Fancy Feasts: A guide to fabulous food in and around Seminayak, Bali

August 01, 2014
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Visiting Bali during the holiday season – not the smartest thing to do! Spending hours stuck in traffic is the last thing you’d want on a vacation. And that’s precisely why we spent most of our time exploring & indulging in the vibrant dining scene in & around Seminayak – where we stayed. Must confess, even a good 10 days in this hip & trendy area weren’t enough to grab all the deliciousness that was on offer. So if you happen to find yourself in Seminayak, do give these personal favourites of mine a go & you won’t be disappointed:

Jemme

1.Jemme Collage

Bursting with glamorous interiors, this place is a paradise for a Gatsby-style, art-deco lover like me (think large ornate mirrors, crystal chandeliers & curtains, plush sofas, exotic jewelry on display in wall frames, black & white pictures of Audrey Hepburn & Marilyn Monroe, a grand piano…). And the food itself is a culinary delight. I cannot even begin to tell you how insanely good the whole baked camembert & pork belly with caramelized chilli were! If you like bling with your bread, for a ritzy evening at Jemme you must head. (images via)

Merah Putih

2. Merah putih collage

Thank husbooness for introducing me to Indonesian cuisine in style at Merah Putih, surrounded by twinkling trees & luminous columns of epic proportions. The architecture is so stunning that it takes a while to soak in the splendour & focus on the menu. The food is tantalizing & BIG on flavour. We stuck to the small plates (fried soft shell crab, ocean trout, squid & octopus, pork belly, veal cheek…) & loved every one of them. Oh & did I mention how ridiculously posh their bar – you’ve got try their Bourbon Orange & Spice – is? Being in Seminayak & not eating here will be a serious, serious loss. (images via)

Fat Gajah

3. Fat Gajah collage

This little all day Asian Brassiere serving drinks, dumplings, & ramen can do no wrong. All my meals here were beyond perfect. Just writing about them makes me crave their soft shell crab salad, tuna ramen & coconut crème brulèè. When you get tired of all the shopping & walking on the Basangkasa street, I suggest you head over to Fat Gajah to get your mind blown by their exotic drinks & food. The ambience here is relaxed with big mirrors & iron chandeliers doing a splendid job of adding a hint of style to this petite & laid-back space. (images via)

Mozaic Beach Club

4. Mozaic Collage

Even though the ride to Mozaic is a bit bumpy & off the beaten track, it’s a perfect place to pass a day by the sea doing nothing but sipping some bubbly & eating fabulous food. We opted for the tasting menu (which had crispy baby squid, seafood sashimi, mini wagyu burgers, chocolate mousse in a jar with cinnamon bubbles) & every dish was SENSATIONAL! The decor is casual & relaxed with cabanas around a pool, & a front deck with a stunning view of the sea. It’s usually in settings like this that I like to have a heart-to-heart with the husboo :p. (images via)

Sardine

5. Sardine collage

This is definitely a place to go for a sampling of sardines. The decor is simple but has a certain trendy sensibility to it. The food (especially the entrees) is seriously good; the grilled sardines & the yellow fin tuna tartare were simply divine & the view of the rice paddy fields is spot on. Apparently, all the veggies & herbs are sourced from Sardine’s very own organic vegetable garden. A big thumbs up for that. It’s a nice romantic spot for a brunch or dinner. So, if fishies are your thing, do pay Sardine a visit & you will be wowed for sure. (images via)

Metis

6. Metis Collage

An impressive entrance, an art gallery & boutique sets the stage for the fine French dining to follow. The food at Metis is sumptuous. The seating area is on point: a great view of the rice paddy fields & for people watching too. It’s here that I had my very first encounter with Foie Gras – Metis’ legendary pan seared foie gras, port & raspberry reduction & roasted apple (heavenly!). Now I know what the fuss is all about! In the evenings, this place is bustling with a style-conscious crowd. So ladies, if Metis is where you are headed, I suggest you bring your A-game. (images via)

MAMA San

7. Mamasan collage

It’s the deep color palette, high ceilings, & a collection of framed vintage photographs that sets the mood in this rather massive & vibrant dining room. In terms of food, it’s hearty, easy-to-eat, street-style food at its best. Roast duck & egg noodle soup; crispy whole fish with wild ginger turmeric & pineapple chilli sauces – YUM! And, I want the recipe of their version of a ‘Strawberry Lassi’! Make sure you pay a visit to this MAMA & you will be charmed by its warm but industrial aesthetic & funky twist on traditional South-east Asian flavours. (images via)

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