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QuikSkoop™: Ryoshi

Strategic and omnipresent? Yup, that’s Ryoshi. Again, I tell another story for Japanese cuisine craving while in Bali. It may not be wise to do it too often because Bali holds so many treasure for you to dig in but one cannot hold it when the urge comes out.

Sushi Tei may be famous back in Jakarta or Bandung, but not here ladies and gents. While some outlets may appear humble or small, many favor or at least mention about their inevitable encounters with Ryoshi. While richer in menu selections than Kunti on my previous post, Ryoshi still prides itself in presenting the classic style dishes.

So we got a good bargain for discovering their new outlet just nearby Discovery Mall at Kuta and that was a solid 20 percent discount for their soft opening period (until July 2012 only). There, Ryoshi becomes an open air restaurant but with a roof on it. The entrance is a stairway surrounded with beautiful pillars and dining sections on the side of it. An air conditioned indoor dining room is also available further inside alongside the usual tatami section.

On the contrary with Kunti, the menu was designed well and helpful. The waitress was also highly knowledgeable and helpful by explaining the details of the dishes adeptly. Even though the outlet’s still new, this kind of thing ensured us that we’re in good hands. But too many expectations there as I have to wait my seafood okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) although it ended up well. For the time being, we enjoyed also the Japanese style fish carpaccio (sliced raw) which I forgot the name was and the beef donburi (rice bowl).

Plenty of options from appetizers to main dishes consisting of sushi, sashimi, menrui (noodles), yakimono, donburi, and other usual choices you encounter at any Japanese restaurants. Bottom line is that Ryoshi would be the easiest and casual choice for everyone. With an affordable price tag, quite similar with Jakarta’s, Ryoshi is something that I would want to seek again whenever my family or my wife, in particular, would like for something common and comforting. With plenty available outlets everywhere now, I have no worries.

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RYOSHI

Halal-friendly

Some menu suitable for vegetarians

Wi-fi unavailable

Address: TBA for address details. Currently Ryoshi has several outlets at Seminyak, Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, and Galeria Mall.

Opening Hours: Daily, TBA for opening hours.

RSVP: 

  • Seminyak +62.361.731.152
  • Kuta +62.361.766.302
  • Sanur +62.361.288.473
  • Ubud +62.361.971.192
  • Galeria Mall +62.361.751.684

BB Pin: N/A

Email: N/A

Website: TBA

Facebook: TBA

Twitter: TBA

Atmosphere: Best visited during night time. Warm and cozy, especially the latest outlet at Kuta just beside the Discovery Mall.

Ambiance: Conversational.

Service: May be slow at times.

Pricing: Around IDR 100,000 – IDR 150,000 for two.

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QuikSkoop™: Kunti

Looking for a traditional Japanese cuisine around Jalan Raya Legian? Then Kunti would probably the best answer you can get. Though may appear outdated, but still Kunti provides your expectation a decent fulfillment for your sushi cravings.

At times, we cannot simply ignore the urge of returning back to your original self about wanting to eat something you’re familiar with during your travels abroad or like me, I just simply want to try every new possibility. If it’s about Japanese, as far as my eyes can see, it’s a tricky question if you’re searching for it around Legian. While Kunti then serves as the ‘only’ option there, don’t fret or disheartened upon seeing its appearance.

Cold Soba

Though may appear traditional from its façade, upon entering it you will feel that the place is about to fall down soon. Rundown and a bit dark, lucky that the weather outside was fine that day, but Kunti provides two options of seating, the first on the left side of the restaurant would be the tatami side or on you right side upon entering would be the usual table.

Menu was badly designed as the pictures designated to assist the customers were somehow uninviting but at least, helpful. It’s a customary while in Bali to always have the assorted sushi set because I have been in love with butterfish since the first time I had it a few years ago at Ryoshi, Seminyak. Owing the hot day outside, my wife chose for a cold soba for her lunch.

I have to remark the shabby service done by a waitress there who happened to be not really knowledgeable about Japanese dishes and had to rely heavily upon a particular senior staff there who cheerfully answered all of our questions. The serving was also not good as they served the soba not cold enough though afterwards they added more ice after we requested for it. The sauce was particularly nice and fit well with the noodle. Finally, my wife seemed to enjoy it.

Sushi Set

The sushi set was also amazing. Though set at the same price with Jakarta, but I found it very fulfilling. With plenty of options, I simply jumped from one fish to another and slowly enjoying it. I would very much recommend you to try it whenever you happen to drop by here.

So surprisingly, even though Kunti appeared dilapidated, it still delivers a decent food though some areas still require improvements especially about the service and hopefully from its appearance. But to enter the open field battling the already-settled Ryoshi might probably prove too tough for them. Anyway, to have more options would still be beneficial for anyone and Kunti positions itself comfortably as one of those.

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KUNTI

Halal-friendly

Some menu suitable for vegetarians

Wi-fi unavailable

Address: Jl. Raya Legian no. 14, Kuta – Bali, Indonesia

Opening Hours: Daily, TBA for opening hours.

RSVP: +62.361.761.454

BB Pin: N/A

Email: N/A

Website: N/A

Facebook: N/A

Twitter: N/A

Atmosphere: May feel like old Japanese restaurant at night but more like a dilapidated or nearly abandoned place in the afternoon. They sure need to renovate.

Ambiance: Quiet, at times only the waiters and cooks talking.

Service: Concise but not necessarily knowledgeable.

Pricing: Around IDR 100,000 – IDR 150,000 for two.

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