When you travel where do you mainly eat?
Do you venture out of your hotel and explore the surrounding area, or do you choose to dine in their restaurant?
Most times when we travel and book a hotel, we tend to eat out of the hotel, mainly because you think it is ‘mainstream’ and ‘predictable’.
But recently we stayed at the Watermark Hotel and Spa when we were in Bali.
We discovered they had a fabulous executive chef who cooked amazing meals, even some dishes using Australian Beef, so we ensured we reserved a table for dinner on our very first night.
I have had three days of enjoying Indonesian Dinners, and my taste buds were ready to sense something new.
The restaurant is open and breezy, maximizing the stunning outlook of the ground floor garden and pool area, complete with walled water cascading to the rear.
I ordered a Balinese White Wine (Yes Bali even has vineyards that produce their own wine) from their lovely Egyptian Assistant Food and Beverage Manager. We learn he has recently moved to Bali after marrying his Indonesian bride. He is delightful, and we reminisce about Egypt.
We order a set three-course menu, but we each select something different.
The Appetiser platter comes first and is amazing.
Here is a sample of the Menu
APPETIZER INDONESIA ITALIAN
ORIENTAL: Spring Roll with Sweet Chili Sauce: Tuna Carpaccio Oriental Sauce: Coconut Chicken Curry Fried Chicken: AMAZU Sauce Shrimp Cocktail Mayo
CHINESE: Ban Ban Chicken Mapo Tofu: Pork Kakuni Fried Gyouza Spring Roll
SATE CAMPUR: Sate Udang: Sate Ayam: Sate Ayam Lilit Sate Sayur: Sate Babi
GORENG: Nasi Goreng Mie Goreng: Ayam Goreng Capcay Fried Tempe
VEGETABLE: Vegetable Bagna Cauda Tuna & Avocado
TARU TARU: Smoked Salmon: Tomato Kepper
Explorason actually really liked his selection, which quite surprised me.
Next came a lovely salad.
The choices include Caesar Salad: Seafood Salad: or Gado Gado Salad.
The dressing was just another delight to the senses.
I was almost feeling full but was pleased we had a little break between courses because the main course was next.
I had a platter with the Australian Beef that had been aged and marinated to perfection. I’m not a big meat eater, but this meat was just so tender. It was accompanied by chicken and hand cut potato wedges, served with a baked onion.
Towards the end of the evening, it was an honor to meet the Executive Chef: Mr. Yoshifumi Machino who came out and introduced himself to us. Such a nice man to chat to, and amazingly dedicated and talented.
Here is an extract from their website about amazing Executive Chef Mr. Yoshifumi Machino
‘ Chef Yoshifumi Machino started working at Ginza Italian “ZinZino” Restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo – Japan after finished his training at Kinachi Restaurant for 4 years. Next position, he was officially sworn as the first executive chef of OYSTER BAR “Water Grill Oyster Bar” in Japan with 20 total branch restaurants. His main job is developing food menu and expanding restaurants. He did business practice and development of food, such as French, Italian, Japanese, ethnic, yakiniku, and others until he succeeded in opening Japanese restaurant in Guam. In 2015, he has been appointed as executive chef for the main kitchen at “W Senses” Restaurant at Watermark This highly experienced chef is maintaining the food taste with “Healthy Through Food” motto.’
Location: W Senses Restaurant located on the first floor near our lobby reception with pool view.
Smoking area: Indoor dining restaurant will be for the no smoking area.
Opening hours :
Breakfast from 06:30 to 10:30 (10:00) last order at 10:00 (09:30).
Lunch from 11:00 to 14:00 (15:00) last order at 13:30 (14:30).
Dinner from 18:00 to 22:00 last order at 21:30.
Dress code: Smart Casual
Next to W Senses is also Angelique Café. A not to be missed experience if you are staying here.
With their own exclusive range of products for sale, it also makes the perfect gift to take home from Bali.
We popped into Angelique Café for Afternoon Tea and enjoyed coffee and cake for me. The cream jug was the tiniest I’ve ever seen – so petite! The cakes were rich and delicious. There was also a vast selection of teas served.
I loved the way they provided a basket for my bag so it didn’t sit on the ground. The little things do get remembered!
It overlooks the pool area and is located right opposite the foyer. A great place to meet a friend, a quick drink or a pick me up coffee after a full day ‘playing tourist’.
For more information: Watermark Hotel & Spa Bali
Address: Jimbaran Jl. Uluwatu 88, Kedonganan (near Jimbaran Bay) Bali-Indonesia