Monday, November 21, 2011

deus ex machina, seminyak


"warung of simple pleasures"
cafe, motorcycles, surfboards, bicycles & clothing
32b Jalan Laksmana (Kayuaya/Oberoi), Seminyak, Bali

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beans : Balinese blend
leaf : bag
soy : yes, pre-sweetened
caffeine free : raspberry smoothie  $3.30
fork : choc brownies  $2.20

knife : thick ass French toast topped with sugar, fresh strawberries and mango, served with warm maple syrup $4.40
plate & bowl : “the weed eater”- teriyaki grilled zucchini, roasted red pepper, lettuce, tomato, onion, alfalfa and goats cheese stuffed in a toasted baguette and served with wedges $7.80

footprint :
hemp Sanuk scuffs, thongs
latte price : $3.80
service : friendly, but inexperienced and a little vacant and preoccupied
open :  7 days, 7am to 6pm

buzz : Sydney born Deus Ex Machina expanded their boys club to Bali last year with the anticipated opening of a vast restaurant and retail space in Canggu, enticingly named the “Temple of Enthusiasm”.  This year,  they spread the love to Seminyak , where the “Warung of Simple Pleasures” stamps their signature style and continues their pursuit of fun and speed.  The masculine industrial space features recycled materials, concrete and exposed brick, and sells a range of authentic testosterone toys and threads for the surfer, cyclist and all round cool dude (or biker babe) in your life.  Jalan Laksmana is famous for its high end boutiques, but rather than silk, lace and 3 inch heels, the focus at Deus is “enjoyment of the machine” and their wares represent a way of life where “all risk takers are welcome”. Would you like a double shot with that?

The cafĂ© menu is presented on individual sheets of tea stained paper stuck to the wall.  Breakfast staples, sandwiches, salads and soups cover the basic hunger needs, and I am keen to return to try their “thick ass French toast”.  Inside is an open lounge area while outside on the exposed footpath is a number of wooden tables and chairs.  If you’re a smoker this is your zone, or if you can tolerate the road noise and pollution that now prevails in Seminyak.

The newest temple on the journey of Deus is still finding its feet in the coffee department.  My soy latte was weak and watery and didn’t step far above a Nescafe 3-in-1.  In time, and with some more barista training, I am certain this “multifarious heaving mass of enthusiasm” will stamp its authority on the gap between Seminyak Square and Ku De Ta, however I doubt it will ever challenge the Corner Store or Sea Circus as a coffee destination.  Their well presented and unique merchandise is the lure, and anyone with a weakness for custom made motorbikes, single speed pushies and retro surfboards should put the store on their must visit list.  


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