“You’re eating Italian food in Bali??”, a friend asked after I posted a photo of my lovely Bruschetta breakfast in Bali.
Yes, yes. I get her. When in Bali, eat and do as the Balinese do. I love Balinese and Indonesian food. But here are two great reasons why one should go Italian in Bali:
- Because chances are, you would have had your fill of Balinese and Indonesian food in Bali. Most people travel a minimum 1 week’s stay in Bali. I’m sure you would want to vary your meal choices after 2 days!
- You will be in a chilled-out and relaxed mode while in Bali. And nothing goes better over laughter and conversation with family and friends than Italian food. Italian food is made for those lingering and relaxed meals. This is why pasta is a treat in our home, because it’s like a 30 minute holiday in a plate.
Now I know there’s nothing worse than mediocre or terrible Italian food (or any kind of specialty food at all). And while I was in Bali , I got to try one of the latest Italian restaurants where my happy gut was able to say, “La buona cucina!”
Seminyak Italian Food is located at the Double Six Luxury Hotel, and spearheaded by Robert Marchetti, renowned restaurateur who’s been feeding Sydney and Melbourne with great Italian food ( Icebergs Dining Room, North Bondi Italian Food and Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons at Crown Melbourne)
Located on the 2nd floor of Double Six Luxury Hotel, the restaurant offers both al fresco dining and an indoor area. I would recommend heading early for breakfast (if you are staying at the hotel) or reserving early to have the outdoor area. Not only does it have a nice breeze and view, but the indoor seating area is mosquito-prone.
If you do end up in the indoor area, make sure you are slathered with mosquito repellent lotion. If not, the staff will readily hand you a can.
Seminyak Italian Food prides itself in its freshly sourced ingredients. This is quite evident with the presence of a huge carving station for meats and bread.
And there’s also a dedicated Pasta Room, where pasta is made fresh from scratch everyday.
I can hear tummies grumbling now so let’s go straight to the goods.
You have no idea how amazing a combination this is. Egg white omelette with Bruschetta. The Bruschetta was really fresh (topped with diced tomato, local mozarella burrata, basil dressing and alfalfa sprouts).
This is how I started my day and it fueled me for a long, long (and I mean LONG) walk along the beach. If you’re wondering how long I walked- I had breakfast by 9:30 and was back by lunch time at 1 PM!
They do have a very comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, and the staff are always happy to explain further detail about the food, or recommend their personal favourites.
Now this antipasto of Granchio alla Veneta was my favourite among the lot. This is hand-picked crab meat, garlic, hint of chili, wet Venetian mascarpone polenta and lemon.
I was told by my lovely waiter, Anu that chicken broth is also added in making the polenta. This is probably the best polenta I’ve ever had. Creamy but still with texture. And the crab meat was very succulent.
Fresh seafood always makes me happy! Chargrilled Rosemary spears of scallops, prawns, grouper, squid, salsa verde and green olives. ( I omitted the olives)
2 skewers were just the right size and this went extremely well with my antipasto.
The next morning, it was a breakfast for lunch kind of day. (Do you do that too? Please tell me you do).
If you are staying at the Double Six hotel, Seminyak Italian Food delivers to your room.
Bircher muesli with almond milk. For dessert grilled bananas with vanilla and mint ricotta. The bircher muesli has been soaked in orange juice for 36 hours so it was really bursting with flavour.
Yes, it was that kind of beautiful, lazy morning.
Italian food brings a sense of festiveness to the table, wherever your table may be, however many you may be. I travelled and ate solo in this trip, and the meals I had made me feel like I was celebrating a feast.
DOUBLE SIX LUXURY HOTEL
NO.66 DOUBLE SIX BEACH
My meals were hosted by Seminyak Italian Food, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.