Dear fellow tasters,
Jimbaran area in Bali island is renowned for its seafood restaurants alongside the tourists-crowded beach. If you’ve never been there, like me, or simply longs for a glimpse of Jimbaran taste, do drop by Bali Jimbaran restaurants, one of them located just across Mangga Dua Square, on Jalan Gunung Sahari Ancol area. For a seafood restaurant, this place doesn’t really put emphasis on ambiance although the air-con is good enough to battle the scorching Jakartan heat. The menu of course offers seafood selection with different choice of preparation: grilled, fried, boiled, or cooked with your chosen sauce or style.
I was there one afternoon with two other guys for some farewell lunch and we ordered two portions of crabs (one cooked with their specialty Jimbaran sauce and the other with Balinese style), a grilled fish, mussels with Padang sauce, boiled cockles and a water spinach dish.
The crabs were of course everyone’s favorite. We loved the kepiting saus Jimbaran (crab with Jimbaran sauce) which tasted quite bold and spicy. I especially enjoyed the thick eggy reddish sauce, a bit similar to famous Singaporean chili crab. The kepiting bumbu Bali (Balinese style crab) was also pretty delicious. The dark brown spices mix was more on the salty side but it blended nicely with the sweet crab meat. Our only disappointment was that they didn’t have a supply of roe-bearing crabs at that time which would have been much yummier.
The ikan kue bakar (grilled trevally fish) tasted a bit ordinary, however we loved the spicy and tasty kerang hijau saus Padang (mussels with Padang sauce). The kerang darah rebus (boiled cockles) and kangkung belacan (stir-fried water spinach with shrimp paste) were also quite enjoyable. We ended up pretty full afterwards from all the seafood and the second serving of rice.
The taster’s notes :
Favorite dish – the crabs and the mussels
What to try next time – maybe some shrimp, squid, more crabs and fish
Damage around 100k/pax