Someone told me that there was a new warung on the beach in Sanur. So what, I thought, but checked it out anyway. Hey, this is no Warung! This modern café, under European management is more like a beachside bistro. No wonder it has been busy ever since it opened, a few weeks ago.
Blue, white, shade trees, white sand, salt air and breezes all go to make this the perfect spot for that anytime snack or casual meal. The menu reads different from most others. The food tastes different! Even the simple things are done well, the ultimate test!
Everybody does breakfast these days in Sanur. Maybe the hotels have stopped including it in their tariff. Those breakfast standards Egg Benedict and Florentine are close to perfect, albeit on a slice of toasted Ciabatta rather than on the traditional English muffin. Unusually they come with a grilled tomato, mushrooms and baked beans on the side. You can even have them with smoked salmon instead of the ham, for a slight extra charge.
The Beach Café Frittata is your choice of crabmeat, prawn, bacon or vegetables, tossed in egg and oven baked, Italian style. Are you sick of 'American' breakfasts [or what some people represent as same]? How about a real English breakfast? It comprises two fat tasty breakfast sausages, two eggs any which way [perfectly poached for me, a Bali rarity], a generous pile of good quality bacon, a large grilled tomato sliced in half and topped with herbs, a serve of freshly sautéed whole mushrooms and baked beans. All this and cross slices of toasted Ciabatta. Add a real Espresso [Cappuccine, Latte or Long Black] and the total cost is only Rp.50,000++. The tranquil ocean views are free!
Or perhaps a European breakfast of homemade bread [toasted if you wish] with a selection of cold cuts and cheeses. Needless to say all the healthy options are also available; fresh fruits, yoghurt, muesli and all. Or you can have an omelette, a pancake or a number of other combinations.
For those anytime snacks a variety of sandwiches, all served on freshly baked Ciabatta. Smoked Chicken with rocket salad and a coriander mayonnaise, Prosciutto with rocket, mascarpone sun dried tomato and cream cheese or Peppered Roast Beef with grilled vegetables are amongst the possibilities.
Salads include a Greek Bean [assorted beans with tomato, olives and feta], Pasta [cold with sun dried tomato, grilled vegetables, bacon and fresh basil, topped with a balsamic dressing], King Prawn [with a fennel cream sauce] or a traditional Caesar.
Balsamic Sardines are different, fried till crunchy. The Tuna Tartar has a wasabi mayonnaise on the side, something with a bite! The Beach Café Crab Special combines crab meat with basil and lime, served in the shell. The Baby Octopus Fritter was a bit each way, the stuffed octopus body a bit tough but the scattered pieces of crumbed octopus and calamari were tasty, all in a very appetising presentation. Order the Bouillabaisse [thick fish soup] and close your eyes; you are on the Mediterranean!
There is a limited choice of mains, but the list is till very tempting and like all else, well executed. Piccato con Gorgonzola is a thin fillet of beef with that wonderful Italian cheese and rosemary potatoes. The Chicken Breast is in a mustard cream sauce, the Red Snapper Fillet [grilled] is topped with a sauce of lemon and capers.
Tuna Steak is topped with a tasty capsicum salsa and baby roasted parsley potatoes. A Pasta Special is their Devil Seafood Spaghetti; spaghetti and fresh seafood tossed in a mix of olive oil and spices. The Indonesian 'Paella' is yellow rice topped with assorted seafood.
Desserts are basic, but this is really only a café, albeit a great one. Their Banana Fritters are crisp spring rolls stuffed with banana, chocolate and cream, topped with an orange sauce. Chocolate Mousse with fresh strawberries, Tiramisu, Pannacotta or Studio Gelato fruity ice creams making up the full list.
Salt air breezes, smiling service and tasty food make a visit here one of relaxation and contentment. Are they busy? You had better believe it!