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Shanghai Baby (Seminyak)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Shanghai Baby is one of the must-try new restaurants/bars in Bali in 2016. Designed by the Australian Grant Chyene, it was built on three stories in a 1930s Chinese art-deco style. The restaurant is on the ground floor, the lounge club on the first floor, and the rooftop on the second floor.

The food served is modern fusion Cantonese with a few Szechuan and Vietnamese specialties. It is well presented but not that special.

The most interesting part of Shanghai Baby is the lounge/club area on the first floor, which is currently one of the trendiest nightlife destinations in Bali. On weekends especially, it gets packed with a crowd of older expats, rich locals and possibly prostitutes. The original concept is that of a "bottle club", meaning that instead of a dance floor you have sofas and tables. For this reason, it is best to go there with a small group and order a bottle. Prior reservation is essential. You can still come for a drink at the bar even though it is small. It is usually rather easy to meet people (and girls). A beer costs about Rp60,000 and a cocktail Rp150,000.

The current resident DJs are Ben Burgess and Shammui, who play deep house, dance music and tech-house. They have been mixing in Mint, Jenja or Pyramid before.

Opening Hours:
Everyday from 6pm to 12pm for the restaurant
Wednesday to Sunday for the club from 8pm to 3am
Jazz nights on Wednesdays

Dress code:
No shorts, no singlets

Shanghai Baby Seminyak
Jalan Petitenget No. 208 (Next to W Hotel)
Seminyak, Badung, Bali
Phone number: +62 (0) 817 0030 088
Email: rsvp@shanghaibaby.asia

Facebook: Shanghai Baby Bali
Website: Shanghai Baby
Photos from Instagram: Shanghai Baby

Livingstone Seminyak Bali

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Livingstone is a restaurant, café and bakery, located in Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak. It is bright, clean and modern, just like the kind of venues you would find in cities like Singapore or Sydney.

I visited during Lebaran so it was full with Indonesians, most of them seemed like they were from the upper class, probably from Jakarta or Surabaya.

The staff was very friendly but they were overwhelmed and it was hard to get their attention. They also made a mistake in my order. I imagine this was because of the high season so I didn't really mind.

They have a menu with mostly western foods: Sandwiches, Pastas, Pizzas, Burgers + all the usual appetizers. Nothing really original here.
Baker's Steak Sandwich
I had the Baker's Steak Sandwich (Rp95,000++) which was quite generous in beef and heavy on the sauce. The quality of the meat and the baguette were average. I enjoyed it like I would have enjoyed a Whopper in Burger King: It's not great food but it feels comfortable on the stomach.

Overall: Livingstone is a reasonably priced eatery serving mostly classic dishes.
Livingstone Cafe & Bakery
Located in Kokonut suites / Surabaya owner
Jl. Petitenget 88x Kerobokan – Bali

Phone number: +62 (0) 361 473 5949
Email: info@livingstonebakery.com

Twitter: livingstoneBALI
Instagram: @livingstonebakery
Website: Livingstone Bali 
https://www.facebook.com/livingstonecafebakery
https://twitter.com/LivingstoneBALI

Menu of Livingstone:

The Dusty Café - Seminyak - Bali

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Dusty may be the smallest café you will find in Bali. It was recently opened by a young Frenchman, Nicolas Vitetta. It is similar with a bar in Jakarta called Treehouse for those who know. The design combines classic items like the big chandeliers, with some cheaper, recycled ones. I'm not sure about the definition of hipster but it could be one of those places where they hang out.

Located just next to the bar Maria Magdalena in Jalan Dhyana Pura, it serves a small menu of mostly healthy food, including sandwiches and salads. 
"Party Belt" Bruschetta (Rp60,000+15%)
"Astral Totem" (Rp67,000+15%)
I had the "Party Belt", a duo of Bruschetta (quite expensive at Rp60,000+15%) and the Astral Totem, a Quinoa Salad (Rp65,000+15%). It was not fine dining but both tasted good and it was fresh.

Overall: The Dusty has all the ingredients to become a successful neighborhood restaurant. It has good food (albeit some items are too expensive), friendly staff, and a cosy atmosphere. I will be back!

Note: The Wifi was not working but I imagine it is because they are just starting.
The Dusty Café
Jalan Dhyana Pura (also referred to as Jalan Camplung Tanduk) no4
Seminyak, Bali 80361

Phone number: +62 (0) 8 21 46 45 20 51
Email: dustycafé@gmail.com

Opening hours:
Everyday until 11pm

Menu of The Dusty Restaurant:

The Manhattan Fish Market - Seafood Restaurants

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
The Manhattan Fish Market is a restaurant chain specializing in seafood dishes, either poached, grilled, fried, baked or flamed.

They are originally from Singapore, with branches in several countries in Asia and Middle East. In Indonesia, you can find them in Bali and Jakarta for the moment.

I took one of their signature dishes, the Small Flame (Rp129,000 +16% tax and service), which seemed very appetizing on the picture from the menu (you can see all of it here).
Small Flame (Rp129,000++)
They brought me the dish after a few minutes, and flame-grilled it for a few seconds in front of me. It is amusing but I'm not sure it serves a real purpose.

I was quite disappointed with my food as I realized it was just 3 tiny prawns, a fish fillet, some vegetables, french fries and rice. It tasted ok but it fell short of what I expect when paying Rp150,000 for non-imported items. Apart from the original presentation in a pan, there is nothing that differentiate their fish from much cheaper restaurants.
Overall: Unfortunately, as many restaurant chain, The Manhattan Fish Market is mostly about marketing. You buy an atmosphere and an image, but in terms of value for money it is poor.

