JJRB focuses on european and asian cuisine. As with many of the hangouts in Jakarta, they cater across the board. As it was late in the evening, I was really looking for a place to hangout and have a drink before watching a movie. Luckily this place is open until 2am at the weekend so it seemed like the perfect choice.
When you first see the menu it seems you spend so much time gazing at the many varieties of cute coffees and cakes, or maybe that was just me! It was past 10pm when I visited and although the coffee looked tempting, I decided to save trying that for another time. What I really wanted was a fresh juice or tea. I decided on tea and was not disappointed. The mint tea came in a cute teacup just as it would in Europe. It reminded me of all those times in London having high tea. Although I had eaten earlier, I wanted to carry on reliving my high tea experience & sample one of the many dessert options. I opted for a cupcake called The Smurf, which was basically supposed to be a blueberry cupcake with a cream cheese frosting. I am sorry to say this cake did nothing for me. It didn’t really taste like blueberry or indeed anything in particular. Just a cupcake which seemed cute enough for a photo opportunity but had none of the desired taste. As a big fan of blueberry muffins, which if you get the right one is bursting with flavor, this cake in comparison was frankly disappointing. I was left thinking that it was a good thing I had eaten earlier. That isn't really a thumbs up for the patisserie, if it was good I would definitely have been coming back for more!
My verdict is that JJ Brasserie is a nice place to have a drink and it might be worth you trying the main courses, which could be better than the cake I tried. I would go again for the reasons that I enjoyed the tea and like interior design. As a final note, I should mention, that the music might not be for everyone. I am not sure if it's their policy to have a dj on playing loud commercial music but it wasn’t something I would rush back to hear. A few friends have also mentioned this was the case when they visited, also having the same opinion. I will definitely give JJ Royal Brasserie another shot in the day, I’m really interested to know how it differs to the evening.
JJ Royal Brasserie
LG Floor A01-02 Lotte Shopping Avenue
Jl prof Dr Satrio Kav 3-5 Jakarta