Category Archives: Restaurants

Ladies time @ Petitenget, Seminyak

Fish and chips
Fish & chips

Petitenget is a nice place to go if you want to have high quality, light meals in decent colonial atmosphere. The bar at the entrance is very elegant and classy, a good place to wait for a table, in case you don’t have a reservation (it’s wise to make one if you are 4 people or more).
They offer a great selection of healthy and light meals and wines from France, New Zealand, Italy and Australia. We went there for a ladies lunch in hot weather and all craved for something fresh, aromatic and light (except for the dessert of course…). We ordered Fish & Chips, Snapper Fillet, Salad with BBQ Tiger Prawns, The Wagyu beef burger and the poached chicken salad for main course.

Snapper fillet

BBQ Prawn salad

Wagyu Burger at Petitenget

The prices are a pit above the average, but once in a while it’s ok…and the quality of the food is very high. We paid 74,000rp (5,00€) for the Prawn salad and snapper fillet, 86,000rp (5,70€) for the burger and 70,000rp (4,60€) for the fish and chips. The taste of all dishes was amazing; I especially liked the Prawn salad with a combination of Tiger prawns, coconut, mint, pomelo and coriander.
For dessert we ordered Lemon panna cotta, tiramisu and chocolate tart, for 40.000rp (2,60€) each. My favorite was the panna cotta with lemon, poppy seeds and fresh fruits.

Panna cotta

Chocolate tarte

Lost & Found – Breakfast time in Canggu

Lost&Found in Canggu

This week I tried one of the many newly opened restaurants in Canggu. Lost&Found is open for breakfast and lunch and has a nice selection of breakfast/brunch sets and fresh juices and smoothies. The design of the restaurant is very cute and cozy in bright colors mixed with wood. They have a lot of creative furniture, like a table with an old coffee maker instead of a stand. The whole inside area is very bright and offers a great atmosphere for breakfast. As they are directly on Jl. Subak Sari next to Canggu Club they don’t have an outside area.

furniture at Lost&Found in Canggu

We went there for a late breakfast, so everyone was very hungry when we arrived. We ordered the sunshinebrekkie, the oriental breakfast and the hungry surfer breakfast and I got a fresh juice (beetroot/orange) on top. The service was attentive and very friendly and the food arrived quickly after ordering. I especially liked the oriental breakfast eggs, baked in an oven dish with spicy sausage and yogurt sauce on top, served with herbal baguette slices.

Juices

Oriental breakfast

The sunshine breakfast is a combination of fruit salad with yogurt and honey, a croissant and coffee and juice (you can choose any coffee and from the 2 juices of the day, in our case watermelon or honeydew). The combination for hungry surfers contains 2 eggs (as you like them), 1 fried potato patty, roasted mushrooms and tomatoes, bacon and 1 sausage and toast plus coffee and juice. The prices are very reasonable; we paid 65.000rp (4,30 €) for the hungry surfer breakfast, 40.000rp (2,60 €) for the oriental eggs and 35.000rp (2,50 €) for the sunny breakfast.

Hungry surfer breakfast

Sunshinebrekkie

In my opinion Lost & Found is a great new place for breakfast to try in the Canggu area; next time I go there I’ll try the smoothies.

Healthy food at Watercress Cafe

Table at watercress cafe, Seminyak.

I am a huge fan of healthy, organic food and very pleased to find more and more restaurants in Bali that offer fresh salads, soups or other light and balanced meals.
One I tried recently is Watercress on Jalan Batubelig between Canggu and Seminyak. They offer light food with a little twist, so it’s not only healthy but very delicious and interesting. I went there with 2 friends to have lunch/brunch and we were craving for something fresh and aromatic (except my vegetable hating friend Olive).
The interior is very cozy, a mix between rustic and modern. We were sitting in a corner place in front of a brick wall with book prints and other cute decorations. They also have a small outside are with a lot of green, sadly there is a construction going on (like nearly everywhere in Bali at the moment…) so it’s a bit noisy currently. Inside they played decent music, so the atmosphere was nice and you couldn’t hear too much construction noises.

