While I loved the Melting Wok and Kultur warungs that I recently visited and reviewed, I wanted to try something a little fancier on our last night and Bambu Seminyak was perfect. The setting is romantic and a fine example of blurring the lines between inside and out. Think traditional pergodas, lush plantings and waterways winding through the entire downstairs area. If you are looking for traditional Indonesian fare that is a cut above the rest Bambu Seminyak won’t disappoint. Read on for all the details …
Bambu Seminyak Overview
Bambu serves Indonesian cuisine with flair from regions including Bali, Java and Sulawesi. The menu is tight but offers something for every taste with each course featuring a mix of seafood, meat and vegetarian. The location is a little out-of-the-way but its off ‘eat street’ location does nothing to deter patrons so bookings are essential. A small bar caters for those waiting for tables or those who would just rather indulge in a fabulous cocktail. The minute you walk through the door you get the sense you are entering a calm oasis and as the sun dips the low lighting and lush surroundings bring romance to life. While Bambu Seminyak is not cheap by Balinese standards, it does represent excellent value when compared to what a similar calibre restaurant would set you back in Sydney. Bambu is so good, it makes my epic list of 110+ things to do in Bali.
I started with Ayam Bakar Kecap Manis (grilled chicken skewers) while The Hubs chose Udang Tim Ketumbar (prawns and glass noodles in banana leaf). Our entrees came with complimentary rice crackers and dipping sauces. My chicken was mouth wateringly tender after being marinated in a sweet soy based sauce but it did pack a nice punch given we ordered everything ‘local spicy’. The creamy sauce smothering The Hubs’ prawns was subtle at first but the promised heat came through with each subsequent bite.
The Main Event
My Gulal Domba Dengan Kurma (Islamic lamb and date curry) with a side of Sayur Sambiki (sweet pumpkin in chilli and coconut cream) was divine. I have eaten plenty of rice in my life but I have never seen anything like the ‘pods’ that accompanied my curry. While they were unique I prefer my rice on the fluffy side. In addition to his entree of prawns my seafood loving partner opted for the special of Seared Yellow Fin Tuna with a green mango salsa. His tuna was perfectly rare just the way he likes it and the salsa was a perfect partner.
I rarely eat dessert at Asian restaurants, but I couldn’t resist at Bambu Seminyak. The Terang Bulan (street style pancakes) with roast nuts, java chocolate and ice cream were to die for! True to form I asked for a menu change and requested toasted coconut rather than coffee and ginger ice cream. It was a match made in heaven and so good I think they should consider a permanent menu change.
Bambu Seminyak offers something rather special and is perfect for a romantic dinner. The service was attentive without being intrusive and our server was careful to explain each dish in detail. You get the feeling that nothing is ever too much trouble here. The bill came in at $115 including beer and three cocktails which is superb value considering the setting and quality.
Location: Jl Petitenget no 198, Seminyak 80361 Bali, INDONESIA
Opening Hours: Dinner only. Open daily from 6pm – 11pm.
Average Cost: I paid approx AUD $115 for three courses for two people with drinks.
Contact Details: Phone +62 361 84+ 9797 or email [email protected]
If you liked this you should check out my other Bali restaurant reviews. So will you try Bambu Seminyak when you are next in Bali?
Until Next Time …
Psst! My Bali basics post is also a must read for Bali first timers. 🙂
Disclaimer: I paid for my meal at Bambu Seminyak in full and as always, all opinions are my own.
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