Monday, June 30, 2008

Bumbu Bali

Bumbu Bali
18 & 18-1 Jalan Persiaran Puteri 1
Bandar Puteri
47100 Puchong
Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-8061 8699
Open Daily from 11.00am till late

Much has been said and reviewed about this acclaimed local restaurant serving Balinese cuisine. A number of people, including my dear friend, Z had urged me to try out this place and so, finally, last Saturday, I decided to brace the infamous Puchong traffic situation to pay a visit to Bumbu Bali. More so because Z had booked a table there for us, earlier in the week.

Bumbu Bali: * Restaurant * Cafe * Home Decor * - that's how they have positioned their business. As I stepped into the restaurant, I was struck by the amazing ethnic-inspired serene ambience. Dark traditional wood furniture was the mainstay of the decor, hanging lamps, bamboo shades and traditional items of decoration added warmth and authenticity to the Balinese charm of the place.

As soon as we were seated at our table, this sweet smiling serving crew quickly came over to show us their "Specials for the Day"...
As we scrutinized their menu, we could see that they serve a myriad of items, ranging from Mocktails, Soups and Salads...

...to Pasta...all done with their distinct Balinese style, of course!
It took us quite a while to even choose the drinks as we were carefully reading the description of each item! Finally, we settled for their Mojito Lemongrass (RM8.90) and Green Apple Splash (RM8.90). I totally loved my Mojito Lemongrass as it was such a unique refreshing blend of lime, mint leaves and lemongrass. The whiffs of lemongrass were lovely, thanks to the stalk of crushed lemongrass which acted as a "stirrer" for this mojito. You really must order this drink!

We had a tough time selecting our dishes as everything seemed yummy. In the end, LL had to have his "Nasi Campur Bumbu Bali" (RM28.50). We could not help exclaiming "Wow" when the basket of goodies were served. Just look at the variety of items on the rattan platter...

There were rendang chicken, squids, prawns, grilled fishcake, kangkung, fruit salad, 2 dips and crackers...and rice, of course! The spicy aromatic blend of Balinese flavours was scrumptious. Everything tasted so good and LL's only complaint was that the portion of rice was too small! Remember to ask for more rice next time!

Their dips/sambals were extremely good - even LL, who is not a chilli fan, dug into them...


Based on Z's recommendation, I ordered their Grilled Beef & Lamb Combo (RM30.50). It was a huge serving - there were 3 decent-sized pieces of lamb and 2 pieces of beefsteak, mashed potatoes, sweetcorn, coleslaw and topped with a chunky tomato peppery sauce. The meats, especially the lamb, were good, although the beef was a tad over-grilled - otherwise they were well-flavoured and the sauce was excellent. I must mention here that the corn was truly yummy as it has been brushed with honey before being grilled as I could taste a distinct "caramelly" flavour on it.
With LL's help, the dish was eventually wiped clean!

We ordered their Fried Fish Salad (RM12) to share. Pieces of crispy battered fish fillet and croutons topped a bed of fresh vegetables and fruits, served with a creamy dressing. The fish fillet were very fresh and was an excellent accompaniment to the crunchy salad of vegetables and fruits.
LL still had room for dessert, so we ordered the Hot Fudge Brownie (RM7.50). The warm rich moist brownie drenched in chocolate sauce went very well with the scoop of vanilla icecream. LL didn't really need any help in polishing off this, although Z and I had a couple of spoonfuls of this sinful dessert!

I had the opportunity to meet the owner of Bumbu Bali - the affable and jovial Eddy Tan. Married to a Balinese wife, Eddy informed they started Bumbu Bali about 5 years ago. In case you think he looks kinda familiar, well...he is also the owner of restaurants like Water Lily (also in Puchong), Ole Ole Bali in Sunway Pyramid and folks in Mont Kiara would be pleased to know that another restaurant will be opening soon there...Having satiated ourselves with the excellent food, let me now show you some photos of the beautiful decor and Balinese items that are available for sale in the restaurant...

Trays and baskets of Balinese souvenirs lined one side of the restaurant...

I loved these carved giraffes...so cute & elegant...
...and this Cicak! There were several of these climbing the walls there...
More wooden carvings ...
Beautiful traditional and contemporary paintings line the walls upstairs...
I was totally immersed in the beauty of these paintings and carved figurines...it's almost as if I was transported to one of those shops in Bali...

These delightful "parasols" added appeal and charm to the place...



With such good food and beautiful set-up, it's not surprising that this place is always packed. Do call to book ahead to avoid disappointment. I will definitely re-visit it to try their other offerings!

My rating: 8/10

5 comments:

claire said...

wei, seow cheh, u really can finish all those food u displayed? really?? wooooww... so much..and so delicious..hey, i m so hungry now..no lunch leh... u r always torturing me la...

PureGlutton said...

Hey Claire...I wasn't alone during this lunch mahh! We share-share the food la. Ya, the food here is good, as u can see from my rating!

xin said...

wow.. early in the morning im hungry looking at your food!!

Anonymous said...

I find the prices expensive, though the portions are quite big.

sue said...

wow to the nasi campur bumbu bali. Sucha cute name..haha. Yes i know the one opened in Mont Kiara, i think its also called Ole ole bali. But yea, i have to say the prices are a bit steep but the portions look pretty big.