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“Awesome Indian cuisines & the most fantastic sheesha” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pesona Indian & Sheesha Restaurant

Pesona Indian & Sheesha Restaurant
Main Strip, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, Indonesia
+62 370 6123 521
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Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Come for some authentic INDIAN CUISINE & SMOKE SHEESHA.Our specialist chefs prepare the food using the best imported ingredients to delight your taste buds.Wonderful freshly prepared kebabs and breads are cooked in the smoky tandoor and our curries are cooked specially to order- all spiced to your taste. Pesona Resort is the only place on the island where you can indulge in the exotic sheesha pipes.
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Awesome Indian cuisines & the most fantastic sheesha”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

Ambiance: A 5-7 minute walk from Manta Dive, this beach side place nearly resembles the pic on their website. The sitting arrangement is very unique, vibrant & comfortable. Bright colored, soft cushioned, floor mattress with raised & stitched back rest for you to lie down, small square low tables for placing the hookah nd drinks and the sea right in front – perfect setting to relax your muscles after a dive. On the left you have the 2 regular chair & table seating which can accommodate 4 people each. On the right are 2 Huts with thatched roofs, accommodates 4-5 & you can sit with legs either stretched or folded comfortably with cushions around. If you do not wish to sit in the open, they also have a bar side right opposite to this beach side.

Just 2 negative points – (1) many of the ground Cushion Covers were torn, needs replacement and (2) the place is not as spacious as appears from the pic – a small move and you may touch the person beside you.

Food: Authentic Indian dishes are definitely something that I did not expect. The naan (Indian breads) are soft, delicious daal and veggies. The kababs and tikkas with chutney & the XXL size pappadums are a must try! You also have the option of customizing the level of spiciness. The servings are generous and 1 portion can easily serve 4. The food quality is commendable given the far off location of the island. Lassi (sweetened yogurt) is awesome and also available in flavors like pineapple, strawberry & mango.

Sheesha: The only restaurant offering sheesha - settle yourself on the ground cushions in the evening and puff away the flavour of ur choice. The quality of tobacco used is very nice which enhances the flavor. The flavors that we tried were - apple, lemon, cappuccino with milk base & some other that the Pesona Staff suggested. The Cappuccino still remains our best tasted one till date (tried on their request). In Kolkata (India), since hookahs are prepared over coal and not tobacco, we could realise the striking difference in the flavor.

Staff & Service: The staffs were very friendly and will suggest you good options to try out from the menu after understanding your taste. If you have never tried Indian Cuisine before, this is the place to try. The service, at times, was a little slow but nothing to complaint about as we were not in any kind of a hurry.

Surely recommended!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Great Food, Great Vibe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We only had four nights to stay in Gili T, and we ended up eating here three times (so much for trying new places haha) - the food is delicious and high quality, the atmosphere is perfect (we especially loved the little private huts down by the water), and the prices are good. I definitely recommend it!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Kuta, Indonesia
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“Amazing Indian + Great Shisha and Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I've eaten here maybe around 10+ times in a 4 week stay on Gili, for authentic, high quality Indian food, cooked to your required level of spicey or not, then I can't recommend Pesona enough, it is one of my favorite Indian restaurants anywhere in the world - the food really is cooked to high standards and because it is Indonesia it is very good value for money.

The setting is great too, with cushions out on the beachfront you can sit and eat your food and then enjoy the early evening with a shisha hookah pipe and cocktails - a great start to a night out in Gili T, and usually pretty busy and social and easy to make friends too :)

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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“Best Indian Cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

We had lunch here several times and it was excellent and very well priced. We also had dinner one night with a very large group and food was awesome and very reasonable. We also had Sheesha which was fun.

Visited July 2012
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Murcia
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“great atmosphere - good to find a sheesha bar in Lombok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We didn't actually eat here (prices were a bit steep for us after a week on Gili Air).
However, it was always busy and the food smelt good. But we did splash out a few times on a beer and a sheesha, chilling on the floor cushions. With really good music playing it was a great place to relax in the evening.
Wimbledon was on whilst we were there, and back from the beach there was a large screen showing the final - if you were prepared to stay up till the small hours to watch it.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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