Merah Putih, Bali

It may seem a little strange…

3-seminyak-restaurant-merahputih-baliTo write this, but you actually have to look when you’re in the market for quality Indonesian food in Bali. There is fine food aplenty in many different cuisines, most notably International and European styles but in terms of home grown talent you really need a pointer to get you in the right direction.

And that direction is Seminyak, food meccah and arguably one of the fastest growing regions in Bali. Just a stones throw from Sarong, another highly regarded restaurant that offers Asian centric food Merah Putih on the other hand is unashamedly Indonesian.

photo 1Starter dishes like  beef shin in doughy pockets laced with an incredibly potent chilli sambaready the palate for the hearty Indonesian food that follows. Incredibly sweet, slow braised shin testament to such a talented crew working behind the stoves.

photo 2For something a little left of field? Why not try these super-fresh quail spring rolls. They were a refreshing change from cookie-cutter Chinese specials, and so good that we actually ended up ordering it twice more for a total of three serves (Between 4).

photo 3What about this? Again, a little different. This time the classic Nasi Goreng, but with a beautifully tender duck tossed through. The trademark fried egg on top added a layer of delicious creaminess.


Decadent, crispy corn fritters with an eggplant sambal were lovely.

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The gado gado, a refreshing salad with beanshoots and cucumber included a quail egg and was 4We finished off with a beef short rib, which was arguably the only weak link of the day. Not to say it was a bad dish, it just lacked the panache of the others and came off a little bland.

So, truth be told, during this mens lunch out we actually tried Merah Putih on a bit of a whim after a long slog through the rain. Much to the dismay of our partners (Who had decided, mind you, that we were dining here for dinner but neglected to mention it) we did the lunch/dinner double and not once did we feel like we were eating more of the same. Even with a fixed dinner menu for our large group, we still tried uniquely different things that I would not hesitate to revisit.

If you are in Bali and want to sample some of, if not the finest cuisine of the region, make the journey to Merah Putih. Personally, I could’t see a Bali trip without at least one.

Merah Putih
Jl. Petitenget No. 100x, Kerokoban, Bali