Watercress restaurant

We ordered fresh juices (you can choose your ingredients or take one of the offered mixes) which are parted in blended and pressed juices. I went for beetroot, spinach and pineapple and my friend for mango, beetroot and orange. Both were freshly made and super delicious, served in a large glass (0,4l) for the very fair price of 30.000rp (2,00 €).

fresh juice at watercress

The rustic breakfast menu offers a lot of choices for breakfast or brunch; they serve it until 4pm (so you can have a VERY late breakfast). I ordered “Salmon & The Rye” (smoked Salmon on rustic bread with cream cheese, capers, cucumber and topped with avocado and dill) with poached eggs on the side, my friends the “Eggs Florencress” (sourdough on watercress bed with poached eggs, spinach, mushrooms, red sauce and topped with hollandaise) and the Breakfast free style (in her case 2 poached eggs, salsiccia, croissant and butter). All dishes were super fresh and delicious, the combinations of ingredients very creative but perfectly matching. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the food, the salmon breakfast costs 75.000rp (4,80 €) and the “Eggs Florencress” 70.000rp (4,50 €); the free style breakfast in our case costs 57.000rp (3,70 €).

Salmon & The rye breakfast at Watercress Cafe

Eggs Florencress

Free style breakfast

I also spotted a salad buffet for lunch, which looked amazing. Next time I’ll try that for sure. If you are a fan of fresh and healthy food, especially salads and juices, you should definitely give Watercress Cafe a try, I’m sure you’ll like it. I’m already looking forward to go again. For reservations or more informaton you can check out the website.

Newly tried

Stuffed Croissant at Watercress cafe
Le Croissant – stuffed with cheese, tomato and herbs

 

Smashed-Chats&Goats-Cheese
Smashed Chats&Goats Cheese – Smashed baby potatoes, roasted mushrooms and goat cheese on rocked salad with poached egg.

Coffee time at Anomali, Seminyak

Lately it’s getting much easier to find good coffee shops in Bali, a fact that makes my coffee addicted heart truly happy. After a shopping tour in Seminyak, me and my girlfriends went to Anomali, a Jakarta based coffee house chain in Oberoi.

Anomali coffeeTo my great delight they use Indonesian coffee beans only, in my opinion the best in the world.
They offer the sorts Jawa, Toraja, Bali Kintamani, Papua Wamena and a few more what in combination with high quality grinders and coffee machines leads to a delicious cup of the brown gold. You can choose from the classics (Espresso, Cappuccino, Macchiato…) in hot or iced or ad flavored syrup. They also offer a large selection of tarts and cookies to enjoy with your drink.
The interior of the shop is very special with an industrial charm. What looks like an old factory hall with concrete walls offers many cozy corners to sit and a lot of little details to look at. The mix of concrete, natural fabrics, wood and art creates a special and creative ambience that I really enjoyed.

Anomali coffee shop

Anomali coffee shop in Seminyak, Bali.

Anomali coffee shop in Seminyak, Bali.

I ordered a large iced Cappuccino for drink and the lemon tart. The coffee was very aromatic and delicious with a very intense flavor. The lemon tart was a bit too sweet for my taste, but for the coffee I’ll be back for sure.

Iced Cappuccino and lemon tart at Anomali café in Seminyak, Bali

If you’re looking for a coffee place that’s not Starbuck’s but offers tasty coffee and a nice atmosphere you may like Anomali and should give it a try. For info about coffee beans and machines you can visit their website, they also offer coffee classes on different levels.

Ladies Brunch at Sisterfields, Seminyak

Last week I discovered a great place for breakfast, brunch or lunch in Seminyak. Sisterfields is a beautiful boutique café with a clean and modern design in the heart of Seminyak, close to the Seminyak square. The use of many glass elements mixed with metal and light colors create a bright atmosphere. In the back they have a lovely patio with an industrial charm surrounded by climbing plants on concrete walls.

I went there with 2 of my girlfriends to have brunch, coffee and a lady chat. Although it was very busy you could have a good time and chat with normal voices (I hate it when it’s too loud to have a normal conversation).

