Luna Rooftop does Tapas. Probably the biggest hype in Bali the past few years has been tapas. Everyone does them, or so it seems, and virtually none are recognizable as the original Spanish tapas although someone tried that years ago in Kuta Central parking and it failed miserably.
It does not seem to matter what cuisine the restaurant predominately offers, Asian or western, there is also a tapas menu and with good reason as a variety of small interesting tastes is a most enjoyable, and dare I say it, an adult way to eat.
Sunset cocktails and dining are also sought after in Bali and at Luna Rooftop this is combined with an interesting tapas menu, which they prefer to call them 'Little Bites', and as they say in those awful TV commercials? ?but that is not all?! There are actually three different small restaurants on the roof at Luna, you can order from any or all as your hunger takes you from Japan to India to the world [the tapas having an unusual English flavour].
One of the three restaurants is a miniature Teppanyaki, consisting of one cooking station/eating bar big enough for 6-8 people, and from here are a few dishes that can be ordered and consumed out on the rooftop, as can the general tapas and the delights from the tandoor.
But first the tapas! Something that may appeal to the visiting British, and amuse all others, are the Scotch Eggs. Being in Bali they become Scotch Quail Eggs [pictured], a boiled quail egg is wrapped inside minced pork, moulded into an egg-shape and bread-crumbed, very different, and so easy to nibble on, as are The Devils on Horseback, pitted prunes stuffed with blue cheese and wrapped with bacon.
Another English touch is the Mini Yorkshire Puddings, chicken, bacon and tamarillo sauce. Now only the English may know what a Yorkshire Pudding is? Light and fluffy they consist of a milk, flour and egg batter, roasted in the oven. They are an integral part of England?s traditional Sunday Lunch, Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding. At Luna Rooftop these mini pies are open at the top and stuffed with a chicken and bacon mix, drizzled with tamarind sauce?.so good it is impossible to stop eating them,
Tapas from the Indian section include Pakodas, pan-fried fritters of vegetables and chick peas, or a Trio from the Tandoor, chicken tikka, fish malai and a mint prawn. A touch from Japan is a Tempura Prawn, in a light crisp rice flour batter and deep-fried, served with a tomato salsa. Or you can stay local with Chicken Satays, peanut curry sauce of course.
More small plates from India include Tandoori Snapper, Aloo Gobi, Chicken Biryani, Lamb Kebabs and naan bread to wrap it all in. If the Indian snacks give you a taste for more then order a set meal with a selection of dishes, An example is Menu C; Kachumbar, Samosas, Vegetarian Pakoda, Paneer, Bhindi Fry, Chicken Tikka, Ajwani Red Snapper, Lamb Curry, Dal Tadka, Raita, Naan and Masala Tea.
At Kitano, the teppanyaki corner, there are also a choice of set menus for you to choose from, the top version starts with the House Salad followed by an array of food that is prepared for you on the teppan in front of you; Scallop with lemon juice, Squid, Tofu, Mixed Mushroom, Onion, Red Snapper, Jumbo Prawn, Wagyu Beef, Chicken Teriyaki as always the cooked food is accompanied by bowls of miso soup and steamed rice.
An extensive cocktail list includes many traditional recipes plus a few innovative creations [often infused by Asian herbs and spices such as lemongrass, cinnamon, palm sugar, cardamom, ginger and sugar cane juice] and surprisingly for a sunset place, all at very reasonable prices. It is magic on the roof at Luna, and to think that at some other sunset bars they even have the hide to charge you admission and then slug you for the drinks as well!
The large square bar space is surrounded by bar stools from where you can drink or eat. At the roof top edge lounge areas are provided for ultimate relaxation, behind them standard tables and at the rear of the roof a glass-fronted private air-conditioned dining room, something to suit every whim.
The food and drinks are at reasonable prices, the sunset and moonlight are for free.
Great value and an interesting array of tastes at Luna?.
Cocktails at sunset, tapas by moonlight!