The Jewel in The Crown!

Som Chai was built to be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Sarong Group. It was designed to have a large formal dining room at the rear for evenings with an equally large casual area at the front for casual all day dining extending into the late hours. Will Meyrick has permanently left his […]

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Home Made Pasta!

L’Osteria offers home made pasta. As do many hundreds of restaurants all over Indonesia, they just do not say in whose home it was made. Not so L’Osteria who clearly state that their Ravioli, Pappardelle, Tagliatelle and Gnocchi are all made in-house, and the rest are not. I tried the Pappardelle Bolognese, it was perfect. […]

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THE WRAP OF 2019

The rush to be a part of the Bali food scene continues. As with almost anywhere else in the world those who know what they are doing succeed, and most of the others fail. 2018 has seen so many new operations open and many close, some even opening and closing in the same year. The […]

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A Star in the Northern Sky!

10th Table presents intimate fine dining in Lovina for the first time. The place reeks of quality, and experience, which comes as no surprise as it has been set up by local Belgian Geert Jan de Meyer, for many years a hotel manager on Europe’s most luxurious cruise ships. The experience begins at the entrance, […]

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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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