“Heard of MIKO by Eighteen Pies” – “Hmm, where about?”
“Do you drink coffee everyday” – “Yes I do” It will be my instant response when someone ask me so.
“Do you catch for every new coffee shops in town?” – “I was, but I am not”
It was very difficult to have a cup in Kelapa Gading back in 2014, but as I am writing this post, they are about 30, (read: THIRTY) coffee shops in this bloody little Kelapa Gading already. Almost every month, we can see coffee shops coming up, from the visible spot until the invisible one yet they are exist. What a tough business eh?
So, today (14 October 2016), a friend of mine owns Eighteen Pies (my all-time favorite savory pies in town) recently opened a café in Kelapa Gading. MIKO, is how they named it. Having located in Boulevard Kelapa Gading, you should be easily spot them on your left-hand-side if you are coming from Pulo Mas heading towards Bundaran Kelapa Gading.
I, to be honest, have never met Opi (Orpiora Bermenov) in person though we have been collaborating twice already for Eighteen Pies. Finally, in MIKO, I met her in person which is very friendly in person. Although my visit was initiated based on invitation, I am sharing my opinion here with honesty and fair judgment as you know, I share a post just because I want to.
As I mentioned, MIKO is located in Boulevard Kelapa Gading. As for your reference, they are located before Jony Steak (just because they do big signage).
“I wanted to have a Central kitchen for Eighteen Pies to expand the business, and an opportunity to make it bigger came up when my caffeinated friend offer a chance to open a coffee-shop. So, there we go, coffee shops on the first floor and central kitchen on top of it.”
They are using Nuova Simonelli appia II for the Espresso machine and Eureka Zenith Club for the grinder. Compared to the other new coffee shops, the Simonelli is someway fair enough to my eyes. Not too fancy but not intolerant either. Yet again, they are just a tool; the primary factor is who stands behind the machine that counts.
It was too hot for my first sip though, it slightly burnt my palate. I reckon it could have been better with the temperature although it was poured in 84’C. I got a sugar cane note, long fruity taste yet a lil bitter in the end. It might be due to over extraction?
Yonathan pick a Japanese drip method on (I forgot) beans. If you have no idea what Japanese drip is, it is a brewing method similar to V60 pour-over, but as soon as the water drips, we have ice cubes to stop the extraction process. Consequently, we keep the acidity long last as the extraction stops. Our favorite! Your alternative when you need something cold rather than cold drip.
As my initial thought they only offer selection of pies, I was completely wrong. They do meals too apart from finger foods. We had thin-crust Peperoni Pizza with generous cheese and peperoni. It turns out really good, the Mozzarella cheese and peperoni blends well together, noting that they put generous amount of Parmesan cheese on top the crispy layer. However, I found the tomato sauce was not compelling enough to add the sour note, I reckon it will make it perfect to my palate!
For pasta, we had Spaghetti Ham Arabiatta and Spaghetti Meatballs. The spaghetti was cooked in perfect Al-dente whereby taste wise was pretty mild yet comforting. Sometimes, it is so frequent we are served with a plate of flavorful pasta, where up to certain point you will shout “I am enough”. Their version is the one you can enjoy it to the last fork. The meatball’s texture was meaty, not too soft and rather sweet, it gives balance to the overall dish.
On the other hand, the Arabiatta was a bit spicier yet is still bearable for me. Noted the generous yummy pepperoni over the spaghetti making it looks sexy.
Spaghetti Pesto Seafood was the highlight of my visit. The pesto sauce was on point together with balanced amount of Parmesan cheese all over the spaghetti. I could feel a little garlic note which gives good aromatic. Both of them are like Go Ten and Trunks do a perfect fusion into Gotenks (if you remember Dragon Ball). I mean, they complement each other so that it is like finger licking good (err, I am not talking the over-hyped Spicy Cheese KFC), let say fork licking good. As its named Seafood, you must have expected the presence of more of Mr. Squidward’s friends, yet only him alone took part in the action. The squid was also juicy and easily chewed. I would highly recommend this if you visit MIKO.
If you opted for Indonesian way of carbo supply, you shall go for Tempura Bowl. For such a simple look, I expected nothing special. The outer appearance gives you no hint for something special, simply the golden fried tempuras (2 pieces of Crispy breaded prawn tempura, dory-fish, soft-boiled egg tempura and sweet potato tempura) bed on steamed rice; but as I grabbed a mouthful spoon, it amazes me where the Tempura sauce gave me a punch to my sweet yet savory spot. It enriches every mouthful spoon I have, added with crispy tempura. The soft-boiled egg was a complete sexy, as it melted down as soon as I broke it down. The prawn was good although, I reckon, could have been better if it tasted sweeter. The sweet potato complemented the savory; didn’t ruin the overall taste at all. Most of my team agreed with this bowl of goodness.
The serving wasn’t over as we proceeded to dessert selection. MIKO is a ‘merger’ between Eighteen Pies, Fortnum Patisserie, and a coffee shop. What a combination isn’t it! Its sisterhood who shares the same passion in FnB business; Orpiora for the savory Eighteen Pies, while Brila for the sweet-tooth Fortnum Patisserie. It is so amazing to see both of them go together for pleasing our appetite.
So, we got Classic Sponge Cake coated with light buttercream and grated cheese.
Both the sponge cakes are soft in texture, I’d prefer the cheese one though. I believe when you pair it with coffee, they will be best friends. (My coffee was over way too soon. I don’t let my coffee stood till it got cold).
To sum up, as a new-comer MIKO has been doing pretty good job. They are having a Grand Opening today (15 October 2016) so it is your call to prove my opinions here. I neither paid nor asked to write, but I just feel like sharing it to you. Thus, there is no harm to support a friend whom I know they do good products. If you have read this, please do share your opinion back to me by simply comment down below or perhaps tag me on Instagram. Until next time!
Jalan Boulevard Raya Blok WA2 no. 30 Kelapa Gading
Phone: +62 21 22454155
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 0900 – 2200 & Fri – Sat 0900 – 2300