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Chef’s recipes, gourmet restaurants, exotic flavours, even street food

Editor’s Pick: Sea Circus, Seminyak

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We are in love with this whimsical establishment on Jalan Kayu Aya, with its unique facade made from coloured glass louvers. The interior is no less enticing: a turquoise timber bar lined with high white stools and washed wood tables dotted with mason jars sprouting fresh wildflowers and matched with colorful metal chairs. At night tiny twinkle lights are lit to create a cozy place perfect for a catch up with friends or a romantic date.

Food is healthy yet hearty. For breakfast, choose eggs your way; add favourite sides and complement with fresh fruit juice, or opt for super-food quinoa & chia seed coconut milk porridge with grilled banana, pistachios and goji berries. Sea Circus coffee brings not only a good dose of caffeine but also daily motivation. An inspiring quote printed on a cute piece of paper, a fragrant frangipani flower and a cookie accompanies every Kintamani Arabica coffee served here.

Lunch and dinner menus are spiced with favourites including snapper ceviche, marinated pork tacos, beetroot and orange salad with feta and toasted hazelnuts washed down with tantalizing margaritas, signature Bloody Mary’s or tropical cocktails ready to be shared from glass milk jars.

If you are on the go, grab take-away coffee and incredible gelato.

Sea Circus is busy all day long. While they don’t take reservations for breakfast and lunch, dinner bookings can be made at +62 361 738 667.

SEA CIRCUS ADDRESS:

22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd], Seminyak, Bali.

OPENING HOURS:

Breakfast & Lunch: 7 days, 8am – 4pm.

Dinner: 7 days, 4pm – 10.30pm. Cocktails: Anytime till 1am.

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Spilling the Beans: Villa Ramadewa

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Elite Havens’ villa chefs share their special recipes

Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs – many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.

In this issue, Komang, the outstanding chef at Villa Ramadewa on the Laksmana Estate in Seminyak, shares two of his favourite dishes with us.

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Villa Ramadewa’s Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemongrass Marinade

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

4 double loin lamb chops
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
8 pods fresh green soybean boiled until tender (discard shells)

For the marinade:
2 tsp cumin seeds, lightly toasted
3 inches fresh ginger, chopped
1 ½ inches fresh turmeric, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 stems of lemongrass, finely sliced
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp vegetable oil

PREPARATION:

  1. To prepare the marinade, first grind the cumin seeds to a fine powder in a spice grinder. Add all the other ingredients except the oil. Process to a smooth paste adding a little oil if needed to keep the mixture turning.
  2. Heat the oil in a small pan and stir-fry the paste over heat until fragrant and cooked (8 – 10 mins). Transfer to a bowl and leave to cool.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the lamb chops with a little freshly ground pepper, than rub generously with the marinade. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Grill the chops to taste and serve garnished with the cooked soybeans.
  4. In the unlikely event that there is any leftover meat, slice and wrap in pita bread for a delicious lunch snack.

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Villa Ramadewa’s Peanut-crusted Prawn on Green Mango Salad

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:

For the prawns:
3 medium-size fresh prawns per person
4 candlenuts,

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Restaurant Openings: Berawa T-junction in Canggu

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The Berawa T-junction in Canggu is sprouting sensational cafes like frangipani trees sprout so many beautiful flowers. Upscale vegan diner Peloton Supershop is the newest and hippest place on the block. This baby delivers an eating experience abundant with deeply satisfying flavours while also being eco-friendly. You can even buy an artisan cycle here to ride off the calories after your meal.

Peloton’s menu includes meat-free ‘tricken’ chicken and replaces traditional fromage with a cashew-based cheese while embracing exotic Arabic flavours with tabouleh and falafel, and Mexican pizazz with tacos packed with walnut meat, veggies and velvety cashew sour cream. There are black charcoal bun burgers and a spin on the classic ‘tricken’ parmigana. The salads are divine and so is the Revolver coffee with coconut milk. Kids love the cheesy pasta crafted from nut milk cheese and tomato. Throw in some herb spiced chips or sweet potato fries rounded off with a chocolate brownie crowned with whipped coconut cream and cinnamon sugar sprinkle and happy times will linger.

The two-level distinctly non-herbal corner cafe is cool inside with a slightly industrial ambiance. It has been such a hit with local ex-pats that a prep kitchen has been set up across the road to produce the delicious treats that are delivered to diners before the kitchen closes at 3.30pm sharp.

Around the corner and down the road is the delightful Quince Café, which is a gorgeous, bright and happy diner hidden behind a little riot of potted plants. Already famous for its delicious Jamu, a local health drink made from turmeric and ginger, its coffee, super fresh juices, house-made muesli and crisp and creative salads. The Vietnamese delicacies such as rice paper rolls are stuffed with fabulously fresh herbs and are a taste sensation.

