From Bandung to Jakarta
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Originating from the artsy mountain city of Bandung, the French-inspired Nanny’s Pavillon graced Jakarta with its presence this year by opening its first capital city outlet in Central Jakarta’s Citywalk. The second followed a little southward, in Pacific Place Mall. Their menu consists of an array of pancakes, pasta, steak, and beverages of the fruit and caffeinated kind.
I became enamoured by Nanny’s Pavillon after visiting the one of the two outlets in Bandung last May. The one I visited is called Nanny’s Pavillon Garden, which is located next to a retail outlet along Bandung’s Jalan Riau. The garden-style outdoor café — hence the name — is forever in summertime mode. The other Bandung-based café is located in Jalan Setiabudi. Though similar in colour and consistent in its general corporate image, it is decorated to look like a library. I have yet to visit the place.
The Nanny’s Pavillon Concept
Nanny’s Pavillon boasts chartreuse and white as its trademark colours for all its outlets. The serving staff aptly don characteristically European dress; the waitresses wear short “nanny” outfits in refreshing tints of pastel green, whereas the waiters have suspenders and brimmed hats. A dash of chic is added through the clever contrast of formal and lounge-friendly furniture, delicate chandeliers, wall-mounted mirrors and flowery table decor.
All of the Nanny’s Pavillon outlets are designed to depict a particular residential zone. While Bandung has the Garden (Jalan Riau) and Library (Jalan Setiabudi) outlets, Jakarta is home to the Living Room (Citywalk) and Bathroom (Pacific Place). Yes, you did just read “Bathroom”. Tucked in a corner of the retail function of a large building, the Nanny’s Pavillon outlet in Pacific Place Mall is styled after one of the most sacred rooms in a common household.
Among the default dining ensemble of white-washed tables and chairs with delicate fabric upholstery that are topped with wooden placemats, there would be a shower curtain partition, a dry towel or robe hung on a rack, or even a shower head or faucet mounted on the wall. The less common dining ensemble consists of chartreuse sofas or ottomans, toilet bowls that have been re-purposed to serve as chairs, and a free-standing bathtub converted into a table thanks to the addition of a glass top.
Note the subtle Christmas decorations in the above right photo. Their understated presence made my dining experience in Nanny’s Pavillon extra cosy.
The Lunch Experience
Yesterday, I had lunch with a friend from college. The weather was cloudy, rain impending, and we wanted nothing more than to have a leisurely meal and catch up with each other. The Pacific Place Mall tends to remain relatively quiet on the weekends, which is perfect, considering for our preference for non-crowded places.
For my lunchtime beverage, I made a selection from the fresh juices and went for pink guava.
My main course was the Grilled Chicken Steak with White Sauce. The dish consisted of salad (with what I assume is Italian dressing), corn on the cob, two slices of chicken steak (white meat), and a choice between baby potatoes and fries. While I do not hate them, most of my meals are potato-free by my own volition. On this particular Saturday, I took the rare opportunity to include them for my lunch, and chose the baby potatoes.
I enjoyed the salad and the potatoes, but I found the chicken a little dry. However, I was very impressed by the white sauce. It wasn’t creamy as it was cheesy, and the overall taste was not an assault on the palate. Coupled with the chicken, the white sauce acted as an offer of contrast for texture and taste, practically remedying the dryness of the chicken steak.
The serving staff in Nanny’s Pavillon Bathroom are friendly and are not shy to give recommendations upon request. Price-wise, between the existing discrepancy of population and sensitivity to price in Jakarta and Bandung, the Bandung-based outlets are cheaper. But in the context of Jakarta alone, the capital city’s menu is in the moderate range, feasible for someone on a budget.
Try Auntie Shirley’s Butterscotch Coffee. During my very first visit to a Nanny’s Pavillon outlet, I chose this iced drink. Very tasty.
Visit Nanny’s Pavillon Bathroom!
Nanny’s Pavillon Bathroom
Pacific Place Mall, Unit 4-50, 51 (4th Floor)
Sudirman Central Business District Lot
Jl. Jenderal Sudirman Kav. 52-53, Kebayoran Baru
Jakarta Selatan 12190
(Telephone: +6221-5140-2716, +6221-5140-2726)