© RAD+ar / Photography: KIE and Mario Wibowo

The glitzy shopping centres are obviously the place where the Indonesian capital’s gilded youth flock to in droves, but the ever-increasing number of cool coffee parlours in South Jakarta, their home turf, come in a good second. The leafy Kemang area is very much the epicentre of a happening local scene, and it’s here where the second outpost of Tanatap has opened its doors. The café occupies a circular concrete pavilion whose façade is clad in glass blocks, and comprises a large outer ring and a smaller  inner ring with a different height which create a more or less indoor space which is home to a service station and bar, various seating arrangements, and a spacious meeting room.

Patrons enter the premises by way of a sleek roofed jetty, and find an interior design with obviously large swathes of raw concrete, but the palette is complemented by large wooden and metal beams, surfaces covered in white tiles, glass blocks and gravel. The latter material is used for different patches of indoor garden which connect the indoor setting with the sloped garden at the very heart of Tanatap‘s new outpost. The lower end of the garden sees a gravel terrace, dotted with the same large faux pebbles in different hues one also comes across inside and demarcated by lush plants and large trees, and concrete beams, laid in a seemingly random pattern, that form a staircase that leads upwards where additional tiered seating out in the open can be found—indeed, a true garden amphitheatre.

A corridor connects the main circular building with a semi-circular smaller structure which accommodates Tanatap‘s kitchen and storage space. The menu at Tanatap lists a series of classic coffee options, such as espresso and regular black coffee, but also various different concoctions which use espresso as a base ingredient, in addition to local faves such as Pandan latte. But that’s not all. There’s also a variety of teas, mocktails, milk drinks, and since this is a tropical nation with soaring temperatures at times, also many iced variations. Foodwise, Tanatap predominantly serves Indonesian and Asian dishes, such as Rendang fried rice, Nasi lemak and Balinese rice, and a series of desserts.

Tanatap
Jalan Ampera Raya 129 (Kemang)
Jakarta 12560
Telephone: +62 812 74194789
Daily 7am-9pm

© RAD+ar / Photography: KIE and Mario Wibowo