Bali: savouring Seminyak
|Fois gras trilogy, Metis|
Seminyak's streets are pumping with a cosmopolitan array of chefs and restaurateurs, dishing up everything from Aussie steaks to Balinese crispy duck and Jimbaran Bay seafood, and offering up a potpourri of produce that's never languished on a supermarket shelf.
If you can't say Petitenget before you hit town, you'll learn quickly enough. Jalan is the Indonesian word for "street", and Jalan Petitenget is home to some of the island's top tables.
|Coconut rhumballa, Chandi|
If you're out to impress, earmark a date at Metis, which opened in 2009 amid the rice paddies and lily-filled water gardens. French chef Nicolas Tourneville serves French Mediterranean cuisine, including a dedicated foie gras menu.
Looking for a Zen-like, Ubud vibe? Neighbouring Sardine has also tapped in to the rice-paddy gastronomical scene. If you're obsessed with sustainable seafood, hand-plucked herbs and knowing where your onions came from (the mountain village of Bedugul), book a table for what fourth-generation Burgundy chef-restaurateur Pascal Chevillot describes as cuisine du solei1 ("food of the sun") and sample the gourmet fare from the kitchen, run by Californian Michael Shaheen.
Local seafoodies gravitate towards the Sunday brunches at W Hotel's Starfish Bloo by Mauritian-born, Australian-bred chef Kevin Chung, and gleefully feast on the snapper dumplings of MamaSan, helmed by chef Will Meyrick of Sydney's Longrain fame.
Head to Chandi for its New York take on local cuisine. With lounges facing the crushingly busy Jalan Laksmana it's also an unsurpassed people-watching locale. "The clientele in Seminyak is a great mix of glamour meets health nut," says chef-owner Agung Nugroho.
"The clientele in Seminyak is a great mix of glamour meets health nut."
|Overlooking the rice paddies at Metis|
"Bali is attracting great international chefs who still wish to dream and bend the rules more than you could in a Western kitchen," says Petitenget's Blaby, of Seminyak's embarrassment of dining riches. "It's magical, not logical."
TAKE ME THERE
PETITENGET Jln Petitenget 40, tel, .+62 3614733054, petitenget.net
POTATO HEAD BEACH CLUB Jln Petitenget, tel: 62361 473 7979, ptthead.com
SARDINE Jln Petitenget 21, tel: +62 361 843 6111, sardinebali.com
ANANTARA SOS SUPPER CLUB Jln Dhyana Pura,tel, 62361 737773, sosasupperclub.com
W HOTEL Jln Petitenget, tel:.+62 361 473 8106, starwoodhotels.com
BIKU Jln Raya Petitenget 888, tel, +62 361 857 0888, bikubali.com
CHANDI Jln Laksmana 72, tel: +62 361 731 060, chandibali.com
LA LUCCIOLA Jln Petitenget, tel:.+62 361 730 838
MAMASAN Jln Raya Kerobokan 135, tel, +62 361 730436, mamasanbali.com
METIS Jln Petitenget 6, tel: +62 3614737888, metisbali.com
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