When we are on vacation, we love to immerse ourselves in the culture of the country we’re in and of course try as many new local restaurants as we could possibly fit in!
Balique restaurant‘s food has gathered positive reviews in recent months so we decided to give it a go. The menu is split between a fusion of European and Moroccan cuisine as well the more traditional local Asian flavours.
I shouldn’t forget to mention they have fabulous cool and refreshing cocktails and an extensive wine list to compliment each meal.
The restaurant sits inconspicuously near small road side stalls as well as motorbike mechanics and helmet stores. If you are staying at the InterContinental resort, Balique is conveniently right across the road.
The restaurant opens up from behind modest tin panels and reveals a charming quaint interior as you enter through the shuttered front doors. The decor has a wonderful old world rustic feel – weathered timbers, checkered tile floor, beautiful vintage European style furniture, art deco ornaments and a stunning assortment of light fittings.
We opted for some Indonesian dishes. The Nasi Campur was an assortment of traditional sides. The other dish we ordered was Ikan Pepes which consisted of a beautifully cooked banana leaf wrapped Snapper. (See menu here)
It doesn’t open until 11am, so forget early morning eggs florentine and coffee. Head there for a relaxing lunch, dinner or for some refreshing cocktails. You can book online here.