Best bakes&coffee!@Jakarta


One of the best coffee beans I had was not from Klang Valley, but all the way from Jakarta! From this famous roaster Common Grounds!
Each pack of beans, distinct in its aroma!
The great thing is that their medium roasted beans are really nicely done! You can tell from the colour of its beans and the whiff of splendid aroma bursting through as you open the pack, specific as whatever was written..floral, caramel, sweetness etc. You name it, you smell it. Amazing!

Nothing beats Paul & Paulina (Seoul) and Tiong Bahru Bakery (Singapore), but here emerges another “Paul” from Jakarta, a branch of a French bakery that opened in 1889, that can contend up to my all-time favourite two.

Not too sweet, and yummylicious with the crunchy almonds and outer layer. Purrrrrfect with Common Ground’s hand filtered coffee in the morning.


The lemon raspberry tart didn’t disappoint either. Filled with zesty, tingy, citrusy flavour at first, then neutralised by the sweetness of the raspberries. Yuuuuuummmmmmmm! That’s the way to go with a nicely brewed cuppa. Teeheehee.

Common Grounds Coffe Roastery,
City Walk Sudirman 1st Floor,
Jl. K.H. Mansyur No. 121,
Jakarta pusat 10230
Tel: 021-2555-8963

Paul Bakery,
Pacific Place Mall,
Ground Floor, Lobby Selatan,
Jl. Jenderan Sudirman,
Kav 52-53,
SCBD, Pacific Place, Jakarta Selatan,
DKI, Jakarta,
Tel: +62 21 57973464
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Fancy schmancy breakkie meal@Rusty Bean + Batter, Kuching


Located just next to Citadines Uplands Kuching, a newly opened service suites (pretty good for value too, 1 night for less than RM200), stations a chic, hip, trendy, cool looking cafe known as Rusty Bean + Batter. The cafe has been operational for some months now, and fast in gaining popularity amongst local Kuching-ites.

I had the opportunity to try out this place for a fancy schmancy breakkie since it is just next to where I stayed. Gotta say, the cafe’s got some funky looking seating decors. Each section, is uniquely designed.


How about a jeans couch potato day? Slouching on some old Levi’s how about that?


Or you’d rather be serious and cool, enjoying your meals and cuppas on metal pipes and wooden table tops?

I went ahead with boring and conventional, normal wooden tables and chairs. Haha.


This place is famous for their waffles and coffee. Well, coffee was alright. I went with my usual, long black. A little sour and bitter, but twas bearable. Good enough caffeine to kick my butt up to full alert!

The waffles, in two joint square pieces, topped with vanilla ice cream, was about RM10 over bucks. Quite good I must say, crunchy on the outside and still keeping the fluffness on the inside. They must have used fairly decent quality butter as it had a really fragrant buttery aroma, and it didn’t smell artificial or cheap, like the 3.50 dollar waffles you buy at the random kiosks.


The big breakkie was about RM25, and the portion was really big for one. Definitely worth sharing among two persons, so you can have some tummy space for waffles!

All in all, not the best big breakfast i had ever tasted, nonetheless was decent enough in term so portion and presentation for that kinda price. The mushrooms and eggs were a little too salty and oily, but I am used to very salty food hence it didn’t bother me that much.

I definitely won’t mind coming back here to chill over a plate of ice cream topped waffles, but for mains, perhaps there may be better ones which I will try out next time!

Pricing wise, in Klang Valley I guess it would be deemed decent, for such environment. But for Kuching, I’m not sure about the locals, if it was me, it is surely considered as a little premium if it is a weekly hangout spot.

Anyway, being in this foodie haven land, it’d still prefer the hawker food here in Kuching.


Like the Swee Kang ABC! Yummylicious and my must-have whenever I am in Kuching. One of my favourite ABCs ever! Man, I’m surely craving one now! And it only cost a couple o’ dollars, no more than RM5. If I lose my self-control, I’ll end up slurping 2-3 bowls. Control, FV, control!

Rusty Bean + Batter,
Jalan Simpang Tiga | ST3, 
Kuching 93350,
FB page:
Tel: +60196338866
Opening hours: 10 am – 11pm.

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