Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bali Foodgasm

I'm back with another food blog for you guys!
I went to Bali a couple of weeks ago so I would like to share what I ate and thoughts of it.
Just so you know that this is not in any particular order.
It's just listed according to the date and time I had it. 
So let's jump right onto the first place I went.
Get ready to be hungry ;D

Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
Jl. Sunset Road No. 554, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 9AM - 6PM
I was super excited to try this out cause I heard a lot of good reviews about it.
This roadside eatery was said to have long hours of queue but thankfully, when I was there, there were no queue at all. Yes there were other customers which was already sitting and eating, but no queue.

Anyway, they only sell one thing which is Babi Guling, which consists of rice (obviously), pork meat & the infamous piece of pork crackling and crispy pork skin, pork sate, as well as sayur urap. If you don't know what sayur urap is, it is the mixture of beans and shredded coconut that taste heavenly. It's kinda like an Indonesian Salad i think.  Anyway, the dish is also served with a side of a pork soup. 

Though it sounds and looks quite good, the real deal isn't that great. It seriously didn't come up to my expectation. I had high hopes kay. 
I wish it was better. I just feel like the dish is somewhat quite bland but that's just what I think.
I have never tried Babi Guling before so I can't really make a comparison.
If I were to go to Bali again, I might just skip this place cause it's not up to my standards. 

2A,, Jl. Drupadi No.1, Seminyak, Kuta, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 7.30AM - 6PM
Have you heard of Acai bowls? I did and I was stoked to try this out.  
I was very curious of what it tastes like cause I couldn't find it at my hometown.
It was a hard decision to decide which one to order but then I ended up ordering their signature bowl, "MAVERICKS".
It's no wonder their 'Secret' Acai blend which is topped with granola, banana, strawberry, coconut flakes and honey.
First bite and it was a straight 10 out of 10. No doubt. 20 out of 10 if I really have to be honest.
It is the best thing I've eaten so far (IN LIFE!) and I absolutely love it.
I wish I had more time so I could go back and try other bowls but I didn't. 
However, I think they have a branch at Jakarta now but I think you still gotta have it from it's origin.
If you only have a day in Bali, please try this out. I promise it won't let you down.

Potato Head Beach Club
Jalan Petitenget No. 51 B, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 83061
Opening hours: 10AM - 2AM
This is a place to chill at night.
The ambiance is perfect - chilling music plus the sound of the ocean. 
The food is not bad, too. We had the burger with a side of fries and nachos.
The burger is juicy and the fries are great. The nachos isn't something to be excited about but it's fine as a snack. 
Oh, they have a great service too ;)
You should check this place out if you're looking for a place to chill. 
Other option is Ku De Ta which has a similar environment, but I think I'd prefer Potato Head.

Jl. Kayu Cendana No.7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 7AM - 10PM
 Berries & Bavarian Cream (Idr 80k) - Strawberry compote, frozen raspberry segments, charcoal and pistachio biscotti.
This is by far the prettiest thing I've put into my mouth LOL
When it was served to my table, I was stunned by this bowl of beaute. I didn't even know where to start digging it. 
I don't really believe in the sayings "You eat with your eyes", but this bowl tho...
It's not only a treat to look at, but also a heaven in my mouth. 
If you love tangy stuff and greek yoghurt, give this bowl a shot.
I looooove every component in this bowl. I don't think I could finish the whole thing if it wasn't because of the tanginess of the raspberry and strawberry. I find that the yoghurt was a little bit too much, but I would definitely order this again.
 Polenta fries with truffle aoili & parmesan (Idr 60k)
I've never had polenta fries before so I was interested to try one though I ended up disliking it. 
The fries are rather greasy and the aoili is just too much. I think I'd much prefer to have it with chili sauce or ketchup. The biggest possibility of liking the dish is because of the parmesan.

 Breakfast Burrito (Idr 100k) - Jalapeño & cheese sausage, beef & black bean chilli, scrambled eggs, charred green capsicum & tomato salsa, sour cream, jalapeño poppers.
This is a pretty big dish. It's easily shared by 2 if you're not a big eater. 
And you gotta like eggs and avocado to like this burrito cause it's loaded with it.
Personally, I like it because I love love love eggs and avocado.

Jalan Mertanadi No. 46B, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 10AM - 10PM
 It's rated as one of the best gelato in Bali by some bloggers, so I had to give it a try.
I chose the medium size cup which allows me to choose 3 flavours (Idr 42k).
They have lot of flavours to choose from and I was kinda struggling to choose the flavours.
But after testing a few, I find that I not a big fan of most of the flavours.
I ended up with chocolate, passion fruit, and soursop.
I've had a better chocolate gelato so this one is a miss. However, the sherbets are not bad.
The flavours tasted real. Meaning without the addition of artificial flavourings.
So if I ever stumbled across this place again, I might just go for the sherbets.

