“Now you can have your gelato in Jakarta.” said the man behind the counter when I told him that one thing I really miss about Bali is the awesome gelato.
It was a week ago when a good friend of mine told me that she found a new gelato place located at Jalan Veteran, Jakarta, Indonesia. She said it’s quite helping to cure her craving of Bali and it’s pretty damn close with my place, so I was super ecstatic! Say no more, today I decided to pay a visit.
Maybe you were thinking that the place is like a small cafe with comfy chairs and tables, because most of the places in Jalan Veteran are like that. Hey… you’re wrong! It’s nothing like that. It’s just a small ice cream counter with one big umbrella, a table, and four chairs. It has no big sign and basically just placed under one building’s terrace (which owned by the same man). When you get to Jalan Veteran, you’ll see a Korean bbq restaurant, this gelato place is just next to it.
It’s called Pino Jelato. It took the owner’s name, Mr. Pino. He’s an italian who has been living in Jakarta for 4 years now. The place itself is just recently open and always ready to serve you guys some awesome-italian-authentic-real-gelato from around 11 AM (it’s either 11 or 12, I forgot 😛 ) to 6ish PM. It was the owner himself that served me today. He’s basically there most of the time I guess. The price range from IDR 20,000 for small cup, IDR 30,000 for medium cup, and IDR 40,000 for large cup.
For now they have 7 flavors which are Mango, Kiwi, Strawberry, Vanilla, Chocolate, Fruit Di Bosco (mix berries), and Stracciatella (a cookies chocolate cream flavor). I tried the Kiwi and Mango, and I must say that the Kiwi was to die for!! It’s soooo light and fresh! I couldn’t get enough of it. The Mango is also super good! I need to come back and try the other flavors as well. I’ll update this once I finished my homework. Hehe.. 😎
He also told me that he’s preparing to open a new place at Pasar Festival Kuningan in January, between KFC and Yoshinoya. You guys who work or live around there will be so much happier next year, because he will serve you 24 flavors! 24! *heaven*
Well, I guess I don’t need to go to Bali to have a great gelato now. I would prefer that you could bring the beach as well, Mr. Pino, but right now I’m just super happy to have this delicious gelato in my hand. Buon appetito! 😀
PS: If you guys know one famous ice cream cafe in Jalan Veteran, well I prefer this than that one. 😉
UPDATE: October 2016 – Last I heard he has moved the counter some place else, but some of the info I gathered also saying that the business has closed.