An open wantilan offers a lounge area as well as conventional dining settings. On the strip of terrace between the restaurant proper and the sea wall that lines the beach are a scattering of tables for ?al fresco? dining, day or night. It is a pleasant place for that early morning breakfast. Two private Beach Pavillions are also available if sitting yoga style is for you?
Breakfast is standard with options for Indonesian [Nasi Goreng], Continental [Croissants, Cornflakes or Fruit Pancake], and American [Eggs, Hash Browns and Beef Bacon or Sausage]. All breakfasts come with fruit platter and juice and tea or coffee, and good whole-meal toast actually served toasted and warm, sadly still a rarity for Indonesia. Breakfast typifies all else here, there is a surprising attention to detail; all the little things are right!
Lunch time can be for a quick snack [Lumpia are vegetarian spring rolls in a crisp casing with a particularly good kitchen produced sweet and sour sauce, a bit of a tang to it as well, the excellent Prawns Panko are six plump breaded prawns with the same sauce], a light meal [Seafood & Vegetable Tempura or the International Burger with cheese, lettuce and tomato, done the Australian way in a toasted bun].
The full menu is available all day but offers many options for a leisurely evening meal whilst cool salty breezes waft in from the ocean only metres away. Soups include the perennial Tom Yam Goong, adopted as their own by almost every International restaurant in Bali and Lombok, and quite a good version this one is too. The Moroccan Lentil Soup is very healthy being full of high fibre so combines the unusual, very tasty and good for you.
The usual salads are on the menu [Caesar, Nicoise and a Vegetarian with Feta Cheese] as well as a Lombok style Chicken Salad, shredded breast meat tossed with greens and a local sambal, slightly spicy.
The old fashioned Prawn Cocktail combines prawns with sliced avocado and pineapple in the traditional cocktail sauce. An Italian touch is the Mozzarella Cheese topping on sliced tomatoes, a dash of pesto sauce added, and an Anti Pasti, assorted snacks plus some slices of smoked salmon.
The Asian cuisine available here includes local dishes such as the famous Ayam Taliwang, a whole baby chicken marinated before being grilled over coconut embers then served with that spicy sambal ulek. A Green Chicken Curry is very Thai, the Laksa is Malaysian style with seafood, glass noodles in a spicy broth with vegetables and a boiled egg. From India a Butter Chicken, accompanied by naan bread and round out their corner of Asia is Stir-Fried Beef with Korean Kim-chi sauce.
For those who wish to keep to European dishes, a Chicken Breast with Shiitake Mushrooms, an Australian Tenderloin of Beef grilled and topped with a herb crust, and New Zealand Lamb Chops with an unusual coffee bean sauce.
Being Lombok and only a stone?s throw from the sea, fresh seafood is a daily special. Local fish, lonster, king prawns and crab can all be pre-ordered and purchased at the early morning market just for you. Standard fare includes a Seafood Kebab drizzled with honey and balsamic, Grilled Fillet of Snapper, a Seafood Potpurri of mixed seafood in a fish consommé and a Moroccan Fish Tangine of snapper steamed with spices.
Even the desserts here offer things a little different such as a Baked Alaska; a half pineapple filled with ice cream before being topped with meringue and baked in the oven. Then there is the simple Apple Crumble, this one on a cherry sauce with ice cream.
The menu and location is an enchanting as this quaint boutique hotel with its weaving garden fronted small Indonesian cottages. Service is young, bubbly and friendly. It would be impossible not to enjoy a visit to Puri Mas.