Bali has become a favourite destination over the past couple of years because it is so easy to get to from Perth, airfares are so cheap and I always feel that I have really had a good break when I have had a few days laying at the beach reading a book, having massages and just taking some time to breath and really kick back.
This time was no different and it involved lots of days at the beach in Seminyak reading and relaxing and afternoon massages and mani/Pedi’s followed by the hardest decision of the day – where to have dinner?
There are so many options now in and around Seminyak (let alone the rest of the island) that you can chose cheap and cheerful, mid range or fine dining. This time we decided not to go too crazy with the fine dining as we had done previously, some restraint is sometimes needed after all (we are saving for a major trip next year!) and so over the course of the week we chose to have 3 of the more top dining experiences and the rest of the time was more casual, cheaper and more laid back but still delightful and delicious.
Just about every day we once again chose to eat at one of the two locally run beach side warungs for lunch that would cost us a total of $10 for lunch for the two of us! Classic freshly made Indonesian GadoGado, satays, nasi lemak, nasi goreng and so much more…and who can argue at that sort of price for lunch each day?
And now to the three establishments that we chose to head to for some delightful dinners. I have reviewed and post about the first 2 and the final one is a new spot on the landscape in Seminyak and offered some amazing Vietnamese food with an Indonesian twist.
Both Meruh Putih and Chandi have quickly turned into favorites dining spots for us as they are close to where we reside in Seminyak (the stunning Zen4 Men!) and have never once disappointed with food, service, presentation and taste!
This time was no different. Meruh Putih was once again a real standout. The food was first class, the ambience and setting were stunning and the service was never too much but professional and pleasant all the time.
We once again chose to do the Indonesian tasting menu and the food was just perfect. There portions were perfect sizes and there were 9 courses served to us as well as a refreshing sorbet course before the dessert was served.
We enjoyed the Quail egg with cauliflower and salmon roe which was a real treat. The ocean trout, cucumber of belimbing was fresh and full of taste and the crab soup with coconut and vermicelli a gorgeous third course.
The Lombok kingfish was served with tomato and torch ginger and the full subtle flavours of the kingfish shone through with this dish. The crispy boneless duck with mango sambal was a real stand out as was the roast Balinese pork serviced with ketumber and crackling.
If you head back to earlier this year on my site you will see a fuller review of this restaurant if you want to find out more…but needless to say it was yet another wonderful night with a fabulous meal and we look forward to heading back in December when we do a New Year 8 day break between Xmas and the New Year!
Jl. Petitenget No.100x,
Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia 80361
P: 0361 8465950
Open 7 days 12.00 – 15.00, 18.00 til late.
Chandi is another restaurant that we have now had dinner at 4 times and every time we have enjoyed the experience from the pre dinner drinks watching the crowds pass by on Eat Street to the service, food options, cocktails and the wine on offer.
This time we chose to stick with cocktails throughout our meal and were not disappointed with the choices that we made.
The food was once again beautifully prepared and the Indonesian flavours shone through and created yet another memorable dining experience for us.
We started with the tasting plate that included Mini Beef Rendang Envelopes, Spicy Tenderloin Lettuce Cup, Black Pepper Crab Dumplings, Salt & Green Pepper Squid,
Seared Scallops in Tamarind Peanut Dressing, Crunchy Tofu Squares in Pecel Peanut Sauce, Crisp Tempe Manis and a delightful Chilled Spiced Watermelon Soup.
This was the perfect start to the meal!
For main course Trevor chose the Balinese duck Betutu Tasting – a 16 spice-marinated-duck, braised and grilled served with Duck Sate Lilit on Sugar Cane, Salty Duck Egg Urap Salad with Infinity Bean, Grated Coconut, Bean Sprout Garlic, Chili, Steamed Coconut, Yellow Rice Melinjo Crackers, Sambal Betutu, Sambal Matah, Sambal Kemangi and Chili Soy Reduction. Trevor loved the different flavours that gave each of the different presentations of duck their own individual taste. He loved this dish!
I went with the Seafood tasting which included Lobster Kipas, Giant River Prawn,Scallops, Squid, Soft Shell Crab with Watercress, Mango Salad on Roti Canai in a Light Tamarind Dressing, accompanied by Chandi’s 6 Sambals. This was light, full of flavour and the 6 sambals allowed me to add some spice to the lobster and some sweetness to the river prawns.
No meal is ever complete at Chandi for me without indulging in their signature white chocolate fondant dessert served with vanilla bean ice cream. It is truly special and one of my favourite desserts ever!
Jalan Laksmana 72,
Seminyak, Bali 80361
Reservations are taken over the Phone only.
CHANDI always Keeps Tables for Walk-In Guests.
Open 7 days.
Now to the new kid on the block. We were heading out looking for somewhere new to try this trip and came across a bustling Saigon Street Vietnamese restaurant which is a new addition just across the road from the entrance to the W.
This is a fresh, bright and light restaurant that has only been open for a few months and has already received some great feedback and the popularity is seen by the number of people that are in there every night.
This is a tapas/share style restaurant, although you can just pick a couple of dishes if you are not keen to share but we chose to go with the share option and over the course of a couple of hours enjoyed 8 dishes that each had their own individual and unique flavours that were simply amazing.
They have an amazing spin on the traditional Vietnamese rice paper rolls, in a myriad of varieties. Most are fresh ‘summer rolls’, but there are also hot dishes, and lettuce wraps.
We chose to try 4 different rolls that all offered something unique and were delicious. They included the soft shell crab and avocado roll with Mrs T’s magical sauce; the Peking duck, cucumber rice paper roll with hoi sin; the Banh Xeo, a sizzling pancake with pork, prawn & bean sprouts eaten with a lettuce & herb wrap and the Nem Ran, crispy fried with pork & prawn, carrot, jimica, taro, lettuce wrap and nuoc cham dip.
One of the favourites that we enjoyed were the Green rice fried tiger prawns, chilli & lime nuoc cham, lettuce wraps, fragrant herbs and served with pickled papaya. This was a stunning dish both visually and the flavours were amazing.
Another highlight was the La lot leaf with caramelized minced pork & cashews served with pineapple, rambutan and hot mint. The complexities of flavours involved in this dish were mouth watering and another highlight.
We completed our selections with a traditional steamed shredded chicken Vietnamese slaw and from the coconut grill a serving of the most succulent king prawns served with whole chilli and lime leaves. The prawns really were delicious and a perfect final course for us to have.
As a new kid on the block I hope that Saigon Street gets a great following and if you are up in Bali I would highly recommend you take the time to seek it out and you will not be disappointed!
Jl. Petitenget No. 77X, Seminyak
+62 (361) 897 4007
Restaurant open 7 days from 11.00 am to 1.00 am daily.
Saigon Street casual chic at its best!