We were in Bali for 2.5 weeks and surprisingly, every time we had seafood, we were mildly (or hugely) disappointed. We spent our last night in Jimbaran (right next to the airport) and had a seafood BBQ dinner on the beach. Let me rephrase that - we ate BBQ seafood on the beach. We thought the seafood would be out there on the beach with a grill next to it and we would watch them cook the food. But rather, you go inside to pick your seafood (and do pick yourself .... don't let a restaurant pick for you), they grill it inside, and bring it to your table.
We got: 1 crab, 4 giant prawns, 1 squid, 1 fish = $80 USD (they quoted us as saying it was $96 USD but gave us the "special discount" which means you pay xx in cash to the waiter, and the rest can go on credit card).
The truth: these restaurants line the beach and all seem to have the same process (pick seafood inside from tanks, grill, bring to you). Each one charges based on the weight of what you pick. From what I hear, each one will bargain with you -meh, not much fun but it is the process. We hear the food is pretty much the same at each of these places - that we can't comment on, but we can say the food at Ganesha was VERY tasty.
Their seafood was by far the most tasty we had while in Bali. Fresh, well cooked (not overcooked to a hard piece of fish), love the chili sauce they put on top, and service was good. No they do not fawn over you, but do check in with us once in awhile. I was able to get extra chili sauce and a coconut drink without problem.
Tip: ask for a beachfront table even if you don't see one, they'll add one for you.
In summary, it was pricey (for Bali) but the setting was beautiful, we liked the band that walked around serenading diners (you can check other restaurants to see the entertainment -some provide more traditional Balinese dance), the food was yum, the service was good ... heck they even gave a ride home to our hotel for free. This was a nice was to wrap up our last night of our honeymoon.
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