The driver on our first day of tour never gave us a chance to go looking for a restaurant ourselves. It was my mom's third dinner in Jimbaran anyway. So, he brought us over to this place, probably because of the promised commission, and we ended up getting chiseled over an expensive fish. The fish looked good at first, red and juicy but when we got it on the plate, it wasn't even fresh. I'm not the only one talking about this restaurant anyway. There was already somebody else but under Jimbaran Bay, if you want to read his/her story.
My concern was that if it was treated with formalin. It was quite tasteless and had some degree of decay. Since I'd never tried that fish before that, I don’t know whether bordering on tasteless was actually the real taste of it. So, my advice is, to stay away from any expensive fish because chances are, they've been there for ages because not many would fish out wads of rupiahs for them.
Overall, the dinner was a memorable experience for me as it was just my first time in Jimbaran. The cooking was good, the rice was of excellent quality and the coated peanuts was addictive. I even rolled them up in a tissue and brought them back to the hotel. I think we had some grilled prawns, soup and vegetables as well. Since I'm used to Thai food, Indonesian cooking will stay bland in my books. It's there but just not really there. Yet.
The restaurant is as how you see it on the official website. Highly decorative and very attractive. A group of old musicians would go round serenading at tables. Be sure to be polite and not drive them away. Smile, even if you hate it. Then tip. Took a lot away from my tsunami jitters and thanks to them, I could eat there more calmly. Also, if you're eating on the beach, remember to take off your shoes and feel the sand. Better that way than having to feel it in your shoes.
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