Bali Eats

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. 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. A very interesting dish is the Barramunid al cartoccio, grilled barramundi fillet wrapped in oven paper served with sautéed chicory & fried Italian polenta [pictured]. Whatever you order do not foeget to finish with some of his magical semifredo, it is an experience not to be missed.

Golden Lotus is the Cantonese restaurant at The Bali Dynasty, Tuban. They are offering a Sunday Dim Sum Buffet. Due to the limited numbers of tables available to follow the social distancing policy of the new normal, prior reservation is advised ahead of time to avoid disappointment. At other times Golden Lotus offers an extensive a la carte menu that features their special Peking Duck in three preparations. First the traditional duck skin in pancakes with black bean sauce, then shredded duck meat with either dried chilli sauce or black bean sauce, then duck bones in a vegetable soup [Rp. 565,000] or alternately there is also Shanghai Chicken and Sesame in two preparations [Rp. 280,000] Chicken skin in pancakes with black bean sauce, then shredded chicken meat in black bean sauce.. Do you feel the need to celebrate your special occasions with your colleague, family or even a special someone? The award-winning Chinese Restaurant Golden Lotus invites you to experience private dining throughout the day. Discover their signature Cantonese 7 courses including the legendary Beef Saigon, Deep Fried Prawn in Golden Sand Sauce, famous Fish Lip Sauce and many more. Enjoy all these signature dishes for only IDR 250,000 net/person with a minimum of 10 people. Reservation is required.

L’Assiette is French and offers ‘home-style’ cooking at its garden restaurant on Jln. Merthanadi, Kerobokan. It is almost a secret but behind the street façade is one of the nicest garden dining areas in Bali. Lunch is lighter cuisine; Terrine de Campagne or a healthy Tabouleh. I was surprised to discover an old English favourite on this French menu, Shepherd’s Pie. However I was told that this was a very Parisienne dish, and one that is often prepared at Christmas or as a birthday special and for other special occasions. Instead of the base being minced lamb [shepherds tend sheep], this French version uses shredded duck conft. Topped with mashed potato and baked in the oven [pictured]. As with all dishes here very good and amazingly budget priced for a French restaurant. A lunch special for me is just titled Special of the Chef, meat lovers take note! Quality beef tenderloin is roasted RARE, slices of which are served cold on a board with a small mixed salad, French fries and a pots of mustard. Perfect! A small well priced [only Rp.170,000++] set menu, available for both lunch and dinner, is one that begins with your choice of Egg Cocotte Spring Onion OR a Home-made Terrine, followed by a sorbet then the wonderful Chicken Confit, finishing with the Dessert du Chef. Just try to find a classic 3 course French meal anywhere else in the world for $15…no chance! Or you can finish with the most perfect Profiteroles I have ever tasted, Amazing choux pastry, a plate of three small round, so light, puffs, stuffed with cream and topped with chocolate, a world apart from the usual commercial variety,,,, a must try!

Waroeng, d’Abing is found on Jln, Bypass Dharma Giri, Gianyar. It is a very popular local restaurant now drawing customers from far afield. The cuisine is very local but then so are the prices. Chicken can be Nyat Nyat, Bakar Madu, Bakar Pedas Manis, Goreng or Geprek, all at only Rp.16,000.

Indian Express at Jln. Pantai Berawa, Canggu, is serving people with Insian streetfood in Denpasar, Bali, Kuta, and south Bali during the current pandemic with takeaway or delivered Indian cuisine. Their specialty is their funky fusion rice nowls such as Buttrer Chickedn, Potatii Nuggets and Soya Chunks. The same combos are also availabl in Wraps.

Kepitu is the main restaurant at The Kayong Resort, Ubud. It is a majestic setting overlooking the swimming pool with a jungle background. The lunch mednu is a light and healthy one of salads and sandwiches, whilstthe dinner menu offers a wide range of international, Asian and local Balinese and Indonesian dishes

Karma Beach is at Karma Kandara, Ungasan. They offer Savage Sundays.with many paket specials. DJ’s offer a constant entertainment for a party on the beach. The range of food is exceptional. For an any time appetizer; Shrimp Ceviche, marinated in lemon, served o a bed of potato with lime and chilli, Summer Donits, with fresh tomato sauce, shrimp, squid, broccoli and zucchini fritters, Scallops St. Jacques marinated with both green and ripe mangoes.and a variety of salads. Mains include Pasta and Burgers and heartier meals such as Lamb Shanks slow cooked], Beef Ribs [a large serv8ing for two persons wiih bone marrow] and a variety of seafood including a monstedr Sea Platter [lobster, king prawns, fish skewers, tamarind clams, salad, vegetables, rice and sauces.


By Gerry Williams

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