My hubby, 2kids and I decided to try this Sakala fine dining for our last diner while having vacation in Bali last week. We are not into fine dining or cafe type people. We rather have Balinese food, chinese food, or fine steaks dining. Especially me, I dont really enjoy what so called fine dining with foei gras menu and other fancy things actually. But this Sakala chef was really good and made our last diner at Bali memorable.... Not because the bill.. Hehehehe but all of us really had new experience and enjoyed Sakala fine dining food.
Sakala really deserved the full star rating. Here's our experience with Sakala, with a little....just a little advice that may make Sakala even better in the future....
We came without reservation around 6 in the evening only two table had guests, too early for diner actually. you wont missed the resto in tanjung Benoa street.. Its so grand at the right side.... Lucky we had a driver, Sakala dont have a parking space. Ooppsss... Maybe soon when the hotel in progress opposite the street open.
We chose to sit outside near the beach with nice sea wiew.... Need to come much earlier with good camera next time... Apparently they have swimming pool for guest, beach bench so you can stay all day there.
The waitress explained the set menu, offered wine and took our order, we had 2set menu and 2 Extra main course which were the lamb chop and tuna sashimi to share with the kids from regular menu. Kids menu did not appealing and our kids already 8 and 11 so they were looking forward to have steak and other main menu. The lamb chop was the favorite according to our waitress but tuna sashimi that my hubby chose-I thought it was wrong to order japanese speciality at french fine dining in Bali. Boy was I wrong! The tuna shasimi not the regular Japanese sashimi that completely raw but more into fusion kind of tuna that cooked at the outside, raw in the inside covered with rice like risotto? Ah I didnt think I should explained here since I can't recalled whats in that plate but believe me.... It rocked our mouth and made our tummy soooooooo happy... So did the lamb that was served with different kinds of side dishes and souce.... Again I better not tried to explain what wEre on each plate or how it cooked since I cant remember one by one, not like the waitress there who explained everything served in front of us one by one. They must went into a course and got tested before they can serve guest. How can they remembered each menu cooked and served with, We were amazed. What a great team and great manager Sakala has, not to mention the great chef who able to cook wonderful dining experience that we enjoyed so much and very delicious even to us who not really into fine dining food. Well, it's not the chef fault that I not into snake skin fruit sorbet or the wagyu beef since I dont eat beef lately.
All of us agree the food was superb. However, if we want to be very very picky, we like to offer our advice that the wagyu beef as main course, in our opinion, better cooked with less spices so it would show more true wagyu beef taste, plain cooked with little pepper n salt. The wagyu beef that we had- I tried a little out of my curiosity after so many... Around 6 other courses that bring joy and gave wonderful, delicious surprise our taste and tummy, suddenly make us quiet confused since the flavoured was too rich. It was good but to much spices we can't taste the wagyu beef. As it called wagyu beef, it supposed to be different because of the texture and the flavoured of the beef so we kind of not agree with the way it cooked using so many adding flavour. But hey, thats really was personal preference. We hope the chef doesnt get offended.
The 9 course set menu end around 2.5 hours, when you bring kids maybe better to order just appetizer, main course and dessert so it wont be too long for them. My kids were excited with the place and food but they got bored waiting for the main course, by the time it came they already full, we all actually full. It was wonderful from the start even the wet tissue that pop up in water, the bread, soup, appetizer..... And so on until the sweet bitter perfect dessert as closer.
They set menu end up with 3 dessert: melted dark chocolate came too long since they need to made it perfect, sate marshmellow and kryspy chocolate ball. It just perfect if we didnt feel so full already... My advice: order 2 set menu to share with kids. But again with so many yummy selection its hard not to order more. Again, Welldone to the chef, waitresses and the management.
Last but not least, the ambience... We only sit around 15 minutes outside since it was getting dark and the mosquitos decided to have our blood as their supper... When we brought this up the waitress was quick to response by giving us some spray to use on our leg which means this happens a lot. We then decided to sit inside with aircon and spectacular wine cellar background, swimming pool and hotel room show unit view at the other side. The hotel room show unit looks so nice and comfy, my kids ask to stay there next time. The hotel building looks so grand, just like the restaurant.
The new sofa seat gave another problem, this sofa bench design was so wrong, everytime we go in and out our seat, our leg always hit the sharp edge of the wodden bench aT the end of the sofa. either our leg or our hip hit the edge of the table. With 2kids that keep going in n out for restroom reason and 2.5 hours dining time for set menu, our leg and hip were quiet bruised and even got bleeding. We really really recommend for the wood bench to be cut off. The waitresses apologize for it a couple time and explained that the interior soon will be remodeled and yes that wooden thing had injured too many guests there. Well, the nice explanation and the food ease all the bruised.
Sakala was a very memorable, yummy, great fine dining experience that we surprisingly found can suited our taste. Nothing more to say other than: just go and experience it yourselves.
Great for couple, great for kids, great to come with friends and family. The place just beautiful, food r so yummy, the service was perfect... The bill... Well its a fine dining, but its actually very very reasonable price. Dont forget to bring camera! Until we visit again.... Cant wait to experience their new hotel.... Please send us invitation and give us promo rate? Hehehehe.... Thank you Sakala...
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