You feel as if you are eating in someone?s private dining area, and I guess you are. Tiing Gading is a small nest of bungalows in the most wonderful of garden settings. Almost central Ubud yet it could be many miles away in the middle of nowhere.
The food is mainly Indonesian, with a few general Internationals thrown in. A touch of Dutch is a surprise until you discover who the owner is! There are not too many menus in Bali offering Dutch Croquettes, these are fat chicken ones, and can be had as either an entrée or a main course
For soup, you have a choice of traditional Indonesian, Soto Ayam [chicken with lemongrass] or International, Tomato [fresh with spices]. For a real Indonesian breakfast try the Bubur Ayam [rice boiled with chicken and spices], sometimes called porridge or congee for the Chinese.
A most unusual entrée is the Tiing Gading Lumpia. No normal spring rolls these! Slices of bread are soaked then rolled around a mixture of shredded chicken and vegetables, spices added of course, then pan-fried.
Chicken is served in a number of ways. Sate Ayam is chunky skewered pieces with that tangy peanut sauce. The two curried options include one that is stir-fried in a green curry, whilst the Crisp Deep-fried Chicken Wings are everyone?s favourite.
Beef can be Crispy, with spicy rice, or that traditional Rendang that has been marinated in those spices of Sumatra.
There are many seafood dishes here for a small restaurant, obviously reflecting the owner?s food wants. Ikan Asam Manis is whole fish in a sweet and sour sauce whilst Ikan Bakar Rica-Rica is a whole fish that has been grilled with those spices of Manado in northern Sulawesi. Pepes Ikan is a whole fish that has been steamed whilst being wrapped in a banana leaf. Crispy Fish is whole fish fried to a crisp, Asian style.
Crispy Tuna is small fillets of fish done the same way, and the other filleted fish option is a western one, sautéed in butter, garlic and lemon. Chilli Prawns complete the seafood menu.
The standard Mie Goreng [fried noodles with shrimps, chicken, egg and vegetables] is available but the Nasi Goreng Nanas is unusual. Here the rice is fried with pineapple, chicken, shrimps and vegetables. Spicy Tofu with Vegetables and a Crisp Tempe [soya bean cake] are also available.
Special dinners for two can be pre-ordered. They include a range of dishes centred around an oven-roasted chicken [Rp.120,000++], or the Balinese Bebek Betutu [smoked duck] for Rp. 175,000++.
At Tiing Gading it is simple good value dining in the most pleasant of settings. You will probably come for an hour, and stay the night!