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“Value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Lia Cafe

Lia Cafe
Ranked #13 of 248 Restaurants in Jimbaran
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia
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“Value for money”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2013

We've picked Lia Cafe as recommended by many bloggers/tripadvisor users-alike as many mention some other restaurant might rip you off.

Though we do not really go through the menu of other restaurants, we find Lia cafe's price to be acceptable.

We've had about clams, praws, a fish, 2 crabs, 3 coconuts & some soft drinks along with a 1.3kg female lobster. The food was enough to fill 5 of us.

It totals up to about 1.4mil IDR, which is about 30USD per pax

Taste wise is good but certain of it is overcooked slightly as they're grilling it.

It also comes with WiFi

View is magnificent in Jimbaran

  • Visited September 2013
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“Simple but nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

We had dinner there for the second time. We went there last year as well. The food is consistently good. Nothing fancy, its simple causal eating on the beach. It's cheap as ling as you don't order crabs.
The toilets at the back is interesting. One is a squat toilet and the other has a tub of water with a scoop to flush the toilet. No toilet paper either.... my kids refused to use it. So make sure you take lots of tissue!

  • Visited September 2013
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“Sunset Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Highly Recommended if you are going Jimbaran for dinner, fresh seafood with a decent price
Nice sunset dinner

  • Visited September 2013
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Umina Beach, Australia
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“Delicious Seafood”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

We picked this warung from reviews we read on trip adviser and it didn't disappoint. As we were staying in Sanur, we got our hotel to organise a reservation at the front of the beach to view the sunset - without asking the owner of the warung offered to give us a trip home, if we could organise a car to get there - just 12k rupiah (around 12 bucks).

This was my second time to Jimbaren Bay, it was a first for my wife and kids.

We quickly found Lia Cafe (one of the last up the lane way), had a bit of a look at the fish, crabs and lobster with the kids and were then led to our table.

Our waiter spoke pretty good english and was really helpful with ordering - making sure we didn't order too much (and he was very accurate). We had a platter of crabs, lobster, prawns, clams with vegetables, chips rice, and condiments - all very delicious, lovely barbeque flavour, very efficient service, beautiful sunset, reasonable bill and they shouted us a taxi back to Sanur.

Would we go back. Absolutely!

  • Visited September 2013
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“A winning combination of barefoot - beach - sunset - seafood.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2013

Eating seafood on the beach at Jimbaran Bay as the sun sets into the ocean is one of the must do experiences in Bali. But as with most beachfront BBQ set ups, you know as soon as you arrive that this is going to be a rustic affair.

Jimbaran Bay is a very long, pure white sand beach (with safe swimming) in the south west of Bali, just to the south of the international airport - so you will see aircraft landing regularly while you are dining.
There are THREE areas on the beach where beachfront BBQ restaurants are clustered. At the northern end of the beach (airport end) is a traditional fish market, and some of the more upmarket restaurants, and the first cluster of BBQ warungs. Taxi drivers know this area as "Kelan."
The central cluster of restaurants is where Lia Cafe is located. It is known to taxi drivers as "Kedonganan".
The third, and largest cluster of BBQ warungs is at the south end of the beach near the Four Seasons Hotel, and is known to taxi drivers as "Muaya".

In each cluster of restaurants the process is pretty much the same. Car parking, toilets, and all of the individual BBQ restaurants are set off the beach, and dining tables are all set cheek to jowl on the sand, right to the high tide line. Tables are lit by lanterns and candles. You choose where you want to sit, and someone from that BBQ restaurant gives you a simple menu, or you walk up to their restaurant and choose live seafood out of tanks, at which point it is bbq'd and then served to you at the table. You pay by the kilo for the seafood you choose, which is weighed at the time you select it, before cooking.

Lia Cafe only has a small and rather insignificant sign on the beach. It is much easier to find when you are looking down the lane of restaurants from the car-park, where the sign is quite prominent.
We ate at Lia's and enjoyed it, but the experience is probably the same no matter which table/restaurant you choose as most of the restaurants are very similar. The price might be higher at other warungs though as Lia Cafe is notable for having lower seafood prices than many of the other restaurants, due to its policy of not paying taxi driver commission.
I made sure that I had the telephone number of Lia's so that the taxi could phone ahead and find out their exact location for parking. (Tel: 081-23907411 or 081-23981408). It may take a while for someone to answer the phone but keep ringing.
Get your taxi to stay while you are dining, so you don't have a hassle to get another taxi when you want to leave.

With the notorious Balinese traffic it can take up to an hour to get from Kuta, Seminayak, or Sanur to Jimbaran Bay in the early evening, so find out the exact time of sunset, and give yourself plenty of time to arrive in time to enjoy the sunset.

Lia's has both a'la carte menu prices, and also package prices for multiple diners. We found the a'la carte prices exceptionally reasonable. With multiple bottles of large bintang beer and a filling meal I think I paid about US$10.
We found the service intermittent, and regularly had to wave out to get a waiter to come (all part of the fun frankly), but otherwise things were prompt and the staff friendly. They ordered us beer from a neighbouring cafe and it was added to our bill.

We had a couple of meals we needed to chase up on, but on the whole food came pretty promptly, and the guys selling the seafood had informed us which would take longer to cook. At the end of the day, this is not fine dining, and you only have to walk 50m up the sand to the BBQ restaurant to enquire what is happening if you feel you are waiting too long.

I make a point of barefoot dining at Jimbaran each time I come to Bali, and every time I bring new customers, they always love it. The atmosphere on the beach at night with the sea, candles on tables, etc, cannot be beaten - but DO NOT expect fine dining, snappy service, or extensive menus. If you want that, choose one of the more permanent style establishments at the north or south end of the beach, or at Uluwatu.

An added bonus is the roving bands of busking musicians that wander among the tables playing music for tips. Each time you tip they play another song so how long you get serenaded for is up to you. The last couple of times I have been we were serenaded by a foursome that included a drum player, a guitar player, a vocalist, and a cello player (yes, really). We gave up trying to find songs they didn't know - after listening to renditions of Elvis, Coldplay, Titanium, Jason Mraz, and Neil Diamond!!

If you are lucky you might also be able to walk a ways down the beach to watch local fisherman pulling in a catch or tending to nets.

A great night out for any group new to Bali. I highly recommend it.

  • Visited August 2013
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