When you arrive at the Spice Beach Club your immediate reaction is that the map of Bali has been turned upside down and you are actually in Seminyak!
Lovina is not known for its inventiveness when it comes to food and beverage, in fact staid and old-style Bali seem more apt descriptions. Well this one is different, very different! As you turn into their neat and clean car parking area the blue and white rotundas and umbrellas give a suggestion of what is to come. On either side of the beachfront dining area [a raised wantilan, open on all sides at the beach edge] are twin rotundas, one is a relaxing lounge the other a round sunken bar. A second more traditional dining area is in the terrace area in front of the large open kitchen.
The beach front itself [swept immaculately clean by the staff at regular intervals] is lined with blue bean bags, blue umbrellas and blue wooden sunbathing beds [towels are available for hire and that includes the use of clean showers].
Knowing that the ownership was very definitely Dutch I was initially surprised by the blue and white colour scheme that is throughout. That the menu is sprinkled with Greek dishes seems to be just a co-incidence.
The food is what you expect in a beachfront location such as this [but do not find elsewhere in Lovina], a mix of tapas, fresh salads, small snacks and light meals as well as heavier dining for the evening, and many seafood options.
The International entrees include Escargot [snails in garlic butter], a simple bread roll stuffed with smoked salmon, that unique Belgian style Pate des Ardennes and an unusual dish of sea scallops wrapped in bacon [you will want a 2nd helping!]. Spice Beach's Dutch heritage is on display with those international favourite bar snacks, bitterbal and krokets, and almond potato krokets accompany some of the mains.
The range of pastas even includes Spaghetti tossed with lobster meat, a seaside special. Farfale is with zucchini and salmon and the Penne has been tossed with gorgonzola cheese.
The selection of Greek dishes begins with Greek Salads, Melijanes [eggplant marinated with herbs], Dolmades [stuffed vine leaves], Spanacopita [stuffed filo pastry] and Supadipeske [fish soup]. Zuzukakia is one of their most popular dishes, minced beef combined with herbs and grilled in three small patties, served with onion rings and French fries. It is light and tasty. International mains include all the standards for Bali, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Baby Back Ribs plus Indonesian favourite Beef Short Ribs. The Chicken Skewer has been marinated in a yoghurt mix, a bit Greek in style as well, the resultant meat so tender. Steaks [tenderloin] are with a range of sauces; black pepper, Roquefort, mushroom, Provencal and Café de Paris
Seafood is what people want when they dine at the seaside and Spice Beach has quite a selection. Simple ones such as Grilled Prawns in garlic butter and those very tasty Scallops wrapped in bacon. Salmon can be grilled and served with a dill sauce or steamed with white wine. The Sate of Prawns and Scallop is served with rice. The Seafood Platter [for two persons] is a monster and is going to quickly become the signature dish at Spice Beach. It includes lobster, king prawns, tuna, snapper and squid, accompanied by three different dipping sauces, French fries and mixed salad.
The Indonesian section of the menu includes the basic rice and noodle dishes, a Beef Rendang, Tuna Sambal Matah and Balinese Sate Lilits.
Desserts are more or less what you would expect, Crème Brulee, Crepe Suzette and Dame Blanche plus a Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Banana Crumble and a Greek Baklava.
What a great addition to the previously unimaginative Lovina dining scene, and quite honestly when you are at Spice Beach you do not think you are in Lovina at all.
Worth the trip to Lovina, any time!