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.

Duck,  however and perhaps, fortunately, is not the specialty at Sardine. Fish and seafood are. The food is not the most innovative but you get very good quality locally sourced fish and seafood cooked mostly in a cosmopolitan European style with one or two more Indonesian style dishes. Sardine has a simple wine list made up mostly of Australian wines. I usually order the better value for money Balinese white wines to go with my food. Not the best of white wines you can get, but they work really well when you are 2 meters away balmily shaded from the scorching Balinese sun.

Sardine is a place to check out for your next trip to Seminyak before heading to the airport. Pamper yourself before you fly back, especially if you are flying back on a budget airline flight, like me. 😉