Tastes of the Archipelago

One of my most surprising discoveries about Bali, many years ago, was its almost total lack of quality Indonesian restaurants. Small Warungs by the thousand, each selling the specialties of their area and restaurants serving an Indonesian version of Chinese food abounded, along with whatever local owners thought western cuisine was supposed to look and […]

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Re-visit the 1960’s!

Cosmic Diners are different! How often can you say that about a new restaurant that opens in Bali? So many just re-hash what everyone else is doing, and sometimes not even getting that right! Cosmic are American diners as seen through the eyes of an alert young Balinese who spent some considerable time in America […]

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Addicted to Shabu-Shabu?

Shima, on Jln. Petitenget, has already become known as Bali’s sole specialty Teppanyaki house, but it also serves Shabu-Shabu legally! Not the illegal drug of Methamphetamine whose Jakarta street name is the same, but the famous Japanese hot pot. It is served in a special area just inside the front entrance, to the right. Shabu-Shabu […]

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The Flag of Indonesia!

Merah Putih does a modern version of Indonesian food, but I have a problem here. I always prefer a variety of tastes in my meals and the small plates and appetisers are so good here that I usually just have 3-4 of them rather than ordering any mains. There are separate menus for lunch and […]

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Italian, by an Italian!

Il Tempio is an Italian restaurant. There are many in Bali, in fact it is most probably Bali’s most popular foreign cuisine. Although surprisingly, not that many of them have an Italian in the kitchen, but this one does, Chef Dante Pagliani, who faithfully reproduces dishes from his homeland, some with a modern twist. The […]

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Worth a Detour!

Warung D’Uma Tapan is one of the new wave of warungs, operated by young local industry professionals and offering a mix of restaurant and warung food. In the famous Guide Michelin guide books of dining in Europe, they seek out and mention those out of the way places that offer excellent food at reasonable prices, […]

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Dining in the Garden!

Famous is indeed an almost arrogant name for a restaurant. This one hopes to become one and it is well on the way to doing just that. It serves Mediterranean cuisine, mainly Italian with a little bit of French. The pervious operators at this site [Urbana] did not succeed but the new French ones seem […]

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Simple Italian!

Sardinia at Trans City Mall offers simple Italian plus a good selection of local Indonesian dishes. Italian is mainly, as is Japanese, a simple cuisine, fresh quality ingredients being the main requirement. Sardinia is the brother restaurant to Café Sardinia, possibly the most popular restaurant at Kuta’s Beachwalk, both places under the Cocoon management, so […]

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The Mexican Invasion!

Taco Casa is a Mexican restaurant in Ubud. In fact it was the first one ever opened there many years ago. It began in a small space that was full from day one, often with people waiting outside for a table. Recently it moved to temporary premises just around the corner whilst the original site […]

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Dining in Basque Country!

Akua di Bilbao is a Spanish Tapas restaurant featuring many standards from Basque cuisine. Whilst it is mainly a Tapas restaurant standard mains are also served. The Tapas plates here are all very generous in size and big enough to be shared, unlike the mini plates that are traditionally served in Tapas bars through out […]

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