Bali Day 3 – Febri's Spa, The Samaya, Warung Eropa

December 8, 2009 · 27 comments

Another day in Bali, another buffet breakfast. This was my favourite so far, with lots of sautéed veges, chunks of baked fish and thin noodles. I also got some bacon, some sort of potato thing with pork floss and a piece of french toast with I tasted but found dry and bland so I left most of it so that I had room for more veges and fish.

I also had a nice plate of fruit with each breakfast, enjoying such treats as mangosteen and snakefruit which I am not able to get back home in Perth (I don’t think I can, anyway… please correct me if I’m wrong!).

I find it completely impossible to only have one plate of food at a buffet, and indeed have been known to go back for more food five or six times at the buffet breakfast at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa. I had to ask for more cutlery during this particularly impressive breakfast, as they cleared mine away while I was up on one of my trips (I assume they were thinking I couldn’t possibly eat any more food). In my defence I like to try a little bit of everything, and then go back for more of the good stuff. I also like to start off with the more continental foods (yoghurts, fruits, cereals) before moving onto the hot stuff, so it’s not like I’m piling my plate up with everything on every trip. Still, I do feel a bit embarrassed by the third time I’m up getting more food. It really isn’t my fault though, after all I am my Father’s daughter. He is a buffet maestro, and I pity anyone foolish enough to offer lashings of seafood at a buffet that my Dad might happen to be loitering near.

Breakfast Day 3

After breakfast we headed out to the lobby where our lift was waiting to take us into Kuta for 5 hours of dayspa luxury at Febri’s Spa. Well, it turned out to be 5 hours of dayspa luxury for me, but C was not quite so lucky. She managed to get a therapist who was the wonderful combination of indifferent and brutal, and apparently thought that a full body exfoliation is meant to include your lips. Weird. By the end of the experience I was feeling refreshed and had some pretty flowered-up fingernails, and poor C was feeling battered and bruised with toenails that looked quite nice but ended up chipping later due to some rough emery board use. I felt terrible as I’d chosen this particular place, but I guess it goes to show that it depends entirely on which therapist you get, no matter where you go. If only I’d been the one to get the lip exfoliator! Poor C!

Lunch at Febri's - pumpkin soup, basil & cheese filled chicken with mashed potato and orange, frozen cream with strawberries

Included in our spa package was a three course lunch, which we ate out in the regular restaurant of Febri’s (it’s a hotel as well as a spa). It was certainly a western meal, with a first course of pumpkin soup. Exactly what you need on a stinking hot day! The heat, combined with the overly sweet and incredibly gingery tasty meant that we left most of the soup untouched.

The main course was much nicer, and I finished my plate. The crumbed chicken was nicely cooked, with a fresh basil and cheese centre, served with coarsely mashed potato rolled in banana leaves and a zesty orange sauce. Sadly this was not C’s day, as she’s not a fan of basil so hers remained largely uneaten.

Dessert was the opposite, with mine still staring at me at the end but C’s mostly eaten. It was a massive bowl of cream, dotted with strawberries, that had been stuck in the freezer to make the strawberries frozen and kinda crunchy and the cream cold and a bit icy. It was kind of like how I imagine a child would try and make strawberry ice cream. I picked out the crunchy strawberries to eat, and C regretted eating most of hers as hot hot heat + cream-filled belly is not a winning combination.

After lunch we ambled up to the Discovery Mall for some shopping, and later in the afternoon got some sustenance in the form of chicken satay from one of the many food places in the mall. It’s funny what foods become totally acceptable as snacks when you’re on holiday. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a massive plate of fried chicken for afternoon tea on a usual day back home. I am sure this is for the best.

Afternoon tea of chicken satay

Dropping our purchases back at the villa, we then headed out for a celebratory birthday/hens champagne at the Breeze bar at The Samaya in Seminyak, then eventually headed out for a late dinner at Warung Eropa in the Petitenget area. We left Ch to order for the table, and she did a fine job choosing Ikan Gurami Bakar Special (grilled fish with special sauce) (48 000 Rp), Ayam goreng (fried chicken) (18 000 Rp), Mie Goreng Ayam (fried noodle with chicken) (27 000 Rp), Cah Kangkung (stir fried water spinach) (19 500 Rp), Nasi Putih (white rice) (7 500 Rp), Sambal Jawa (Javanese sambal) (7 000 Rp) and Telur Asin (salty egg) (7 500 Rp).

