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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