Thursday, January 22, 2015

Biku - Seminyak, Bali

Being tea freaks, we always look for an opportunity to have a wonderful tea time together. However, we couldn't have imagined that such opportunity would come up in Bali, where you would expect people to enjoy overpriced western food or very spicy rice dishes.

Biku is conveniently located in Seminyak (where, as you know, is the trendiest place in Bali as of now) and it is decorated with such an authentic Balinese feel. There is no air conditioning or whatever, but still enjoyable. 

When you enter, on the left hand corner there will be a small classical bookshop (which I think is intended for you to buy and enjoy the book there). Going further inside, and there is a tarot reading desk,and I heard that you have to make an appointment for the tarot reading.

Tarots aside, we decided to try their tea set. We ordered the Traditional Afternoon Tea, with Biku classic tea as the tea of choice. The restaurant offers a various range of teas, so you don't have to worry about not finding one that won't suit you. 

The tea set is accompanied with a set of small bites that are definitely simple and godly : sandwich with ham, cucumber, and smoked salmon as the savory bites, and two pieces of scones and a few other sweets on top. All of these cost Rp 105K, but definitely worth it. It gives a slightly different experience compared with TWG

 Furthermore, another must try would be the Signature Beef Pie. The size of the pie is large enough to leave you fulfilled in the afternoon. The taste is very fresh and delicious, the filling is perfect, and the crust is having just about the right thickness. While eating with ketchup doesn't sound to classy, you should probably try it. This little gem here costs you Rp 60 K as of 2014. 

Of course there are other things to be tried, however we didn't have the stomach capacity. Definitely will make a revisit once in Bali.

Warning : Do make reservation the day or two days before. It is always full even when it's not on holiday season.

Biku Bali
Jl. Petitenget 88, Kerobokan

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Cafe Bali - Seminyak, Bali

Staying in Seminyak can only result in a very interesting culinary adventure. 

There were plenty of western food options around Seminyak, and it's not possible to actually visit them one by one unless your budget is virtually unlimited. Thus, during our latest trip to Bali, we decided to simply try a few most recommended places there. 

We started one of our days by having a brunch in Cafe Bali, Seminyak. It is a very pleasant place and relatively quiet - a somewhat serene place amongst the Seminyak crowd.

We were the first few visitors in that rainy morning - and the place does seem more enjoyable when it's quiet. 

Let's get started with the meal. We had a very simple breakfast which only consists of Eggs Florentine (one Salmon and one regular), Croissant, and Fricadelle (Pork sausage). 

The croissant is..just wow It is what you would expect from a good croissant - very soft, texture is just right, and the taste is close to perfect- Rp 15K for the croissant and think it's a relatively good value considering the size and the taste. 

Sausage was just sausage though, and it was not too fancy .However it's quite delicious and also worth a try although the portion is relatively small - quite pricey for Rp 43 K. 

The eggs florentine is delicious and the eggs were poached perfectly - with enough hollandaise sauce to compliment the bread and the eggs. Simple and fulflling breakfast yet very delicious - we do  recommend to try the florentine. Regular florentine costs Rp 25K and the salmon one is Rp 45 K - not bad I guess. I'd rather order another florentine than the sausage though. 

They also have much more variety on their menu and their breakfast is pretty much all day - you won't miss a single minute. 

Address : Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak, Bali

Phone : 0361736484

Warung Satria - Bali

In the last few months, we decided to up our game in terms of our culinary experience. Being a culinary traveler like we always do, we ended up having more pictures of our food than of ourselves. Doesn't matter though!

We would like to start with a very down-to-earth place called Warung Satria, Bali. Originally, we wanted to come to one of the more popular ones. Instead, we were suggested that this one is worth a try and might be better suited to our taste, so we were like, why not?

 Besides, it is said that this place has been around for decades, so we assumed that they must be serving good stuff!

When we came, this place was not crowded - in fact we were the only guests. That however didn't stop us from trying the Nasi Campur Bali in this place. In fact, that was the only thing that we ordered (we have no idea whether they sell anything else or not, and to be honest, we didn't care).