Review: Union (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Courtyard @ Ground Floor
Plaza Senayan
JL Asia Afrika No. 8
Jakarta 10270 Indonesia
+62 21 5790 5861

After a whirlwind trip to Hong Kong, Macau and Singapore, I’m now back in Jakarta. It’s been great visiting those places (especially Hong Kong) though dealing with mild food poisoning this morning certainly wasn’t fun (my fault – I bought nasi lemak in Singapore and ate it while it was still cold as soon as I back to Jakarta). Now that I’m somewhat rested, I thought I’d churn out another post – this time I’ll be writing about Union, a café in Jakarta.


My cousin Boris took us here last weekend immediately after our buffet lunch at The Café. Union claims to be a ‘brasserie, bakery and bar’ in one, though it seems more like a Parisian café to me what with its romantic foundations and pretty green trees outside.

Its logo font also screams out ‘HIPSTER!’ which kinda makes sense since, according to the website, the café supposedly aims to be a twentieth century bistro (huh?). Despite its identity crisis, it is always packed – we were unable to score a table when we rocked up that Sunday afternoon.

Pandan donut (approx. AUD$2)
Pandan donut (approx. AUD$2)

Union boasts an interesting selection on donuts at the counter, including the cheese-filled donut (Indonesians love cheese – blame the Dutch). I ordered a pandan donut, which had the slightest tinge of green.

In all honestly, I couldn’t taste any pandan flavour. Secondly, the texture was more brioche than donut – in fact, it was pretty much like eating a buttery donut-shaped brioche bun. Not that there is anything wrong with that, of course, but when you buy something being called a pandan donut, it’s fair to say that you’d expect to get something that would vaguely taste like one!

Hummingbird cake (approx. AUD$6)
Hummingbird cake (approx. AUD$6)

Boris loves Union’s peanut butter and jelly cake but unfortunately there was none left. He decided to get the hummingbird cake instead which was good value at approximately AUD$6 given its size.


Yep, it was so big that we managed to get three slices out of the one big cake slice…

The cake was super moist and not horribly sweet, thus making it one of the better hummingbird cakes I’ve had. Thumbs up.

While I’m never ordering another donut from here, I can definitely see myself sitting by the window with a slice of cake and coffee on a rainy day – I just need to make sure I’m there before it gets too packed.

I eat too much.


  1. Choc Chip Uru
    January 20, 2014

    May I please eat the whole cake 😀


  2. Jo
    January 21, 2014

    I haven’t been to Indonesia and also am not very familiar with Indonesian food. Really enoying these Indo posts and looking forward to more to come. This cafe/bistro/brasserie looks real chic!


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