Wednesday, May 05, 2010
PEPeNERO is hidden away alongside the Temple Hill Estate on the winding road that ends up at the Four Seasons Hotel. The three-story restaurant has a little deli/takeaway counter at street level, a small eating area on the 1st floor and the actual restaurant on the 2nd floor with a fantastic view of Jimbaran bay. The open-air dining area has several wooden tables on two levels and lots of ceiling fans that help on hot and humid days. The menu is extensive and has antipasto & carpaccio, pastas (Primi Piatti), meat and fish main courses (Secondi Piatti), pizzas and paninis.
The first time we went for dinner and I had the spaghetti alle vongole - deceptively simple yet not that easy to make and theirs had just the right mix of garlic and clams. This time, I chose the rigatoni salsiccia e funghi with Italian sausage and a chunky tomato and mushroom sauce. The pastas are generally good but on the small side, portioned the Italian way as "first plates" to be followed by a "second plate" or main course so if you're hungry, order the pasta as a starter. We also had a couple of pizzas to share - the margherita which is a classic (perfect for kids) and the bianco al crudo, a non-tomato sauce pizza topped just with mozzarella, speck, cherry tomatoes and arugula. For main courses, we had the Cotoletta a la Milanese (breaded beef) with homemade french fries and the bocconcini di maiale alle erbette - pork tenderloin in a herb and cream sauce. Both were simply prepared and delicious. PEPeNERO serves unfussy Italian food in a casual setting and the surprise is that the bill is always reasonable (about 100,000 Rupiah per or US$11 per person for two courses).
Temple Hill Studios
Jalan Wanagiri 18
Telephone: +62 361 704 677
Open daily for lunch and dinner