Seminyak is known as a dining destination and there is obviously good reason for that. So many places to choose from!
Check out my blinging gold fingernails. Obviously I also invested (wasted) a lot of time at the spa…
One restaurant that I really enjoyed visiting was Petitenget, just near the Petitenget temple on Jl Petitenget. It creates a bit of confusion when you try to explain that to the taxi driver as they just think you are stupid and are saying the name of the street instead of the restaurant. I think this place is fairly new so that issue might be resolved in time as it becomes more well known.
And I do believe it will become more well known. A lovely outdoor courtyard and a cool crisp indoor dining area, with whites and blues, evoking the seaside as well as a dash of Parisian garden sophistication. I had the goats cheese salad, which was really delicious, and the tiger prawn roll, which really sparked the feeling of the Australian summer (probably helped by everyone else eating at the restaurant being Australian). It was simple but fresh and tasty. I also had one of the mocktails. The prices were reasonable for the casual fine dining atmosphere and I would definitely return there on future trips to Bali. I’ve also heard that the chicken salad there is very memorable.
I also went to Grocer and Grind, a Seminyak staple and once again heavily injected with the feel of the Sydney cafe scene (definitely more Sydney than Melbourne). I enjoyed the roast beef sandwich, but the arancini balls I had as an appetizer left a bit to be desired, they were a bit plain and dry. It was very busy and it was hard to catch the attention of the servers, but it had a great atmosphere about the place. Pretty good coffee too.
Another place I was hanging out was Anomoli in Seminyak, which was a bit lame because we have Anomoli cafes in Jakarta so that kind of takes my holiday laziness to a whole new level. But I liked the Seminyak outlet – great design (more Melbourne than Sydney), great service and solidly good coffee. Plus I love the work that Anomoli does to promote Indonesian coffee.
After so many visits to Bali, I also finally made it to KuDeTa (as mentioned in the previous post). I was pleasantly surprised. Frankly, I expected it to be a bit of a wanker den on a Friday evening but the crowd was really mixed, from families with kids to couples in cocktail wear. The music was good and the drinks were excellent, though you were definitely paying for the quality…. I especially recommend the rose lychee martini and the elderflower gin drink, which was very refreshing. They were strong enough too ;).
Plus, I visited my favourite warung, Warung Melati on Jl Double Six. It was still as good, fresh and cheap as ever and still a really good place to read a book. So that balanced out my spending on the yuppie places, right?
In Ubud eating news, Ubud has a new-ish fine dining restaurant called Bridges and when we went there for Christmas dinner, we were very impressed! Beautiful food and super efficient service. If you want to splurge a bit up in Ubud, this is the place! I also finally ate at Kafe and that was as fresh and healthy goodness as you might expect from the Yoga Barn people. Though I felt a bit guilty because everyone else there had clearly been doing yoga, and I was just buying into the yoga lifestyle without having actually gone to a class ;).