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“Incredible restaurant offering a very different experience in Bali”
Review of Cuca

Ranked #3 of 289 Restaurants in Jimbaran
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $45
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Cuca serves SIGNATURE cuisine made exclusively from the best and freshest local ingredients. We are a casual dining destination that tempts you with three reasons to come: tapas, cocktails, and desserts, and three spaces to experience: an interactive and exciting food bar, a relaxed and intimate dining room and a chilled out garden lounge. Choose the space that suits you best and come with an open mind and an empty stomach!
Reviewed October 24, 2013

First of all, Cuca is really near to the airport,in the area of Jimbaran- just 10 minutes in a taxi, so it's a great place to start your food experience during your holiday in Bali. Jimbaran beach is 2 mints walk from the restaurant.

Not every driver might know yet the location as it's rather new, but it's easy by saying that is after the Intercontinental hotel and next to Kayumani Villas- they will know that.

There are many positive qualities about Cuca as a restaurant: the atmosphere, the service,the menu, management, location, food and cocktails!

I truly enjoyed the fact that this restaurant really understand the concept of Spanish Tapas (as a group of varied dishes you order to share casually with the person/group in your table) so be prepared to share!! The beauty of Tapas is allowing you to try many different dishes and be able to repeat on your favourites (something hard to do in Cuca, as they are all incredible)

They do not follow a convectional menu (starter, main,etc) but the food is organised by groups.
Some salads and "snacks" like "Pan con tomate" and a special fried chicken- some puddles (rice dishes), ceviches (fish/seafood) , chichas (meat dishes) and desserts. The salads are a total different experience to any other salad you have tried before, my favourite one is the carrot and strawberry salad. I love the tiger prawn ceviche and the mushroom puddle. My favourite dessert is the Bali breakfast, it has the great flavours of mango, passion fruit and coconut together.

Even though the menu might seem small, you can get all the basics: fish, meat,vegetables and rice, and also they are happy to help you with special dietary requirements.

Another wonderful thing about Cuca is that you feel as you are having a fine dining dinner- due to the atmosphere, the interaction with the Chef and manager,the food quality but is not- it has really good prices.

If you are looking to celebrate a special occasion, look no further! Virginia (the manager) and Chef Kevin would make sure this is a special experience for you. They really put attention to detail on every aspect of a restaurant and them together with their staff make you feel special.

Cuca uses all local organic products, which means freshness and flavour and they support the community instead of bringing foreign products from abroad- which doesn't help anyone there, plus costs more!

The Chef, Kevin, has the great quality of putting different flavours and textures together as you would never think of doing and make them look and taste amazing! He takes the effort to come to your table and explain dishes (on top of it, he is one of the funniest person I've ever met) The staff is very helpful and friendly and Virginia (with her Spanish warmth and enthusiasm) works really hard to make sure everything in the restaurant is perfect, that you understand the concept behind and know how and what to order.

Overall, I would recommend anyone to try Cuca -as a "must do" in Bali.
Normally, I would say this is a "once in a lifetime experience" as something you must do at least once- try incredible food- but the cool thing about Cuca is that, you can repeat and won't burn your pocket (unlike other restaurants in Bali)

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Super amazing was totally surprised to find this type of restaurant in Bali.

Local, organic and interesting.

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Thank Justin W
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Kevin and Virginia have created something very special. All the accolades mentioned here by other guests are well deserved. Both of them are at the top of their game creatively, and the results are there for us all to enjoy, at a ridiculously good price. We went twice in four days whilst staying in Jimberan on a family holiday - the (teenage) kids are bugging me to go back again for lunch today, and it's difficult to find a reason why not to. What impresses me most about Kevin's food is the clarity of taste- the sort of balanced clarity you get from good kaiseki. Equally impressive that he has translated this signature style of cooking from the fine dining context of Blu (which we were a fan of when he lived in Singapore) to this modern "tapas" food bar concept. This is seriously interesting food.

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Thank Adamlem
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

After dinning here twice (2 nights in row) I have come to the conclusion that I need to revise my ratings as CUCA deserves more than a 5...

There are 3 areas at Cuca, the outside lounge area amoungst the beautiful coconut grove which is a great area for per dinner cocktails (more on them later) or a special occasion such as a wedding or birthday. The main dinning room which is intimate and romanic and the area we liked the most overlooking the kitchen where you can chat to Chef Kevin and his team as they prepare the most amazing food.

Cuca is a modern take on tapas but taken to the next level with inventive flavour combinations balancing sweet v sour to fantastic effect.

The food is fun, innovative, subtle and takes your pallet on a mystery tour and also fools your taste buds.

The fried chicken you'll swear you're eating with the best creamy coleslaw you've ever had but when you look at what's on the plate it doesn't quite add up its very clever. The BBQ octopus has many layers of flavour with a subtle heat of chilli. Also a mention to a dish that my wife and I both looked at on the menu and thought that doesn't go, Baby honey glazed carrots with roasted stawberry salad...guess what it was magic..

In all we tired 10 main course dishes and 2 deserts, the only one I didn't enjoy was the Squid Puddle nothing to do with the quality of the food but it wasn't to my taste.

The cocktails are fun and tasty we tired all bar one over the two nights, the fruit flavoured ice cubes that some of them come with enhance and change the flavours as they melt, very refreshing.

The sweets we only tried two but both were fun and again very clever and above all tasted great, none more so than the Bali Breakfast looks like a fried egg but is so much more, watching them make the deserts from where we were sitting shows how much attention to detail there's in all of the dishes.

Chef Kevin and his team happily explain what's in the dishes and Kevin will explain how he got the idea, also a mention that whilst we were there a person who had some diretry requirements was seated along from us and Kevin went out of his way to explain what was in the dishes and rejigged them to suit their needs which was nice.

All in all a great dinning experience and excellent value for money, my wife an I have eaten at many Michelllin star restaurants and the food that Kevin and his team delivers is on par with many of them not quite 3 star but excellent.

This is a great addition to the Bali reastuant scene for lunch and dinner and well worth the effort to get to, we fully expect Cuca to be in top 5 Bali restaurants by our next visit with queues to get in.

So Kevin don't forget us (little and large) so we can get a table next time we visit. Good luck and continued success to you and your team.

TIP - If your driver or taxi doesn't know where it is as its new we found that saying its next to Jimbaran Puri Bali and Ashima Beach villas helped, but it won't be long till everyone knows CUCA.

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Thank tallthinbloke
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Reviewed October 18, 2013

We dined at this restaurant for lunch. We were the only guests that day. The food was simply divine. It was creative, beautifully presented, every morsel zinged in our mouths. Very very impressive. The restaurant itself is minimal in furnishings ( just what we like ) tastefully decorated and very calming on the eye. Whoever designed this space did an incredible job and this is followed up by the meals. We have eaten in many established restaurants and this meal would be in the top five. The one downside for us was that it was very warm on the day and we wished we had chosen to dine in the evening. The staff are a little too attentative for our liking but I guess you can't really fault that. The value for money is incredible and we will be visiting this restaurant again in the future. HIGH RECOMMENDATION

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