Category Archives: Legian

Kahvehane: Kopi Pot

I used to encounter Kopi Pot on our way scouring the Legian lane back in 2009 and for some reasons, we instead tried Poppies, its sister restaurant a few hundred meters down. Finally, the chance came at last a few months ago when we lodged in at 101 Legian. It’s nearby and still looking nice like it was a few years ago. Time for the truth then!

It didn’t take long for us to decide where to eat and we also really wanted to taste more of Balinese food and coffee while there. Judging by the name of the place, the coffee should be available or even, bountiful. So how’s the story then?

Once you stepped in, the place is just beautiful. Though kind of old school with the old furniture and sort, but the garden made it all look homey. Though the main street is directly in front of the cafe, but somehow it’s serene inside. It’s always busy in Bali or any part of Indonesia nowadays especially with the easy lease on motorcycles and cars. All of them jammed the small roads of Bali! Lucky that afternoon, the traffic was normal and the weather’s also perfect for dine-outs.

We were seated at the center of the cafe and soon terrorized with mosquitoes. So we had to move to a table close the pedestrian but very comfortable as it was nicely covered in greens. A good substitute as we no longer disturbed with mosquitoes and also some privacy from the rest of the guests. As for the menu, it’s a shame that they only serve a little of Indonesian dishes there and the coffee menu was also not that impressive. I found out later about Kopi Pot’s website and it is said that they’re specialized in cakes since 1990, a specialty not informed by the waiters/waitresses there.

Sate Lilit

My sate lilit worked nicely as it was beautifully prepared and tasted delicious. The satays were served on a small grill but in reality, they’re already grilled. The fish covered the lemongrass and that’s why they call it lilit (encircle). It was smoky, with hints of herbs, and in all very nicely made. My wife had tong seng kambing or the lamb stew with curry soup for her lunch and it was just satisfactory. The lamb cuts were bountiful much to our surprise but the soup taste was not that impressive. The meat, however, was tender enough and that probably the only good thing from the dish.

Tong Seng Kambing

How about an iced cappuccino for hot day in Bali? Sounds nice but in reality, the delivery was miserable. It’s very watery and the coffee tasted very thin. Clearly it didn’t live up the name of the cafe. The service was not bad but failed to deliver a maximal effort. For instance, they could have supervised the trainees well or simply tutor them to make suggestions, especially about the cakes or any suggestion about their signature dishes.

So, however nice the place is but it’s not a comeback for me. Instead I would opt for Poppies. There, the food may not be that brilliant but again, the place was nice, full of choices from the menu, and all with prime service. A contradictory with Kopi Pot.

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KOPI POT

Halal-friendly

Some menu suitable for vegetarians

Wi-fi available

Address: Jalan Legian no. 139 – Legian, Bali – Indonesia

Opening Hours: Daily, 8 am – midnight

RSVP: +62.361.752.614

BB Pin: N/A

Email: N/A

Website: http://poppiesbali.com/uk/uk-kopi-pot.html

Facebook: N/A

Twitter: N/A

Atmosphere: A beautiful garden terrace hotel but sometimes with mosquitoes bugging.

Ambiance: Relatively quite but thanks to the busyness of the street, it’s no longer like the 1990 when it first opened.

Service: Tried to be helpful but they assigned novices from tourism academy instead at times. Patience is a virtue.

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

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Staycation: The 101 Legian – Kuta, Bali (PHM Hospitality)

Taken from: http://daytripswashbuckler.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/the-101-legian/ 

A good starting point for your first time in Bali? Legian area might be the best choice for you. Not only that Legian is one of the most developed area, vibrant, and strategic, it’s also very accommodating to any budget segments. The beach, restaurants, and your nightlife needs are within walking distance. Some of these were clearly considerations that I took when I decided to savor a night in Bali after two nights respectively in Seminyak and Tuban. After quite a thorough search, it seemed inevitable for me to choose The 101 Legian.

The 101 Legian works just right between many issues and needs. I was actually pleased when I saw the facade for the first time – fresh, modern, and definitely stylish. To my surprise, a Starbucks store is available on the mezzanine floor but the entrance however is located on the top of it. It will require a little bit of lifting through the stairway, then getting past a security check just before heading up with an escalator. This ascending process might prove difficult for some especially with disabled people, so at the very least make sure that somebody from the hotel assists you with the luggage and let them know if you need any assistant.

The reception area is very spacious. While queuing for your turn or waiting for any appointments, do a little bit of exploration here. On one side you will find standing internet corner or choose any sofa that you like and lounge a bit there. While on another side, the bar is there to comfort your hot with some refreshments.

The hotel itself is not a high rise building and at the third floor you will find an excellent swimming pool, plenty of cabanas for your leisure spot while viewing the sunset, and then topped with the multifunction hall for dining and party. One thing in mind that you need to be aware of is that The 101 Legian often becomes a regular venue for DJ and parties, even for high school parties! That one time after we checked in, I found a letter of apology from the management notifying that there would be a party held until midnight. This is actually something that the reception should tell at the very first place so that we can opt for a suitable room with minimal disruptions. But they did not and I would suggest you to be proactive in this instead of accepting your fate with burdens. At the very least, we can prepare first should there’s no more room left to choose.

Plenty of offers that you can see with online bookings and make sure that you choose the most appropriate package and price with your needs. I chose a basic package for around IDR 700,000 with breakfast for two. The room was very comfortable, clean, and casually stylish. Dominated by calm wooden colors and already cooled with AC, I felt instantly content with everything. The bathroom may be small but nicely decorated and sufficient. Aside the high level of comfort, internet is available for free but you need to ask first for the password and it will be usable for three days. The view from my room was basically the outer surroundings of the hotel and the sea was still out of range. Some rooms, however, cursed with only inside views of the hotel. Again, you might want to make sure about it first before receiving your room key.

Perhaps the only issue was the noise they made from the party on the rooftop. In the morning, the breakfast was quite decent and sufficient amount of choices were available. Bottom line, your breakfast is guaranteed. Other things that you need to consider trying are the spa & massage facility, the beautiful cabanas and the swimming pool, and lastly have a walk around the vicinity. It’s pretty much nearby to anything. The beach is just 15 minutes of walking and around the hotel itself is pretty packed with shops, restaurants, and bars.

The 101 Legian was a pleasant experience indeed especially from the room factor and the overall service, aside from the party noise and not notifying me about it but hey, it’s Legian! Even if you don’t party, it’s pretty much covered with loud live music from bars nearby and it’s not a laid back place indeed. So, plan everything right and placing your choice here is highly recommended.

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THE 101 LEGIAN

Jl. Raya Legian no. 117, Kuta – Bali, Indonesia

+62.361.3001.101

http://www.the101bali.com/