Archive for the 'Bali' Category

Oct 02 2012

Review: Mantra, Seminyak

Published by under Food

Twas a dark and stormy night and I has only an iPhone to record it.

With its mismatched furniture, burnished antique lamps and shabby chic vibe, relatively new Mantra on Seminyak’s Petitenget loop — just a short hop from Potato Head, away from the beach — has quickly turned into the place to be seen for dinner or late night drinks in this corner of the world. The feel is … read the full post

Oct 02 2012

Review: Warung Mak Beng, Sanur

Published by under Food

This is it.

Warung Mak Beng in Bali’s Sanur is a one-dish restaurant that draws in the hungry locals, domestic visitors and occasional traveller by the table-ful. For 28,000 rupiah, you’ll get a fried, meaty piece of ikan laut goreng — in this case snapper steak — with a wonderful smoked sambal and kaffir lime on the side, … read the full post

Sep 24 2012

Finn’s Beach Club, Bali

Published by under Bukit peninsula

Just awful.

We’re all for enjoying simple days beachside in Bali and love it when we can just be left alone to soak up the rays and dip in the thundering surf. Usually we’re partial to doing it on the cheap — think swim, sand and nasi goreng at Balangan for instance — but sometimes it’s worth … read the full post

Aug 31 2012

Review: The Bistrot, Seminyak

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The Bistrot has only just opened its gleaming glass doors and is a seductive, stylish addition to the busy scene on Bali’s Jalan Laksmana, or Eat Street, in Seminyak. We stopped by this week for a peek and after-dinner dessert and loved the decor, from the exposed brick walls, antique decorative telephones and semi-open kitchen … read the full post

Aug 29 2012

Where is Bali’s best babi guling: Part 4

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Crackling, skin, heaven -- call it what you like.

Isn’t it always the way that you overlook what’s staring you in the face? It took me a while to try the babi guling at Sari Kembar in Seminyak, most likely because it’s the nearest joint to my own house. But I’ve now been back several times, and each time the serving has been really … read the full post

Aug 14 2012

Review: Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus

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Yum, and yum again.

UPDATE: Black Pepper has been closed. We’ll fill you in on what opens in the now vacant space, if anything. A name like Black Pepper Cafe & Food Circus is likely to conjure up images of waiters on unicycles, or perhaps juggling barmen – our curiosity got the better of us, so we decided to … read the full post

Aug 09 2012

Anomali coffee, Seminyak

Published by under Food

Mmm, coffee.

If you’re doing a spot of shopping along the Eat Street stretch of Seminyak and the heat is driving you nuts, urbane coffee house Anomali makes for a good rest and recharge-with-caffeine stop along the way around to Jalan Basangkasa (as Jalan Legian eventually becomes known as it heads north). Anomali has branched out from … read the full post

Jul 30 2012

Pasar Badung, Denpasar

Published by under Shopping

Limes and soursop.

The thing about Pasar Badung, Denpasar‘s main market, is that you’ve got to get up early to make the most of it. Early. I arrived shortly after 07:00 on my last visit, all bleary-eyed and self-congratulatory, but still felt like I was late to the party, even though the market’s open, in theory at least, … read the full post

Jul 27 2012

Photo essay: A walk through Jimbaran fish market

Published by under Jimbaran,Sights & activities

In they come.

There’s more than meets the eye to consider when you go for a stroll through Jimbaran‘s fish market. Yes, it’s a stunning sight as traditional boats, or jukung, bring their catches to shore in the lemon-yellow morning light. Going for a walk through the markets with chef Heinz von Holzen, who runs several restaurants and … read the full post

Jul 21 2012

Review: Kreol Kitchen, Seminyak, Bali

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The brochure saying, “Soul food cooked with passion,” and the bright ribbons dangling in the wind at the entrance to Seminyak’s Kreol Kitchen drew us in to this quirky, lovely spot. Entering the cafe, we were met by an enormous blackboard presenting an enticing menu, which at first glance was a tad overwhelming. Australian owner … read the full post

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