Feb 10 2013
Beach lovers who hate the inconvenience of the actual beach — the horrors of brushing sand off your feet, lack of loos, no cold beer — are spoiled for choice in Bali with plenty of “beach clubs” clambering for their business. These fancy, umbrella- and deckchair-clad bars skirt the beach, boast a pool and extensive cocktail menu, and end up costing you far more than a quick dip in the ocean would. Mozaic Beach Club Lounge on Batu Belig beach is the latest addition to the more exclusive collection of clubs, and if you’ve got the money to spend, it’s worth a try.
We’re not saying you should skip the beach — some of our favourite Bali beaches are well away from the big sunglasses set, down on the Bukit — but if you’ve got a reason to celebrate, or you do feel like a few hours in a private cabana interspersed with some non-sandy swimming in clean water (yes, Bali’s beaches can get polluted) — then Mozaic offers a classy alternative.
We’ve visited a few times in recent months with holidaying friends, and while we think the staff could loosen up a little — having a bottle of water belonging to our four-year-old son not very politely confiscated on arrival was a bit over the top — it’s a good venue for just hanging out, particularly if you have kids in tow but aren’t in the mood for chasing them all over the beach.
There’s a two-course set lunch menu available from 12:00 till 16:00, which we haven’t tried yet but looks quite good — 150,000 rupiah++ gets you, for instance, French goat’s cheese, watercress and fennel salad plus fresh egg pasta pork ravioli with parmesan, curry oil and rucola.
Otherwise, there’s a tapas menu on offer. Obviously, as it’s tapas, the serving portions are small, but the quality is excellent. We’ve tried the crispy baby squid (65,000++), the marinated Sicilian olives (40,000++) and new season asparagus with salted hazelnut crumble (65,000++).
More sophicated dishes — the kind you don’t order when your kids will scoff them down — include caviar and fois gras (if you need to ask the prices for those, you can’t afford them…) as well as Wagyu beef carpaccio with rendang spices, wild mushroom and parmesan (210,000++), “maldonado” acorn-fed Iberian chorizo (160,000++, 50g) and all-day braised pork belly with turmeric and spiced cauliflower (90,000++). Desserts, also served tapas style, include mango gelato with basil gelee and black olive crumble and poached pineapple with milk pureee, coconut gelato and burnt bread crumble, mostly around the 45,000 rupiah mark.
There’s a gourmet kids’ menu too, including macaroni cheese (45,000++) and fish and chips (55,000++).
As the dishes are coming from the same kitchen and going through the same sets of competent hands as the restaurant set behind the beach club — Mozaic Beach Club Restaurant — it’s not surprising that the food is exquisite. If you just want to sample a little of the kind of cuisine you’ll get up in the restaurant — and not too dissimilar from popular Mozaic in Ubud, though a different menu — and you are after a more casual experience, then do try here. If you’re staying in Seminyak it’s definitely worth the short trip — around 10 to 20 minutes in a taxi — to dine here.
We’ve also come for sunset drinks, and be warned it can get quite busy around this time. It’s actually quite a small terrace set next to the beach — it abuts the beach road, and then there’s the proper beach — but there are tables inside as well and of course the cabanas and deckchairs. Once the sun dips, the electric blue pool light come on and it’s all very atmospheric. If music is important to you — or you’re not keen on a loud DJ — do call to check in advance.
Cocktails are around the 95,000++ mark. A small Bintang will set you back 32,000++ while if you’re with a group a punch bowl might do the trick — the Heaven Citrus mixes rum, tangerine, pineapple, lemon, pomegranate and soda (500,000++ for 1.5 litres). It’s not cheap, but it’s pretty much on par with places like Potato Head and Ku De Ta.
Mozaic Beach Club Lounge
Jalan Pantai Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Bali
T: (0361) 473 5796
Open daily 11:00-24:00
From 18:00, smart casual dress code with no singlets or beach ware allowed
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