Bali Eats

Prego is the Italian restaurant at The Westin, Nusa Dua. Very popular is their ‘children friendly’ Sunday Brunch with its extensive offerings of Italian and International dishes. Start off with canapes and cold meats, move on to the oysters, prawns and seafood, then to the fresh Italian pastas, or perhaps a taste of traditional Sunday roast, or some grilled fish from the BBQ, then a cheese platter, oh and there’s salads, bread and pizzas too. You can enjoy an Illy coffee made by the barista, and then move on to the desserts with the array of cakes, pastries, brownies, doughnuts, puddings, gelato, and even a chocolate fondue fountain too! The children have the choice of eating at the table with their parents or in their very own buffet area complete with colourful kid sized tables and chairs, a play kitchen and a selection of favourites including DIY mini burgers, steamed veggies, fries, triangle sandwiches, fresh fruit and of course some petite sweet treats too Cost is Rp. 360,000 ++,for adults, special price for children.

CasCades, was the original fine dining restaurant at Ubud’s luxury resort, The Viceroy. It was a mantle that has since been taken over by their incredible Aperitif restaurant. Now CasCades has been extensively renovated and re-opened as the Viceroy’s all-day restaurant for in house guests and discerning diners. Sunday December 19 Cascades is holding a Pink Gin Charity Pool Party. All proceeds will go to The Plastic Exchange to further their mission to rid Bali of plastic and feed the hungry with rice. Gordon’s Pink Gin is the flavour of the day and there will be three DJ’s and a fashion show to amp up the vibe. There will be Cascades Canapes and 3 drinks vouchers for a cost of Rp. 820,000++, which includes DJ entertainment (2-8pm). Pre booking is advisable.

Hai Bar & Grill continues to get rave reviews from visitors to Nusa Lembongan. An idyllic setting on the white sands of Mushroom Bay does not hurt. Continuing to operate during the Covid pandemic this place is very popular with those who enjoy their weekend escapes to Nusa Lembongan, something that has become a replacement travel option with Bali’s borders still closed. The menu is extensive and includes a selection of Indonesian dishes [Mie Goreng with chicken added] as well as International ones [pizzas, steaks, seafood]. The action begins with breakfast, a good menu that includes all the classics plus a few less obvious selections [breakfast burger, Vegan]. The daily Happy Hour fortunately coincides with sunset hours, a very popular time to visit.

X Bar is the latest American-style offering in Canggu on Jln, Batu Bolong. It is a self-styled party venue with DJ’s and live bands. The food is what you would expect to find in a bar environment; pizzas, pasta and a variety of finger food. The emphasis here is to create an evening night out with food, drinks and entertainment.

Tajine Bali is a Moroccan restaurant on Jln. Mertanadi. A tajine or tagine is a Berber dish which is named after the earthenware pot in which it is cooked. It is also called maraq or marqa, the shape of the tajine produces a steaming effect resulting in tender meats infused with the flavour of the exotic spices used Combinations offered here include Beef Kefta or Chicken Leg, with green olives and vegetables, For a sweet version you can order with a mix of prunes, raisins, almonds and honey added. They also offer a range of Couscous dishes; Lamb Shank, Chicken Leg, Vegetarian. To finish, a Brique Sweet of pistachio, date and cashew nuts. .

Shima, Bali’s only dedicated Teppanyaki restaurant [on Jln.Petitenget close to the Jln. Raya Kerobokan lights] is currently open Thursday to Sunday from 5.30 till 10.30 p.m. Apart from their four different teppanyaki menus served at a variety of teppanyaki tables, they also have a special shabu-shabu section just inside the front door. As a November special there is currently a 15% discount.

Gong is the name of the Balinese restaurant at Kayumanis Sanur. Traditional dishes from all parts off the island are offered. For breakfast a Nasi Kuning, a traditional Balinese breakfast specialty of fragrant yellow rice served with tasty bites and condiments such as a slice of hardboiled egg and crunchy tempe. Just as good is Bubuh Kacang Hijau, sweet green bean porridge with coconut milk, jackfruit, glutinous rice and sago pearls. For lunch or dinner a Balinese Rijstaffel is the perfect introduction to the exotic flavors of the island with an array of tasting dishes in small portions served with stir-fried yellow rice and spicy condiments.

Aperitif, the very special restaurant at Ubud’s The Viceroy takes you back to the fine dinng days of old. For the month of November, they are offering a special 35% COVID discount of all of their standard degustation food menus. Whilst normal menus at Aperitif include many meat and seafood dishes Saturday November 21, will be totally different with a Vegan plant based feast, a 6 hands plant based fine dining collaboration with Chefs Nic Vanderbeeken alongside Chef’s Dom Hammond and Rita Raw from new eatery Good Mantra. Then on November 26, Aperitif holds a special Prestige Lobster and Caviar Dinner when Oberoi chef Enrico Wahl joins with Nic Vanderbeeken of Aperitif to present a decadent feast that promises to blow away your Covid blues.


By Gerry Williams

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