This bustling Hot New Table is a picture-perfect addition to Kemang Village.
Those who live in Kemang can attest – up until late 2017, besides the movie theater, there was nothing quite going on in Kemang Village. It was a mall that was useful – cheap movie tickets, an Ace Hardware, a dog-friendly outdoor area, and our go-to salon for a permanent blow-out – but lacked the cooler hangouts that the more centrally located malls had. But then MUJI opened, and then The Goods Dept., followed by Kitchenette, and now, finally, Hot New Table Café Lulu.
On our first visit, we immediately fell in love with Café Lulu’s décor – pink speckled walls and plants upon plants takes diners right outside of Jakarta with a tropical touch. Bamboo stools and rattan seats add to its jungalow vibes, while bright red tabletops and colourful ceramic tableware make the perfect backdrop for food snaps.
Despite only having been open for a month, Café Lulu already seems like it’s buzzing at all hours of the day. The family-friendly mall joint packs out from day to night – whether it’s the mums waiting to pick up their kids from school, early morning yogis, or the young kids wanting to get their #ootd with the pink speckled wall – the crowd is certainly a mix.
On the food front, Café Lulu sticks to the crowd-pleasers. Their extensive menu ranges from of-the-moment items like their Rainbow Poke Bowls and Iced Cereal Milk Latte to your standard pizza, pasta, and nasi goreng. Staples are served with a twist – their Café Lulu Caesar Salad is made with kale, of course, while the Flower Child pizza, which is essentially a four-cheese pizza, is beautified with edible flowers for the ‘gram. If you want comfort food, try their Quinoa Nasi Goreng Kampoeng – seriously – which tastes just like regular nasi goreng.
Those who are popping by for an afternoon pick-me-up, or just got a big ole’ sweet tooth like us, can circle up front to kitte, Café Lulu’s sister bakery, which is propped right at the front. Their sweet offerings include decadent chocolate eclairs, a crazy good peanut butter cup, and pillowy Japanese cheesecake that will have you leaving your New Year resolution diets at the door.
Cafe Lulu, Lippo Mall Kemang, Ground Floor. p. +62 821 1110 0335.