Lets be up front.
This is Mexican food. This is NOT Tex Mex. Most people who I talk too in quiet whispers about this place, have only ever eaten Tex Mex, or say, a watered down Aussie equivalent. So when I took 6 mates along, most had no idea what I meant by REAL Mexican.
This is the stuff of food carts in Baja, Guadalajara, Mexico City and even the classier establishments of Cancun and Cozumel.
Bob, a US Expat who has made Bali his home, is one of the nicest guys you will meet in Bali. Full of interesting tales, and a man of passion about his food and his craft.
We had found this place last year on advice of Tripadvisor reviews and were not dissapointed. When I knew we were back in Bali this June, I made sure we set time aside to go visit Bob and sample some Tacos and Burritos.
The menu has changed slightly, and there is more snacky items to try and share. Many of these are unashamedly American in their basis, but with a Bali twist. Bobs keen to ensure local spices are added to US and Mexican dishes to give a unique fusion in tastes. We had the Chilli Poppers, a gooey cheese stuffed chilli coated in crispy Panko and fried. Lovely... with the slightest of chilli kicks. I loved the Nachos too, with its selection of unique Salsas, and the cripsy corn chips and guacamole. Then we had the KFC Chicken, and Buffalo wings. The KFC was crispy, but of course the chickens here in Bali are so small, that a serving is probably only good for one, and not appropriate to share. The Buffalo wings are New York Style with a slightly vinegary hot sauce, and a side of blue cheese dressing is there to compliment the sour taste of the wings. I am very particular about my Blue Cheese sauce for my wings, so my only dissapointment was that... BUT... the others in my group liked it. Everyone has different tastes, and that needs to be taken in account in any review. So far, we had partaken of the US and Tex Mex side of the menu in the starters.... The mains... are all MEXICO ON A PLATE !
This is where I start salivating everytime I think of the place. I am taken back to late night tacos off the carts in side streets of Guadalajara. There are so many different flavours to choose from on Bobs menu. If you want guidance... the Babi Guling and the Shredded Beef are good mainstays, and you will never go wrong. The hand made corn tortillas for the tacos are unique...Get them fried to a crispy hardness if thats what you like...they will do that for you.
My wife, loves the Texas style smokey beef burrito served with rice and black beans. This is a meal in itself. Consider this if tempted by the long list of starters. You need a big appetite for a Burrito and starters.
I had 2 Babi Guling Tacos and 2 Shredded beef. I ate 3 of them. Since last year, I think the servings have increased in size as well.
OK.. I had 6 others with me. 3 loved it, and 3 not so much. As I said, it depends on what your expectations are, and what your tastes are. This is not American Mexican or Aussie Mexican.. Its REAL Mexican, with the added bonus of Bali influneces if you want to add that.
I am heading back this week for lunch to try out some of Bobs yet to be released dishes. I am unashamdely a fan of this place, because I have found this food nowhere else in the World... except Mexico.. and lets be honest, thats a lot further from the Gold Coast than Bali.
Everyone and I mean EVERYONE in the group loved the Margaritas too......... In fact our drinks bill far outweighed the food, I think Bob needs to offer Jugs of the stuff :)
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