Back in the early 90's, when the original Wayan & Friends opened in Jln. Padma Utara, there was Wayan and his two friends; Johannes [from Austria] and Jodi [from Australia]. Johannes has long gone, although his influence in the kitchen is still noticeable by some of the food produced, even though sadly there are no more Tafilspitz or Speck Knudle Dumpling Soups on special from time to time. Jodi has only recently departed, since the move to the new and far better premises around the corner into Jln. Padma, although the old regular customers still ask for her every day!
Situated half way along Jln. Padma, in the centre of Legian, Wayan & Friends has always been very popular with the European and Australian tourists who regularly stay in the many budget hotels in the area. A pleasant clean little place, open on the side to gardens and fountains, it is a convenient spot for either a simple meal or just a drink, or two.
Open from early in the morning for breakfast when all of the usual egg dishes, as required by the western community, are available.
To cater for the lunch customers, and that snack-anytime-crowd, sandwiches are made up from a variety of selections, just as you wish.
Entrees start with one of the best Shrimp Cocktails to be found in Bali. A large serving of shrimps [most could be called small prawns] swimming in a wonderful tangy cocktail sauce. The Vegetable Samoosas are also popular. Large crispy wontons accompanied by a mango-based chutney, as is that good old snack standby, Bruschetta. The deep-fried and battered Calamari rings with tartar sauce are good finger food at either the bar or the table.
The Pasta is spaghetti, and a nice fine one at that. You can have it Carbonara [bacon, cream], Vegetarian [tomato, mushroom and onions in a creamy sauce], White Wine & Shrimp, Creamy Tomato & Shrimp or with Chicken & Herbs.
All of the pastas are served with an accompanying green salad.
People have always tended to come here for either the steaks or schnitzels. Both are excellent value, although the beef quality can vary a bit, depending on the supply.
I have always found that the schnitzels represent the best value-for-money at Wayan & Friends, particularly the chicken variety. Deep fried, breaded flattened succulent chicken breast meat, either plain or as a Chicken Parmagana [topped with a tomato salsa, ham and melted cheese]. Alternatively you can order Veal Schnitzels, Jaegar [with mushroom sauce] or Cordon Bleu with either Beef or Chicken [stuffed with ham & cheese]. All of the schnitzels arrive with large quarters of parsley potatoes and an excellent crisp side salad.
Steaks come as Pepper [in the German style], Papa Lou-Lou [cheesy sauce], Fillet Champignon [served with noodles and a mushroom sauce], or Fillet Mignon [wrapped in bacon and served with a grilled tomato and a jacket potato].
All steaks arrive with a side dish of perfectly cooked German pan fried potatoes.
A better than average Nasi Goreng heads the Indonesian section of the menu, followed by a very popular Cap Cay [almost a soup, but full of stir-fried vegetables with rice on the side]. There is also a choice of Indonesian curries, chicken or beef, that come with rice.
Even a small selection of `kiddies meals' is there to help the family budget even more.
Wine is available by the glass or in carafes of differing sizes [all cheaply priced], and the constant smiles from the staff come for free!
An easy place in which to relax, for an hour or two!
They have an interesting Chicken Curry on the menu. It is done Indonesian style [not Indian], a portion of curry powder added to coconut milk in which it is cooked in the wok. Normally comes with rice, but I like mine with German pan-fried potatoes [called sauteed here].