Wandering down the main street of Seminyak, one is spoilt for choice for somewhere to eat. Japanese, Chinese, Italian or even Greek the choice is endless. Coming to Indonesia, lets go local I reckon, and Ginger Moon, smack in the middle of the appropriately nicknamed “Eat Street” was a startling find.
Not a big restaurant, subtly lit and exquisitely decorated, Ginger Moon boasts an impressive Asian menu with a bias towards Indonesian cuisine. Describing itself as a “relaxed modern Asian restaurant” Ginger Moon offers and recommends a sharing type approach to the dining experience. Exquisitely hand-crafted Asian tapas adorn the surrounding tables and we can’t wait to dive into the menu and start for ourselves. Whether you choose the sizeable Banquet meal or choose from the impressive array of nibbles, starters and main dishes, this restaurant delivers on its promise and wont blow the budget.
We chose to sit outside on a pleasant evening and even with the hustle and bustle just outside on the main street, there is an air of calm and sophistication, as the waitresses tend to your drinks, your meal and the total dining experience.
Our table ordered a combination of the Banquet menu and some a la carte. Rice paper rolls with prawn and pork, duck pot stickers, roast suckling pig bao’s and some Balinese sausage hot dogs to start and share. Chinese Peking duck in pancakes, corn fritters with salsa and king prawn dumplings arrived at our table in a slow and regular manner allowing time to savor the food, continue with the conversation and soak up the experience.
An hour of grazing later, our main dishes arrived. Charcoal barbecued fresh chicken satays followed in rapid succession by steamed barramundi covered in spring onion, ginger, shallots and coriander and a Balinese specialty ”ayam betutu” – smoky chicken cassava leaves. The final dish, braised, barbecued… not sure how it was cooked, but the most awesome beef ribs I have ever encountered, smothered in a sweet sticky Asian flavour infused glaze. The beef ribs are an absolute MUST !
A big meal this was, but no meal is ever complete without dessert. A trilogy of crème brulėe and four spoons soon finished the experience. Pandang, roasted sesame and ginger & mango brulėe ended our Ginger Moon dining experience and what a marvelous experience it was.
Without a doubt, the best restaurant we visited on this visit to Bali, we reckon a solid 4.5 / 5.
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