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“Lovely,elegant, charming, and just short of excellent.”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bambu

Bambu
Ranked #9 of 506 Restaurants in Seminyak
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
South Pole
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“Lovely,elegant, charming, and just short of excellent.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2014

What a lovely, charming and elegant place is Bambu. From the moment you walk in you can't help but smile. The design, the background music, the lovely staff, the professional management, the water surrounding you, all add to make it a wonderful experience being there. They have really put a lot of thought into all aspects of your dining experience, and they have got it right.
Looking at the menu, and having a 3 heat level option for how spicy, you can see that the same level of thought has gone into the food as well. But whereas the design, ambience and service succeed completely, the food falls just short of the standard of everything else.
Perhaps the surroundings gave me an unrealistic level of expectation, or perhaps Indonesian food just doesn't do it for me, but I just wasn't 'wowed'. The food was very good, and I did enjoy it. I just wanted it to be better.
Well worth the money (seriously, compared to home, it's an absolute bargain) and I'd go back, and recommend you go too. A whole lot better than the owners other restaurant La Lucciola. But taste wise I rate it as "very good" rather than "excellent". Same goes for the cocktails - good, not great. But do go and see for yourselves. Even if the food is just short of "wow", the remainder more than makes up for it.

  • Visited August 2014
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“Really lovely evening- upscale Balinese cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

During our visit to Seminyak, a good friend recommended Bambu as a 'must try'. We asked our hotel to make a reservation and fell in love. This was the best meal we had in Bali.
The location was only a stone's throw from our hotel- walking distance from the W. The decor is modern Balinese, little concrete steps bring you over a pond and then you have arrived. Service is attentive and gracious, if not a wee bit on the slow side. No problem, we are happy to take our time in such a lovely setting.
The menu is upscale Balinese. For some reason, Seminyak has a large concentration of European cuisins- french, Italian. So Bambu fills the void for high end Balinese food. The dishes were generally spicy, but with help from our waiter, we were able to find a few non spicy items for my daughter. Everything was delicious- I wish they had a website so I can remember what we ordered, maybe only the slow roasted duck with amazing sambals on the side. Definitely save room for dessert. The pandan crepe (dadar guling) and terang gulung (street style pancakes) were to die for. While on the expensive side for Bali, the bill was still very gentle- about $120 USD for four.
Highly recommended!

  • Visited August 2014
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“Nice Balinese food and atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

Lovely Balinese food, nice atmosphere and good service.
Need to make booking in advance.
Highly recommended!

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“The Best On All Accounts!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

For me our dinner at Bambu was the highlight of the trip! Loved the steamed prawns, ribs, chicken salad, and deep fried banana! Service 5* ambience 5* Food 5* Been to Bali on many occasions thought we'd try something new and were so glad we did!

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“Just amasing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

Need to try This resturant. Greate place, lovley athmosphere and greate food. Best in Seminyak... Just perfect...

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