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“Underwhelming Italian restaurant” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Danima Restaurant

Danima Restaurant
Jl Pantai Gili Trawangan | Danima Resort, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
+62 878-6087-2506
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Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: Barbecue, Italian, Chowder
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Perth, Australia
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“Underwhelming Italian restaurant”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

After seeing some of the reviews and being disappointed in "Il Pirata" we decided to try Danima which had some good reviews. One table near us ordered baguettes and said they had been good the day before. We should have ordered them although not Italian food which we wanted. After two months of Indonesian food we just thought we would give this a try. We met people that enjoyed staying there and the location is good, quiet and tables on the beach but that is where most of the good part ends. "Robbie" the waiter was very friendly and did advise us that the Italian owners were away but that the chef had been trained by the Italian owner so we thought that we would give it a try. My husband's bruschetta was good and a reasonable price but I ordered minestrone and I thought that he had made a mistake with the order as what I got was a bright yellow thick corn and maybe pumpkin soup. A couple of other diners also saw this and shook their heads. Robbie then tried to tell me that this was minestrone and it was like that because it had been blended?? I did get a picture of minestrone on my phone and showed him but he still tried to convince me that it was minestrone. For rph75,000 I thought it was overpriced.
I asked for some chilli to spice it up but that was forgotten. I then had a grilled fish/squid/prawn dish which was OK but with 1large prawn, a small piece of fish and two small pieces of squid also expensive compared to other establishments. My husband had the spaghetti with shellfish and both his prawns and my large prawn were overcooked and leathery. As stated in another review the main course was more like an entree size. Maybe they shouldn't try the Italian food unless the owners are there. At over $44 with only lemon squash and tonic water it was expensive.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Friendly service, good food. ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Friendly well spoken staff, dinner was good but serves not big. We went to sit outside on the beach, looked like a lovely setting but got attacked by Mosquitos. Moved inside and they were not a problem.

Would recommend and return.

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melbourne
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Beautiful authentic Italian food, well worth a little bit of extra money to eat here and very romantic and private sitting on the beach..lovely

Visited November 2013
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Cairns, Australia
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“Wish we had kept walking”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

I confess to reading the reviews and making an effort to stop by in the afternoon to book a table for dinner..... after all I did not want to miss out on a place that sounded so good.

We sat down about 7.30pm and by 7.45pm were the only diners as the other couple had finished their meals. The empty tables should have been a warning.

Between the four of us we ordered a range of pastas and seafood. The bruschetta entree was great, however apart from the Aqua that was the only thing that was.

The tartare could well have been from a tin and perhaps better suited to the cats that were wandering around under the other tables. The pasta dishes were bland and the cavatelli was nothing exceptional - one jumbo prawn adorned the pasta, so don't go expecting a feast.

Service was fine and the staff were all pleasant.

Sorry to offer this review, however feel compelled to offer some balance to the others that are here. We traveled past the restaurant most nights during our 4 day stay on Gili Trawangan and saw only the odd table occupied.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“Loved it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

Located towards the end of the busy strip . Run by a lovely man and his wait staff who are just Devine and lovely to be around . Service was great. We had the bruscetta which was absolutely Devine followed by the jumbo prawns while my partner enjoyed lobster ravioli. Great place for a romantic dinner as the tables are right on the sand I cannot recommend enough xxx

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