Sardine Restaurant in Bali
Inspired Seafood Restaurant in Seminyak with Paddy Views
Sardine is one of the first and foremost restaurants that will catch your eye as you enter Jalan Petitenget from Seminyak’s northern end. Its white stone wall facade conceals much of the treasure within, comprising an impressive bamboo-beamed dining hall with alfresco platforms overlooking probably one of the last rice paddies in Seminyak. The delightful compound is surrounded by leafy bamboo gardens, tranquil ponds, and quirky Balinese-style garden décor of pristine white and chequered parasols.
The interplay of lush green views with the gorgeous Seminyak sunsets serve as perfect prelude to a sumptuous meal. Sardine’s visual delights match its impressive menu, which contains a healthy and tasty seafood selection combined with home-grown organic produce. Vegetables, herbs and salads are sourced from Sardine’s very own organic vegetable garden in the village of Bedugul, in the central Bali highlands.
Lounging about on its cosy sofas, crafted from giant bamboo columns, is one of the favourite perks when dining at Sardine. The whole bamboo structure and furnishings is a designer showcase, the brainchild of Burgundy chef-and-interior designer couple Pascal and Pika Chevillot. The main dining hall of high open bamboo beams and thatch work is stylish and a perfect match for the surroundings, a collaboration with the renowned island-based bamboo architecture and design company, Ibuku. The whole structure is a delightful and uplifting experience to walk into, especially after ‘escaping’ from the frenetic Seminyak traffic.
Sardine’s menu is a regularly changing one, with main ingredients sourced from the freshest morning catch in the fishing village of Jimbaran on the island’s southwest coast. The menu’s creations as referred to as ‘cuisine de soleil’. By and large, as its name suggests, the menu at Sardine is seafood-dominant. From pan-seared scallops to grilled lobster or octopus, seafood-lovers will relish in it. What would you go to Sardine for if not for the sardines? One of the chef’s sardine specials comes char-grilled with red ginger rice, baby Chinese cabbage and Japanese ponzu sauce, at IDR 120,000 per serving.
Vegetarians and diners who are not really into seafood can always opt for the meat-and-veggie sections. With fresh organic greens to pair, you know you’re in for a very healthy treat. Locally inspired cocktails, from amazingly refreshing blends of rosella, fruit juices to Bali’s famous arak are listed together with the collection of martinis and wines. Desserts are also ever-changing as with the rest of the menu. The latest additions to please your sweet tooth is the Flores pineapple Carpaccio; or try the sampler option with the mini dessert tasting at IDR 95,000 to enjoy the assortment of Guanaja chocolate fondant, lemon cake with strawberries and candied peanut mousse, mung bean parfait with white chocolate and a ginger crème brulee. Nevertheless, there is always something new and delightful thrown in to please.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 11.30 – 21:00
Location: Jalan Petitenget 21, Kerobokan, Seminyak
Tel: +62 (0)361 843 611 1