[JAKARTA, INDONESIA] Red Velvet cakes may seem so passé, but since my Indonesian friends are still raving about this BEST (the one and only) Red Velvet Cake in Jakarta.
Union Deli is still the first on their minds.
A total of 3 outlets can be found in Jakarta at Plaza Senayan (Western and Asian cuisine), Pondok Indah (American cuisine with cocktails) and at Grand Indonesia (Desserts and small bites) respectively.
Frankly speaking, I wasn’t really keen initially at the idea of going all out just for a Red Velvet Cake (considering the traffic condition in Jakarta), but I just had to try it since it was a consensus among many Indonesian friends.
And I wasn’t disappointed.
The menu at Union Deli showcased Sandwiches (IDR 80,000 – 125,000, SG$8.70 – 13.50), Pasta (IDR 95,000 – 125,000, SG$10.30 – 13.50) and Mains (IDR 120,000 – 295,000, SG$13 – 32).
However, we were there just for their Red Velvet desserts (because there was one on every single table, not kidding).
The specialty dessert items included Red Velvet Cake (IDR 60,000, SG$6.50), Red Velvet Pie (IDR 55,000, SG$6) and Red Velvet Sundae (IDR 55,000, SG$6), crafted by Chef Karen Carlotta.
The slice of Red Velvet Cake (IDR 60,000, SG$6.50) came with chilled cream cheese in between the 4 even layers, topped with caramel nut crumbles.
The texture of the cake was so soft and moist that it sliced easily with a fork whereas taste-wise, there was a distinct and non-overpowering chocolatey taste.
Sedap nia! We couldn’t stop after the first mouth with an interesting difference in contrast between the moist cake and the crunchy caramel nut crumbles, which was a genius touch to the combination.
It is not just any Red Velvet Cake, it is THE Red Velvet Cake, the best we had so far.
Just when we thought that The Red Velvet Cake was impressive, the Red Velvet Pie also known as a Tart (IDR 55,000, SG$6) threw us off our seats.
With more chilled cream cheese added compared to the Red Velvet Cake and the same red velvet and caramel nut crumble toppings, the cold, refreshing and milky taste of the cream cheese made it less jelak (aka rich and overpowering).
No more awkward last piece on the plate, because we wiped everything clean, even the crumbles.
If I were to make the choice to brave the legendary Jakarta traffic to get a slice of the Red Velvet Cake and Pie, I would do so again.
Central Department Store GF, Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, East Mall
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 1, Jakarta Pusat 10310
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape. Visit his instagram for all things [NEW].