The Samaya, Seminyak

The ikan gurami bakar special was a standout dish for me. Beautifully cooked fish, with a crisp, saucy skin and soft flaky centre. I’m not sure what the “special sauce” was, and I can’t remember exactly what it tasted like, but it was bloody tasty.

Ikan Gurami Bakar Special (grilled fish with special sauce) (48 000 Rp)

The ayam goreng was tasty, and had some delightfully crispy bits, but unsurprisingly was also a bit dry. Not sure about you, but I’m willing to put up with a bit of dryness for some extra crunchy goodness, although I probably wouldn’t order this again given the chance.

Ayam goreng (fried chicken) (18 000 Rp)

The mie goreng ayam was a tasty table winner that everyone enjoyed.

Mie Goreng Ayam (fried noodle with chicken) (27 000 Rp)

I really enjoyed the cah kangkung and possibly ate more than my fair share! I’m a sucker for leafy greens, with the amount I eat it’s a wonder I don’t start photosynthesising on my own. I particularly enjoy the break these types of dishes offer from heavy or fried dishes, such as when I get the greens with oyster sauce during dim sum feasts.

Cah Kangkung (stir fried water spinach) (19 500 Rp)

One of the nasi putih plates came with this side of beans, bean sprouts and fried onion. Cold and refreshing with a good bite!

Nasi Putih (white rice) with beans and bean sprouts (7 500 Rp)

Mmmmmm chilli goodness. Well worth the sweat and runny nose. C didn’t have any of the sambal, which is probably just as well given the earlier lip exfoliation experience.

Sambal Jawa (Javanese sambal) (7 000 Rp)

This was my first time eating salty egg, and it pretty much tasted like it sounds. Salty and eggy. Who’d have thought? Could this be my entry into trying strange egg products? Might I possibly be almost ready to try some century egg?

Telur Asin (salty egg) (7 500 Rp)

This tasty spread was all washed down with a Bintang or two, and after we’d stuffed ourselves to our respective brims we left to continue our night of continued hens’ weekend celebration…

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MaryMoh December 8, 2009 at 10:26 am

My gosh….you are posting every dish that I miss. That’s what we used to eat when I was back home in Malaysia. Indonesian food is similar to ours in many ways. Now I’m drooling!

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mademoiselle délicieuse December 8, 2009 at 11:07 am

I echo your buffet attitude and strategies – there’s no point in it being called a buffet if you’re not going to treat it for what it is =p

You might want to try century egg in congee. It’s not as intense as straight from the shell!

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penny aka jeroxie December 8, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Now you are making me want to fly back to Bali! So much food for one day…. gosh you CAN eat… hehehee.
So funnie about your friend. I pity her lips..oh dear!
And please do try the century egg.. go yumcha and order it with the congee.

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Simply Life December 8, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Oh my gosh, your meals and the scenery there are just amazing!!!

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef December 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm

MaryMoh – yes I have noticed the similarities in dishes. I hope I’m not making you too homesick :)

mademoiselle délicieuse – exactly!! It’s a waste if you don’t push your stomach to its limit ;) and thanks for the tip, I don’t want to overwhelm myself on my first century egg attempt!

penny aka jeroxie – let’s go back! Let’s go back! Yes thanks, I CAN eat, hehe :D OK, you and mademoiselle délicieuse have convinced me that having it in congee is the way to go. I promise I will be brave :)

Simply Life – it was an incredible holiday. If only I had unlimited time and money… (that would be kind of weird actually, I’m not sure I would like to have unlimited time!)

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tastyeatsathome December 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

Have I told you I’m jealous of your trip? I am. All that food looks amazing.

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Evelyne@Cheap Ethnic Eatz December 8, 2009 at 3:03 pm

OMG you are killing me with your Bali series. The exotic location, the food, the pacific. Supposed 30cm of snow here tomorrow!

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Cheah December 8, 2009 at 4:18 pm

All these dishes are mouth watering, spicy, that’s what I like. Will definitely KIV Bali as a future holiday destination.

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Pam December 8, 2009 at 9:05 pm

All the dishes look delicious.

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Stacy December 8, 2009 at 11:05 pm

They all look amazing! The salty egg seems really interesting…I must learn more!

