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“outstanding” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cuca

Cuca
Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, Bali 80364, Indonesia
+62 361 708066
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Ranked #1 of 119 Restaurants in Jimbaran
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: Dessert, Tapas, Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cuca serves SIGNATURE cuisine made exclusively from the best and freshest local ingredients. We are a casual dining destination that tempts you with three reasons to come: tapas, cocktails, and desserts, and three spaces to experience: an interactive and exciting food bar, a relaxed and intimate dining room and a chilled out garden lounge. Choose the space that suits you best and come with an open mind and an empty stomach!
sydney
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“outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Having read about this place, we booked for a special celebration and we are so glad that we did.

From the greeting to the departure it was obvious that this restaurant is out of the ordinary.

It reminded of us Mugaritz in San Sebastian in its approach, style and attempt to be different. It won't be for everyone, but we were blown away by the food, setting and service.

Every dish was a treat. The best meal we have had in Bali by a mile.

Take it slowly and enjoy the treat of delicate, unusual and exquisite food, served by helpful and attentive staff.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best meal in Bali”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

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!
George

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bandung
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“unique!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

back for third times, and still amaze how Kevin do with all the meal and dessert stuff. Would be back here again for sure.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jakarta
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“WOW”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Great food, cool place, friendly staff... you will love it when you are open to experience a new style of food. All the dishes are served in tapas style portions, so you need to order three or more from the menu. Dishes are placed in the middle of the table to share, it is fun and communicative. Leave some space for the excellent desserts.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bandung
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“A twist to every bite”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I've never had tapas before so I dont know what to expect. Food seemed rather expensive but we were there on friends' recommendation and we wanted to try it. Overall it was a pleasant and tasty experience... Every bite is unexpected, a twist that gets you going more and more :) if not for my baby crying and fussing it would have been a perfect evening. Too bad I had to leave early.. Will come again next time

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