After researching the area we were to stay in this café came up as one to try. It had some good reviews, and was even given a good write up from the 'Bali Eats' restaurant guide. We must have a different palate to other reviewers, or they had been sampling the local magic mushrooms or something.
The café has some good ambience, and you could see that it had some good refurbishments - as well as adding a pastry and coffee shop attached. I have been travelling overseas for 40+ years, and whilst I expect there to be some differences from what I can get in Oz, to what you get when in "Rome" - this was just not in the ballpark for me, even allowing for cultural differences. I have had the Balinese duck with chilli and spices on a previous trip (and that was to die for), so was looking forward, to sampling another duck dish which I hope was going to be similar. Maybe I'm a traditionalist or a purist, because I reckon the hero of the dish has to be the flavour of the meat, highlighted by the infusion of the spices and condiments - unfortunately, all I could taste was red chilli, mixed with a smattering of bony tasteless meat which was supposed to be duck. Even the Gor Hor Bai Toey (marinated chicken in pandanus leaves) was dry and unappetising. This was just not what we expected, and was probably (to us), the worst meal that we have experienced in Bali (this was our third trip to the island).
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