Bali Eats

Cafe des Artistes, everybody’s favourite restaurant on Jln. Bisma, Ubud, has re-opened, same friendly staff, same menu. Here you can enjoy comfort food that satisfies all. Fancy a steak [pictured], chicken breast with a tangy Provencal sauce, a Belgian Beef stewed in dark beer, an exotic starter of Pate des Ardennes or a perfect Thai Beef Salad. There is also now a new small menu of extra dishes including some Balinese standards; Ubud’s famous Crispy Duck and those great Balinese specials Ayam Pelalah and Ayam Goreng with sambal matah. International comfort food has also been added; a selection of Burgers and Pizzas, food for the kids of all ages.

Mozaic, Ubud’s award-winning restaurant, is still closed for general in-house dining but does home delivery. However The Workshop, at the rear of the restaurant, where they also conduct their cooking classes, is available for hire for private dinners for up to 30 persons. You can watch the dishes being prepared and they are explained to you as they are delivered to your table.

Luigi’s, Jln. Batu Mejan, Canggu, serves Pizza. It is owned by the same partners who opened Da Maria in Kerobokan, but is much cheaper. It is still open for home delivery from its complete menu, even their famous Metre Long Pizza, by Go-Jek, or order and pick up as a takeaway. Also offer pasta dishes, and antipasti including a unique range of bruschetta.

Ristretto in Pengosekan has continued to provide the daily espressos to the many people who need one to survive every day, whilst so many cafes in that area have been closed during the pandemic. Ristretto, as well as being the name of this small hole-in-the-wall café, is actually Italian for ‘short shot’. It is a more concentrated espresso, the same amount of coffee beans but processed through a finer grind, using less than the usual amount of water. A regular double shot is generally considered to be around 14–18 grams of ground coffee extracted into 60 ml (2 fl oz or two shot glasses). Thus, a “double ristretto” consumes the same amount of coffee beans but fills only a single shot glass. The café Ristretto has suffered by the closing down of many of its suppliers but has soldiered on, now only offering Croissants as snacks [plain, almond or chocolate]. Friendly Barrista Awan will look after you.

Puerta 26 is a self-styled Spanish steak house, at Taksu Hotel, Jln. Sudamala, Sanur. Current hours are only 3.00 – 9.00 p.m. The menu is interesting, much more than just steaks. Lomo is a tenderloin steak [aged 30 days], the Paella is full of seafood, Pollo Asado is an Andalusian-style half chicken cooked in a thyme butter sauce, Rabo de Toro is an Oxtail Stew, Mollejas are veal sweetbreads in a mushroom sauce and Pierna de Cordero Asada is a slow grilled N.Z. Lamb Shank. Puerta 26 offers many very different tastes for Sanur.

Aperitif is back! The amazing fine dining restaurant at Ubud’s The Viceroy has re-opened with amazing special offers. For June it is 40% off your total bill and for July both the 6 and 8 course degustation menus will have complementary wine pairing. What a great opportunity to experience the fine dining evening of your life.

Spice has re-opened on Raya Ubud. This small stylish restaurant [almost opposite Café Lotus] serves unique tapas-style snacks designed by Chris Salans. You can order Croquettes of Beef Rendang or Chicken Betutu, great dumplings and crab cakes. A selection of these can comprise a complete meal or you can order as traditional entrees followed by a main. A careful selection provides a range of taste temptations. Mains can be a turmeric Pork Belly, Gindara Laksa, Beef braised in a rendang sauce, or a number of signature curries. Home deliveries are still available.

Azul Beach Club is a bamboo tree house on Jln. Padma, Legian. Whilst most beach clubs are closed in Bali during the pandemic, this one is still open from 11.00 a.m. till 7.00 p.m., and offers home delivery of breakfast, lunch and dinner [10% discount if you pick up as a takeaway]. Starters can be raw and organic; Caesar, Caprese, Healthy; Quinoa with beans, chickpea and apple or a pseudo Thai Beef Salad [more western with a few Thai flavours, certainly not a Yum Neua]. ‘Tapas’ of King Prawn rice paper roll or Stiffed Jalapenos, basic wood-fired Pizzas and Finger Food of tacos, burgers and sandwiches. Mains can be Steak, Seafood or Chicken or something a little more daring; Stuffed Baby Squid, Green Tandoori Chicken, Cajun Beef, Coriander Boneless Lamb Leg or a healthy Leek and Capsicum Risoni.

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