Talking of Vietnamese, a little farther towards the beach is the new and simple Vietnamese warung Ngon Ngon, which is part of the nearby Warung Heboh and the Piring Daun resto family. Like its sisters, Ngon Ngon dishes up clean flavours that are good, tasty and gratifying. The Pho comes with paper thin beef and clear and fragrant soup plus a generous handful of sprouts, greens and chili. This cheap n’ cheerful spot is no place for fine dining,

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Editor’s Pick: La Laguna, Canggu

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Our radar has detected a new hip spot in Canggu. Created by the clever folks behind La Favela, La Laguna is right on the beachfront half way between Batubelig and Berawa beaches. It’s quirky wooden bridge entrance is already a favourite photo backdrop for visitors and local photographers.

With its vintage décor showcasing a shabby-island-chic style, this place is a great hangout for girly lunches, family dinners or cocktails to the chill-out beats. Think colourful cushions under the shade of palm trees, herb pots as table centerpieces and breathtaking ocean views. It doesn’t get much better than this.

Feeling peckish? Yummy tapas, sandwiches, soups, salads or our favourite sharing platters await. You can also opt for a raw platter- shellviche, sardines, swordfish and tuna tataki. In need of a little pick me up? “Spoon Me” lemongrass crème brulé topped with fresh raspberries lives up to its name.

For the thirsty, concoctions of lemongrass, vodka, chilli, basil and lime (Herb & Spiced) will tantalise the taste buds, where pineapple, vodka, Malibu, cranberry and lime (Tropical Lagoon) will leave you refreshed. Need a little kick before a night out? Espresso Martini is the way to go! Chilled beers and wines are also available.

Watch this place, they have big plans for growing and introducing some of the best parties of the island.
La Laguna, Berawa beachfront, Canggu, p. +62 (0)361 474 1214.

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Villa Avalon - Private holiday rental
Multiple families and large groups of friends will appreciate the flexibility accorded by Villa Avalon, which offers seven bedrooms across three individual villas – each with pool and private garden, and available for rental individually or together. With abundant living space for socialising as well as private corners for quiet retreat from the crowd, up to 21 guests can lose themselves in the sprawling garden estate, which is just three minutes’ walk from Kayu Putih beach and La Laguna, five minutes from Mozaic Beach Club, and 15 minutes from Potato Head Seminyak. www.villaavalonbali.com

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Bali’s Best Local Food

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Let’s talk Balinese cuisine – a mix of rich and bold flavours, spice pastes loaded with coriander seeds, galangal, turmeric and candlenut, pork, chicken, duck and fish cooked over wood fires, grilled over coconut husks or slow-braised. Rice and a spoonful of sambal – a mix of chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, shallot, scallion, sugar, lime and vinegar – to top it up. Want to experience Bali’s best local food on your next trip? Drop by these 5 amazing local warungs we love:

Warung Ibu Eny, Seminyak

Warung Ibu Eny is tucked away on the famous Petitenget street in Seminyak. Its leafy offering-scattered entrance and modest wooden furnishing make it a cozy spot to enjoy local food. Try their signature nasi campur, which can feature anything from whole roasted chicken in a betutu-style sauce to garlic and chilli-infused stir-fried water spinach, spicy pork steamed in banana leaves, deep-fried tempeh or braised tofu.

Warung Ibu Eny, Jalan Petitenget 97, Seminyak, +62 361 736 892.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Kuta

Betutu – chicken or duck wrapped in the banana bark with a mix of coconut oil and spices, and smoked for a day in an earthenware pot – is one of the great dishes of Balinese cuisine. Because it’s complex and time-consuming to prepare, you won’t often find it at your average Indonesian restaurant, but a small garage-like warung on Jalan Nakula, just outside Kuta, offers one of the finest versions on the island.

Liku Ayam Betutu, Jalan Nakula 19, Badung, no phone.

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Warung Makan Teges, Ubud

Located amongst the lush tropical gardens, in a traditional Balinese house, Teges serves best home-style Balinese cooking. Best-seller – nasi campur traditionally served on a banana leaf lending an appetizing aroma to the rice. Nasi campur here comes with two options — chicken or pork — all minced and cooked together with vegetables in coconut milk. The true highlight of the meal is the devilishly spicy sambal matah, the sauce made from fresh chili pods and sliced shallots and lime leaves.

Warung Makan Teges, Jalan Raya Cok Rai Pudak, Banjar Teges, Peliatan, Ubud, +62 361 975 251.

Nasi Campur at Warung Makan Teges in Ubud.

Warung Mak Beng, Sanur

This warung specialises in just one dish- nasi ikan (fish and rice). Snapper cutlet, deep-fried and served with rice and a bowl of fish-head soup with green papaya,

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