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“Worst experience ever”
Review of Melasti

Ranked #4 of 7 Restaurants in Beraban
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Branch of the Melasti Cafe in Jimbaran.
Reviewed September 5, 2013

We have travelled in India, China, South America and Africa where you can find both gourmet restaurant, but also really poor restaurants. But we have to say Melasti takes the price! We have never been to a place with so little love or attention to what they are doing. They have the most spectacular view, they really have. But, the restaurant was awful.

Let us mention some of our experiences there:

The table cloth was dirty - not only on our table.
The menu card was greasy and with a rusty metal clamp. We can only guess on the age of it.
The mango juice served in a dirty glass.
I didn't want to eat there, so I only ordered French fries. They turned out to be all but crispy.
My boyfriend had a chicken with a clear and distinct taste of fish that not even the curry could hide - horrible. They probably used the deep-fryer for both fish and chicken.
The bathrooms are a chapter all by itself. You might call it rustic.
When entering the restaurant there was an open ice storage with a selection of raw fish so you could choose the fish you wanted. However they look like it was several days ago, that they had been fresh, and the flies was sitting everywhere including on the fish.

As mentioned, they view is spectacular, but that is the only positive thing we can say about the place.

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Thank Carsten F
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

The view is gorgeous from where you are. It's basically a restaurant at the Uluwatu Temple.

With that being said, the food was poor for the value it expected.

At first glance at the menu, you might think the food there is very affordable. Nice 20,000 rupiah! – Then you see the Per 100grams. "Okay not bad. We can get a portion of this, a portion of that." Wrong, the smallest portion you're likely to get is 800g, and you have to choose your food. Typically choice is a good thing, but they expect you to choose the one they pull out, without weighing different options or alternate fish/crab/prawn.

We got the steamed crab, prawns, and grilled fish ($15-20/person). The steamed crab was decent, but plain. The prawns were good flavor, but they left the shell on when seasoned it. So after you pulled the shell off, the flavor that they had intended you to taste was left behind. Even the grilled spinach they served was plain.

We even asked for a recommendation from the server, and she admittedly said that certain options didn't have very good taste.

Despite these other disappointments, the fish had a good, robust flavor.

Atmosphere: 5/5
Service: 2/5
Food: 3/5
Value: 1/5

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1  Thank Nick N
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

It takes a lot for me to write a bad review because I can generally find good in everything. In this case the view/location was the only positive thing about the Melasti. We even decided to splurge on fresh lobster and king prawns. It was hands down the most expensive meal we had on our trip, yet we would rate it the worst. The grilled lobster and prawns were over cooked and tough, the vegetable served with it tasteless & rubbery, but at least the rice was done right. The view may be awesome but for what we paid ($145) we expected a fabulous meal. The service was awful and they acted like we were a bother. When we asked for something we had to make the same request of multiple staff before we got what we asked for. The service was so slow we missed the event we to attend after dinner. Don't bother dining there unless you are ok with a below average meal and just want to appreciate the view.

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2  Thank Lori F
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Reviewed July 4, 2013

This restaurant has outdoor seating overseeing the Indian Ocean. Magnificient place to view the sunset and have dinner. Food is good Indonesian food. Service is good with complimentary soup, and fruits being served alongwith seafood (comes with rice and vegetables). Price is lower than Jimbaran

Tips : Take up the seats on the cliff edge for an unobstructed view. Consider carrying some mosquito repellant. It will come handy

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Thank abaner
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

A truly special place, sitting on the Cliffside overlooking the Indian ocean!

There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won't be surprised if it's a dream
Everything I want the world to be
On the top of the world lookin' down on creation

Service is VERY relaxed and casual.
Better for large group outings. You will not get personalized service here. The Jimbaran seafood is marked up 2X and most popular seafood items run out early. Typical local side dishes and Sambals at there best

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Thank johnberndt
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