 Jl. Batu Belig No.41, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Opening hours: 11AM - 10.30PM
 Hog Wild is well-known for their pork ribs.
Knowing that, this one was on our must-go list.
We were being indecisive cause they have this new pork ribs on the menu, which was told to be "spicy".
Taking the opportunity to try their newest item, we gave it a try and we don't like it.
Despite the meat is indeed very juicy and fall-of-the-bone, the sauce isn't great at all.
It's a bit tangy and sweet and not at all spicy. It is really disappointing.
I've never had the original one before, but I'll give it a try on my next visit.

 Jl. Petitenget No.99 X, Kec. Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 7AM - 4PM
 Bondi Bowl (Idr 60k) - Blueberries, Oats, Raw Honey, Goji Berries, Banana Slices, Slivered Almonds, Mango Chunks, Toasted Coconut, Chia Seeds, Coconut Water.
This bowl is super instagram-able. They served it on a coconut bowl which looks very appealing, despite that it's inedible hahaha
However, I kinda dislike this one. The smoothie tastes a little weird for me. I think it's because of the coconut water? Hmm... Not sure though.
Quinoa Sushi (Idr 59k) - Fresh Avocado, Red Quinoa, Tempeh, Sliced Carrot, Crunchy Cucumber, Capsicum, Wasabi, Soy Sauce. 
When I saw this on the menu I was like, Oh DAMN. HEALTHY SUSHI!!
Without any hesitation, I ordered it and well, I have a hate-love relationship with it.
The first bite I took was a hate one. But as I ate another piece, the flavour starts to mingling with my tongue. 
The sushi itself isn't very flavourful. But when you dip it in soy sauce and put a little wasabi. It changes the flavour a lot. 
It is also my first time having quinoa and have to say that it wasn't my favourite. The texture is a bit odd for me. But it's bearable though.
If I were to go vegan, this sushi might just be on my list.

Sate Plecing Arjuna
Jalan Arjuna No.47, Denpasar Utara, Kota Denpasar, Bali 80232
Opening hours: 9AM - 3PM
This doesn't taste as simple as it looks. The pork satay itself is fullllll of flavour.
Personally, I dislike pork satay but this one is an exception. 
It's juicy and has a very complex flavour which goes really well with the super spicy sauce. 
Yes, that chili sauce is rather on the spicy side. I would say it's a 7 out of 10 spicyness level for me.
So, if I say it's rather spicy, it might be very very spicy for some people cause I can tolerate a very high level of spicyness. Lol
But don't worry, that cucumber on the side will cool you down.

Nasi Bebek Bu Rima
 No., Jl. Raya Kuta No.70, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 5PM - 10PM
You have to try this. It's a small eatery across the road, but it's INCREDIBLY good.
My boyfriend and I only ordered 1 portion at first but we ended up ordering another one after few bites.
Even if you are not a fan of duck meat (my boyfriend) or just hate it, this dish might just change the way you think.
The duck is grilled to its perfection with their finger-licking sauce. It's very tender and juicy.
It's also served with more sauce which taste kinda like curry sauce, which is also very flavourful. So a little goes a long way.
Not to forget the chili sauce tho. It's extra-ordinary spicy - 9/10, and tastes very good at the same time. I ended up asking for more chili sauce cause I loveeee spicy food. 
Definitely will go back as often as I can if I'm in Bali.

Jl. Raya Tuban No. 2X, Tuban - Kuta (more locations on site)
Opening hours: 9AM - 10PM
This place has nothing special at all.
The chicken with all the side dishes aren't that good. It's very ordinary to be honest.
I don't see why it's very famous and all. Probably it's because of the branch I went isn't that great?

Jalan Petitenget No. 100x, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 12-3PM, 6-10.30PM
Beef Shank "Bak Pao" - Rendang Steamed Buns, Sambal Hijau (Idr 70k)
I adore Rendang since I was a kid. If you don't know what that is, it's basically a very flavourful dish of beef that has been cooked with lots of spices for hours and hours until it becomes very tender. 
I also happen to love buns. Any kind of freshly baked buns, just call me and I'll be there. hahaha
So when I read this on the menu, I instantly ordered one and it doesn't disappoint me at all.
Everything is a mouthful of heaven. The buns are warm and soft, the Rendang is very tasty, and the cucumber and chive (i think) are adding a touch of freshness to the bite.
But I wouldn't say much about the Sambal Hijau though...
Fried Boneless Duck Popia - Palm hearts, Kecap Manis, Pancakes (Idr 100k)
Any duck dish is just right up my alley. I love duck a lotttt.
And this duck dish, which has been cooked in don't know what sauce is sooo good.
The pancakes are very simple (and delicious!) and it pairs well with the oh-so-tender duck.
Plus the pickled vegetables add a nice crunch, too.
This is a DIY popia which is quite troublesome but it's fine, it's a fun-messy thing to do.
I would order this again next time.
 Nasi Goreng Bali - Pork, school prawn, seasonal vegetable fried rice, egg (Idr 85k)
This is one good fried rice right there. That egg, which is hidden under the fried shallots and chives, has a runny egg yolk which adds another layer of goodness to the fried rice.
Although it has lots of vegetables in it, they are quite generous with the pork and prawn as well.
Overall, this is a good fried rice if you're not into all other complicated dishes.
Kacang Mente - Not really sure what's on the plate but I know for sure there's coconut ice cream, some fudge, poached pear, cashew nuts, white chocolate bark, a type of cheese and other stuff.
Don't care what's on plate, everything eaten together is just purrrrfection.
It's one of the most stunning desserts I've eaten so far.
It has the classic flavours that everyone would love, but this restaurant has taken it to the next level, I SWEAR, IT'S SO GOOD YOU HAVE TO TRY IT.
But I have to warn you that it's pretty sweet and might be very sweet for some. But hey, it's a dessert after all.

