|Cafe Bali: entrance (L), bar area (R)|
We went for lunch recently on Idul Fitri (Lebaran) and arrived at noon to a half-filled restaurant. The all-white interior of this Joglo-type wooden house is bright and airy. The place was furnished with white tables and chairs, cushy sofas and armchairs while off to one side is a small area with antique-tiled flooring and a wooden bar taking up most of the room. The plastic flower-themed table covers and the hammered tin bowls filled with fresh flower petals added a nice touch too.
|From upper left: flowers on the table, greek salad, pumpkin gnocchi, beef satay, chicken curry|
While waiting, we enjoyed the people watching - mostly expats sitting around and chatting or having a coffee and enjoying the free WiFi. The food was served not long afterwards: the greek salad came with lots of crumbled Feta on tomatoes, black olives, cucumbers and red and yellow peppers (strangely, there were a few stray capers in it as well, not sure if that was deliberate or just a mistake). A declared his pumpkin gnocchi delicious and finished it rather quickly. As we often do, J and I shared our dishes - the Indian chicken curry was spicy and came with saffron-flavored onion rice, a piece of chapati and some lentils while the beef satay was properly char-grilled and came with rice, prawn crackers, acar (pickled cucumbers) and peanut sauce (sadly, the only letdown of the meal as it was too smooth and not peanut-y enough). We weren't expecting much from Cafe Bali and since we were pleasantly surprised at how our lunch turned out, we decided to order some dessert as well. Chocolate mousse which came in a cup, bittersweet and thick enough you could stand a spoon in it and profiteroles, one of our favorites, which was the usual three choux-pastry balls filled with good-quality vanilla ice cream and lots of dark chocolate sauce. Yes, portions are on the small side and the service was a bit choppy but all in all, Cafe Bali is a good choice for a cheap and cheerful meal, something that's quite hard to come by in Seminyak.
Jalan Oberoi (Laksmana)
Tel: +62 361 736 484
Open daily, from 7 a.m. till late