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“Amazing Javanese and Thai food ... And desserts”
Review of Cafe Degan

Cafe Degan
Ranked #45 of 208 Restaurants in Kerobokan
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $20
Cuisines: Indonesian, Thai
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Set in a traditional Javanese joglo house, Café Degan brings to Bali's dining scene a selection of popular Indonesian specialties, and a carefully chosen assortment of Thai favorites, in a sophisticated yet warm and welcoming ambience.
Reviewed January 16, 2011

Went here for dinner so my husband could have some soto ayam and nasi rawon - foods that he missed from his time in East Java. Both of those dishes were surprisingly good. The Thai apple salad was also very good. So refreshing.
There was a very surprising selection of top class desserts, including rhubarb crumble and creme brûlée. They have a little shop that sells these and other deserts. Presumably these cakes are the focus of their high tea.
All in all, we couldn't fault the place - great food, great service, and good decor.
Possibly the best meal we've ever had in Bali!
We'll be going back.

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Reviewed December 19, 2010

We ate there twice while in Bali and tried a few different dishes, the fried duck with accompanying dishes was outstanding.We had a delicious tempeh curry and also a tasty Massaman.. Great service topped it all off..We would definately recommend Cafe Degan!

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Reviewed November 6, 2010

My husband and I just returned from a late lunch at Cafe Degan - it was excellent. We came to just have a "light" lunch of salads (the green mango salad and pomelo soft shell crab salad were excellent), but ended up sharing a main, each have a dessert and coffee...over a 2 hour lunch. This is one of the best meals we have had in Bali - delicious good quality food (with Thai influences) and great friendly service. I believe the chef is ex Banyan tree - and it shows.

It's located on Jln Petitengit - opposite Metis.

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Thank JPark002
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Reviewed August 24, 2010

Incredibly tasty food. Our party of 6 went for the chefs recommendations all of which were delicious. Proper spicy Thai food. In fact one of the best meals we've eaten in Bali. A must try if you are in the area. Very affordable and unpretentious food. Excellent service from the friendly staff and you have to try their desserts. They even have their own little pastry shop within the restaurant.

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Thank david_barclay
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Reviewed June 3, 2010

At last found a place with honest home-style Indonesian food, unpretentious surroundings in Bali. It's actually quite hard to find good Indonesian food in Bali, and there are more restaurants here offering fusion cuisines than genuine Indonesian food.

Cafe Degan is set in a traditional Javanese joglo teak house with an open-air feel. It's a bit hot so make sure you dress lightly (or seek refuge in the cool air conditioned pastry room while checking out the day's freshly baked banana bread and other yummy cakes).

Chef Degan, who has worked in Banyan Tree Hotel chain as head chef, and his wife Nike are incredibly warm and will give you recommendations for what you should try. It's really nice to find an Indonesian couple with plenty of international experience trying to make it back in their homeland.

The prices are reasonable around 60,000 rupiah (US$5-6) per dish. If you think Indonesian food are nothing but deep fried dishes, Cafe Degan does a really nice steamed fish, sauteed veggies, and other tried and true Javanese food. Also, good vegetarian options. My husband was still hungry, though so next time, we'll order more than just one dish per person. Were the portions too small or just that we are too greedy? The ice cold tea was divine and was poured onto my glass - a nod to the famous Indonesian 'Teh Botol'. No alcohol sold yet but guests are welcomed to bring your own booze.

Also spot on Somtam (Green Papaya Salad), Thai beef salad, and other aroi Thai dishes. Highly recommended. It's on Jalan Petitenget No. 9 in front of the pretentious Metis resto.

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