Initially, we wanted to go to Bumbu Bali but we couldn't get a reservation. Our driver recommended Kecak Bali as an alternative and said that the food is comparable. With no other options in sight, we gave it a shot.
We ordered the Balinese Rijsttafel (dinner sets), big skewers set and the steamboat set. In hindsight, we must have been a bit crazy to order the steamboat (hotpot) because it was sooo hot and humid in Bali, and the ceiling fan was hardly working inside the restaurant. Most of the dishes were delicious, especially the traditional Balinese dishes such as sate lilit (seafood satay), ayam betutu (chicken in banana leaf), ikan bakar (grilled fish), even the prawn crackers were highly addictive especially dipped in sambal. I started off with a voracious appetite, but as we progressed, we were all getting more and more uncomfortably warm. Towards the end, we even requested the desserts to go. We ended up back in the villa pool, we cracked open a bottle of wine and enjoyed the desserts in the pool (Yes, in the pool, not by the pool).
The fun thing about having a big group is that dinner time becomes a fun affair. By ordering the Rijsttafel, we got to sample all the various Balinese delicacies. I'd love to try out Bumbu Bali next time though and see how it compares.
Jln. Pratama Tanjung Benoa
Nusa Dua, Bali
Phone: 62 361 775533
3 weeks ago