bookmark_borderIn Bali – Jamie’s Italian Kuta Beach

It has been close to a year since my last post about food… or in fact, anything else. So, I guess it is fitting to post at least something before year 2015 ends, just to keep this space alive for a little longer.

Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

We stumbled upon this place when we were searching for some nice restaurant to dine during our trip in Bali recently – just to celebrate some sort.

Jamie Oliver Books at Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

As the name says it all, it is by the renowned British chef although some reviews I read online said otherwise. As matter of fact, it is rather surprising to find this in Bali, Indonesia. Nonetheless, with all the surprising factors, it did not stop us from having a good time at this cosy place on one rainy afternoon.

Seating Area at Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

The service was great as the wait staffs were attentive, helpful and accommodating. The ambiance was cosy and quiet as there were not many customers during our visit. The dining area split into three parts; patio, indoor and first floor. We were seated at upper level.

Seating Area at Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

The menu was somewhat extensive yet keeping it simple with all key mains in it. Anti-pasta, appetisers, pasta, pizza and mains have at least three choices to choose from respectively.

Bintang Beer in Bali

We were famished as it was closed to 3PM when we were looking at the menu. And hence, we started off with an appetiser – crispy calamari… and cold Bintang beer.

Crispy Calamari by Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

The calamari was slightly over seasoned / salty but it went well with the lemony aioli. The batter was light and crispy while the thinly sliced garlic bits were addictive.

Tagliatelle Bolognese by Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

Italian Meatball Pizza by Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

The Tagliatelle Bolognese was good – the sauce was rich, meaty tomato-based topped with shaved parmesan. Although the crust of Italian Meatball pizza was nice and thin, the pizza itself could be better though as the meatball was rather tiny.

Rasberry Pavlova by Jamie's Italian Kuta Beach, Bali

For dessert, the Raspberry Pavlova was good as it was not overly sweet yet keeping the texture light and soft. It went well with the honey crumbles and raspberries.

I did not keep / have the breakdown of each dish but the overall meal came to about Rp750,000. I remember it clearly because it was rather pricey, I have to admit and it was most expensive meal we had in Bali. Nonetheless, the meal was good so was the ambiance and experience.

Address :
Jalan Pantai Kuta,
Banjar Pande Mas,
Kuta, Bali

Business Hours : Monday to Sunday – 12PM to 11PM.

bookmark_borderBofe Eatery, Petaling Jaya

Tucked at the edge of SS2, there lies an eatery which is visible from the main road with its rather subtle yet eye catching signboard. It’s even more noticeable when you’re caught in the infamous traffic at the junction turning into SS2.

Bofe Eatery, Section 19 Petaling Jaya

Though it was just a glimpse at the edge of my vision, Bofe Eatery became my lunch venue on one fine Sunday afternoon after the unsuccessful attempt of entering into Section 17 for a hearty meal of banana leaf rice at you-know-where.

Bofe Eatery, Section 19 Petaling Jaya

Empty parking lots at this venue were aplenty on weekends but I guess that can’t be said on weekdays. Upon entering, you’ll be surprised by how laid back yet casual this cafe is with its interior designed and decorated with simple elements. The cafe itself was quiet as diners were behaving themselves rather than being obnoxious. But the ventilation could be better though as that typical whiff of fried oil was lingering within the vicinity.

Their staffs were well trained but somehow, there were lacking of interactions between them and customers. The menu was simple and clean, straight-forward and well categorised. It reminded me of the other overly famous cafe’s style but that’s not the point. Two drinks and two mains were chosen after looking through the menu.

Immunity Builder fruit juice and Iced Caramel Latte by Bofe Eatery

Drinks arrived first; Immunity Builder (RM 8) and Iced Caramel Latte (RM 9.90). The fruit juice was a concoction of orange, kiwi and grapefruit which made it loaded with Vitamin C and hence the name. It was sour though but understandable. The coffee, on the other hand, was pretty good. Adequately sweet, due to the caramel syrup, yet packed with coffee shot that made it what it was; a coffee drink.

Duck Penne pasta by Bofe Eatery

The Duck Penne (RM 16.90) was served first. Presentation wise, it was alright. The scent of the grated cheese coupled with the garlic whetted my appetite. It resembled and tasted like aglio olio as it was mildly spicy. The penne pasta was cooked nicely whilst the sliced mushrooms, sautéed duck and capsicums completed the rather balanced meal. It may look simple but it was really addictive.

Grilled Chicken chop by Bofe Eatery

Grilled Chicken (RM 16.90) came rather slow as we were half through the paste. My first thought; the portion was generous but they could use a bigger plate as it looked kinda sloppy. But that aside, the chicken thigh was pan fried perfectly; juicy yet tasty on its own without the accompanied rosemary sauce. I have to commend them as they didn’t beat the shit of it pulverise the innocent-looking meat to make it look bigger piece (and maybe to cook easily evenly). The chunks of potato wedges faired well too though some were soggy due to the sauce. The salad on the side, I didn’t eat those.

Isabelle hazelnut cake by Bofe Eatery

The meal was ended with a slice of cake named Isabelle (RM 8.90); a cylindrica-shaped hazelnut cake filled with strawberry jam and topped with strawberry-flavoured frosting. There were other cakes on display but I chose this because it looked pretty and I didn’t want something that’s heavy. So, Isabelle it was and I liked it though the cake was wee bit dry but saved by the frosting and jam.

Overall, the experience came out good. Their food was tasty and simple, the ambiance was pleasant and the service was alright. For such venue, I reckon the price was pretty reasonable. Other places would have charge more, I could bet on this. I liked this place. I liked the fact that they serve decent coffee and main meals. I would pick places like this over cafes that serve just coffee and cakes.

16, Jalan 19/36,
Seksyen 19,
46300 Petaling Jaya.

GPS Coordinates : 3.118119, 101.626112

Business Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 1100AM – 1000PM
Friday – Saturday: 1100AM – 1100PM
Sunday: 1100AM – 1000PM

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