Some days ago, I was invited by Convivium Cafe Deli to try some of their new menu. This restaurant is the same ol’ Convivium Cafe Deli that is located at Panglima Polim street, Kebayoran Baru, which used to be one of the “it” place during its glory days. Don’t get me wrong, we all know that with so many new and trendy restaurants coming almost everyday in Jakarta (especially South), many of them no longer exists now and fortunately Convivium is one of those which still remain strong. I remember back then (around 2011 or so), this place used to be so popular, especially for its Red Velvet Cake, which even until now, is claimed as one of the best in town. I certainly thought so too therefore I used to buy it for take away in the past. It had been a long time since the last time I went there so it was good to find out that it is still kicking and alive!

Menu is quite many in selections, from appetizer, salad, soup, pasta, pizza, meat stuffs, sandwiches, and desserts. There is also a limited collections of wine to accompany your Italian dining experience. The menu that we were going to try that day was the new ones that are currently available as Special of The Month, and we got 3 out of 4. Let’s check them out!

Funghi Fritti Ripieni di Crema Al Formaggio IDR 50K
Fried mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese. 
The fried mushrooms were very crunchy and had nice aroma, probably from the frying oil. It was quite tasty but not salty. I am not a cream cheese fan nor eater, but I enjoyed this a lot.

Osso Buco Al Sugo Rosso Con Purea Di Patate IDR 180K
This was a mashed potato topped with shredded beef and the bone marrow. The potato was very soft and delicious, because it was steamed instead of boiled. The meat was very tender and tasty, the red sauce was perfect. The best part was the bone marrow itself, very soft and rich in flavor.

Basil Lemonade IDR 32K
Basil drink is always nice, and this is definitely a must try if you like basil, basil seeds, or whatever related to basil. The lemonade was strong and sour, but the basil gave another aromatic and tasty twist into it. I think it’s probably not something that can be everybody’s favorite, so you either love it or hate it.

Watermelon Lemonade IDR 32K
Watermelon has its distinct taste, so it’s difficult to pair this fruit in a drink because most of the time, it will dominate overpower the other taste. This one was quite enjoyable though because I could still taste both the watermelon and lemonade, but certainly wasn’t my favorite. The watermelon was blandly sweet (does “blandly” word even exist? LOL!) and there was just something not right with this, like the feeling of lacking some taste. However, trying won’t hurt!

Spaghetti Chitarra Genova-Napoli IDR 65K
Homemade spaghetti Chitarra squid ink with mussels, fresh basil pesto, roast tomato and Pecorino cheese. It is not new menu but it was recommended by our host and it was indeed amazingly good! The spaghetti (which BTW looked more like tagliatelle or fettuccine to me) was dark black because it was made using Chitarra squid ink, tasted like real squid ink complete with slight hint of bitterness and I was amazed! It wasn’t al dente but a bit hard and very chewy, a kind of pasta texture that I love so much. The mussels were fresh and easily pulled out from the shells, soft and smooth. The sauce was bold, strong and super tasty creating a harmonious combination with the already-tasty pasta itself. Thumbs up! And now, it’s fair enough if I say that this was our favorite that day!

Iced Honey Citron IDR 28K
Combination between honey and citrus drinks complimented with orange peel slices, this drink was very refreshing and a good company for creamy, cheesy Italian food.

Panna Cotta Al Caffe IDR 33K
For me, good panna cotta should have jiggly texture that is immediately visible when you move the plate. This one instantly passed the test and I wasn’t disappointed when eating it. The panna cotta was very soft and smooth, with strong coffee aroma and taste that was totally pleasant! And trust me, one piece will never be enough, LOL!

Currently they are having promotion of Pasta & Free Flow of Tea/Lemon Tea for IDR 50K++ everyday from 11AM to 4PM. And also if you happen to come during break fasting time, you’ll automatically get free tajil that are freshly made everyday and they are keep changing daily so you’ll never know what you’ll have, nice surprise. XD 

Last but not least, say hello again to Convivium and thanks for having us. Best of luck!

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Convivium Cafe Deli
Jl. Panglima Polim IX No. 1
Jakarta Selatan 12160
Ph. +62 21 726 9963
Opening Hours: 
Tue-Sun 10.00 – 22.00

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