We ordered cappuccino and a fresh juice each for drink, I went for the one with beetroot, carrot, tangerine and lime. The juice was amazing, you could taste it’s freshly pressed and the glasses are quite large (so the price of 40.000rp is not SO bad). The coffee was also very good, I was especially amazed about their tableware, from one of my favorite shops Kevala home. For food we ordered Eggs Benedict, French toast and the smoked salmon sliders (plus extra spinach and avocado/feta to share). The eggs benedict were classical; the sauce hollandaise very delicious. The french toast was a variation with brioche and just amazing! It was served with caramelized banana, walnuts, banana ice cream and maple syrup and although I’m not a big fan of bananas I really loved this dish. The smoked salmon sliders were served on small burger breads with scrambled egg and salsa verde, together with the extra portion avocado and feta they were very delicious. All dishes were arranged beautifully on minimalistic plates or wooden boards.

eggs benedict

smoked salmon sliders

frenchtoast

We had a great morning, with very good food and still reasonable prices. The coffee costs 30.000rp and we paid 60.000rp for the eggs benedict and 65.000rp for the salmon sliders and french toast.

Unfortunately I left my camera at home and had to use my phone, so I didn’t capture the location and furniture, but you can get an impression on their website (wich is very nice) until I go there again. If you like modern design and classic dishes with a little twist you could like Sisterfields. We will come back for sure!

Happy Easter – Olé Olé Ollie

Cupcakes, cookies and puppies

Getting in Easter mood in Bali is a little complicated. The weather is hot, you don’t experience spring time like in Europe with flowers starting to grow and landscape getting greener. The climate is also not really suitable for hiding chocolate easter eggs in the garden, so you have to go for something else. A short time ago I fortunately discovered a very nice little garden café, close to echo beach in Canggu, called Olé Olé Ollie.

Olé Olé Ollie garden café

They offer pancakes (which are very delicious and fluffy), coffee, tea, cold drinks and homemade water ice (with guava and mango flavor). But the best thing there, are the beautiful cupcakes and cookies.

Easter sweets-cupcakes and cookies

For Easter they have a “special edition” of cute cookies formed to bunnies, flowers and eggs. They don’t only look great, but taste very good. I bought a bunny/flower cookie mix (25.000rp; 1,60€)  and two cupcakes (20.000rp; 1,30€ each) today, one with vanilla and the other with blueberry flavor.

blueberry cupcake

vanilla cupcake

Sweet easter cookies

They look so beautiful that they are almost too good to eat, but I did it anyway. The consistency and flavor of the cupcakes where perfect; they contain whole berries and real vanilla. Another thing I have to mention is the adoption day for puppies, Olé Olé Ollie hosts every last Saturday of the month. In my opinion there is nothing better than cupcakes, cookies and cute little puppies in one place!

adoption day for puppies

If you are searching for cupcakes, or extraordinary cookies (they have a lot of different styles like Bintang bottles, flip flops or tops), just want to hang out at a beautiful location and drink coffee or maybe adopt a puppy, give this place a try.

Bali Buda – Organic dining and shopping

Bali Buda hast several locations in Bali, because I live in Canggu I often visit the one in Kerobokan on Jl. Raya Anyar no. 24. It’s a mix of bakery, restaurant and organic shop where you can buy vegetables, cheese and essential things like rice, pasta or cereals, great pastry and have breakfast or a light meal. The articles are organic and chemical-free; they practice the principals of fair trade and recycle 90% of their produced waste. They also sell natural cosmetics, for hair and skin and essential oils. Sometimes I buy basic cooking ingredients like wheat, lentils, oil (in particular the virgin coconut oil, which is amazing!) or polenta; But the main reason for me to go to Bali Buda are the baked goods.

The bread is very tasty, with a good crust and lots of flavor; Also the muffins and croissants are delicious. My favorites in the whole shop are the cakes and cookies, especially the Chocolate truffles and the Coconut tart with passion fruit filling. I am also crazy for the peanut butter cookies (22.000rp; 1,40€) and coconut cookies (40.000rp; 2,50€) which they sell in packages with 10pcs. The truffles cost 10.000rp (0,60€) per piece and the coconut tart 12.000rp (0,75€).

chocolate truffle

coconut tart with passion fruit filling

For cookie and cake lovers this place is a paradise! It’s also a good possibility to have vegan meals and they offer a lot of gluten-, and wheat free alternatives on their menu.

