Jl. Petitenget No, 19 x
+62 361 4737 809
I dined at Sarong about four years ago. I’d heard so much about founding chef Will Meyrick’s innovative and refined Indonesian dishes that he cleverly de-constructed. Lucky enough to get a booking, a friend and I dined there on Christmas night in 2011. The food was unbelievable. The plating, the luxe decor, the sophisticated and friendly staff and the black sticky rice pudding – all unforgettable.
Since then as I’ve been completing my chef qualifications, I’ve spoken to many top chefs who also speak highly of Sarong. FYI – Singapore World Gourmet Summit placed Sarong in the top five best Asian restaurants in 2011, and the Miele Guide pegged Sarong in the top five best Indonesian Restaurants in 2009 and 2010. Reminiscing about my Sarong experience I could almost taste the dishes…
Recently I returned from my second trip to Bali but while there I made sure to make a booking at Sarong. Sadly I booked a table for my last night in Bali, which I am still having withdrawals from leaving…
Upon being seated we were served complimentary soya crisps. Delicious and flavoursome bites with a terrific crunch, wonderfully served with a punchy green chilli dipping sauce. A scallop with pork was also a tasty mouthful to begin with.
I couldn’t decide on one entree, so I had two. It was my last night in Bali after all! To start, a beautifully presented plate of Balinese duck sausage with smoked eggplant, served with micro lemon basil. The duck sausage was juicy and flavoursome, however the standout was the smoky eggplant relish. I then followed this up with the most delicious signature crispy pork belly with Sichuan chilli salt, tamarillo and tamarind sauce. The pork belly was succulent and the plum sauce combination was unbelievable. I will have dreams about this.
For my main I tried the slow braised babi genyol pork cheek with Balinese black pudding served with cabbage and pork crackling. The pork cheek was braised nicely but the fat was not rendered off enough so it was a bit too fatty for me. The accompanying rich blood pudding was super spicy and the crunchy cabbage salad worked well. And, the crispy pork crackling was amazing, as I’d expected.
After a protein rich dinner I couldn’t fit in dessert, but I took a cheeky snap of the dessert menu. I must say I was a little disappointed not to see their amazing black sticky rice pudding on the menu, but hey, the signature pork belly made my night.
Sarong is truly worth a visit if you’re ever in Seminyak, Bali. Definitely make a booking and make sure you arrive hungry and ready to explore the wonderful menu.
* Apologies for my images as I was camera-less.
** Sponsorship for my next foodie trip would be very much welcomed