I have passed this restaurant in Seminyak countless times and finally today, we had lunch there.
I ordered zucchini pasta pesto thinking it's pasta with a pesto sauce accompanied with zucchini's. Instead I got a pasta made out of zucchini (ie. zucchini sliced into long thin noodles to make it look like pasta) in a pesto sauce. Not to my likening!
So I quickly ordered buckwheat pancakes ... Which I loved.
Earth Cafe has a very creative menu comprising many different tastes. All healthy options.
Who would have known that I would be trying my first cronut ... in Bali! I've been hearing about cronuts for so long, and even in the US I couldn't find them. But right there on Sunset Road is the newly opened The Harvest which has awesome desserts and yes, cronuts.
Well, at the end I wasn't that impressed with cronuts - but at least I can finally say that I tried them - but loved all the other desserts that we tried. Including my favourite a raisin Danish. Yum. Yum. Yum.
Another day, another lunch at an Aman hotel. I actually love going to the Aman hotels for lunch. The quality of the meals is superb, the price is not totally ridiculous and the setting is always unique.
Amanusa is situated on a hill in Nusa Dua with a great vantage point. You can imagine what this view looked like in the mid-90's, when the hotel opened - only virgin jungle and sea in front of you. Even though today there are a lot of big hotel structures dotting the landscape, the view is still magnificent.
Recently they also just re-opened the Bali National Golf & Country Club in Nusa Dua, which is sitatued right below Amanusa. I'm not a golf pro, but the grass certainly looks well manicured and inviting from the Amanusa terrace.
If you want Italian fine dining, Il Ristorante @ the Bulgari Hotel will for sure satisfy your needs! We took a 5-course degustazione menu which hit the spot for our Italian cravings. Don't forget to start with cocktails at the nearby bar.
If I was to change one thing though at this venue, I would make it a little lighter in design. What's up with all this black?!
Besides being a beautiful hotel, this is a great stop in east Bali for a delicious lunch with a gorgeous sea view. Pappardelle with lamb ragou anyone?
Amankila is located close to Candidasa.
Coming back to The Regent Hotel is like coming back to a familiar home. In a city where everything completely changes every couple of years, there are very few hotels in Singapore that focus on refining their product vs completely re-building it. But to only refine, you have to have good bone structure, and The Regent definitely has that.
Entering the lobby is like walking into a Dynasty set. It’s a little bit dated in design but nonetheless proud of its heritage which is what makes it so endearing and wonderful. The hotel exudes a confidence in it’s style that I love.
Moreover, the staff that will greet you have been with the hotel for years, some even decades. That is a big rarity in Singapore, where people change jobs continuously. When you talk to the staff and realise how proud they are to work at The Regent, you realise how important a family feel is for this property.
We always have the Ambassador Suite which is very spacious and has a very big balcony. The bathroom is on the small side though, having only one sink, which is a bit odd.
What I also like about the hotel is that it has some great restaurants and bars within its premises. Basilico has a fabulous lunch and dinner menu. The Summer Palace delicious Cantonese food and the Sunday high-tea is to die for. I dare you to walk past all the pastries and not stop.
Just recently they opened a fantastic new bar called Manhattan which is a total winner. Wonderfully knowledgeable staff, an innovative bar menu and upbeat lounge music will greet you and carry you into the night.
My only complaint perhaps is that the gym is a bit on the small side. I hope they will expand it.
The Regent has a great location, a slightly retro design and a story to tell. That is what keeps bringing us back.
Manhattan Bar is a total winner!!
Spent two nights in a row there. That's how much I loved it!
Located on the second floor of The Regent Hotel, sitting inside this cozy and dimly lit bar feels decadent. Wonderfully knowledgeable staff, an innovative bar menu and upbeat lounge music will greet you and carry you into the night. And I swear that the plush sofas are designed in such a way that you never want to get up and leave.
Stopped by Bambu Indah in Ubud this morning, for breakfast. Designed by John Hardy, this eco-luxury boutique hotel is quite something.
Traditional Javanese bridal homes restored to perfection. Looks like a place I could spend a weekend at.
As I walked in to Barbacoa on Jalan Petitenget in Kerobokan, my gaze for whatever reason shifted to the right. And there he was. A big succulent pig 'sitting' in the pit.
After spotting him I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner!
Newly opened Barbacoa serves up a good selection of wood fire BBQ items in tapas type portions. Everything is to share. Best of all it is situated in a cavernous warehouse space which is quite unique in Bali and looks impressive.