Sushi time – Seki Tei

Interior Seki Te

A very commendable sushi restaurant in Bali, is Seki Tei in Umalas on Jl. Bumbak . They offer an authentic Japanese atmosphere in a clean and modern design. An eye catcher is the entry, with a walking way of natural stones between bamboo walls. The waiters are attentive and friendly; the menu offers a large selection of sushi, sashimi and warm Japanese dishes.

We tried the miso soup, gyoza with pork, cucumber maki, california rolls, nigiri with japanese omlett and avocado-prawn rolls. The sushi was tasty, the seafood fresh and good quality. My favorites were the miso soup and the nigiri sushi with Japanese omelette, also the gyoza were very delicious and well seasoned. The presentation of the food was beautiful, on typical Japanese dining ware (which I would love to have at home).

Miso soup

Cucumber maki sushi

Pork Gyoza

Nigiri sushi with Japanese omlelette

The prices are totally reasonable, maki rolls (6 pcs) cost between 20.000rp and 30.000rp (1,30-1,90€), the california and avocado-prawn rolls 60.000rp (3,80€). The miso soup you get for 15.000rp (1,00€) and the gyoza for 30.000 (1,90€). In my opinion Seki Tei is a great place for Japanese food with a nice, relaxing atmosphere, if you are a sushi fan and stay in Canggu area, you may like this restaurant.

Barbacoa – Crazy for tapas

Barbacoa is a fantastic restaurant for tapas, cocktails and wine in Kerobokan on Jl. Petitenget. The service is excellent and the interior is a mixture of rustically and modern elements in a large hall with beautiful brick walls. They also have a terrace with a nice view on rice paddies. The menu for cocktails and wine is large, I ordered a passion fruit mojito, which was delicious and presented beautifully.

mojito

We have been there in a bigger group of people, one of the waiters asked us about our food preferences and aversions or allergies, so he can create a menu for us. We started with a chickpeas/cauliflower salad followed by little fish tacos with mango  and octopus with crispy polenta and chorizo.

chickpea salad

fish taco

octopus with polenta

As main courses we got grilled prawns, chorizo with red pepper jam, 8 hours wood fired pork and grilled rib eye steak with chimichurri (a tasty Argentine sauce made of oil and vinegar mixed with different herbs). Every single dish was very delicious, the quality of the food, especially of the seafood, was very good and from the presentation on the plates you could see all of them were made with passion.

grilled prawns

salsicciaweb

grilled pork

rib eye steak

I especially liked the octopus dish and the chickpeas salad, the octopus was very tender and the combination with crispy fried polenta, chorizo and paprika oil was amazing. The salad was composed of fried cauliflower, chickpeas, cumin, pine nuts and raisins. I will try to make this salad at home, for sure.
The prices are not cheap, but totally reasonable for the super quality and service you get. For the salad you pay 85.000 rp (5,40 €), for the tacos 35.000 rp (2,20 €) and 110.000 rp (6,90€) for the octopus dish. The grilled prawns and the chorizo you get for 125.000 rp (7,95 €) and 95.000 rp (6,00 €). The price for the pork and the steak is 250.000 rp (15,80 €) each.
Barbacoa is the best place for tapas I discovered in Bali so far. We had a great evening there, and will definitely come back again.

If you are searching for high quality meat and seafood, you should pay them a visit, you can book a table online on their website.

Indonesian breakfast – Nasi goreng

nasi goreng

Nasi (rice) goreng (fried) is an Indonesian classic, which local people eat for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s a mix of fried rice, vegetables (mostly carrots, onions, water spinach and garlic) and egg normally served with prawn crackers on the side. You can get in at street sales, warungs or restaurants, normally you can choose between a vegetarian, seafood or chicken variation. I like it as a late breakfast, especially after workout or surfing when I’m very hungry.