February 10, 2017

Bali hop 2017 day 1: dinner on the rocks

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Hello Kitty is in Bali on a business trip, and her 500 sq.m. Ocean View Cliff Pool Villa has been comped by Ayana Resorts and Spa for the weekend.  Not wanting to leave her to her own devices in Bali, I dutifully bought myself a ticket and flew down to join her for the weekend.

My airport pickup was relatively smooth, and I was soon enjoying the tranquility within the privacy of our villa.  We weren't in one of the Ocean Front Cliff Pool Villas as I had hoped, but we did still have a view of ocean, and it turns out we were just steps away from the Villa Lobby and DAVA Steak and Seafood - a restaurant where we could have breakfast.

I had just enough time to get settled in and unwind before dinner.  One of the perks we had was getting our restaurant bookings done ahead of time.  Since sunset was supposed to be around 6:40 p.m., we asked for a table at Kisik Bar and Grill at 6 p.m.

It's been a while since I last wore flip-flops to dinner, but given this was on the just above the rocks by the sea and there was sand on the floor, it was definitely the right call.  We got ourselves a table by the edge with views of the setting sun.  Very cool.

I noticed that a table had been set up at the end of the jetty, and there were also some decorations along with musical instruments.  Sure enough, a couple had arranged a romantic dinner at the very private table, and a couple of musicians proceeded to play the traditional instruments - which we also kinda got to enjoy.

Rempeyek - these are always a good idea, and I can never stop myself once I start nibbling on these.

Jimbaran Express - yes, OF COURSE I had to order my girlie drink!  This mix of rum with ginger, kaffir lime leaf, red chili, lemongrass, coconut cream, and pineapple juice was pretty decent.  Although it did taste like a fruity and alcoholic version of Thai green curry...

Kisik gado gado - my daily veg.  Pretty standard fare with sweet peanut sauce.

Jimbaran bouillabaisse - snapper, prawns, calamari in a light tomato broth with "Jimbaran spices"... whatever they are.  Interesting that they added some kidney beans and corn.

Barbecued rainbow lobster with Balinese spices - we were told that only rock lobsters were live, but the one that Hello Kitty picked out seemed to be moving a little, too.  Anyway, this was pretty decent.  And I tried to follow in dad's footsteps by removing the flesh in the lobster's antennae.  Damn, those spines are sharp!

Clams steamed with white wine - these were OK.

Balinese vegetables - no surprise that they served us stir-fried morning glory.

I didn't have much expectations for the food, knowing that the main attraction here is the view and the ambiance of dining by the lapping waves.  It's rainy season so it was pretty cloudy today, and we barely got a glimpse of the sun as it set.  It was still nice and kinda romantic for us, though... as we don't get many chances to do this.

Our dinner started early and also finished pretty early.  We went back to our villa to relax.  Both of us have had a long day, and went to sleep with the sound of the waves in our heads...

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