Sejiwa, Bandung – Lots of Potential, But Falls Short

When I first saw this building, I was sure this place was going to be incredible. A massive two storey steel and glass structure with grey tiled floors, hundreds of down lights and a couple of Vespas. It reminded me a little bit of an Apple Store.

And then I saw the lab coats. Any coffee shop which makes its staff wear lab coats needs to close down. It’s such a ridiculous uniform that it instantly turns me right off the place.Sejiwa BandungLab coats aside, service was attentive enough and I was seated pretty quickly. But one thing I did notice is that the staff are bored. They seem to lack any direct leadership from the owners.Sejiwa Bandung Ground FloorMenu prices here are quite variable with cappuccinos being a reasonable Rp26.000, but semur daging Rp60.000. French toast Rp25.000, Pho Rp60.000. It’s a little weird to have these variable prices, especially when you expect Western dishes to be more expensive than local dishes.Sejiwa Bandung Chicken StripsThe coffee I had was good. A magic in a latte glass is something I’ve been seeing a bit of in Indonesia lately, but it’s not a big deal.Sejiwa Bandung CoffeeThe food was disappointing. To be honest, it’s no better or worse than Bandung cafe food always is. In other words, nowhere the quality of the coffee.

I had the Brioche French Toast and it was a sad slab of soggy bread topped with some cold bananas and an unidentifiable green sauce. It wasn’t even brioche. I couldn’t finish it. The chicken strips were coated in batter and tasted OK.Sejiwa Bandung Brioche French ToastSejiwa has loads of potential to be a great place for coffee, nongkrong and some snacks. At this stage, the only thing I would come back for is the coffee.

Wifi is fast.

Jalan Progo 15, Bandung
Instagram: @sejiwacoffee
Opening Hours: 07:00 – 23:00
Magic: Rp28.000
Home Made Tea: Rp22.000
Chicken Strips: Rp35.000
Brioche French Toast: Rp25.000
* All prices +15.5% tax and service

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