It's one of those rainy Sundays where I wish I'd booked a ticket to be somewhere other than here. Bangkok maybe, or Siem Reap, or maybe even a short trip back to Bali. Which got me trawling through pictures of our trip in March... which inevitably got me very hungry since all I do on holiday is take pictures of my food... because all I do on holiday is eat. and sleep. and eat again. and you see where this is going. This is also why there are no photos of me in bikinis anywhere. Because, really, I would not give up my meals for most things in the world.
So now I'm sitting here chowing down on a cucumber-mayo-japanese-flakes sandwich - not nearly half as satisfying as all the amazing things you see in this post but it will do for now - while I consolidate my old food posts on Bali (mostly for my own reference but I thought to share with all of you), and plan my next excursion to Seminyak to eat, sleep and maybe swim a little.
The Delicious Onion
It’s a tiny place tucked away from the main stretch of Seminyak that you just might miss if you aren’t paying attention, but the food makes this place 110% worth the visit. It’s got this laid back chic with a bit of a hippy vibe that I love, and it’s relatively devoid of the loud obnoxious tourists that haunt downtown Seminyak. Pineapple margaritas can’t be beat (put it this way, I had three, and could have kept drinking them all day), and you have to order the roast pork – it’s like siew yoke but a million times better (is it just me or is Bali the best place to go for pork in this region?). Also good: the gado gado, pandan chicken, pork gyoza, and clams in chilli.
Corner of jalan Drupadi and Dyanapura, Seminyak, Bali
Grocer & Grind
For a decent cup of coffee and a mid-afternoon snack, you should consider hitting up G&G. There's free wifi, friendly staff, and a very Aussie atmosphere. There's also a little grocery store for folks who're staying in Bali for a longer period of time - you can stock up on pastas, sauces, and the like.
An age old institution that's been in Bali for eons. The ribs here are the stuff of legend, the mango margarita is a gargantuan tower of goodness (and a definite brain freeze if you try to beat the inevitable melt), and everything else on the menu is pretty darn tasty. It’s a touristy spot so you’ll pay tourist prices – but that doesn’t detract at all from the food or the fun service.
Jalan Batubelig, Kerobokan, Bali
If you don't want to travel all the way to Ubud for Ibu Oka, and you trust that the locals in the Seminyak area know what they're talking about when it comes to Babi Guling (Bali's version of suckling pig), then you should try Pak Malen which is just on the outskirts of downtown (read: tourist overrun) Seminyak.
I like this place because the owners can't be fussed about whether you're a tourist or a local - they treat you all the same. They don't speak a word of English (as far as I can tell), so be prepared to order in Bahasa (ask your concierge how to do this). The meal comes dirt cheap, and it's damn good.
Relatively new, and ultra trendy, it looks as though this is the new place to go if you’re good looking and in search of tiny portions for dinner. That being said, I actually loved Mama San. Everything from the decor to the food far exceeded expectations, and it didn’t hurt that the fellow diners were easy on the eyes. Walking in, you’ll step into a curious mix of old shanghai and colonial britain shoved into a modern warehouse with loft ceilings, exposed brick, and a lot of industrial finishings. It sounds a little insane, but it came together perfectly. I want to know who did the iD for the place because it’s great and we really need something exactly like it in Singapore. I’m a huge fan of the marble-topped mahjong tables and overstuffed leather chairs.
Food wise, it’s spot on. It’s everything you’d find in a Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese restaurant done slightly differently – familiar flavours presented in new ways and tiny portions, but it all tastes great and is pleasingly presented. Take my advice and order the oxtail, you can thank me later.
Cocktails (on the second floor) are a killer. KILLER. Delicious morsels of coconut candy floating in my mojito tasted just like heaven. Heaven.
Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135 | Br. Taman, Bali.
And in the event you're interested - old posts from Bali here.