 Jl. Kartika Plaza, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Opening hours: 8AM - 10.30PM (midnight on weekends)
 Original Silver Dollar Pancakes 5pcs - Served with icing sugar, blueberry, maple syrup, and butter (Idr 29k)
I wouldn't say much about this. It's just horrible. Sorry, but it's a fact. 
I thought it would be good since the rating and reviews on the internet are pretty high. 
It's such a disappointment. 
The pancakes itself are terrible. Yes, it's light and soft but it was a tad bit bitter and I don't know why.
I'm more of a waffle person than pancake, but this is just horrible.
The blueberry jam or whatever that is, is the MOST disgusting thing I've had.
I'm not sure whether it's homemade or not, but I honestly believe even the cheapest one sold at the supermarket wouldn't taste that bad. I can't find a word to describe the taste. 
It tastes like vomit, seriously.
And the maple syrup... 100% sure it isn't the real thing.
and the butter doesn't do much either. Uhh.. such a miss.
 Tiramisu Waffle - Chocolate waffle, chocolate curls, mascarpone cheese, coffee gelato, cocoa powder(?) (Idr 50-60k)
Before I give my thoughts on this waffle, please know that I like my waffle to be crispy and light, not soft. Soft waffles are a big NONO.
So this one, is soft and that's a minus point already. The chocolate flavour isn't that strong and I assume they put essence in the batter and I hate artificial flavourings.
Secondly, the gelato isn't bad. But it is definitely not the best.
Overall, this waffle gets a 2 out of 10.
I would never ever go to this place again. Even though I'm here, I won't be ordering anything anymore.

Nasi Pedas Ibu Andika
Jl. Raya Kuta, Gg. Kubu No. 120 C, Benoa, Badung, Kuta Selatan, Bali
Opening hours: 24 hours
To the people who are 24-hours hungry, this place might be your choice aside from McD.
Even though the name is Nasi Pedas which translates to "spicy rice", the dish they serve isn't spicy at all.
This place has quite a lot of options to choose from. With the base of rice, you could add any available dishes to go with.
We choose quite a lot of things that day and I just can't remember what the stuffs are. 
But I thing I know is that the cooks are pretty sweet and everything are crunchy, except for vegetables.
The only thing that amazed me is the chicken satay. It's very tender and you can taste all the flavourful spices. 
Will I go back? Most probably not.

BTDC Complex, Nusa Dua Beach, Bali, Indonesia (Branch)
Opening hours: 10AM - 11PM
 We had the Bebek Bengil and it was nothing special.
The duck is crispy as it says but it got nothing to be amazed of.
They also serves it with 3 kind of chili, but it's not that great, either.
Other than that, we also ordered the Duck Spring Rolls which sounds very good but same, nothing to be amazed of. So, this place is pretty much a miss but if you want to try, I really suggest going to the main restaurant. 

Ruko Kuta Megah No. 15, Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Opening hours: 9AM - 5PM
This is a staple to buy and try or for souvenirs if you're going to Bali.
It's basically stuffed pastry/pie, but it's damn good.
They have 3 flavours which are chocolate, cheese, and mung bean.
I've never had mung bean one before but I've had the chocolate and cheese.
As a chocolate lover, have to admit that I adore the chocolate one so much.
I bought a box for my own and I kinda regretted that I didn't buy 2.
But the thing is it only lasted for 2 weeks. So you gotta eat it pretty quickly.
But trust me, it won't even last you that long ;)
Oh, I heard that this place is very crowded and you need to queue for hours to get it so people suggest you to come earlier. Thankfully, when I was there, the queue was very short and it took only 10 mins to get to us. So, probably that was just our luck.


So you have come to the end of this post. CONGRATS if you're not hungry by now!
I hope you find this helpful and please do share with me if you have any recommendations of good places to eat in Bali, so it can be on my/others next visit list ;)
 Thank you for reading, guys! I'll see you on my next post <3
xx Julia.


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