Nov 25, 2014

Bali Travelogue: Made's Warung (11 - 15 Jan 2014)

Made's Warung is surely a name you would come across in search of some good local food. In fact, it was highly recommended by Lady Iron Chef for local Indonesian cuisine.

Side Entrance to Made's Warung

Located in the heart of Seminyak (and 700m away from our stay), there was no excuse, at least for me, to pay a visit to this famous establishment. In fact, we accidentally found it while heading for some babi guling at Pak Malen's.

Back Entrance to Made's Warung

Housed in the centre of a huge mansion, Made's Warung is an open concept restaurant, flanked by garden and rows of retail shops. I must say it is an interesting dining concept, at least it is something I did not expect.

Bintang Draft for Him

It was not a hard task getting a table for two at 8pm on a Saturday. In fact, we secured one of the best tables right at the front of stage where beautiful Jazz was sang.  Best of all, over a pint of icy cold draft beer. Nothing can beat the freshness of this Bintang draft.

Brem Bali for Me

As one simply can't go wrong with local produce, I decided to be adventurous. Made of rice wine, this Brem Bali was packed with complexity of flavor despite being at the strong side (no, I don't measure by % of alcohol in a bottle).

Bebek Betutu

Serving both local Indonesian and international cuisine, I can see why Made's Warung has gained quite a fame. However, we made it a point to try all local food we can. Hence, this Bebek Betutu. I am totally into this highly seasoned and spiced dish called Betutu. The tenderness of bebek, dancing and twirling in the swirl of spices; so flavorful, so complex, so beautiful yet not overwhelming.

Tipat Tjantok / Gado-Gado

This Tipat Tjantok or Gado-Gado was pale in comparison. The sweetness of peanut sauce, the softness of potatoes, were pared down by the lack of peanut chunks, overly soaked bean sprouts and slightly soggy peanuts; it was simply not the contrast I was looking for.

Pork Satay

Pork satay, on the other hand, was nice though not great. From the chunky look of it, you can tell it would be the meaty one but luckily it wasn't dry.

Fried Banana Ice Cream

Fried banana ice cream was not mind blowing either. Despite my excitement over the idea of banana fritters and vanilla ice cream, it was soon drowned by the almost cold fried banana. Imagine that crispiness and tongue scotching moment as you bite through the banana before devouring the sweetness of ripe bananas, it was nothing like that.

Night Peeps!

IN SUMMARY, my personal dining ranking based on following criteria are:

Ambiance - 4 out of 5 (Good place for some icy cold beer over some jazz)
Price - 3 out of 5 (Slightly pricy for the quality of food served)
Food - 3 out of 5 (If you have to go, try Bebek Betutu!)
Verdict - That kind of jazzy night where you get to have some decent (but not great) local food and fresh draft/alcohol

Oct 11, 2014

Bali Travelogue: Must Try Lello Lello Gelato (11 - 15 Jan 2014)

Of all the delicacies you can reasonably expect from the land of Bali, gelato was something beyond my expectation. In fact, Lello Lello Gelato came across my research radar as one of the recommended places for some icy cold creamy goodness.

Interior of Lello Lello Gelato

It was a drizzly yet humid afternoon on the very first day in Bali. After some Babi Guling at Pak Malen's Babi Guling for late lunch, my tanner half and I decided some form of dessert was warranted and Lello Lello Gelato sounded smacking rightly perfecto!

Walk we shall!

Step by step, we embarked on a 1.7km walk from Pak Malen's Babi Guling. It took us about half an hour before we finally caught sight of the humble settlement of Lello Lello Gelato. Drenched in sweat, I was quite devastated that it does not have air conditioned section.

Enjoying my gelato while drenched in sweat

Nonetheless, greedy us sampled every single interesting flavour available, ordered our 6-flavour degustation platter, and quietly sat down under the most windy section we could find while waiting for our gelato to be delivered.

Degustation Platter for Rp 90,000

What made up of our 6-flavour degustation platter (from most front to furthest in picture) were chocolate chilli, coconut, calamansi, vanilla bean, tangerine mint and coconut. My personal favourite (and recommendation, of course!) flavours are salted caramel, chocolate chilli and coconut. Not only Lello Lello Gelato does their flavours right, the milky creamy texture was consistent across all their flavours.

Self Proclaimed Grumpy-Wet-Towel-Holder-King

Bonus point, they do provide wet towel, freshly rolled and placed in a handmade holder, for you to refresh yourself after devouring their gelato! The cheeky tanner half gracefully placed the holder onto his head and claimed himself the Wet-Towel-Holder-King.

Rum Balls!

Did I tell you that I actually went back Lello Lello Gelato again on the second last day in Bali? This time, we tried rumb ball and repeated salted caramel and coconut. Rumb ball is one of the recommended flavours by Lello Lello Gelato but I found it too strong to go on its own. So you might want to consider mixing it up with salted caramel and/or coconut.

Below is the quoted philosophy of Lello Lello Gelato:
Lello Lello is dedicated to creating the highest quality gelati and sorbets. Exquisite frozen delicacies prepared entirely by hand, naturally made from scratch in our own kitchen. 
Our Gelato Master will select only the freshest and finest of local and imported ingredients. We poach, puree and roast only the freshest of fruits at their peak of sweetness. The result: healthy, intense fruit tastes and aromas. Our nuts are stone ground in store to give you the subtle authenticity of natural flavours. Our sorbet is made with pure hydrated spring water. No pre mixes, no flavour enhancers, no weird flavourings and additives. 
Our menu changes seasonally, in fact, it changes daily. Everyday of the week, Lello Lello will present a different flavour to enjoy, using traditional or new, inventive recipes. 
What are you flavouring today? 

Self Proclaimed Wet-Towel-Holder-Queen

IN SUMMARY, my personal dining ranking based on following criteria are:

  • Ambiance - 3.5 out of 5 (It can really get very humid there!)
  • Price - 5 out of 5 (c. RM25 for 6 scoops of awesome gelato)
  • Food - 5 out of 5 (They have so much flavours that I had to spend few minutes sampling all and made a tough decision)
  • Verdict - Gimme my Lello Lello Gelato now!

Lello Lello Gelato
21 Jalan Kayu Aya,
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Reference: Opposite The Samaya Bali
Opening Hours: 8am - 11pm

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