We went to Tapping Shoes on the back of the fact that it was at Potato Head, and we wanted to see what PH was all about. Now, we would go back to Tapping Shoes, and Potato Head is just the bit extra on the side.
The decor is simple but effective, especially at night with the 20 or so chandeliers lit up. There's some attention to detail here, especially in the bathroom which hides its Balinese building style well with retro-chic details. The tables are beautifully set out, roses and candles and the usual accoutrements. The view is out over the ocean, beautiful at any time of day. Just the usual Balinese scene of people throwing little blue light things up in the air. If you've been to Bali you know what I mean... Other little things like the French windows opening to the beach, pressed tin ceilings and whitewashed walls finish the look.
There was also what appeared to be a private bar set below the restaurant. This was just being used by other diners as a convenient smoking spot, but I could well imagine it becoming a great spot for a pre or post dinner cocktail.
It's the ambience that gets the most input from PH - it is a beach club after all. The music is all Ibiza chill out lounge music. But the volume level isn't nightclub-loud - it sits at a perfect background level, as does the chatter from the generally chilled out crowd of the young and beautiful below. For a French fine dining restaurant it's unusual, but fits the location perfectly. And its immeasurably preferable to the usual Edith Piaf or piano accordion Parisienne elevator music that French restaurants seem to think is required to go with the food.
The service is excellent. Too often the front of house at a new fine dining establishment thinks service is measured by the number of interruptions, questions about 'how is your meal' and so on. I've been to a few places where it feels like you take one sip of water and the waiter rushes to top up the glass. Not so here. Service is efficient and discrete, only stepping up when needed. One of the signs the service is good is when I've been talking to my partner and something has happened on the table and I didn't even notice :-)
Then the food. If the location, ambience, and staff are fantastic, the food is better. I had the small degustation, and my partner went off the a la carte menu. Again, the service stepped up here - I had six courses to my partners three yet they paced the delivery so that it never felt like I was eating alone. My degustation was a series of small morsels all bursting with creativity and flavor. Nothing felt ordinary, event the bread provided with the fois gras was amazing. It managed to be both French and Asian influenced at the same time, and no course was disappointing.
Similarly, my partner's meal was excellent. She managed to be a tricky customer by being both pregnant (which limits food choices) and with a dislike of seafood (and the menu is heavy on the seafood - hey, its in a Balinese beach club, what should we have expected?). However, the menu had enough choices to satisfy, and again each course was special. The chocolate fondant at the end was a standout.
After all that, it was expensive. Rp2.4m for two people, with only one cocktail for me and no wine. So this is not a casual drop-in spot. But if you are after something special in Bali, Tapping Shoes will provide everything you could ask for.
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