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Monday, May 19, 2014

Ledre Café | Yogyakarta

There are tons of new cafe popping up in Jogja, so whenever I'm back in my hometown I never miss a chance to try something new.

This time, I went to Ledre Café

I didn't take any picture of the interior unfortunately, since interior seems to be the main selling point for the new cafes that has been popping up in Jogja.

I was planning to take the pictures after we're done eating, but it was already really late by the time we're done and we had to rush home because my brother and cousins had to go to school the next day. So keep this in mind, they take SO long in getting out the food. We had to wait for more than an hour for the first order to come and wait some more for the other orders, and the place wasn't even jam-packed at that time, there were still 3 or so empty tables out of 7 or 8 table groups available.

Anyway, moving on. To sums up the interior = Hipster-ish, suitable for a hang-out place with friends where you just wanna catch-up and talk all day err day or for studying together. Not quite suitable for family, and definitely not suitable for someone who just want to grab a quick bite considering the waiting time.

Now let's get into the long-awaited -literally-, food, shall we?

Spaghetti Holognaise @19k
I thought it was gonna be something like spaghetti bolognaise because of the name, but as you can see from the picture above, it looks and also tastes NOTHING like spaghetti bolognaise. Still, it was delicious nevertheless. My aunt really liked it and so do I. It's a unique tasting pasta, in a good way. It's creamy, a bit sour, and has a bit of spicy kick, worth a try.

Penne Ledrenara @19k
This one was okay, a bit too salty at some part, but overall not half bad.

Smoked Beef Margarita @22k

This pizza was nice, especially if you like cripsy/thin-crust pizza. The toppings were pretty generous too, considering the price.

Blackpepper Chicken @21k

I know it's not the prettiest pizza, but if you love black pepper to death like I do (seriously, the amount of blackpepper that I usually used is unreal), this pizza is right up your alley. It has a very strong blackpepper taste (maybe a bit too strong -even for me-).

White Mud Potato @12k

This potato dish is probably the biggest let down of the night. Not that it doesn't taste good, but the potatoes weren't fully cooked and I remember this dish was one of the last ones to arrive, so I'm surprised that they were still kinda hard to bite. Since it was already late, I didn't even bother to send it back to the kitchen haha. Honestly, I don't remember how's the taste of the white sauce because I was too focused on the raw potato part, so I'd have to give this dish another go next time, but I think it was so so.

Pancake Ice Cream Double Chocolate @14k

Tasty-looking pancake. The overall taste was good. I mean, you can't really go wrong with pancake and ice cream. For the pancake itself, it was so so, tasty, but not something I would crave.

Oreo Chocolate Soil @17k
THIS! This dessert is actually the reason why I went there. I've seen a lot of this "soil" dessert and have been wanting to give it a try myself, so when I knew that Ledre is serving this, I just went ahead and decided dinner's gonna be Ledre Café.

Anyway, if you're not familiar to "soil" dessert, it's basically a dessert that looks like a pot of plant by using cookie crumbs as the "soil" and (usually) mint as the "plant", then sometimes there are " worms" inside the soil.

In this soil dessert, they layered vanilla ice cream and oreo crumbs, also put chocolate jelly as the worms. Overall, I actually quite liked this dessert. I thought it would just taste "meh" like gimmicky stuffs usually do, but the oreo crumbs and vanilla ice cream make a really nice match (I mean, how could they not? It's oreo and freaking vanilla ice cream. Hello cookies 'n cream ice cream).

Borobudur Sunrise @11k

This, I recommend you to give it a try. I'm that type of person who always order unsweetened iced tea everywhere I eat out, just because I don't really like sweet or fizzy drinks and I love how refreshing unsweetened iced tea is. So most of the time I'll order either iced tea or plain water unless there's a drink that catch my eye, like this one (I think it's because I saw it on some blog and became intrigued by it). 

I'm glad I ordered this because it was so good. I love how it's not too sweet too. I can't really describe the taste, because honestly, I don't remember lol -it's a concoction of orange, strawberry, and lemon-, but I do remember that I enjoyed this drink thoroughly and I'd maybe order this again next time, which is saying a lot, since the only other drink I order more than once (beside iced tea and water, of course) is lemon mint splash from Dixie.

We also ordered other beverages (I remember iced tea, cafe latte and dark chocolate), but none of them were good or anything special, so I'm not going to bother to put them up (also, other than the cafe latte, I don't have the photos). That is all for my experience in Ledre Café. Overall, I actually enjoyed the food and will come back for the Borobudur Sunrise and Spaghetti Holognaise, but the waiting time was horrible. They actually gave us 50% off for 3 or 5 of the items as an apology, but still, If you're impatient or/and in a rush, this place is definitely not for you. 

Toodles, Lily