The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Fantastic dinner @ Aahh Bali Bed & Breakfast (Jimbaran), Bali

I'm on my final post on our trip to Bali! We were there for a few short days to attend a friend's wedding, and we had a pretty good time! Bali wasn't on our want-to-travel-to list, and I'd expected to dislike how touristy it is, but it is such a family-friendly destination, that even a pregnant mum in her 8th month of pregnancy could not help but enjoy the time with the hubby and 5-year-old kid. Part of what made the trip so memorable was the accommodation we stayed at. I've previously wrote about Aahh Bali B&B, what a great place it is owned by a fantastic couple, and how much we enjoyed the food. The food! Lydia used to be a chef at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore, and the promise of delicious cooking was what sealed the deal for us on deciding to stay here. And ate well, we did. We enjoyed a delicious spread for breakfast every morning, and Lydia's freshly-made pastries were amazing! The B&B's guests could also enjoy Lydia's cooking for dinner, and we had to give them advance notice so that Lydia could go to the market for the food (though you ought to do put in your request earlier, as dinner is pending on Bob and Lydia's schedule, and there are other guests to compete with). We chose our dishes using their online food menu, and sat down to a delicious meal after a full day out. The food was reasonably priced, with starters, soups, salads and desserts at US$4 each, and main courses at US$8 to $15. Each dish was prepared with care using top quality ingredients, and we thoroughly enjoyed every single one of them.


For the boy: Spring Rolls with Lime Chili Sauce - fresh out of the fryer and into our mouths. Crispy but not greasy, and a delicious way to sneak some veges into kids:

Hubby chose the Clam Chowder - deliciously creamy and full of umami goodness:

Mine was the Orange, Avocado and Tomato Salad in Honey Mustard Dressing. What a delicious combination of ingredients:


The kid enjoyed the Fish Cakes with Pineapple Salsa. Perfectly crispy with no greasiness, offset nicely by the sweet-sour fruity salsa:

Hubby really liked the look of Salmon en Croute Stuffed with Mushroom. And he was not disappointed:

The browned pastry kept the salmon and mushrooms in a nice parcel. It was a little dry, but I can't see how to improve that aspect without making everything soggy (and we all know how unappealing soggy floppy pastry is):

My choice of main course was Seafood Curry with White Rice. This curry was reminiscent of Thai-style tom yum, but not as strongly sour and spicy. It was delicious, with a slight acidic edge from the tamarind, and not too heavy because it wasn't coconut milk-based:


A simple Vanilla Ice Cream for the boy, with his choice of sprinkles and topping. We actually didn't order dessert for the boy because he could share ours, but Lydia kindly offered to give him ice cream, and the boy said "Yes please!":

Hubby chose the Chocolate Brownie on Caramel Sauce. Served warm, the brownie was decadent, rich and moist, and the caramel sauce was not too sweet:

When I saw the Banana Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream on the menu, I knew I had to order it. I have fond memories of eating pisang goreng as a child growing up in Malaysia. This was obviously a more sophisticated version, and the ice cream was a great accompaniment to this beloved street food item:

This dinner was a delicious way to cap off our final night in Bali. We had a great stay and have no hesitations to recommend Aahh Bali B&B as an accommodation. (Bob mentioned that there are plans in the works to open another B&B, also in Bali, and I don't know the fate of this current one, but I'm certain that these guys will maintain a high level of service, wherever they are.)

Aahh Bali Bed & Breakfast
Jl. Uluwatu II
Gg. Tanjung Mekar #9
Jimbaran-Kuta, Bali
Indonesia 80361
Tel. +62-878618-7312
(See their website for more ways to contact them.)

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