July 18, 2018

Bikini is on Jln. Kayu Cendana, Kerobokan. The Décor is a blaze of colours. The food is modern International,…. start with simple mini plates of Potato Croquettes, or Charred Mini Corn or the more adventurous Foie Gras, Oysters. Smoked Eel or Pickled Daikon. The mains include Spice-glazed Chicken, Barramundi with XO Clams and seaweed crackers, Miso Butterfish, Grilled Beef Ribs, Suckling Pig, or Lamb Shoulder. Order for the table and share the tastes.


Sundays Beach Club is re-branded from the original Finns Beach Club at Uluwatu. New tree-house style bales have been added for those beach front massages. The place is called Sundays but it is open every day. The food menu is designed to suit the location so there are many finger food optioms; Tacos [Barramundi], Viet Bao Buns [stuffed with Tempura Lobster or Char Siu], Duck Sang Choi Bao [wrapped in crisp lettuce leaf], Crisp Chicken Wings or good old Fish & Chips. Mains can be Salt & Pepper Calamari, or a variety of Pizzas from the wood fired oven, local dishes can be Nasi/Mie combinations or Javanese Chicken. The Burgers include Bacon & Egg, Indonesian Beef, Barramundi, Crisp Chicken, Falafel or the Original, [Aussie beef, omion & cheese]. For dessert the Aussie//NZ Pavlova.


Jungle Fish, up in the mountains behind Ubud, is a bit cheeky. It calls itself a ‘No Beach Beach Club’. It has been set up to look just like a beach club with cabanas and deck chairs around the large infinity pool, the only thing missing is the beach, ok if you are good at pretending? The all-day menu lists modern pan-Asian and Mediterranean dishes such as Greek lamb wraps, Chicken Curry Quesadillas, Thai fish burgers and pandan crème brûlée. Long breakfasts, lunches and spa treatments. Day, and evening and poolside snacks are the norm. Their Asian and Mezze Platters are very popular with groups. Breakfasts include many dishes with fruit, eggs, cereals, pancakes, and waffles.


Kaum has arrived in Bali. It has been long established in Potato Head Hong Kong and now joins Bali’s Potato Head in Jln. Petitenget. Kuama specializes in local cuisines so here it is totally Indonesian. Entrees such as Lawar Bebek, normally only available in village warungs and at ceremonies. From Aceh, Ayam Berantakam, chicken pan fried with toasted coconut flakes, garlic, curry leaves, oyster mushrooms, and red chillies. Also from Aceh is the spicy gulai Udang, prawns in a sauce that packs a punch! From Maluku is the Gohu ikan Tuna, fresh tuna that has been marinated in coconot oil, calamari and beilimbing. Mains include Beef Sate West Java style, pre-marinated in ginger, garlic, lesser galangal and cracked pepper. Also from West Java is Nasi Lowet Ikan Bumbu Homje, fillets of yellow tail fish tossed with the very spicy ginger sauce and served over baked rice in a claypot.


Ayucious is grand dining, Indonesian style, on Jl. Tantular, Renon. It includes a swimming pool and karaoke room. The cuisine is the normal, a mix of local. International and creations that combine both. Their Nachos use potato chips topped with tomato salsa and cheese. In the Seafood section of their menu [7 Oceans] are listed a few strange options; Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Drumsticks, and Boneless Leg of Lamb as well as seafood such as Salmon with basil, and Singaporean Chilli Crab. Indonesian options include Betutu but  with Sambal Matah and a range of Nasi Gorengs, all with different toppings.


Habitat, on Jln. Monkey Forest Road, Ubud, was our Best New Café in 2017. It has gone from strength to strength ever since. They have made the traditional Eggs Benedict their main dish, and keep inventing new variations of same. At one stage they even had one with the poached eggs crumbed. EB is a mainstay breakfast dish but good any time. Habitat is now a regular stopping spot for all Eggs Benedict lovers.


Gerry Williams

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