a baby bear to entertain.
Okay, I lied. The meal hadn’t quite wrapped up just yet. We were in for a mountainous treat of cakes. The first slice arrived. Followed by a second. And third. Fourth. Fifth. Sixth. I started losing count when I realized my head was dizzy from all the oxygen escaping from my head and to my belly.
Here’s the list of sweet cakes on our table:
– Mandarin Pie
– Banana Nutella
– Red Velvet
– Mango Island
– Coffee Pistachio Cream Cheese
I was delighted. With the exception of the Red Velvet which was sadly and surprisingly stale, the cakes were absolutely delightful. My favorites were the Banana Nutella and Mango Island, and if you’re a coffee worshipper, you’d love the Coffee Pistachio Cream Cheese. Conclusively, I’ll be back for these sweets!
And just when we were winding down, another dessert made the scene: a waffle ice cream. Bam! My thing with waffles is that I love them. I do. But they’re not really a safe bet in Jakarta. Dryness, of course, is the culprit. So I’ve just avoided them completely. But this charcoal, frankly rather spooky-looking waffle, was a treat: moist and crispy in the right places!
By now, you can imagine our disposition (and posture) after what seemed like an endless entourage of savories and sweets. And while we chattered amongst ourselves, two big things didn’t go unnoticed: Dill’s accessible, open, and cushy space and its beautifully thematically packaged paraphernalia.
At the end, a Saturday well spent getting to know new acquaintances and stretching our belly capacities. Thank you Dill and Stephanie for having us!
DILL GOURMET CAFE
Plaza Indonesia LB #F43
Jl. MH Thamrin Kav. 28-30
(021) 2992 4512
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Mon – Sun: 10 AM – 10 PM