We went here for dinner two nights running, even though we were staying elsewhere.
The setting by the river is beautiful. The service is excellent, and the staff is both extremely friendly and engaging, at the same time as it is knowledgeable and professional. Makes for a very relaxing and enjoyable meal setting.
And the food is just mouthwatering. What sets this restaurant apart from many others in Bali is that it uses the spices and ingredients from the region, but in a light and inventive way. It's nice to find places that don't just serve the exact same local dishes as every other restaurant in Bali, but that still use the local flavours and spices to make their own dishes.
The first night we had the daily menu, and added in a couple of starters from the a la carte menu as well. The daily menu was based on regional flavours, both light and somewhat spicy. I loved that they used fresh green pepper for the spice in all the dishes on the menu, rather than chilli. And even though I was full, I was sorely tempted to order the whole menu again, since it was so damned good...
It was actually so good that we immediately booked a table for the next night. The daily menu upon return was less interesting the next day (not that it didn't look very tasty, but it was European of nature, and we don't travel around the globe to eat European food...), so we instead ate our way through a bunch of seafood dishes on the a la carte menu. And, again, it was all excellently cooked and seasoned, and I can't recall any dish where the main ingredient was drowned out by some other flavour. And I reckon it takes some skill to consistently serve up varied seafood dishes with spices, where the main seafood ingredient itself is always allowed to take the front seat.
So after two nights on the run here, I can't do anything other than award it full marks for setting, service, friendliness and for food preparation! A professionally run establishment from the bottom up. And on top of that an inventive and obviously very skilled kitchen.
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