Bali Eats

John Hardy Seminyak will be dishing up a nine-course feast at its iconic Long Table for Christmas Eve, December 24 and all of December, preceding that date. The multi-course holiday menu will see Indonesian specialties served family-style, including fresh grilled fish, Balinese roasted jackfruit, moringa cooked in a coconut and turmeric broth, and BBQ Sumatran beef short ribs braised in sweet soy and Balinese spices. Available between 12 Noon and 9.00 p.m. daily. The cost is Rp. 495,000++ per person for lunch or dinner including the “Tropical Holiday” cocktail, or Rp. 595,000++ per person including cocktail pairings and a glass of New Zealand wine.

KYND Café is on Jln. Petitenget, and offers the healthy options every day, Their breakfast is from 9.00 till 4.00 p.m. and includes a Power Porridge [oat porridge, caramelised banana, berry compote, syrup, strawberries, coconut nectar & sweet dukka], Green Dream Brekky Bowl [wok-tossed kale, broccoli, edamame, tempeh, dukkah pumpkin, cashew yogurt, chilli soy cucumber & pickled onion] or a Beacon Benedict [one English muffin, smokey tempe bacon, asparagus, avocado, spinach, hash brown & hollandaise sauce]. Afternoons and evenings you can order Smoothie Bowls [Vanilla Berry Bircher Jat – vanilla bean bircher served with acai smoothie, island fruits, a scoop of peanut butter & house made granola], Mexican Burrito Bowl [Mexican TVP ‘beef’, mexi beans, mexi potatoes, avocado, corn, rice, salsa, lettuce, tortilla chips with chipotle dressing] or a Sunny Burrito [wholewheat tortilla, beyond meat pattie, rice, mexi beans, lettuce, avocado, salsa, corn, slaw, mexi potatoes, coriander, chipotle aioli, sweet chilli & jalapeños with a side of guacamole]. Or try their vegan Pizzas.

Jipsi Fish at Canggu Plaza is an Aussie style Fish & Chippery that offers all that and a bit more. Whilst basic Fish 7 chips is the most popular dish here, there are many other options. Garlic Prawns [pictured] are just one, Pasta and Prawns. There are Fish Burgers and even a non-seafood Wagyu Burger. Grills can be Barramundi or Salmon. An Indonesian variation is a Seafood Nasi Goreng. Prawn Cocktail or Octopus Salad, a Snapper and Prawn Pie, Garlic Bread and a variety of sides.

Bketo is new in Seminyak. The focus here is on low-carb keto cuisine, so the vibrant dishes are loaded with vegetables, proteins, and healthy fats to provide the maximum amount of nutrients without unnecessary starches and carbohydrates. Bketo Bali offers seating outdoors on a covered patio that overlooks the pool at Blue Karma Dijiwa Seminyak or indoors, where the atmosphere is cool and the decor includes hand-carved wooden furnishings and striking Indonesian artworks. Menu offerings include veggie and grain bowls, pan-seared salmon, lemon-infused chicken, and tempe ginger teriyaki.

Table Talk in Ubud, features indoor and outdoor seating and a mix of single and communal tables. Host your own event, or join the bi-weekly discussions with different speakers. Table Talk offers a range of refreshments. Get an early start with an Indonesian heritage coffee and a smoothie bowl or truffle scrambled eggs. All-day eats include fresh salads, sandwiches, and mains like the sage-butter Barramundi or Knucklehead burger. The light and dark beer floats are the first of their kind in Ubud, and are a must-try after-work drink.

Bai Yun is the Chinese restaurant at the Kempinsky. The restaurant is now open for lunch, presenting a very special experience featuring 31 assortments of homemade fried, steamed and sweet dumplings with their ‘Dim Sum and More’ offer. The set-experience begins with 15 kinds of dim sum brought to the table, having tasted and savoured this signature selection, guests can then choose any dim sum they would like to enjoy next. Choices included favourites like the classic shumai shrimp dumpling, to some more lavish creations like the wagyu spring roll. Sweet plates and desserts are also made available. Side dishes like congee (rice porridge), crab meat soup and additional vegetables complete the Cantonese dining experience for those who choose. This unlimited dim sum luncheon, is priced at IDR 468.000++ per person and is available between 12:00 and 15:00 everyday. Bai Yun, with its big round tables and family sharing style, makes it a great restaurant for casual gatherings and celebrations. The premium hotpot restaurant also serves a traditional Chinese liquor known as baijiu for those looking to celebrate in true Cantonese fashion,


By Gerry Williams

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