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CheapAppetite December 9, 2009 at 12:47 am

I don’t blame you on returning to the buffet table many times. I would do the same. Why eat less when you have to pay the same price?:0) The grilled fish looks amazing. So does the Mie goreng ayam. But the salted egg looks so sad. The egg yolk is almost colorless. Probably not the best salted egg. I love it with rice soup. If you want to try century egg, you should eat with congee. Restaurants normally cut them into smaller chunks first. Easier for the first-timer. I’m not a big fan of the century eggs, but I can eat them with congee.:)

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OohLookBel December 9, 2009 at 1:56 am

The food looks so good, especially the satay! I’d love to go to Bali just to eat, and maybe get some great (not too brutal!) spa treatments.

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Karen Harris December 9, 2009 at 2:09 am

Glad I checked in on your blog. Bali looks fantastic! Between the lip exfoliation and the salty eggs, you had me chuckling. Great stories.

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A cupcake or two December 9, 2009 at 2:11 am

You had Kangkung. That is one of my favourite Asian greens. When on holidays I try everything. Its part of the adventure. I’m glad you are trying what Bali has to offer in terms of food.

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joey@FoodiePop December 9, 2009 at 6:13 am

What a great looking brekkie! Indonesian food is so good. Thanks for the great review.

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 9, 2009 at 6:17 am

This makes me miss Bali so much! You cna get mangosteen here but they’re pretty terrible quality and expensive. The closest fruit is achacha which is much more reliable and more cost effective :)

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Forager December 9, 2009 at 7:01 am

Gosh, looks great! I haven’t been to Bali yet and really keen to go. Food looks nice and spicy!

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Olive December 9, 2009 at 7:11 am

wow, you’re in Bali! :) love all the food that you posted..like Mary, this is quite similar to our dishes in the Philippines :)..how did you like the sauteed kangkong..it’s one of my favorite simple dish :)

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Trissa December 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I don’t want your Bali trip to end! I love the details, the food, your funny observations! Did you like the salty egg? I love it! We usually have it in salads in the Philippines with onions and tomatoes (and we eat that with grilled fish and rice)

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Rosa's Yummy Yums December 9, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Everything looks delicious! I’d love to go to Bali!

Cheers,

Rosa

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Maria@TheGourmetChallenge December 10, 2009 at 2:19 am

lip exfoliation!!??!! my god, that sounded like torture! At least all the yummy food would have made up for it. Poor C!

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Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite December 11, 2009 at 12:20 am

What do you mean you don’t have fried chicken for afternoon tea every day???? LOL!!! Truth be told, that chicken is probably a to healthier than coffee and a muffin…. I am sorry the spa day did not work out how you were expecting…

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef December 15, 2009 at 3:50 am

tastyeatsathome – I’ll take you next time :)

Evelyne@Cheap Ethnic Eatz – yes but you get to enjoy warm mulled wine! Just think of that ;)

Cheah – oh you should for sure!

Pam – good, because they were :)

Stacy – yes, it was a little strange, but it’s always good to try new things. Not sure I’ll be whipping up a batch at home though.

CheapAppetite – Exactly!! Next yum cha I will be going the congee + century egg. I’ve been well and truly convinced.

Belle@Ooh, Look – yeah, I’d steer clear of the lip exfoliators, unless you’re in need of some penance.

Karen Harris – thank you!

A cupcake or two – I couldn’t agree more. What’s with these people who go to exotic locations and order things they usually eat at home? The kangkung was excellent.

joey@FoodiePop – thank you! I totally agree :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella – yes I read about achacha on your blog recently, I’ll have to hunt it down. Love the name, it’s worth buying some just to say it ;)

Forager – Mmmmm I love my spice, it’s a great place to get your fill of it :)

Olive – the kangkung was delicious, I loved it! Simple and fresh and lovely.

Trissa – oh I didn’t want it to end either, thank you! The salty egg was nice enough, but I’m not sure I’d go out of my way to hunt down more. Maybe I need to try it your way :)

Rosa’s Yummy Yums – you should!

Maria@TheGourmetChallenge – I know, crazy hey!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite – hehe, I wish I could do it every day! Yes, it is almost unbelievable how many calories can fit inside a muffin.

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Alan March 11, 2010 at 7:36 am

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Conor @ HoldtheBeef March 13, 2010 at 4:39 am

Alan – thanks for visiting and your comment, I’d be very happy for you to visit again and again!

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