This summer holiday we spent about 2 weeks in beautiful Bali.
From a culinary perspective, it was a nice mix between authentic Balinese and Indonesian food, but also haute cuisine and all kinds of international fare (more to come in later posts). And as you may have guessed: burgers…
BEACH BAR OF THE LOVINA BALI RESORT IN KALIBUKBUK (JL. SINGARAJA SERIRIT)
We started one-off with this one at lunch. The Cajun spiced potato wedges were not very appealing, but after having removed almost all of the mayonnaise liberally squirted on top, it turned out to be a quite decent cheese and bacon burger. In hindsight, it turned out to be the only burger that could be considered somewhat Balinese due to the spice mix in the burger as well as the fiery sambal mayonnaise.
“COPPER BURGER” AT COPPER RESTAURANT IN UBUD (JALAN BISMA)
Next up was the “Copper Burger” at Copper Restaurant which is part of the Bisma Eight Hotel. A grass-fed beef patty on a sesame bun accompanied by kimchi ketchup, miso mayonnaise, dill pickle, onion rings, fried crispy shallots, and sweet potato fries. A very nice juicy burger with an exciting mix of Asian flavors in the ketchup and mayonnaise that both combined well with the sweet potato fries. It was IND 140k / EUR 9,50 and therefore costly for Balinese standards but well worth it. Definitely some condiments that I will try to recreate at home!
“AUSTRALIAN BEEF BURGER” AT THREE MONKEYS CAFE IN SANUR (JL. DANAU TAMBLINGAN)
The toppings were roasted beetroot and roasted tomatoes as well as caramelized onions. All flavor bombs by themselves, but to my amazement, they did not overpower the beef burger at all and worked well together too. I finished the burger, noticing that I hadn’t even touched the homemade ketchup and BBQ sauce. These were subsequently used as a dip for the excellent fries (or at least the few that hadn’t been snatched from my plate by the kids when I was trying to tackle the burger…). All in all, good value for money at IND 85k / EUR 5,75!
Australian prime beef burger @The Fire Station Pub, Bar & Grill (Jl. Danau Poso in Sanur)
On our final night in Bali, we headed over to The Fire Station, and I had the “Fire Station Australian prime beef burger with fries” and I ordered the burger to come with bacon and cheese. Nothing to fault it as it was a nice burger, but with standard fries, mayonnaise, and ketchup, it was not very remarkable either. At ultimately IND 109k / EUR 7,40 (IND 85k for the burger and IND 12k each for the added bacon and cheese) I am sure you can find better value for money in Sanur.