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.
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.
Café Bali on Jalan Laksamana Basangkasa in Seminyak is one of my favorite restaurants in Bali. The interior is very individual and special, they have an indoor pool and a lot of different decorative elements all over the place, I especially like the lamps and different mirrors. The atmosphere is very cozy, you feel like you are sitting in a big beautiful living room of an old colonial style house. The staff is great, the waiters are very attentive, cheerful and friendly. Of course the most important thing in a restaurant is the food, which is amazing! They have a clearly arranged menu with some asian dishes and western food, from fish and steak to pasta and risotto. My favorite dishes are the caesar salad as an appetizer and the tenderloin steak with mashed potatoes on the side (you can choose from french fries, mashed potatoes and creamy spinach) and sauce béarnaise (the second choice is black pepper sauce) as the main course.
The best dessert in my opinion is the sweet delight, a selection of 4 different dishes, lemon tarte, chocolate mousse, brownie and crème brûlée. With the sweet delight you get a little bit of everything and don’t have to make the difficult choice between all the yummy sweets on the menu.
The steak is available in 2 sizes, small (150g) and large (200g). The presentation on the plate is simple but pleasant, the ingredients of good quality and the taste is just great. They have also a good variety of wines, which you find rarely in Bali. The prices are very moderate for the quality and service you get. A large steak costs 92.000 rp (5,80€) a small one 78.000 rp (4,80€). The caesar salad you get for 63,000 rp (4,00€) and the dessert variation for one person for 35.000 rp (2,20€). Alcohol is expensive in Indonesia, especially the imported stuff, like wine or vodka. The price for a bottle of wine of the day is 350.000 rp (22,00€).
In my opinion Café Bali is one of the best restaurants on the island, if you are in Seminyak you should pay them a visit.