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Posted by - Helen on August 2, 2006 at 6:57 am:
One of the most enjoyable experiences in Bali is eating out. You can go to a very simple warung and have great food for as little as $2 or go to a very high class restaurant and pay $100 for a degustation menu. We did both. Our friends took us to a very busy local restaurant, where you chose your dishes by pointing through glass at each selection, and paid accordingly - very very cheap and good food. There were locals and ex pats mainly here and it was very cheerful and quick. At the other end of the scale we dined at Mosaaic in Ubud - quite an experience, if an expensive one. The tables are set outside, fairy lights and candles making the scene very romantic. Unfortunately we are older and it was difficult to see the menu (I used my torch) we were bought an extra candle, but it did not make much difference. It was suggested that we have a "surprise" menu - meaning the chef decided what we would eat, and we would each have a different meal. This was fine, but we needed to swap dishes on several occasions - fair enough. I prefer to see my food, and perhaps we will leave the "romantic" ambiance to people younger than we are. Our favourite restaurant in Ubud is Lamak - we have made repeat visits to this restaurant and have never been disappointed. The presentation of the food is superb, and the decor is very modern and funky, while the staff are exceptionally good. I hope this restaurant will be there for a long time, it deserves to. The prices are quite reasonable - and range from $8 to $30 (and I am quoting NZ dollars)
We visited Caroline and Scott from the forum at their villa which was very attractive, and after looking at other villas for future stays, we went to Lola's Restaurant in Kerobokan - This is a french restaurant, with sophisticated decor to match. They have a special lunch menu of two courses for 69 thousand rup - a bargain (nz $12) We always enjoy Lolas, and try to eat there during our stay. It is just a short walk from Geneva Handcrafts. Caroline told us of two other restaurants they recommended, so we tried them out on our return to Seminyak, and we enjoyed both, particularly "Ultima" which is owned by the owner of Rumours. Ultima is very modern, beautiful clean lines, lots of glass walls looking through to the outdoor tables and wonderful tent like ceilings draped in white fabric. People probably think that the prices will be sky high, but they were not. They had a "Wine and Food" special which consisted then of either Beef Tenderloin (from Australia) or a Seafood Pizza with a complimentary glass of red or white wine (either Spanish or Italian) The price was the biggest surprise - only 49,000 rup ($9) and the food was delicious, the meat tender with a wonderful sauce.
We also enjoyed their desserts - and I especially enjoyed their creme brulee. We went to Ultima three times for their food and wine special, and took our friends on our last night in Bali, and they were particularly impressed. Another restaurant we visited twice was Warung Sobat, in Jl Batubelig 11a, in Canguu - wonderful fresh fish. This restaurant was full each time we visited, so the word has got around - very reasonable prices as well, with blackboard menu with the days specials. We enjoyed La Scala in Tanjung Benoa, and while in Sanur had several meals at an Italian Restaurant on the beach called something like "Hot Chili" - good coffee and the best gelato on the island.