As published in Bali and Beyond
The hot and humid air of Jakarta combined with the chaotic traffic makes people, even the health-conscious ones, go in search of a scoop of ice cream to cool down (and stay sane). Luckily Jakarta has no shortage of crave-worthy ice cream parlors, from a simple scoop of classic gelato to innovative attractive-looking bowls of ice cream. Where to find them? Join me as I discover which Jakarta ice cream cafés will satisfy your sweet tooth and boost your mood. Because as you know, ice cream always makes everything better.
COLORFUL ICE CREAM
Titled as one of “The Most Instagrammable” cafes in Jakarta, BC’s Cone has instantly become the talk of the town, serving interesting and colorful soft ice cream from an artistic point of view. They have an assortment of ice cream flavors with pretty pastel palettes that you probably have never tasted or seen before – black cheesecake, Thai milk tea, matcha soy, French Earl Grey, taro and strawberry rose are among the choices. The cones come in various exciting tastes and colors too; charcoal, red velvet, green tea and mango. For sure they have selections of ice cream that not only soothe your cravings but also please your eyes!
If you can’t decide what to choose, opt for their Artsy Palette that consists of a tray of six mini cones with selected flavors and fun toppings – the most favorite flavors in the house are black cheesecake, strawberry rose and Thai milk tea. The ice cream is soft, milky and creamy with a rich yet airy texture. They will melt within minutes, so you’d better capture the best angle of the ice cream real fast if you want to post it on your social media account.
Want something a bit more filling as a side dish? Try the BC’s Dough. Collaborating with Gordon Donut, BC’s Cone offers delightful fluffy gourmet doughnuts served with flavorful ice cream on top.
Ruko Crown Golf, Blok B2 No. 2, Bukit Golf Mediterania
Jalan Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta
Toting the well-known shaved-ice Japanese ice cream and desserts, Kamo Kuma Dessert House & Bistro wins dessert hunters’ hearts with bowls of their imaginative, tasty and natural ice cream desserts.
Milk Kumabowl #5 for instance, has everything you could ever wish for – Kuma ball, taro pudding, bubble, mochi, red bean, coconut jelly, almonds, vanilla ice cream and condensed milk. There may seem to be too many elements in a bowl, but taste wise it is so flavorful and enjoyable. By pouring and mixing the milk sauce as you like, you get the balanced flavor of sweet, nutty and the most of everything in the bowl. The mochi are homemade and there are different colors and tastes to try, from red bean and taro tomatcha.
S’more’s lovers in Jakarta must try the Martabak S’mores Regal Chocolate, as the old nighttime campfire treats have been scaled up with a charming presentation. Kamo Kuma uses 50 percent and 70 percent Italian dark chocolate combined with peanut and sesame seeds, roasted marshmallow, almonds and chocolate ice cream. But if you are not fond of the intense chocolate flavor, you can opt for the Chocolate, Cheese, Peanuts and Sesame Seeds Smore’s Dip (Cokelat Keju Kacang Wijen) with its sweet and salty flavor.
Kamo Kuma Dessert House & Bistro
Ruko Puri Mutiara Blok BG12,
Jalan Griya Utama, Sunter, North
Jakarta (Behind Holiday Inn Kemayoran)
The catchy statement “I Scream Ice Cream” is displayed on the café’s wall. As the first liquid nitrogen ice cream in Indonesia founded in 2013, LIN Artisan Ice Cream presents the molecular gastronomy concept using liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze natural ingredients into gelato and sorbet. Due to its preparation process, it is remarkably more flavorful than conventionally manufactured ice cream. By utilizing this avant-garde process, LIN uses no artificial coloring or preservatives in their products.
LIN’s gelato and sorbet recipes come from an Italian gelato specialist who has developed four-generations of gelato businesses in the country. LIN’s ice cream is also made-to-order, which means you get fresh ice cream prepared at your command. The smooth, creamy and ice-cold gelato is tasted in their best selling The Ultimate Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Chips, the star of the menu for chocolate lovers, especially those who love a hint of bitterness. The sweetness from milk and chocolate chips helps balance the dark chocolate and keeps it from overpowering the aftertaste.
If you are up for a fruit-based scoop, sorbet is on the menu. Merry Strawberry is the customers’ favorite choice. Incorporating fresh fruit without adding artificial sugar and preservatives, the sorbet’s gelatin and velvety texture has a sour taste yet juicy. LIN also offers alcohol-instilled gelato like The Smiley Baileys and The Rum Raisins, and the moist sorbet Lychee Martini.
LIN Artisan Ice Cream
Jalan Taman Kemang 1 No.6, Kemang, South Jakarta
With 13 cafes already in Malaysia, Sweet Hut has now expanded to Indonesia with its red-hot, cozy, garden concept café. Much admired as “Your Dessert Specialist”, Sweet Hut uses fruit as their key ingredient. Nevertheless, it surely knows ways to cheat your diet.
A healthy indulgence starts with the Fresh Mango Sago Pomelo Soup with Mango Ice Cream and Coconut Pudding. Surprisingly, its humble presentation may fool you as the taste is light and the natural sweet comes from the mango ice cream topped with generous mango slices. Sweet Hut claims to use natural sweets and even a minimum amount of sugar in their offerings, and this is well proven on the flavor of their desserts.
Craving a cake? Sweet Hut provides Baked Marquis Chocolate Pudding with Cookies Ice-cream. The chocolate lava cake texture is smooth and rich and the flavor is not too sweet with melting chocolate inside. Another variant worth munching on involves matcha (green tea), which has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea – so this gives you a great excuse to try the Matcha Lava Cake. This lava cake needs 20 minutes of preparation as it needs to be served warm – but when you get your hands on the green cake and taste its sweet flavor, you’ll know it is worth the wait.
Meanwhile, the Fresh Milk Oreo Snow Ice with Caramel Pudding will keep those who love milk happy with its light texture and rich flavor. When you take a bite the creamy yet silky caramel pudding will just melt in your mouth.
Ruko Cordoba, Blok E No. 12, Bukit Golf Mediterania
Jalan Marina Indah Raya, Pantai Indah Kapuk, Jakarta