So breakfast was a similar affair as the previous morning.
The night before, I thought it would be nice to go to Jimbaran area for a seafood meal. I remembered having a nice seafood meal on the previous trip and thought we should have one before leaving the island. But from Seminyak, it takes 45 mins to get to Jimbaran one way and we were feeling really lazy. So we decided to get a ride to Seminyak square and get lunch there.
At Seminyak square, some things have changed and others remained the same. It was a familiar place to us and as we started our walk, we remembered a great lunch we had at Chandi before. So when we stopped at in front of Chandi, we decided we would lunch at Chandi. Interestingly, Chandi was pretty empty as we were seated, the same as when we first went there. And with a sense of deja vu, we were seated at the same table as we were on our first visit.
So we first ordered drinks.
When my lychee drink came, the first thing that struck me was how visually appealing it is. And I had my first sip, I realised this was the exact same drink I had ordered on our first trip. This trip certainly reaffirmed how consistent my tastebud is! I’m always going for the same things! Read: Boring 😛
The husband had ginger ice tea.
I felt like having noodles, so I ordered the chicken noodles. To be honest, I had no high expectations for this dish. As per Chandi’s style, the food was vividly coloured. To my great surprise, the noodle dish was very tasty and flavourful! Wow, I was blown away by how such a seemingly simply dish could taste like this!
The husband ordered beef rendang wrap and he said he remembered how great it was the first time round and he wanted to try it again. And the verdict was it remains a great dish! Again, a very colourful dish! All these colours brighten up the day and makes me really happy!
The sate were served on a hot plate and one has to rotate the sticks once in a while to prevent charring. The seafood was very fresh and portion was just nice for two of us. Then we decided, we should try the desserts at Chandi. I suppose we wanted to be surprised again by what Chandi has to offer.
So I couldn’t resist the chocolate lava cake and the husband got a traditional dessert.
While the glutinous rice dessert is nice, but i guess having glutinous rice after a full meal is really too much.
So the lava cake looked really dark, but hey, it’s dark chocolate lava cake! And my, it is really a LAVA cake! It was awesome to cut into the cake and see chocolate goodness flowing out!
Bear in mind, it’s dark chocolate and this was really good and as sinful as it can get!
Then we lazed around until it was time to make a move for our facial at The Care.
I had booked to have a Clarins facial and he had a Lancome facial.
We had paid extra to incorporate back massage. However, the back massage felt like a full body massage. While that’s good, but we had really needed a good back massage. And I had emphasised to the masseuse to focus on the back and it seems like they misunderstood, because they seemed to avoid the back. This was not the first time when such requests were taken in the wrong manner by masseuse in Bali.
It was a good relaxing facial and we had a good rest!
And then it’s dinner time! By then, I had developed a tiny phobia of eating!
And dinner was at Sarong. I recalled Sarong being a restaurant recommended by the French lady we met years ago.And since it is located just opposite our villa, we decided to go there.
If you want ambience, well, Sarong has plenty of it. But lightings there are way too dim for us. We got there with the little daylight that was left and by the time we were handed the menu, it was too dark and we were not provided with any lights to read the menu with. So, thanks to smartphones which can turn into torchlights, we managed to read the menu just fine.
We first tried the Indonesia crackers which serves as a typical finger appetiser. These were relatively tougher than the prawn crackers and definitely crunchy.
So the thing about not being hungry really means you don’t known what to order. Since seafood was supposed to be on our agenda, we decided to get some seafood.
And you wonder just how, with the almost non-existent lighting, we managed to take photos. I have to give credit to the husband who used the ‘smartphone torch’ to great effect!
We both had fish as our mains. I got a crispy whole fish while the husband got black pepper stingray. We were both controlling the amount of spicy food we are taking and it appears that 90% of the menu have a fair amount of chilli to them. So we chose two of the ones which appeared the least spicy.
While this was nice, it didn’t blow me away. Tastewise, it was like something I had tried at home before. Probably the use of the sweet chilli sauce was a big contributing factor.
This was full of black pepper!! Which gave the dish a superbly nice aroma. I found this dish to be appetising as the black pepper appealed to the inner me who is craving for some spice. This goes really well with plain rice as it is more on the savory side. It was my first time eating curry leaves!
You can tell how greedy we are when we decided we should have desserts on our last night in Bali.
We got a sampler set, which was the worst kind of dessert for me.
It came with an assortment of pastries with fillings, fried banana and coconut ice cream. The fillings used were totally not to my palate; the fillings are probably along the lines of yam paste etc. Coconut ice cream would never be my choice of ice cream and the fried banana had a real tough batter. And the thick pastry skin made it really hard to stomach, so in the end, we gave up and ended our dinner.
Sarong was memorable only because of the excellent ambience for a romantic date but food wise, I still prefer the Indonesia fare served at Merah Putih.
On our last day, we finally decided not to work our stomachs too hard. So breakfast was a relatively light affair compared to previous days.
But you know what happens when you have been stuffing your stomach with so much food that when you start to have a lighter meal? You feel hungry real fast. It’s not real hunger, more like a ‘I demand to be fed/stuffed’. So at the airport, I got us something to eat. Well, more than something; sushi and two plates of noodles
It has to be said, the Bali airport is now a much nicer airport – modern with more amenities.
After an uneventful flight (I am all for uneventful flights these days!), we landed and for the first time (although we fly pretty frequently), we came across the butterfly garden at Changi airport. We have been searching for this for ages!!! And only came upon it when we were least expecting it! Serendipity!
I guess living in the concrete jungle that we do in Singapore, we always enjoy some form of nature, be it big or small, natural or man-made.
And so we ended our trip on a really good note!