It's nothing out of the ordinary if you find quite a number of bubble tea tenants in the vast culinary area of Pantai Indah Kapuk.
Well this particular area has emerged to a very intriguing culinary spot for most people nowadays, with new restaurants popping out along with its unique storefront design and tasty food.
One of these places with stand-out storefront exterior and interior designs is The LAB.
The LAB (Learn About Boba) could be considered to have a stunning interior theme.
Walking inside, you'll see how the concept of the restaurant is made to resemble what a lab should look like. The waiters wearing lab coats, chemical bottles being displayed around, chemical formulas being written either on chalkboards and tables. All of these wonderful-detailed interior design will give you an ambiance of being in a lab, watching the "ScienTEAs" working on the formula for your bubble teas.
Stepping to the 2nd floor, it's much more calmer, although you can still see the chemical lab theme sticking here and there in the interior design. But it's really more simple than the first floor, there's more modern touch, and urban ambiance you can feel from the interior. Still sticking with the details, I really love how the chandelier was made from test tube. I've never seen such thing before and I find it very attractive.
Being invited here to try some of the new menus from The LAB. The new introduced menus include some light bites and off course some heavy meal since The LAB is now rebranding itself not just another bubble tea tenant but also a place to dine and get good food.
Popcorn Chicken - IDR 35K
Nice tender, small-cut chicken covered with delicious batter. It tasted really good, especially since the chicken itself was seasoned so it didn't depend itself from the batter to get that delicious taste. My conclusion: excellent!
XL Fried Chicken - IDR 30K
This was also delicious. The chicken meat was quite thick, yet it's perfectly cooked. It's juicy, tender and succulent. And I love how it was sprinkled with chilli powder, giving it an extra light spicy taste to balance the savory batter.
Wing-a-fly - IDR 35K
Really excited to see my favourite dish available on the menu. Yeayyy! I could never resist to order chicken wings, and these babies didn't disappoint me. They were dynamite! In a good way, I mean. I can become picky about chicken wings but I have to admit that these could probably be included as the best that I've ever tried. Coated in delicious batter with what I presumed was teriyaki sauce, they're so delicious. Really recommended. I'd go back anytime for these wings!
Original Cheese Fries - IDR 28K
It's good to know that they served large cut fries here and with quite a generous portion too. This one was the Original Cheese, fries served with cheese sauce. Besides the Original fries and the Original Cheese you can also find other variants such as Ginger Sesame Sauce, Sour Cream, Wasabi Mayo and Red Pepper Tartar (each IDR 30K).
Bolognaise Pasta - IDR 50K
The Bolognaise was served also in quite a generous portion. The pasta itself was cooked perfectly, and the sauce was quite delicious too.
Pesto Pasta - IDR 35K (add prawn + IDR 15K)
The Pesto Pasta came as a treat. A nice one, indeed. Usually when it comes about pasta I always stick to Bolognaise although now it has shifted more to Aglio Olio. You know how pesto can be too oily, too garlicky, or too salty. Much to my amusement, this one came in the perfect amount of level for everything. Even the prawns were cooked perfectly. Bravo!
Chicken Teriyaki Rice - IDR 40K
Another delightful meal I tried was this chicken teriyaki rice. Fried chicken covered in teriyaki sauce served with omelette and salad. The teriyaki sauce hands down was very delicious. And for the price of just 40K this should be one dish you won't want to miss.
Buttery Chicken Rice - IDR 40K
Buttery chicken rice came also as a delish treat. The chicken was given so generously. The butter was very fragrant and in terms of taste it was phenomenal. The chicken was cooked to perfection. Awesome dish!
Choco BuBOWlogy - IDR 35K
A big bowl filled with shaved ice with milk, taro balls, sweet potato balls, pearl, matcha jelly, and big scoop of chocolate ice cream. The hip of Taiwanese dessert brought this sweet-tooth endulgement to be enjoyed at The LAB. Very rich with toppings and the milky flavor will certainly make you fall in love with this dessert.
Mango BuBOWlogy - IDR 35K
If you prefer something sweet but with a fruity taste then this bowl of dessert might satisfy your craving. The mango pudding came with the perfect level of sweetness. The other toppings were similar with the Choco BuBOWlogy, except the chocolate ice cream.
Beverages - starting from IDR 21K - IDR 28K (topping start from IDR 3K - 4K)
For the beverages there is a wide variants of teas, milk, and smoothies to choose from. Starting from IDR 21K for the Fresh Tea variants up to IDR 28K for the Beertea variants.
Mango Bubblegum (IDR 24K) with Lychee Popping (IDR 4K)
Wildberry Fresh Tea (IDR 23K) with Yoghurt Popping (IDR 4K)
Mango Yoghurt Tea (IDR 24K) with Passion Fruit Popping (IDR 4K)
Matcha Milk Tea (IDR 24K) with Big Boba (IDR 3K)
ScienTEA's H-Oh Beertea (IDR 27K) with Passion Fruit Popping (IDR 4K)
I quite enjoy their selections of beverages. They came in a quite unique taste. All with refreshing flavor, perfect sweetness (you can adjust the sugar level) and most important is that the price tags were friendly and the drinks came in a large tall yet unique glass serving.
Overall conclusion, this is one spot in Pantai Indah Kapuk in which I think must not be missed. Starting out only focusing with bubble teas, The LAB has certainly shape-shifted to a much more delightful dining place with exquisite food to try.
Really loving the overall dining experience I had that day. The food, the drinks, the ambiance, and the service was hitting top notch.
A lot of reasons for me to come back here again. Give The LAB a try and be blown away.
Keep on chewing!