Senopati has become an independent-restaurant hub for Jakarta. From the recently reviewed mildly-affordable Publico to the chic and high-priced Emilie to even the cheap street foods, Senopati is now a very interesting place to visit for the epicureans.
One place that recently opened and I love is Cacaote. If you just pass through the princess-y decor and girly ambiance (although I love the modern painting at the end), you will realize that the desserts are well made. I heard that the savory ones are delicious as well, but since I haven’t gotten the opportunity to try, I will focus on the desserts for now.
One advice I have, if you are visiting with a couple of people, is to share your food, because there is so many to try!
Unfortunately I cannot tell you the exact names the desserts (forgot), so I’ll just describe them to you (they are all displayed in the front of the restaurant, so you should easily identify them!).
This is my favorite. It’s basically thick chocolate ganache with crunch in the middle and light chocolate mouse drops, all on top of a mix of hazelnut and chocolate. What’s special about the crunch is that it has a subtle saltiness to it, which gives it sort of a waffle-like flavor. To put things simply, I love it because I love chocolate and hazelnut and I love the feeling of crunchy + mousse-y + tasty in my mouth. Orgasmic.
The green tea cake. Apparently everybody else’s favorite. Green tea mousse, same crunch as the hazelnut chocolate cake, chocolate ganache. Tastes like refined green tea to me!
Ok I’m only showing you one, but there are several eclairs here. My favorite one is the Caramel Eclair (not above!). So instead chocolate or chantily, the puffs are filled with caramel cream and, what I believe, caramel bits and some sort of nuts. I also appreciate the fact that the dough is made in a more rustic way (rough texture instead of the “perfect”-looking soft ones).
Ughhh another one of my favorites. This thin chocolate ganache is filled with chantily cream with a coffee jelly core. The cake actually has purple glitter on it (just to help you identify if you happen to want one)
Macaroons. They taste like macaroons. Oh the yellow one has glitter on it!
Not necessarily my favorite. Some sort of a mix of sour and sweet (from passion fruit) and gooey (?) and crunchy. If I could recommend anything, I would pass on this one.
I feel like I have to explain about the decor before I finish up. The thing is, it’s not for everybody. I, myself, do not mind it because I only care about the food. But the princess-y feeling might be too much for some people (aka my dad). Although I do think that it would give a great atmosphere for brunch or tea time.
So that was the good, the okay and the ugly of Cacaote. I hope it was informative enough for you.
Cacaote is located at:
Jalan Senopati Raya No. 80, Jakarta, Indonesia 12190