Monday, December 27, 2010

bar luna, ubud, bali


cafe & bar
literary night last Thursday of the month
Jalan Gootama, Ubud, Bali

 
beans : Toraja Indonesian beans
leaf : imported leaf & fresh hibiscus
soy : yes, presweetened (delicious in hot chocolate, not so great if you don't like sweet coffee)
fork : caramel banoffee pie
spoon : honeymoon bakery granola with banana & yoghurt
knife : orange & raisin french toast with yoghurt (30,000rps A$3.50)
plate & bowl : all day breakfast and tapas and tasting plates to share

footprint :
flats or thongs, stepping up to low heels with wine at night
price : 17,000 A$1.90
service : affable & unobtrusive
open : 8.00am - 11.00pm
buzz : the latest star in the Casa Luna constellation, this small venue is leading the way on Ubud's new hip strip (soon to open nearby is a wine bar from the team at Kafe/Bali Spirit).  A casual vibe and quiet side street location make it a great stop for good coffee and all day breakfast treats from the Honeymoon Bakery. Baristas are trained by the crack team 5 Senses so a good brew is assured. Later in the afternoon the focus shifts to a full bar list of cocktails and imported wine, with a generous happy "hour" from 4-8 pm.  The menu offers fresh international flavours for snacking and sharing, and groups of expats and literary types gather for discussions over platters and a glass of chilled chardonnay.  A little gem.






Monday, December 20, 2010

biku, petitenget, bali


tea house, restaurant & bookstore
high tea daily
#888 Jln Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali


beans : Bali grown blend
leaf : this is tea heaven with an entire menu dedicated to the leaf
soy : yes, great soy chai
fork : lumberjack cake with fresh coconut
spoon : rich chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream
knife : fresh scones smothered in jam and cream
plate & bowl : rocket, pumpkin, pear & feta salad with raspberry vinaigrette (35,000rps A$4)
vegetable korma with brown rice, raita, chutney & chapatti (45,000rps A$5.10)
buttermilk pancakes with banana, yoghurt, honey & mixed berries

footprint :
anything goes, from thongs to three inch heels
price : 18,000 (A$2.20)
service : gracious & eager to please
open : 8am - 11.00pm, breakfast, lunch & dinner, 7 days/week
  
buzz : If happiness could be found in the bottom of a cosy covered tea pot, it would make its home at Biku. Within the teak walls of the renovated Javanese joglo magic happens. The combination of a cafe/restaurant, bookstore and lounge, decorated with antiques, tea paraphernalia and striking white orchids, provides for one of the finest outings in the crowded Seminyak scene. Good coffee is available, but I urge you to pay homage to the leaf and explore the comprehensive tea menu. High tea each afternoon is a must, with fresh scones, dainty finger sandwiches and sweet morsels presented on a tiered china cake stand.  Teas are served in the appropriate vessel for the style of leaf - be that glass, fine porcelain or stoneware, and .  Nowhere in Bali is the ritual of steeping the perfect brew so polished and involve so many gadgets - be sure to ask the waiter how to use the many vessels, sticks and sieves that come with some of the premium green or white teas, it is a performance in itself.
The menu offers smart, simple "tropical comfort" food in a convivial atmosphere at very reasonable prices. Servings are generous, the ingredients are fresh, and both international and Indonesian flavours are presented with authenticity.  The cake selection is divine and tempting at any time of the day; the perfect end to a meal or partner to the happiness in a teapot. Love it, love it, love it.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

the junction, seminyak, bali


cafe & bar
Jalan Laksmana (Oberoi), Seminyak, Bali


beans : Illy blend
leaf : jasmine, peppermint, black; all in bag form
soy : no
fork : red wine poached pear millefeuille with red wine granita  (39,000rps A$4.20)
spoon : varlhona dark chocolate moelleux with almond sauce and vanilla ice cream  (45,000rps A$4.50)
knife : banana coconut crepe with vanilla icecream and warm chocolate sauce (35,000rps A$4.00)
plate and bowl : sauteed thai beef in a mango crown with paprika, coriander & thai dressing (49,000rps A$5.60)
vegan thai curry with cauliflower florets, carrot, baby eggplant & baby corn in a coconut cream sauce (49,000rps A$5.60)
marinated vegetarian salad with lemon vinaigrette & fresh basil oil (55,000rps A$6.25)

footprint : thongs by day, heels or ballet flats by night
price : 20,000rps (A$2.20)
service : eager and warm
open :  7 days, lunch and dinner, open till late

buzz : Recently renovated, The Junction stamps its mark on the contemporary dining scene with a striking facade of whitewashed recycled teak slats that encase the double storied cafe like a skeleton.  Inside,  the cool minimalist palette is monochromatic, decorated with modular shelves displaying hundreds of jars filled with everything from spices to nuts and plastic fruit. The daytime vibe is casual and relaxed, the place for lunch with friends, coffee and a newspaper, or catching up on emails with the free wireless. Come evening, the candles are lit for a more intimate dinner dining experience or a glass of imported wine served in fine stemware. The food is testament to the name, a meeting of many culinary influences as diverse as Indonesian,  Thai, French, Belgium and Italian.  Servings are an elegant size, presented with thought and without fussiness.  The music selection could do with improvement, they don't have soy milk and tea is a Sari Wangi bag, but the styling and food is a class act.


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