Poolside Story: Cool off amid sweltering Jakarta heat at new pool bar Dikolam

You may be one of those people who are dreaming about a tropical getaway (read: Bali), chilling at a pool bar with a glass of your favorite cocktail in hand. However, if a trip to the Island of the Gods is just out of reach, you can still enjoy a similar experience at Dikolam in…

You’ll want to to well merely be a model of parents that are dreaming about a tropical getaway (be taught: Bali), chilling at a pool bar with a tumbler of your favorite cocktail in hand. On the other hand, if a day out to the Island of the Gods is appropriate out of attain, you might well soundless trip a identical trip at Dikolam in South Jakarta’s Kemang.

I first learned about Dikolam thru Instagram, with the pool straight catching my consideration because amid all of the novel coffee shops and eating areas opening in Jakarta, few, if any, beget a pool bar. And now we beget one — minus the salty ocean air, after all. 

Strive posting about a photos or videos of Dikolam with out tagging its space, and scrutinize your FOMO friends replying to your tales with a anxious “The place is this??” Picture: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Located not a long way from Hero Kemang supermarket, Dikolam (literally translated as “on the pool”) describes itself as “a communal space by the pool in South Jakarta.” It most productive opened in early February, attracting the young and hip crowd who’re if truth be told gravitating in opposition to open-air hangout areas — a pattern that has popped up practically all over in the metropolis since the pandemic.

I went to Dikolam nowadays staring at for one or two diversified groups of patrons, most productive to total up as the greatest guest for the the relaxation of my consult with in the afternoon. My first affect became as soon as that the space is merely embellished, build for the adorable mural on one wall with the canopy seats in entrance of it, with a pop of blue and orange. Strive posting about a photos or videos of Dikolam with out tagging its space, and scrutinize your FOMO friends replying to your tales with a anxious “The place is this??”

The distance is merely embellished, build for the adorable mural on one wall with the canopy seats in entrance of it, with a pop of blue and orange. Picture: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Genuine after I occupied the desk by the pool and obtained the menu, I needed to study of the glaring query. The acknowledge is positive, you might well employ a dip in the pool, as long as you articulate not decrease than IDR150,000 at Dikolam.

So I ordered Dikolam’s model of es kopi, Aren by The Pool (IDR25,000), and Jamuan Para Raja (IDR25,000), which is declared to be one among the greatest-selling items from their jamu-inspired mocktails lineup called Jamuan. The es kopi became as soon as too milky and sugary for the gentle caffeine pick-me-up I needed in the morning, but I if truth be told dig the jamu drink, which is made of lemongrass mix sour, honey syrup, ginger, and cinnamon powder. It’s refreshing and not too candy, with the ginger flavor being a nice contact to the refreshing lemongrass.

(L-R) Jamuan Para Raja, Aren by The Pool, and Mozza Meat Toast. Picture: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

Sadly, I didn’t protest alcoholic drinks as it became as soon as soundless reasonably early, though their native cocktails comparable to Amera or Have interaction Beer (IDR75,000 per glass, IDR275,000 per pitcher), Dikolam G&T (IDR110,000) and Negroni (IDR120,000), as effectively as beers comparable to Beervana and Kura Kura Beer, sound tempting for future poolside chilling.

Dikolam’s luscious and candy snacks choices had been rather intensive, that are very most moving to accompany afternoon gossip or a protect-up sesh on the weekend with friends. Whereas the Chicken Pops and Chicken Wings (IDR50,000 each) would were good, I opted for Mozza Meat Toast (IDR39,000) for a dull-brunch-nearing-lunchtime kind out. It’s a toasted wheat bread crammed with basted egg, short plate meat with caramelized onion, and melted mozzarella cheese, which makes for a filling snack or a good lunch.

Subsequent up, I ordered a medium Australian Rib Look Fillet with involving potato wedges, sautéed vegetables, and rosemary sauce (IDR115,000) for lunch. The meat became as soon as delicate and juicy, though it became as soon as a tad bit salty at my first chunk. It became as soon as good ample for my model because I had the rosemary sauce — which seemed love a brown gravy with garlic bits with a faint rosemary model — as effectively as the wedges and vegetables to switch with my steak.

Medium Australian Rib Look Fillet with involving potato wedges, sautéed vegetables, and rosemary sauce. Picture: Nadia Vetta Hamid for Coconuts Media

The steak, sandwich, and burger lineup is by Boston Steak & Toast below the “Boston Pool Grill” section in the menu. Moreover the particular particular person parts of heaps of cuts of beef, chicken, salmon, and lamb, that you’ll want to also protest pool grill packages for as a lot as four folk upon reservation most productive — the latter of which encompass cuts comparable to tomahawk and porterhouse steaks.

All in all, I had a good-making an try trip at Dikolam, and I’ll tag about a of my friends alongside subsequent time for a splash rapidly.

FIND IT

DIKOLAM

Jl. Kemang Selatan I D No. 18, Kemang, South Jakarta

Working hours: 10am-9pm (Mon-Fri), 7am-9pm (Sat-Sun)

RSVP thru Whatsapp at +62 813-8507-0099

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