Bali Eats

Massimo has always been different. Not satisfied with just developing Bali’s most popular Italian restaurant on Jln. Dana Tamblingan, Sanur, that carries his name. He baked Italian bread in his wood-fired ovens, established the most populat gelato range, even winning competitions back in Italy, Then came Italian cheeses and the most wonderful Semifredo. Now when times are tough and most restaurants are closed, and those who stay open are losing money, he refuses to close, preferring to support his large staff and their families by staying open. The smiling chef from Lecce deserves his high standing in the Balinese community and an example to all. Massimo the restaurant offers classic Italian, traditional to the core, rather than modern interpretations and fusion. If there at lunchtime you can watch the pastas being made up near the cashier’s desk, every day, a fascinating routine that shows the constant attention to detail at this restaurant.


Hard Rock Café is offering big discounts on their normal menu prices with home delivery to Kuta, Seminyak, Denpasar and surrounding areas. Their original burger is a steak burger with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, onion, lettuce and tomato, special sauce on the side. Alternately there are American Sliders [3 mini burgers with coleslaw on a brioche bun], Jack Daniels Sliders [with a whisky bacon jam]. For a starter the Jumbo Combo is hard to beat [wings, spring rolls, tupelo chicken, onion rings and tomato bruschetta with honey, mustard and blue cheese dressing and the Hard Rock BBQ sauce].

Aperitif, the fine diniong restaurant at Ubud’s The Viceroy has led the way with weekend home delivery of a variety of 3 course set meals to the Ubud and Sanur areas. The mains include whole fish, chicken, lamb shanks, steaks and much more. Each weekend there are usually three 3 course set menu options, all affordably priced. You can even order beers or bottles of wine from their extensive cellar, to accompany your meals.

Boy N Cow, Jln Raya Kerobokan may be closed for in-house dining but you cam still purchase their dry-aged meats, with home delivery, from their Meat Shop. All the meat is dry-aged for at least 28 days. This includes grain-fed Black Angus [strip loin, rib-eye, porterhouse and even Tomahawk steaks of 1,000gm], Wagyu [Australian striploin]. Also available are 150gm hamburger patties.

Golden Monkey Express continues to deliver Chinese cuisine to the residents of Ubud and surrounding districts from the Golden Monkey kitchen.The fare is mainly Cantonese [dim sum, chr siew, BBQ, Congee ] with a few exotics from other provinces [Peking Duck]. You can pre-order and pick up at the special entrance or have it delivered.

A La la! Is a French bistro in Umalas II [Jln. Bumbak, Gang Carik]. Not only is it still open for in-house dining [within the banjat restrictions] but it also offers a home delivery service from its menu. So if you live in the Umalas/Canggu area you can dine French, at home. Slow cooked Duck Terrines, The mains offer beef in many ways. Entrecote with Bearnaise, Tenderloin with Shiitake mushrooms, Steak Tartare or Beef Parmentier. Alternatively there is Lamb, Duck Leg Confot and Mustard Chicken. Seafood options are Tuna, tartare or tataki, Limande Meuniere is a flat fish with lemon butter sauce, and the fillets of Mahi Mahi are with a pesto sauce and poached vegetables.

Biku has re-opened, Jln. Petitenget, for their famous High Teas but with the necessary reduced hours [10.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m.]. They will even be offering a Special High Tea for the upcoming Mothers’ Day.

Dandelion is an example of the new wave that swept Bali over recent years. Cafes and Restaurants operated by young Balinese restaurateurs who have learnt their trade from working for many years under/with international professionals and have been able to absorb the resulting lessons. Owner Yunus is such an example. Back in the in the 80’s the main Influences on Bali dining were Australian, American, French and Italian, much as they still are today. Yunus started his journey through all four of such managed places, Australian FJ’s [Legian], followed by the original French Café Warisan, the very U.S. Hard Rock Café [at both the orginal unofficial version on Jln.. Legian and later at the official one as it now is at Pantai Kuta, then the Italian Pappa’s, also in Legian. Add to that many trips with America-Holland line and the ultimate dream of opening his own Bali restaurant in Canggu [Jln. Batu Bolong] became a reality. DANDELION is best described as user-friendly. It is almost as if you are visiting family. You will be welcomed by the family pets, as fluffy, friendly rabbits run around the garden, eager to be petted and fed. The menu is Balinese but with international touches and even a bit healthy [the fries are sweet potato]. They had to stay open for lunch during the epidemic if only to feed the rabbits. It is the perfect place to un-stress, snacking and sipping in the peaceful garden setting, playing with the rabbits.


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