Category Archives: Indonesia

Taman Wantilan @ Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay – Bali, Indonesia

After spending 4 days in Ubud, we moved down south to Jimbaran Bay.

Breakfast is served at Taman Wantilan, overlooking Jimbaran Bay and you can even see the distant volcanoes!

This is the most extravagantly displayed amuse-bouche I have ever seen! I was already partly full from eating this… and I still had breakfast coming!

Japanese breakfast (Seared Salmon, Miso Soup, Pickled Vegetables and Green Tea)

Light Indonesian Fish Curry…dad said that this tasted really delicious and wasn’t too spicy..

Wild Mushroom Bruschetta with Poached Egg, Smoked Pork Loin and Truffle Hollandaise

Wok-Fried Prawn with Pineapple and Long Beans on Scrambled Egg

Housemade pineapple pancakes… this was my first time having fruits inside my pancake! The pineapples gave a sweet taste to a normally bland tasting pancake.

Sliced fresh island fruits


Taman Wantilan @ Four Seasons Resort Jimbaran Bay – Bali, Indonesia

Jimbaran, Denpasar 80361, Bali, Indonesia
 Tel.62 (361) 701010


Seared Salmon, Miso Soup, Pickled Vegetables and Green Tea

Ibu Oka – Bali, Indonesia

One of the must-visit restaurants in Ubud is Ibu Oka, famous for its babi guling (roast pig).

Ibu Oka is even recommended by Anthony Bourdain of “A Cook’s Tour,” who said that it’s the best pig he’s ever had! Watch the video below.. Ibu Oka segment appears at 11:42.


There’s an outdoor seating area and a covered-yet-opened eating area.  Even though it was so hot and none of the fans were moving, I quite liked the whole “eating-like-a-local” concept.

Locals and tourists alike come here for the famous babi guling! The pig is stuffed with spices and roasted in an open fire.

Babi guling… the meat was very tender and the gamey taste was overridden by the spices.

Babi guling skin… this was such a disappointment.. the skin wasn’t crispy and it was so tough to chew…

and the largest coconut I’ve ever drank from!

Because everyone said that Ibu Oka has the best babi guling, we had high expectations….this roast pig can’t even compare to the Chinese roast suckling pig (with tender meat and crispy skin).

FAIM? non non

Ibu Oka

Jalan Sweta, Ubud, Bali (opposite of the Royal Palace)

Café Wayan – Bali, Indonesia

We decided to try Café Wayan for dinner as it serves Indonesian dishes and a reportedly delicious chocolate cake!

Like Bebek Bengil, the restaurant is composed of many open-huts with cushions instead of chairs (and you have to sit cross-legged).

special spring rolls (egg rolls filled with chicken, prawns and vegetables served with peanut sauce)

Nasi Goreng Chicken (Wayan’s style mixed fried rice with chicken, eggs and vegetables)

Balinese special (pepes tuna, pork satay, seafood fritter, grilled chicken, prawn in Balinese sauce, long bean sprouts in cocopeanut sauce)

Nasi Goreng Seafood (fried rice mixed with vegetables, prawn, tuna and squid served with shrimp crackers)

Bakmi Goreng Chicken (fried noodles mixed with chicken and eggs topped with torn chicken breast)

We also ordered the chicken satay which was sooooo good! It was well marinated, grilled and was extremely tender!

Death by Chocolate cake…..This is what Cafe Wayan is famous for.. yet I couldn’t taste the specialness of it.  It tasted just like a regular chocolate cake.

This was a great dinner.. the food had great flavour and the portions were generous too!


Café Wayan 

Monkey Forest Road, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck) – Bali, Indonesia

For dinner on the 2nd night, we decided to try Bebek Bengil, home of the original crispy duck!

The restaurant is comprised of a main building and many open huts and surrounding it is a rice paddy!  Good thing it was quite cool at night because there’s no fans in the huts!

Bebek Bengil Crispy Duck  (Half a duck steamed in Indonesian spices and then fried for a crispy finish, accompanied with Indonesian vegetables).. this was soooo good! The duck was crispy, not too oily and didn’t have too much fat. The accompanying vegetables didn’t look spicy at all but it was so spicy!

Gado Gado (blanched mixed vegetables, tofu, and fried shrimp crackers served with a sweet peanut sauce)…. I love the peanut sauce (it’s kind of like the satay sauce) but it’s so fattening! Hidden somewhere within the vegetables is a chili pepper.. which I accidentally ate and half my mouth got numbed. I was scared of Gado Gado after this experience!

Chicken Satay….tender meat and delicious peanut sauce!

BBQ pork ribs.. extremely tender!

Duck Fried Rice… very tasty! It sort of reminds me of the Portuguese duck rice..

We really liked the crispy chicken so we decided to eat here again on our last night in Ubud! This time, we wanted to try the smoked duck, which required an order at least a day in advance .

Balinese smoked duck (a whole duck traditionally smoked in spices and wrapped in leaf)… We thought this smoke duck would wow us but we were somewhat disappointed.  Although you could taste the spiced-up meat, but the gamey taste still showed through.  On a positive note, the meat was unbelievably tender.

The food is delicious but don’t expect service here…You’re sitting in your own hut eating away and when you need a waiter, you need to walk around to the other huts to find someone!


Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck) 

Jalan Hanoman and Monkey Forest Road



Batan Waru – Bali, Indonesia

For dinner the first night in Ubud, the hotel recommended Batan Waru (it’s also recommended by the Eyewitness travel guidebook).

Each dish cost around 5-6 USD but the portions are quite small!

Pepes Ikan Laut (fresh tenggin fish fillet with Balinese paste of thirteen spices, roastedin banana leaf)…the fish wasn’t tender..

Udang Lado Hijau (tiger prawns simmered in Sumatran mild green chilli sauce)… too spicy!

sautéed watercress

Ayam Rica (grilled boneless chicken, simmered in Manadonese chilli, shitake mushroom and coconut milk sauce)….  this was my favourite dish! The chicken was tender and the sauce was so coconutty!

Kue Dadar (Pandanus-scented rice crepes with coconut and palm sugar filling)…  this was pretty good.. but for some reasons, the coconut filling reminded me of some sort of meat…..

Bintang beer…not strong at all!

Out of all the restaurants I’ve tried in Bali, Batan Waru has the best service; the servers were attentive, efficient and friendly. I haven’t tried Cafe Lotus (even though it’s recommended by the guidebook also) because I passed by it and it seemed to be very touristy.


Batan Waru

Jalan Dewi Sita Street, Ubud