Sunday, August 18, 2013

balique, jimbaran, bali

Jalan Uluwatu 39
Jimbaran, Bali

The first time I saw an image of Balique in the Yak Magazine I was smitten by the vintage styling.  Anyone that has the guts to use rusty tin on their façade has my applause. It has taken me a while to get out to Jimbaran, but on my recent Bingin trip I made it down the hill to see for myself.

The meld of Moroccan born Zohra Boukhari and Blaise Samoy from Belgium has already made an influence on the Seminyak restaurant scene, with the striking renovation at Khaima and the recently opened Bistrot on Jalan Oberoi, sister café to Balique.

The main street of Jimbaran is yet to be consumed by cafes and design stalls, and Balique sits inconspicuously near motorbike mechanics and helmet stores.  The structure is a vast open sided joglo, revealed as you enter through the shuttered front doors and modest tin panels. White washed timbers and a checkered cement tile floor are grounds for hand-selected vintage treasures, European style furniture, art deco ornaments and a stunning array of light fittings. There are multiple seating options to suit your dining style, and I chose to sink down in a plump cushioned armchair beside a coffee table complete with magazines. 

The extensive menu, like the team behind the venture, is a blend of French, Moroccan and Asian flavours. The food has gathered high reviews, however I bypassed the tenderloin steak and couscous and went straight for the coffee frappacino; presented in a balloon glass and topped with thick cream. If you like dairy this would no doubt thrill you to the aorta, but I sucked the cold goodness from below and left a whipped puddle in the bottom of my glass. A vegan establishment this is not. 

Balique offers a dining experience unmatched in Jimbaran and with its location close to the five star resorts I don’t doubt it is a favourite alternate to in-house restaurants.  It doesn’t open until 11am, so it isn't a destination for early morning eggs benedict and coffee (you can find these down the road at Grocer & Grind).  Go later for lunch, dinner or a cocktail, and let the eclectic soul of Balique welcome you with a touch of tousled glamor. 


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