I would recommend it to you only if you are receptive to themed restaurants and the fantasy world they bring you into. If you care more about finding proper food at a normal price, it is best to avoid.

The Manhattan Fish Market Bali
Near Kuta Beach and Lippo Mall Kuta, Jalan Kartika Plaza 10
Kuta, Denpasar, Bali
Phone number: +62-361 757 106
Opened from 11am to 11pm

The Manhattan Fish Market Central Park Mall
Central Park Jalan Let. Jend. S. Parman no. 28 kav. 34
Phone number: +62-21 2920 0015
Opened from 10am to 10pm

The Manhattan Fish Market Grand Indonesia
Grand Indonesia Shopping Town, Sky Bridge 
Jalan M.H. Thamrin no. 1
Phone number: +62-21 2358 1055
Opened from 10am to 10pm

The Manhattan Fish Market Kemang
Lippo Mall Kemang
Phone number: +62-21 2952 8382
Opened from 10am to 10pm

The Manhattan Fish Market Lotte Shopping Avenue
Phone number: +62-21 2988 9466
Opened from 10am to 10pm

The Manhattan Fish Market Supermall Karawaci
Phone number: +62-21 547 3668
Opened from 10am to 10pm

Facebook: MFM Indonesia 
Email: info@satramanna.com

Watercress Café and Revolver Coffee (Seminyak)

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Watercress is a café/restaurant located on Jalan Batu Belig in Seminyak. It is mostly appealing for the healthy options of its menu, particularly for breakfast. It also serves a small range of pastries (American ones), healthy juices and extracts, and coffee from the brand Revolver (whose main branch is on Jalan Oberoi).

On the day I visited, most of the customers seemed to be Australians, which is not surprising considering the owner is Australian himself. He may have some French blood too as the playlist was made of songs popular in France a few years ago.

Watercress could be easy to miss as it is small and simple. I would have ignored it but it was quite busy from the outside and it made me curious to try. We had just eaten so we only went for a Lassie (Rp35,000+16% tax and service), a Smoothie (Rp35,000++), a Blueberry Muffin (Rp30,000++), and an Apple Rhubarb Crumble with Ice Cream (Rp55,000++).

The service is friendly but a little disorganized. They waited about 10 minutes to tell us that our first smoothie order (Mango) was unavailable, and it then took another 10 minutes to bring the food and drinks to our table.
None of the items we tried impressed us. It was home-cooking at best, the kind of cakes you could eat at your son's friend birthday party. It was a bit of a disappointment and it made us feel Watercress is a tad overrated. Their prices aren't that cheap either. I should probably try a "real" dish next time though...

My impression about Watercress is that it is the café of a community. It is a place where people go because this is where they will meet like-minded people. If you are a bit of a hippie, a hipster or just plain hip, Watercress is probably the place for you and you'll fit right in.

We were staying in the garden area and it was quite noisy as it is just a few meters away from the road. Corner House or Grocer & Grind, which are very similar to Watercress are more relaxing in my opinion, especially in the morning. I guess I would sit in the back of the restaurant next time I visit instead.

Overall: I may come back to Watercress but with very little excitement. My only expectations would be to eat a decent breakfast under 10$.
Watercress Restaurant and Revolver Coffee
Near Naughty Nuris
Jalan Batu Belig #21a
Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia 80361

Phone number: +62 (0) 361 7808 030
Email: cafewatercress@gmail.com

Facebook: Watercress Bali
Twitter: Watercress Bali

Opening Hours:
Every day from 7am to 6pm

Barbacoa - Latin American Grill - Bali

By Thibaud (Jakarta100bars) →
Barbacoa is one of Seminyak's buzzing spots in 2014. It is a Latin-American themed restaurant located on Jalan Petitenget, in front of the Fave Hotel Umalas and Sardine.

It has a large air-conditioned main room with a bar, and an outside area with rice field views. When I visited, it was busy with people who seemed to be for the most part chic and trendy. Typical Seminyak crowd.

The main attraction and originality of the restaurant is the over-sized wood-fired grill where they roast a different animal every day:
It was the first time that I saw such a barbecue so I felt compelled to try their signature dish, the 8-hour Wood Fired Asado of the Day (220grams). Priced at 250,000 (+16% tax and service) and served without any side dish, I was expecting something incredible that I could tell my grand-children about one day.

How disappointed I was to see a small portion of pork arriving at my table! I thought that maybe the taste would be exceptional but it wasn't at all. Sure it was good, but the price is completely disconnected from the overall experience. I remembered having Babi Guling (Bali's favourite dish = Roasted Pork) for only 30,000rp and it didn't look much different than what I ate in Barbacoa.
The most expensive suckling pig in Bali (250,000rp + 55,000rp Potatoes + 16% Tax and Service)!
Overall: Barbacoa is well-designed, stylish, crowded, and original. For these reasons, I would recommend you to have a try. The service was good also and at least one of the Australian owners was on site. However, my total bill reached almost Rp500,000 for just a cocktail and a main dish made of pork (the cheapest meat available in Bali) with a side of Potatoes. It is ridiculously overpriced and I would not visit a second time because of this. For Rp500,000, you can have a Sunday Brunch in Mulia Hotel with unlimited Foie Gras, Oysters and King Prawns!
Barbacoa Grill Restaurant Bali
Jalan Petitenget 14, Umalas, Seminyak, Bali
Phone number: +62 (0) 361 739 233 / +62( 0) 361 739 235
Email: info@barbacoabali.com or fbmanager@barbacoabali.com

Facebook: Barbacoa Bali 

Opening Hours:
Every day from 6pm to 12pm

Menu of Barbacoa (yes, only 1 page!)