Monday, November 7, 2011

Street food goes gourmet at Sarong Restaurant - Bali

Another night in Bali, another amazing restaurant to try out for dinner. This time it was off to Sarong in the trendy Petitenget corner of Kerobokan, not far from Seminyak, to sample what we had heard is some of the best Pan-Asian cuisine on the island. Walking in to the dimly lit garden of the restaurant's entrance, it hits you instantly - this place is very, very stylish! Chic, ambient and refined, Sarong has contemporary cool written all over it. We grabbed a cocktail at the bar while eagerly waiting for our table - the Nano Crush went down well, with a mix of vodka, crushed lychees, lime, fresh strawberries, passion fruit, cranberry and apple juice - and when given a choice of the sumptuous, beautiful lounge/dining area inside or a cosy corner on the al fresco deck at the front of the restaurant, opted for the open air as it suited the balmy evening well. 

Delving in to the menu was a treat - unable to decide on just one dish each, we ordered a number of various cuisine style, with everything from stir fried lotus roots with black bean, sugar snaps and shitake mushrooms, to Vietnamese caramelised duck and soft shell crabs with green mango mint shallots, rushed peanuts, tamarind and chili dressing filling the table and our ravenous bellies. The biggest highlight was the Zafferrani Paneer Tikka ... absolutely SUBLIME! That's it pictured above. My mouth is still watering with hunger for it.

Suffice to say, the food at Sarong nothing short of spectacular - a thoroughly enjoyable taste sensation that made the night all the more memorable. And surprisingly well priced, considering the super stylish ambience and high calibre of cuisine and service!

Since its opening in 2008 by founding chef Will Meyrick, Sarong has become one of the most sought after reservations on the island, with people coming not only for the beautiful atmosphere but for the superb food on offer. Will developed the concept after setting up several successful restaurants across Pacific Asia, where he had gathered recipes from street-food vendors and given them a twist to deliver the very best menus to Sarong.
Naturally, Sarong books up, especially for dinner when it becomes a necessity to have an advance reservation - unless you want to try your luck for the "first come, first seated" rule for the more informal lounge area. Have your hotel or resort call on your behalf or phone the restaurant on +62 361 4737 809.

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