Travels :: Bali Part 3 {Eats}

The perfect Tasty Thursday, a recap of some of our delicious eats from Bali.  I will say this, we can get Italian, Mexican, steak etc anytime we want back home.  The Mister and I knew we wanted to experience as much of the true Balinese cuisine as possible.  Here's a look at where and what we ate in Seminyak.

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Our first night we feasted at Sarong, sadly I didn't have a camera with me and my iPhone battery died.  You'll just have to take my word for it that the food was incredible and the ambiance, heavenly.  What we ate: seared scallop with green mango sambal; tuna tartar with edamame, ginger flower, nashi pear, shisho leaf, alfalfa topped with a chili soy dressing; Light green curry fish with Thai eggplant, oyster mushrooms, in a coconut cream topped with sweet basil; chicken kasoori kebab marinated in saffron yogurt, kasoori methi, served alongside green mango salad.  This was an insane amount of food but every bite was incredible, my personal favorites were the chicken kassori kebab and the tuna tartar.

The next morning we headed out to do a little shopping, a little while later we were famished.  So we stopped in for a quick bite at Grocer & Grind.  This was by far my least favorite place that we ate at.  The food was good, but there are definitely better options in Seminyak.  If you are looking for a break from the local Balinese cuisine, this easy going cafe as plenty of sandwich, salad, and pizza options to choose from, and it's family friendly.  We ate:  tofu pad thai (a little too sweet for my tastes), and tandoori chicken pizza with roasted peppers, served with cucumber & mint yogurt.  

We went to Biku for some tea, and so that I could get a tarot card reading, when in Rome (Bali), right?  Anyways tea was great, we both ordered the Asian high tea for two, I ordered the Darjeeling while the Mister ordered the traditional Oolong tea.  If tea isn't your thing, they have a full service menu with everything from Asian flavors to burgers and steak,  and their outdoor patio is so dreamy.  And as for my tarot reading, she had some pretty interesting things to say without me giving her anything to go on, regardless it was all in good fun.
{sporting the dress I scored for a bargin at the Seminyak Square market}

 Our last night we were supposed to have dinner at Menega Cafe on Jimbaran Bay.  Picture outdoor seating, at sunset, where you pick from the catch of the day and tell them how you'd like it prepared.  Sounds amazing, right?  Sadly we wouldn't know.  The one downside to Bali is the traffic; what is only 8 miles (13 kilometers) is actually an hour and a half trip, ugh.  Our concierge suggested Merah Putih, and I am so glad he did.  Not only is the place visually stunning, the food is divine.  What we drank: the archipelago cooler (Finlanda vodka, ginger flower, kaffier ling, soursop) & Kaffier lime crush (Finlandia vodka, passion fruit, kaffier lime leaves, apple).  What we ate: Perkedel Jagung (corn fritters, eggplant sambal, & spiced corn); Scallop & Lobster 'Pangsit' (Scampi dumplings, seaweed, with a tomato confit); Ikan Bakar Sambal Matha (Whole char grilled Jimbaran fish, topped with eggplant & shallots);  Slow Roasted Suckling Pig.  I guess I got my Jimbaran fish after all.

When I was looking at places to try in Seminyak, this boutique coffee house kept popping up over and over again.  On our last morning in Bali we managed to grab coffee at Revolver Espresso Cafe.  The only downside, it's a bit challenging to find, as in the entrance is down an alleyway, or you could the back entrance which is through a store.  If you do want to find this place, and I recommend you, tell your taxi driver to drop you off by the Bali clinic, as the alleyway is across the street.  The place itself is a little kitchy, imagine a western saloon set from the 80's, with mismatched china, and yes revolvers on the wall.  The staff is super friendly and helpful with their suggestions.  I wish we had breakfast there every morning.  What we ordered:  Espresso, iced coffee, & the Smith & Western (yes their menu is inspired by their love of firearms). 

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