Category Archives: Jimbaran

QuikSkoop™: The Rock Bar

This bar sounds so mythical the first time I heard of its exploits. It’s a bit tricky to find this bar at first because it’s located high on the hills of the shores of a further south of Jimbaran and yet there was only one road leading here. Ah I forgot to spare the story for my next posts in my travel blog : http://daytripswashbuckler.wordpress.com. Visit it from time to time for my travel experience and this one, about Bali, will come soon. Long story short, we took the path just right from the great swimming pool of Ayana Resort, a very prominent and luxurious romantic Bali resort. You should consider coming here even though just for a few hours trip. Next, you’ll see the elevator to the downside of the cliff just beside the chapel. The elevator which I forgot the specific term of it but let’s just call it that way, can only bring up to three persons at one time plus one attendant that operates the machinery.

As you can see on the picture above, we need to queue first just to get down there. You can see The Rock Bar which was built upon a magnificent concept. Open air with a view straight to the sea and with the best view of sunset. You may read later about sunsets in Bali on my visits to Kuta beach and Dreamland in Pecatu.

On the picture down there you can see the vast, beautiful horizon that indulges the visitors of Ayana Resort and in this case, The Rock Bar. Too bad I didn’t get the sunset picture but at least you notice why people keeps on coming there no matter how far the place is.

Since it’s only a bar, they only serve drinks and since I’m not into alcohol, luckily, they have juices and mocktails. I’ll tell you later about the menu but the price range starts from IDR 50,000. It’s pretty expensive for juices or mocktails but that’s what you get from a place as extravagant like this. Mostly, the patrons come from Japan since they really promote a lot about this resort, notably in one of Jakarta office buildings that contains many Japanese companies. There were also, of course, visitors from the West.

The drinks were okay and we’re also provided with snacks. As for the service, they’re very polite and helpful. Not to mention that the waitresses also wear sexy dresses, one thing that makes certain people comfortable. Don’t ask me about it though. LOL.

The ambience also was great. Aside from the sounds of the waves and people chattering, they also play lounge or nu-jazz music which also very in-line with the concept like this. Though that time, a singer played live with only a guitar, happens to be a foreigner too, plays a frustrating ballad songs which reminds me instantly of funerals. Not a good choice indeed. We need a classy music but keep it as subtle as you can because we’re there to have a relaxing evening, Rock Bar.

Surely, this is a place that you must visit. A romantic honeymoon would also be recommended as you can travel around the vast area of the hotel and you’ll be amazed of what they have to offer and surely, making your spouse content though at the cost of your wallet. Haha.. Anyway, I’ll tell you later in my other blog about it, but meanwhile, enjoy the sea, the sunset, and the drinks there!

LOCATION:

Ayana Resorts and Spa. Jalan Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran, Bali 80364

QuikSkoop™: Menega Café

What’s one of the best things you can do in Bali? Relate this to my blog, my specialty, then it’s gonna be to spend a great time watching the sunset eating the frutti di mare in Jimbaran, Bali! So we spend one afternoon going there, turning right after the main road to find the so-called seafood restaurants corner just behind the Four Seasons Hotel, Jimbaran. Park your car there and pick the place you wanna eat. My friends who had visited the place earlier recommended the Menega Cafe right away. So the next part was to select the food.

Fresh from the sea and from an unpolluted sea, that’s what seafood lovers expect of right? Anyway, as if anybody cares as long as it’s tasty! So among all lovely creatures offered, we (7 of us) chose 0.5 kgs of king prawns, 0.8 kgs of squids, 1.5 kgs of shellfishes, and 1.2 kgs of yellow crazy fish (darn.. I forgot the Indonesian word for it). Well, since it was still around 4 PM, we instructed them to serve the dishes around 5 PM.

We played around the beach, got our feet drenched a bit, took many photographs, and spent a good time since it’s our first time together in Bali. It was our first day and we gonna move from beaches to beaches but that was one quite memorable. Meanwhile it’s closing to 5 PM yet there’s no sign of sunset at all! It was still bright and we should’ve asked them to serve it around 6 PM.

Fried Squids
Grilled Shellfishes
Kangkung Plecing
Grilled King Prawns
Grilled Yellow Crazy Fish

Since we haven’t had our lunch, we tucked in greedily and said ‘Sunset? Whatever!’. Haha.. We had all of them grilled leaving only the squids fried. The dishes decorated beautifully and made us almost spilled the saliva to the ground. We’re also given several plates of kangkung plecing, a traditional Lombok dish (popularized by Balinese) made of kangkong or water spinach dipped in a special Indonesian sambal terasi or chilis mixed up with shrimp paste, served fresh.

The best part was the shellfish, grilled with greasy butter that made them appears very intriguing and it was heavenly! The fish was good also, they divided it into two horizontal parts and removed the bones completely. The grilled prawns were also delicious! But unfortunately, the fried calamaris were not that good, so it was up to me to finish it. LOL. Anyway, I recommend you to make it all grilled if you happen to visit the place.

You can see the busyness of every restaurant there after 5 PM. They brought out the tables, chairs, plates, and every other dining utensils. The customers came out around before the sunset up until night, so that’s indeed the best time to dine there and certainly not in the afternoon though they open like all day long.

Forgot the damage done to our wallet, it need to be mention everywhere actually. So, for 7 of us plus the drinks, the totals were IDR 339,500! That’s quite cheap though many places offer the same level or even more delicious seafood, but Menega certainly offers you better. The beach view, the sunset, the beautiful dishes, the smoke gets in your eyes (they grill and fill the air with smokes!) but not to forget, the romance in the air. ^^

LOCATION:

Jl. Four Seasons Hotel Muaya Beach, Jimbaran – Bali

WEBSITE:

http://www.menega.com/cafe