Massimo has always been different. When his menu says ‘home made’ they really mean it. ‘Home made’ has always appeared to me to be very overused words in Bali whenever describing the pasta of the house or the gelato, they never tell you in whose home it wa actually made? At Massimo’s on Jln Tamblingan, in Sanur, all is home made whether it be the pasta, gelato, Italian bread, Italian cheese or the latest addition, semifredo. Dine there at lunch time and sit towards the end near the cashier’s desk and you will see the long pasta table with staff hand preparing all of the pastas. I have sat there and watched, intrigued, on many occasions. The affable Massimo will always stop in passing to explain the procedures. Now they have added another new product to their incredible range, a variety of intensely fruity jams. The Mango [pictured] is already a favourite although the Mulberry & Apple is also quite special. Pasta available here covers the full range plus the stranger and more unusual pastas of his home territory, Lecce. There are also many non-pasta Lecce dishes on the menu as well. Whatever you order do not foeget to finish with some of his magical semifredo, it is an experience not to be missed.
10th Table, in central Lovina on Bali’s north coast, has started something that has become an overnight success, the Sunday Breakfast. So far fully booked every week. Great value at only Rp.85,000++ p.p. Your choice of a full English Breakfast, Continental, Egg Benedict [a variety of styles], Crepes Stack or a Healthy Bowl. Coffee or Tea included. Alternately there is an a la carte menu. Available from 8.00 till 10.00, For Valentines’ Day, Sunday 14th, there is a special Brunch @ Rp. 395,000++ [11.00 a.m till 2.00 p.m.]. It is quite a feast with an open Oyster Bar, whole Poached Salmon, Cheese Wheel [Raclette], Beef Short Ribs, Salad Station, Sliders, Wok Station [prawns, chicken, vegetables], Ham on the Bone, Chowders, etc. Reservations for either are essential.
Aperitif, The Viceroy Ubud’s fine dining restaurant continues to offer special deals and host special events. For this month [February] all degustation menus will be offered with a 25% discount [food content]. Every Wednesday evening it is Ladies’ Night in the bar at Aperitif. Gentlemen and partners are welcome but the ladies get a free cocktail on arrival plus free canapés all night [6.00 – 10.00]. Celebrate Valentines Day on Sunday 14th with a special romantic 8 course banquet [Rp. 1,650,000 ++]. This romantic dinner will also be available on the Friday 12th and Saturday 13th,
Mozaic, Ubud’s award winning restaurant celebrates Valentine Day for lunch [12.00 – 6.30 p.m] Sunday 14th with your choice of a 6 or 8 course menu. The cost is Rp. 950,000 ++ [6 course], or Rp.1,350,000 ++ [8 course] A premium wine pairing is also available.. Prior reservation is essential.
Cafe des Artistes, Jln Bisma, Ubud, have always been famous for their steaks. They are now rewarding their faithful customers with a February Steak special, @ Rp.85,000 ++. Incredible value!
Table Restaurant at the Westin Ubud is celebrating Chinese New Year with their Lunar Prosperity Dinner, a monster Chinese buffet by Executive Chef Robert Murray The buffet selection offers a variety of Dim Sum, Crispy Pork Belly with Honey Sauce, Lamb Skewers with Garlic & Cumin, Sweet and Sour Sesame Chicken, Stir-Fried Black Pepper beef with Chai sin, Stir-Fried Tiger Prawn with Salted Egg, Steamed Barramundi with Soy, Ginger and Spring Onion, Braised seafood with Japanese Tofu Bean Curd and Vegetables in Oyster Sauce. The buffet dinner is priced at IDR 288,000++ per person.
Chai’ba is the complete Indian restaurant, on Jln. Basangkasa, Legian. North, South, street food, modern [fusion], it has it all. Very popular are their Flaming Tandoori Kebabs; Chicken Mulai Kebab [Cubes of chicken boneless marinated in cardamom-spiced lemon ginger garlic labneh cashew cream cheese served with yogurt chutney], Chicken Tikka [Diced cubes of boneless chicken leg marinated in traditional Indian spices and labneh slow cooked in tandoor served with mint chutney], and the vegetarian and gluten free Hara Bhara Kebab [Green kebab with spinach, cottage cheese, green peas, potato, cilantro, ginger, green chilli and essential spices, served with mint chutney]. The are South Indian Thalis [South Indian soup, dahl, 4 dishes of the day, cucumber raita, south Indian papad (aplam} Quinoa, salted lassi, 1 roti, sweet of the day] and a host of unusual dishes such as Fish Tacos [Shredded lettuce, picco de gallo, cheddar cheese, fried fish, avocado, cucumber, cilantro, garlic yogurt], the very morish Crispy Onion Bhaji [Onion deep fried in Indian spiced bengal gram flour batter] and a monster range of curries. During the pandemic they are offering special home delivery [via Goshop and Grab] of any curry for Rp.99,000 Net.
By Gerry Williams
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