Sardine in Seminyak, Bali : My “go to” lunch place before my flight back to Singapore
I have been to Bali many times over the last eight years. But I have rarely eaten at any restaurants more than once or twice, given the large numbers of quality restaurants and the short duration of these trips. I would say the only exception is Sardine: it has become almost a ritual to have my final lunch there, before my last luxury pamperings of manicure, massage and then my budget airline flight back to Singapore.
Situated at Jalan Petitinget along Seminyak’s north end, the alfresco restaurant is a large bamboo pavilion that opens up to a typical Balinese ricefield. Décor would have been simply too rustic, with its bamboo and wicker furnishings, but the huge parasols and cushions in white, and in chequered black and whites, the French bistro-style lamps, and the Balinese god statues elevate it to a level of idyllic Balinese chic worthy of any upmarket travel magazine. Occasionally you see fleets of ducks walking across the ricefield in a 2/4 adagio tempo. When that happens, the place turns quasi-magical.