Where to start?
I was meeting my girlfriend in Bali for two weeks, having been travelling for 2 months previously, it being her birthday at the end of her stay with me we decided a nice meal was in order. We initially looked to Jimbaran beach itself, but decided there were a few too many negative reviews so instead gambled on Cuca, at the time a relativly new and un-established restaurant.
We went to Jimbaran beach before and had a drink, immediately i was glad of my choice not to eat there. The food was vastly over priced and un-extraordinary, a nice setting to have a drink and watch the sunset however. It was then a short taxi to Cuca.
Arriving at Cuca we were greeted like Royalty, shown from our taxi and into the restaurant. It was still in its early days at this point and not being a "big night" it was very quiet. Because of this we were able to sit at the raised bar by the grill. As soon as we were seated Kevin came across and greeted us personally, recommended cocktails (Tokyo Mojhito is INCREDIBLE) before talking us through the menu personally. My girlfriends cocktail was taking a little while to
arrive due to some machine being broken so he brought us another cocktail on the house to keep her going.
The food is tapas style, inventive, locally sourced and expertly prepared. The portions arent huge, but they are sharable if you buy 4 or 5 and for the quality i think they are competitively priced. For me the standout dish was a salad with caramalized carrot and roast strawberry, not something I would order normally but upon Kevins recommendation we ordered it. To this day one of the most unusual, yet delicious dishes i have ever sampled.
As mentioned before it was my girlfriends birthday and the effort they made in respect to that is what took the experience from a lovely meal out, and turned it into the benchmark by which all other meals are judged - so far it remains unbeaten.
I just want to say, Kevin, if you are reading this, thankyou.
She still has the card!
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