I know I’m a little late on the train to Le Café Gourmand, despite having passed by it countless times.
This Saturday morning I finally decided to temporarily brush aside my qualms about cute, fancy places.
The first thing that surprised me was the size of the café. Somehow I always pictured it to be bigger and with more seating capacity.
What caught my eye next were the art-filled walls illustrating a busy restaurant/bistro with bartenders and saxophonists diligently doing their thing.
The ambience was calming and pleasant, garnished with bright hues here and there.
But the interior aside, does the food hold up?
We shall see.
Matcha Latte (Iced/Hot) | 40K
Japanese green tea made with shade-grown tea leaves.
Even though a cronut is both a donut and croissant, this rose flavored one passes for neither. The problem? Dryness and lack of flakiness. Sad tale.
Croque Madame | 65K
Smoked beef and cheese sandwich topped with a fried egg, served with a spinach salad and fries.
To be frank and blunt, many homemade sandwiches fare much much better than this supposed Croque Monsieur topped with a fried egg. I get excited over pretty much anything topped with fried egg, especially a sandwich. But what should’ve been a rich, delicious classic French snack proved to be no more than a few slices of beef ham, a meager bit of cheese, two slices of stale bread that’s dried up, all coercively stacked on top of one another. Lacking in moisture and juice, cheesiness, butter, and overall lacking character, this bread situation (which in fact isn’t too complicated to make) was a stalemate. As for the fries served on the side, it was presented to seem like the waiter had sneaked in three or four on his way to serving the dish (come on, no harm in serving a decent amount of fries). The only plus was the fresh spinach salad tossed with balsamic vinaigrette.
Ricotta Hotcakes | 52K
With caramelized banana, honeycomb butter, and maple syrup.
I almost never make a complain about hotcakes, pancakes, or the like. That’s just how much I love them. This particular hotcake was the only adequate one. The serving is generous and thank goodness the hotcakes weren’t dry.
Despite its ostensibly French appellation, Le Gourmand was a bust (and not a cheap bust either). Among the two of us, we spent a total of 280K for what was a scant and shabby breakfast/brunch. I’ve heard they serve good ice cream, but I don’t know that I would come back.
Better luck next time.
LE CAFÉ GOURMAND
Jalan Gunawarman No. 65
(021) 2930 5522
Mon – Sun: 7 AM – 10:30 PM