Jakarta Ropang Project is a new Indonesian cafe in Somerset
111 Somerset recently got a whole lot cooler: there’s Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe that’s launching in early April, and Jakarta Ropang Project, a new IG-worthy cafe in the mall.
Located on ground floor of 111 Somerset, the new Indonesian cafe sports a minimalist aesthetic with pops of greenery. The dining area is small yet cosy, with ample space between each table so you still get some privacy. Curved accents are a predominant feature here, along with dark wood furnishings, for a warm and inviting vibe.
Their Nasi Bali ($12.90++) is said to be a signature; this traditional Balinese rice dish, also known as nasi campur, comprises a medley of veggies shredded chicken, eggplant, hard-boiled egg, and crackers.
The shredded chicken and eggplant pieces had an addictive kick of spice, pairing well with the plain rice.
If you’re up for more chilli, another popular rice dish is Nasi Goreng Gila ($12.90++) AKA spicy fried rice.
This simple yet satisfying fried rice, which came studded with hotdog bits, had a nostalgic flavour to it. We found it expensive for a normal plate of fried rice, though one might argue that it’s reasonably priced by cafe standards.
For something comforting on a rainy day, consider getting a bowl of Sop Bakso ($11.90++): five Indonesian beef balls served with noodles and soup.
Indonesian-style beef balls are firmer and denser than most “Western-style” meatballs, due to the addition of surimi. These meatballs boasted a rich and beefy flavour, making for a hearty meal.
Banana fritters, or pisang goreng, are one of the must-try dishes in Bali. You’ll find them here at Jakarta Ropang Project, drenched in Keju Coklat Susu ($7.50++): cheese, chocolate, and condensed milk.
While the batter was crispy, the fritters were too wet and mushy on the inside. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the sweet-savoury flavour combination of this dessert.
Another unique treat is Es Teler 77 ($7.90++), a refreshing dessert consisting of fresh avocado chunks, coconut slices, and jackfruit.
Jakarta Ropang Project is a sheltered two-minute walk from Somerset MRT Station; once you enter from the Hvala side, turn right and you’ll see the cafe.
Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01-08, TripleOne Somerset, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 3pm, 4pm to 9pm, Sat 11am to 4pm
Jakarta Ropang Project is not a halal-certified eatery.
Photos taken by Raelynn Ng.
This was an independent visit by Eatbook.sg
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