Tired but happy with the sourcing and outlet shopping we’ve done for the day, we asked driver where we could eat in Jimbaran Bay. We had to cancel our plans to see the sunset at Tanah Lot. We, or rather I, finished outlet shopping at 4pm already and seeing the traffic on Jalan Ngurah Rai we would just have wasted our time because there was no way we were going to make it. And the driver said there is nothing to see there after sunset.
The driver took us to Ganesha Cafe. It wasn’t much to look at. The beach was not very nice and there was a fishy smell in the air. We sat al fresco but there was no sunset to see because the sky was very cloudy. Thankfully there was some bollywood music playing in one of the many fishing boats docked nearby so it was great for the ambiance (this is my failed attempt at being sarcastic). We were a bit puzzled though because friends told us that Jimbaran Bay is like Dampa, but it didn’t feel like Dampa at all.
The al fresco dining area
After beer hubby decided to find a table inside because it looked like it was gonna rain. So smart of him, because we were able to find a table by the windows – but even then boy was it warm inside!
The spread. We ordered 1 Kilo live crab, 1/2 Kilo king prawns, 1/2 Kilo clams. Rice, soup, vegetables and fruits for dessert are complimentary.
Complimentary soup with fish. Nothing great.
The Grilled Garlic Butter Clams sure didn’t look 1/2 a Kilo =( Not as tasty as other Jimbaran restos
We asked them not to make the Fried Chili Crab too hot, but this has to be the spiciest chili crab I’ve ever had. We were sweating so much we finished the box of tissues on the table wiping it off! It was so spicy that the subtle flavour of the crab was totally lost and it wasn’t pleasant to eat.
We were sweating so much we finished the box of tissues on the table wiping it off! I think next time, we will definitely take E’s recommendation and order everything, including the crab, BAKAR or Grilled.
Also, I wanna know what they mix to make the water for cleaning your hands after. It worked wonderfully! Anybody know what’s in that mixture? Care to share? =)
When you are in Jimbaran bay, look for one of the corn vendors on the beach and ask for Sambal Butter Corn. Poom. (as my friend E would say) It was the
The sambal butter corn was so good that we decided to eat in Jimbaran Bay again the next day. We just couldn’t get enough of it. Does anyone know how it’s made? Do share!
Yes that is an ashtray beside the toilet paper roll. How convenient for smokers =P I found this so strange, I just had to take a picture! They smake so much in Indonesia that there are ashtrays in the toilet stalls.
In summary, we found that the food was highly overpriced and I have a feeling that the weighing scales were rigged because I definitely think we got LESS than what we paid for. For this meal, we paid a total of Rp 0.5 Million. Way too much for the amount and quality. I will not go back here.
I know have several friends, who were also taken to Ganesha on their first trip to Bali. Usually it is because they, like us, asked their driver for a recommended restaurant in Jimbaran. When I did some searching on the net, I discovered some cautionary tales about Jimbaran restaurants in Bali:
- Rigged weighing scales so you get less than the weight you are paying for
- Giving “referral fees” to drivers who recommend their restaurant. Usually a percentage of what you spend during your meal.
I have a sinking feeling that this is why so many drivers recommend Ganesha when there are so many other restaurants that make better and cheaper food. If it’s true then this is why we spent so much for so little food that’s below average.
Also avoid New Moon Cafe in Jimbaran. Bad reviews on TripAdvisor and I personally did not have a good experience with this.
I would recommend these restos in Jimbaran instead:
– Menega Cafe – Our favorite in Bali. Great for lunch and dinner. If Menega is full, or you didn’t make an reservations I can recommend these 2 below. Make sure to ask for kecap manis (pronounced: kechap manis) and, if they have it, garlic sauce. Combine both dips for a mind-blowing experience.