Bali Foodserye | Temple Run Lunch Break at De Danau Lakeview Restaurant

Friday, February 23, 2018

where to eat in bali

Halfway through our one-day Bali jaunt, we paused to fill ourselves up with some Balinese grub.

THE PLACE
Just across the Ulun Danu Temple is the De Danau Lakeview Restaurant. It's a spacious dining place with lots of glass windows for viewing Lake Bratan and the surrounding mountains. I love how airy and bright it is.
de danau lakeview restaurant bali review

de danau lakeview restaurant bali inside

de danau lakeview restaurant bali location

inside de danau lakeview restaurant bali

I hate that smoking is allowed indoors. Fortunately, the cigarette-toting people seated beside us left a few minutes after we placed our orders so we were able to fully enjoy the lakeside view.

Related Adventure: Bali Day Tour

THE FOOD
After dining at Umi's the night before, I had high expectations. Looking at the menu, my eyes widened at the prices. Some were almost double the prices at Umi's. But I totally get it. Prime location, better facilities, etc.

At any rate, for lunch we had the Ayam Betutu Goreng – fried Balinese Tutu Chicken (45,000 IDR, about Php165), Mie Goreng – fried noodles (30,000 IDR, about Php109), and Pisang Goreng Coklat Keju – fried bananas with chocolate and cheese (25,000 IDR; about Php91). We also had an order of Iced Caramel (16,000 IDR, about Php59).

The Tutu Chicken was coated in the bumbu betutu spice mix, making it uber flavorful and rich. The flavors were so intense, my burps that day tasted like it. It was actually good fried chicken.
ayam betutu goreng bali


The Mie Goreng was really delicious but Umi's and the one at Melaka surpass it. The flavors of the three versions were all different but the one in Ilmali is still my favorite.
traditional food in bali

The dish I liked the most was the Pisang Goreng. It's my favorite Indonesian snack (aside from Chitato). I had a simple version of it in Bandung, but adding cheese and chocolate sprinkles elevated it. I enjoyed it so much.
traditional indonesian snack

The Iced Caramel was so-so. It was sweet but not really caramel-y.
de danau lakeview restaurant bali menu review

THE SERVICE
Service was a little slow to be honest. And again, I hate the fact that smoking is allowed indoors. I should also mention that the restaurant adds a 15% service charge, and doesn't give out change. They owe us 200 rupiahs. (I know that doesn't amount to much, but still.)

Related Adventure: Hiking Kawa Ijen

FINAL THOUGHTS
I'm sure there are cheaper places to eat in the area. De Danau feels like it caters to Westerners. Not that that's a bad thing but I do find the price a little on the expensive side. The view, however, is great and that could justify the price (and not giving out change), I guess.

De Danau Lakeside Restaurant
Candikuning, Baturiti, Tabanan Regency, Bali
Open daiily from 10AM to 8PM

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