I’ve already mentioned the shortage of good restaurants in Nusa Dua. I found that there was a Japanese Restaurant called Musashi in the area and since it was after TD’s meeting and it was quite late already we were too hungry to go any further. Musashi is literally 2 minutes by car from Marriott Courtyard. Photos and verdict after the jump!
I like the simple interiors. We opted to sit outside because it was a cool breezy evening. The ambiance was nice and there was even a couple on a date. We were with 2 other friends.
For starters I love the salty edamame. We also tried the local Balinese liquor called Arak (I think this would be the Indonesian equivalent of Lambanog) and it wasn’t bad. The best thing about Arak is the price. For Indonesia this is really cheap – about USD 3 for a cocktail. Again we cannot compare prices of alcohol with the Philippines because prices in the Philippines are crazy cheap. For that price you would be having an Absolute Apeach cocktail in Manila or even a Johnnie Walker Black Coke in Cebu – with some change. (Again prices may have changed and it really depends on what bar you are in)
TD and I ordered the Gindara Terriyaki Rp 51,000, Gyoza and 2 makis. The Gyoza Rp 41,000 was nothing great and the Gindara was the only memorable dish of the night (aside from the Edamame).
Our friends orders arrived: Saikoro Steak (diced sirloin & veggies with garlic sauce) and Tendon. I didn’t get to taste them, but I got to take a photo. They said it was okay – nothing fantastic either.
After we were all done, the Spicy Salmon Roll Rp 95,000 and roll with cream cheese (I forget the name) finally arrived. It was so late. I wonder why! It should really be served first. The sad thing was, despite looking amazing and having big portions is that it was again not great.The verdict: Presentation and ambiance was great, but the taste of the food (the most important aspect of a restaurant) is below average to average. If you are in Nusa Dua you are better off checking out Matsuri Restaurant in Bali collection. (Stay tuned for my post on it tomorrow!) But if you find yourself here order the fish with terriyaki sauce pictured above. Maybe there are other more delicious dishes in this restaurant but I guess I’m not going to find out because if I can help it I’m not going back.
- Japanese Restaurant and Yakiniku
- Jl. Terompong Nusa Dua Selatan – Bali
- +62 361 773535
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