Babi Lalapi

Not too hungry, I went across the street to this unnamed Balinese restaurant.

Fried pork, raw cabbage, green beans, sliced tomatoes and cucumber were served with two types of sambal. One was made of shallots, garlic and chili, the other roasted chilies and garlic. 

Earlier today I had walked down to the beach.

One more full day in Bali as I return to Singapore Sunday afternoon. 


Shrimp-Tuna Satay

I used to think that satay was chunks of skewered meat, grilled on a charcoal flame and served with a peanut sauce. At this place and at Warung Nia, I had seafood mince wrapped around a stalk of lemongrass and then grilled.

I saw Sambal Shrimp a few times while riding around. But I had first read about it on Tripadvisor where it is highly rated. 

The presentation was very nice, the skewers bound together with a chili pepper. I liked these skewers and I could have eaten more. 

Oddly, the shrimp and vegetables of the shrimp gazpacho were served separately. Regardless, it was delicious. I can’t remember the last time I had gazpacho. I liked the smoky flavor of the roasted tomatoes. 

I didn’t feel like drinking booze, so I had this guava juice.

So I had dessert, a Thai basil-yogurt sorbet. I loved this. 

Coconut Caramel Dark Chocolate 

I think they called this a ‘pop’ on the menu. I associate a pop with frozen desserts. 

This was delicious. The caramel inside was soft and oozed out when I bit it. It was too tough to use cutlery. This was consumed by me at a hipster coffee shop called Revolver, off Jalan Drupadi, in Seminyak, Bali. It’s located behind a clothing shop or down an alley. 

I had had a flat white earlier, so I was sufficiently caffeinated. Instead I had a pineapple-coconut-lime juice.

Poached Eggs with Spinach and Feta on Sourdough 

Across from the Destiny Hotel is the Wild 1 café. I had breakfast here earlier and I enjoyed it. My only problem is that the business seems to attract chain-smoking tourists, mostly from Australia. Smoking is my pet peeve and I hate it when people smoke around me, especially when I’m eating.

It was a good breakfast and the plate was garnished with reduced cider vinegar and diced tomatoes. The eggs were sadly, cooked through. Service was very good. 

Chorizo Quesadillas (Mexicola)

My girlfriend knows one of the owners of Mexicola, a restaurant here in Seminyak, so I told her I’d go there. 

They were very good, served with pico de gallo and black beans, as the photo illustrates. 

Two house-made hot sauces were served. I liked the green one better, but the red one was fiery.

First I had a margarita, then guacamole. 

The margarita was nice and strong.

I liked the guacamole except for the inclusion of a root vegetable, maybe radish into the mix. Otherwise it was very good- the best I’ve had in Asia. 

I had a Dark and Stormy for dessert. It was a proper cocktail. 

Babi Rica-Rica 

Right across the street from the Destiny Hotel is this Balinese restaurant serving pork and other meats.

I had never heard of rica-rica sauce. Here’s a link to a recipe:
The sauce was mildly spicy and I could taste lemon grass and lime leaves. It was tasty. 

I also had gado-gado. This was the best gado-gado I’ve ever had. There was water spinach, carrots, kailan and onions. I love peanut sauce and this was a good one. 

The rustic tables were nice. 

Mixed Satay (Warung Nia)

Supposedly the best restaurant in Seminyak, Warung Nia is highly rated by Trip Advisor.

I’ll definitely return to try their ribs.

That’s what I was served. Two skewers each of pork, chicken, seafood (?), and shrimp were served atop a charcoal grill. 

A bowl of some shredded root vegetable was served on one bowl, a tuna salad, a vegetable salad with pea sprouts and rice with turmeric. 

Everything was excellent. I usually bite off the satay meat with my teeth, but I wonder if I should take the meat off the stick with cutlery first. 

I was served some rice chips beforehand. 

I recommend this place and I will return to try their ribs.