first off, i must say, that Bali is a lot more summery in June than when i first went in February of 2010. but before i show you the food, i just want to show you a bit of the place where we stayed. it was quite old and lacking in amenities but the caretaker was really nice. and the place was always kept clean and i totally loved the way it was designed.
|the entrance to our two-bedroom private villa|
|the tiniest of swimming pools|
|i just love this open air bathroom!|
|always looking forward to showering under the frangipanied skies|
|on the bed|
i don't know what was amiss with me before but nowadays (due to my french husband's influence), food is one of the most important part of the trip. during my younger days, most of my trips were hurried and my goal was just to see all the important places and take as many pictures as possible. eating was just a necessary nuisance. but now that i am slower and kinder to my body, eating seems to have taken as much importance as the sights to see.
|dinner at Petitenget Restaurant|
|hungry beach bums|
|this wine is actually locally produced|
|the seafood platter for entrance|
|a garden on a plate -- my vegan friend's main dish|
|this is what i had|
we went to Petitenget once for dinner on the very first evening, and then again for lunch on our last day! it was our absolute favorite because the staff are friendly and nice, the food delicious, wonderful ambience, and reasonable price!
|crispy fried duck, the restaurant's specialty... did not disappoint!|
|i love how you can see the ducks roaming around the huge fields in the restaurant|
we had a good hearty lunch of crispy fried duck at Bebek Tepi Sawah restaurant in Ubud, Bali right before hiking up and down the famous rice terraces! the place is also a hotel and a spa.
|the rows of restaurants atop the rice terraces in Ubud, Bali|
|what a beautiful relaxing view|
|my friends enjoying the view|
|i could sit here forever!|
i thought i should also mention that we had a refreshing snack and drink at one of the restaurants facing the rice terraces. unfortunately, i forgot to take the name of the one we went to. it was the most relaxing, refreshing and wonderful time resting after a tiring hike in the hot sun.
|the labyrinth-like path to the W Hotel|
|i was tempted to order LOL, but i'm not really a fan of lychee|
|i just love, love, love this dessert!|
|too much beer? :)|
|this was inside the toilet!|
|at the hotel lobby|
|i love the ceiling patterns and the lighting|
|i wonder what W means...|
we found ourselves marching into the labyrinth-like path towards W Hotel on the way to the Fire Restaurant. hubby saw some good reviews on the internet and thought we'd give it a try. it was, unfortunately, a little bit too posh for everybody's taste. as for me, i didn't mind at all. the foie gras sampler and watercress salad that i had were satisfying. the only thing that bothered me was the techno music coming from the bar on the beach, which gave me a bit of migraine.
|parking-side entrance to Menega Café, Jimbaran|
|look how cheap it is! :)|
|i can never get tired of this view|
|it has the view of the surfers and the airport on the right side, which is not included in the frame|
|cool and bright and airy, although, the smoke from the grills are a bit of a hassle...|
lunch in Uluwatu was at Menega Café, in Jimbaran, which offers the best grilled seafood for so cheap price! i especially loved the lobsters! you should try to come and order early if you are hungry, as it takes almost an hour for them to serve the food.
|the semi-crucified lechon|
|intricate tile patterns on the floor which reminded me of Madrid|
|out in the field|
|nice vines and ceiling art|
last dinner in Bali was at Barbacoa. they serve American-Mediterranean inspired dishes, with Indonesian influence, of course. except for the beautiful terasse that opens into a wide vegetable farm and open skies (which are star-filled at night), i didn't really enjoy my dinner so much. most of the dishes were too salty. although, the lechon which was shared by my friend and hubby was really good. i'm not too crazy about lechon, though. also, if you want to have a good table, be sure to ask the caucasian manager who is very friendly and nice, unlike the rest of the restaurant staff that are pretty much useless.
bon appetit! :)