We had heard about Cafe Degan in Petitenget and was curious to try what was supposed to be Bali's best Thai food so on a weekday, we had early dinner there to taste if the restaurant lived up to its reputation. We arrived at around 6 pm on a Tuesday and were the only customers there so after choosing a table on the front side facing the main roadand close to several electric fans.
Cafe Degan is a joglo, an antique wooden Javanese house, simply decorated with antique hanging lamps. We settled in and ordered something cold on that hot and humid day – Degan sunrise for me, which was available in a glass or a pitcher and came (surprise, surprise!) with iced tea cubes and Degan sunset for Mikey, it somehow shows our character by choosing our drink (…take it as a joke, we are like spoon and fork, both cutlery but with different function and at times its good to put it together)
The menu at Cafe Degan is split into two - Javanese favorites and Thai favorites because the Javanese chef called Chef Degan used to work at the Banyan Tree in Thailand before coming back to Indonesia and setting up his own restaurant about a year ago, he is also known as one of the judge in Master Chef Indonesia. Since we had heard so much about the Thai food and also because there really isn't a proper Thai restaurant in Bali, we were eager to try dishes from the Thai section of the menu.
We both chose typical Thai salads to start. We had the Beef Salad and the Fried Lumpia. The salad was good - a perfect mix of Thai flavors: sweet , sour from the lime juice, salty from the fish sauce, spicy from the bits of chili with the added texture crunch from the crispy catfish pieces, big cuts of tomatoes and slice cucumber.
Main courses were a typical Fried Squid with Chili and Garlic which came steaming hot, we had the steamed jasmine rice with it. I opted for the Tom Yum Goong, the classic Thai lemongrass-flavored hot and spicy clear soup with prawns.
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