We were adamant about getting some fresh grilled seafood while we were in Bali. We thought some kind of beach cafe would be a good place to start. So after we finished tanning on our hotel’s rooftop pool (amazing) and watched the sunset high above like Greek Gods – liquored, slightly bronzed and clad in gladiators too – we set off on our seafood odyssey.
Echo Beach House
Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Echo Beach, Canggu, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Echo Beach House is a huge set-up, but hard to find. Actually, that’s their slogan: “Hard to find, hard to forget.” It might be helpful to organise a driver to and from Canggu beach because once you’ve finished dinner, it’s not going to be easy to hail any cabs or haggle a ride back to your hotel from such a remote spot.
The boyfriend and I went to Bali for a long weekend holiday. It was delicious. We fell in love with a few Balinese and Padang dishes, and I definitely have a new-found respect for Indonesian cuisine – or specifically, Balinese cuisine. I’m just waiting now for any old lovable prick on Hong Kong island to start up an overpriced ‘Indonesian tapas’ restaurant slash bar slash lounge slash club slash “Satay Saturdays but we’ll still charge way more than what’s moral ha ha” with, of course, a no-reservations policy. I might actually have to line up for this one. Seriously. You say sambal, I say how high.
We were after 3 things in Bali, so I’ll subhead the posts as follows for easy reading: pig, seafood and catpoop. All with the occasional mojito.
Bali, a Hindu province in a mostly-Muslim Indonesia, has become a foodie sanctuary for the most delicious suckling pig, better known in Bali as Babi Guling. We knew our first stop had to be Ibu Oka – an institution for the revered pork – that was popularized by Anthony Bourdain in No Reservations. The moment Andrew and I heard the ‘crack’ of that pork skin on the telly, it was nothing but belly on our minds.
Jalan Tegal Sari No. 2, Ubud, 80571
No.25-26 Hang Hou Village, Tseung Kwan O
Another trip to Tseung Kwan O! This time, for lunch: to try out the popular Thai restaurant we saw before we had dinner at Lardos just across the road the night before, and to catch some rays at a nearby beach after. Let me just say: to hit the beach after a big ass Thai lunch.. yes, this was obviously a day trip planned by a male, the gender who do not think to concern themselves with the issue of bloated bellies post-foodie fest, a bloated belly that would befall my sensitively female body ever so drastically and be exposed to all by the bikini I would later don. Suffice to say, I did not want to subject the innocent, aesthetically virginal patrons of Clearwater Bay Beach to an overwhelmingly grotesque food baby but I simply had no choice; for one, I could not not nom all the food, for the food was Thai and I love Thai food, and secondly, I was still as white as a char siu bao so a proper tan was absolutely necessary. In any case, all apologies to those whose sunshine I blocked with my food quadruplets on the beach that day. That said, would definitely return here if I’m around Tseung Kwan O swinging to the beach – no matter the gluttonous consequences. This review is about a simple, cheap, yummy Thai joint – with some notable foodie moments, mostly involving their chicken.
After that little disclaimer, I can now present our big ass Thai lunch. The whole meal would’ve been more than enough for four people (just shy of $400 for 3 dishes, the appetizer sampler platter and drinks), or two fatties such as Andrew and myself.