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Randy's.....

Is There a Canadian Cuisine?

Randy's supposedly specialises in the culinary delights of Canada. I am sure that all on the menu here is very popular in Canada, but I would call the cuisine International, at best.

The entrees certainly are; Indonesian Spring Rolls deep-fried and crunchy, with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. A Greek Tsatsiki Dip with your choice of white or whole meal rolls, or black pita bread. A Tuna Fish Soup, or a Potato Salad.

Randy's starts the day with a variety of early morning breakfasts from 8.00 a.m. Quite a choice, including a number of big hearty combinations. Available for breakfast and also all day for snacks, are Designer Jaffles; sandwiches toasted in a hot iron, for which you have chosen your own combination of ingredients. Submarines, I am sure, are freely available in Canada, but the name is so American! Of course the French and Belgians have been stuffing long baguettes with a variety of fillings for many years, some even quite adventurous; like raw minced beef. At Randy's there are four different combinations. One based on the traditional BLT, another has its origins in the Steak Sandwich; slices of beef in gravy with sauteed green peppers, onions and mushrooms, topped with cheese.

The Italian Sausage Melt consists of slices of sausage, green peppers and onions, in a tomato sauce with melted cheese on top. Then there is a Canadian-style Cheese Burger. It is a beef patty with lettuce, tomato, onion, mayonnaise and cheese. There is also a Chicken Burger and a Vegetarian Burger, both having similar treatment.

All submarines are served with your choice of French fries or a garden salad .

Then we get to the supposed Canadian Specialities. A Shepherd's Pie sounds rather English to me, but this one has corn kernels added to the minced beef. We all know that shepherds tended sheep, but the reasons for substituting beef in Bali is completely understood. The mixture is well spiced and quite peppery! Very good indeed, but I personally would rather pay a little more and have the ratio of one third meat/corn mix, two thirds mashed potato topping, reversed.

Also a little fiery, and welcoming so, is Randy's Chili Con Carne. Again, a dish that is popular throughout the world but methinks originated in the heart of Mexico or Spain. A combination of beef, beans and vegetables, simmered in tomato and spices. This can be had as a meal, with either mashed potatoes or French Fries. But they also do it the way I like it, served in a bowl with accompanying bread rolls for dipping. They will even make you a Chili Con Carne without the carne, vegetarian style!

The Chicken Cordon Bleu is a breast of chicken that has been stuffed with ham and cheese. The Spicy Sausage is two Aussie bangers with fried onions, and served with honey-cured carrots. A Calamari Platter is lightly battered and fried calamari rings with a dipping sauce. All of the mains at Randy's are served with your choice of mashed potatoes, French fries or steamed rice.

Chicken Fingers are strips of chicken meat, breaded and deep-fried, with a dipping sauce and French Fries, now that is great bar food! As are the Pizzas, and there are seven of them to choose from. If you feel like Pasta, then there are three spaghetti styles you can select from; meat, tomato or a carbonara [bacon in a creamy sauce].

The Indonesian menu has the usual Nasi and Mie Gorengs, Cap Cays and the rest. Also, an interesting Ginger Pork; stir fried pork strips with bean sprouts and other vegetables in a spicy ginger sauce. The Sweet and Sour Chicken comprises pieces of chicken that have been lightly breaded, with vegetables, in a not sickly, in fact quite tangy, sweet and sour sauce.

The desserts are the usual cakes, pancakes, fruit cocktails and ice creams. All simple, but also very cheap.

Wine [Australian Reisling or Burgundy] is available by the glass and at only Rp. 40,000! The service is friendly and reasonably efficient for such a budget-priced little café.

Just about the only inhibiting thing about Randy's is the restaurant front fence. Inside it is a clever narrow ledge for people watchers to keep their drinks whilst relaxing. During the daytime, at least, this area is constantly inhabited by local store workers to drink their BYO cups of coffee and snacks, or to play chess or cards. It quite degrades and spoils the atmosphere of the place!!

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QUICK REVIEW
Randy's
Address:
Jln. Tamblingan 17,
Sanur.
Phone:
288.962
Open:
7.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., daily.
Bookings:
No
Parking:
Street only.
Price:
Rp. 160,000 for two [+ drinks]
Credit Cards:
- Amex
- MC
- None
- Visa
Food:
Canadian/International.
Wine:
Local, by the glass.
Service:
Friendly.
Atmosphere:
A very clean and intimate little cafe.
Overall:
Very cheap food, above average quality.
Last Reviewed:
December 2001.
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