Bali Eats

Aperitif is back! The amazing fine dining restaurant at Ubud’s The Viceroy re-opens for in house dining Wednesday June 17. For the past few months they have kept their staff busy and regular customers satisfied with their weekend deliveries, but now they recommence their elegant in house dining New 6 and 8 course degustation menus are on offer PLUS an a la carte menu of previous favourite dishes from earlier menus. There are many new intriguing dishes now on the menus however the amazing Venison Wellington remains on both the 6 and 8 course menus. Wine Pairing is available with two sets to choose from; Standard and Premium. Also on offer in the luxurious cocktail bar/lounge, where the evening action begins sipping a cocktail creation and tasting amazing canapés from the Aperitif Tree, is a Bar Menu for those who just wish to snack whilst drinking. You can be certain that the bar snacks will take bar food to a new level never before experienced. For anyone yet to experience Aperitif I can think of no better way to celebrate the end of lockdown and its enforced hibernation than to spoil yourself with the foodie experience of a lifetime. This is your opportunity to sample the almost decadent fine dining of the past. The grand hotel dining rooms of Europe almost no longer exist. Here is the perfect recreation of same, food, service level, chandeliers and all. Furthermore there is a special re-opening discount for the month of June only, 40% off your total bill.

Happy Chappy Berawa has opened at Canggu Plaza. The complete Happy Chappy menu is available for takeaway or home delivery [via Gojek]. Dim Sum, steamed or fried, traditional entrees, BBQ Meats, Seafood, Noodles and Rice dishes and a monster list of stir fries. Takeaway is once again also available from the original restaurant in Kerobokan. The menu is mainly Cantonese but with a few dishes from other regions.

The Melting Pot on Padang Tegal, Ubud, is Texan, so it must be the biggest and the best. As a sports bar it certainly is just that, but that is not all. It is also an excellent place to eat, highlighting all the dishes and cuisines that are popular in the state of Texas. Top of the list is Tex-Mex with all the standard Mexican offerings plus a few special ones such as Tamales. A show stopper is their wonderful Cajun Gumbo from New Orleans, it is a spicy, thick, meat and vegetable stew, both hearty and tasty! This one contains celery, okra, scallions, green peppers, chicken and sliced pork sausages as well as many secret ingredients. The Melting Pot also offers Texan Burgers, Sliders and much more. Whilst most people just go here to watch and/or play games, the smart ones eat as well. The Melting Pot is open every day till 9.00 p.m., until the local lockdown is extended, and it can revert to its normal late night closing.

Graze is an all day diner, street-side in front of the majestic Maya Sanur. Now you can order from Graze using GoJek home delivery. They must have the largest coffee range in Sanur, all the standards plus quite a few special specials, try the Black Forest [with chocolate syrup, whipped cream and red cherry] or a Peppermint Mocha Cappucino? Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and at Graze the options are endless. Now they have solved that problem of where to go, late afternoon, for a snack and a sip, it has been a regular stopping place for me ever since it opened. Although on any visit to Graze it is difficult to ignore the cakes and tarts on display inside from one of Bali’s best pastry chefs.

L’Osteria, on the corner of Jln. Hanoman and Monkey Forest Road, has stayed open, with well spaced tables, also offering takeaway and home delivery. The Pappardelle Bolognese that I often enjoy here is perhaps the best pasta dish I have ever been served in Bali. Homemade pasta, soft and delicate, a perfect size portion for a pasta dish and well balanced with the beef ragu. Their Pizzas have a large crusty rim and are laden with toppings. The salad offerings are enough to tempt the non-vegetarians. The Pantesca combines potato, tomato, red onion, capers, black olives with oregano and basil leaves, tossed in olive oil. The Contadina, rocket, gorgonzola sauce, pears, walnut and honey mustard lemon. There is a full range of the usual Italian mains but a little different is their Zuppa del Capitano, a fisherman’s stew served with roasted garlic crostini bread and their Burrata Italiana, a whole Buata mozzarella with confit cherry tomatoes and rocket salad.

Avenue A is a gastropub in Canggu. That is a term invented in England to define a Pub that also offered serious food options. In America it has been taken a step further to include a serious look at the drink side as well with exotic cocktails, craft beers, etc. Pizzas are big at Avenue A, however they are very different from those made and sold all over the island as these ones are prepared New York style using a fermented base which has a bubbling effect and looks thick and heavy but in fact is quite light though a bit chewy, almost a sourdough. The Bronx uses rolled and thinly sliced slow-cooked porchetta, with white sauce, garlic, dried chilli, rosemary and parmesan. So different! If you miss the usual red base then ether the Queens with house-cured pepperoni and mozzarella or the Red Hot Chilli Pepper with smoked chicken will more than satisfy your cravings.

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