Bali Eats

Biku on Jln  Petitenget, is renowned for its High Teas. They were the first to serve them outside of the 5 star hotels. However they also have a substantial and interesting a la carte menu beginning with a very wide choice of early morning breakfasts. The breakfast menu is divided into three categories; Healthy, Classic and Different. Amongst the Healthy is a Chia Pod with banana, yoghurt and raspberry added and a Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl, a bowl of frozen fruit smoothie with dragon fruit, goji berries and black currants to which a large selection of extras can be added. What could be more ‘classic’ than an egg breakfast? Here they come with pan-fried tomatoes, bacon, sausage, beans and breakfast potatoes with ciabatta toast. Other standards include Omelettes, a monster Bacon & Egg Burger [with cheese, and onion jam] or Buttermilk Pancakes [with fresh fruit, berry sauce and organic coconut syrup]. As always I head straight to the  ‘Different’ category, and there is much to choose from. Shaksuka is an old favourite whenever I feel like a hearty breakfast [pictured] a thick broth of tomatoes with poached eggs added and much toast on the side for dipping. Other interesting offerings are Potato Cakes [with smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, wilted spinach and chive béarnaise], Sweet Corn Cakes [with avocado salsa], Indian Lentil Crepes and the Biku special of Soft Poached Eggs on chive and cheddar buttermilk Scones, with wilted spinach and hollandaise. High Tea For breakfast? Yes they do have a special one for two persons; croissants, Danish, scones with jam and cream, corn cakes with avocado, herb omelette, sausages, fruit salad and yoghurt, tea or coffee.

10th Table promises to be Lovina’s first ever high class intimate restaurant. Who would have thought that this would ever be possible on the mundane north coast of Bali? In the capable hands of world-traveled Belgian hospitality professional Geert Jan De Meyer this promises to be a welcome respite for all upper-end tourists to Bali’s north and maybe a precursor to many new openings as Bali’s northern airport finally takes shape.  Geert, a long time resident of Lovina, has for many years past been the Hotel Manager of some of the world’s most luxurious cruise ships that specialized with their fine dining restaurants. 10th Table has just recently opened, more info soon.

Mason Jln. Batu Bolong, Canggu seems to do what many other restaurants in this area fail to do, operate with a full house every night.  It has the chic modern deco that has become common in Bali in recent years, and a menu to suit. They offer dishes that are designed to share, broken into small and normal plate servings. The menu begins with offerings of Pickles, Cheeses and Cured Meats that are good for a snack or two with a drink or as a tasty range of small entrees. Wagyu Beef Pastrami, Cured and Smoked Salmon or just a plate of pickled vegetables, all will tempt the taste buds. The Small Plates include a more than interesting Crispy Fried Eggplant, Snapper Croquettes and Fried Quail [with pickled palm hearts and a lime mayonnaise]. The mains come from a wood fired oven, the standout of which is definitely their Lamb Shoulder which can be served as a whole or half. The Beef Short Rib, Pork Loin and Wagyu Ribeye also have their admirers. Even one of their desserts comes from the wood fired oven, the Bread Pudding.  Others to tempt are the Passion Fruit Tart or the Mandarin and Coconut Gelato. To complement the menu they also have an excellent wine list with interesting choices at both ends of the pricing scale.

Uni is due to open later this month in Canggu. With experienced management this evening-only fish restaurant should be an excellent addition to the Canggu dining scene, where a new restaurant seems to open almost every day

[and another one closes]


Cocoon Jln. Double Six at Blue Ocean Beach, Legian, does the Melbourne Cup. This is an unique Australian horse race for which the best stayers in the world come from all the leading international stables to compete for the $A 5,000,000 prize. In Australia everyone stops to watch the race even those with a zero interest in horse racing, as everyone usually holds at least one sweepstake ticket so has an interest in the race, a horse to follow. Cocoon always holds the premier Melbourne Cup event in Bali with its 3 course luncheon and free flow drinks [selected cocktails, wines and beers], On offer are entrees [choice of Nori Prawn Tempura, Beef Carpaccio, Stuffed Zucchini Blossom, Duck Risotto or Salads of Watermelon and Feta or Roasted Beetroot], Main of Snapper Fillet, Eye Fillet of Beef, Chicken Saltimbocca, Tasmanian Salmon, Crisp Skin Pork Belly or Roast Duck. The dessert is a choice of Passionfruit Semifreddo, Peach Pannacotta or Chocolate Brulee. The menu includes both vegetarian and gluten free options. In Australia people often dress up to go to the races so there are prizes for the Best Dressed Gent and Lady [oversize hats are the norm]. Sweepstakes are also available so you can have a horse to follow. The total cost for lunch and drinks is Rp.1,000,000 Net. Go and be an ‘Aussie for a Day’.

Aperitif @ The Viceroy has amazed everyone with its incredible fine dining experience, taking us back 50 years, chandeliers, crystal and all. Their original 8 course degustation menu remains for the dinner service but Aperitif is now also open for lunch with a special 5 course degustation luncheon at a cost of Rp. 950,000++. Start with  Smoked Oyster followed by Kaluga Imperial Caviar with blinis [for an extra payment]. Then your choice of Ceviche or Tuna Tartare with Foie Gras, a Pumpkin dish with edamame, Papua Crab, plus Seared Foie Gras with pear chutney if you wish [an extra small payment] and finish with the wonderful Venison Wellington, [provided that there are two persons at your table]. The perfect choice for that special occasion but a pre-reservation is necessary.

By Gerry Williams

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