Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bali & Spice @ Da:men USJ, Subang Jaya

Bali & Spice is wrapped in warm smiles, courtesy of the cheerful service team & the black-&-white portraits of Balinese residents that were taken specially for this restaurant. It's no surprise that this is becoming one of the Da:men mall's busiest eateries, with the sight, sound & scent of grilling from an open kitchen setting the scene for a fun feast of Balinese flavours.

Head here hungry: Bali & Spice's signature platters prove heartier than predicted, each a cornucopia of potently marinated meat or seafood, complemented by possibilities that range from nasi kuning (turmeric rice) to seasoned fried potatoes, tempeh-&-bean salads to anchovy crackers, plus flavour-packed, fiery condiments like sambal matah & sambal terasi. One introduction to this venue could be the Bali Trio (RM49; ideal for sharing), which includes sate lilit (minced chicken & seafood skewers) on lemongrass stalks, cumi-cumi goreng (deep-fried squid) & sayap panggang (grilled chicken wings), partnered with sambal & coriander mayo. We enjoyed everything we sampled - iga sampi bakar (RM43; char-broiled beef ribs with coconut & palm sugar, teamed with tamarind peanut sauce), kambing bumbu (RM33; stir-fried minced lamb with chilli & spices) & siap mepanggang (RM31; half a char-broiled chicken with spicy coconut sauce), rich & robust, in huge portions. Some of these offerings may seem familiar: Bali & Spice is helmed by the experienced team that runs the Ole-Ole Bali family of restaurants.

 Other dishes, desserts & drinks also convey memorable dynamics - thumbs up for the tipat cantuk (RM19), a warm vegetable salad with delectable dimensions, assembling grilled chicken with deep-fried tofu, rice cakes & hard-boiled eggs, a pleasure when mixed together with Bali & Spice's tamarind peanut dressing. For customers who love fusion recipes, check out the Balinese aglio olio, an addictive indulgence of sauteed pasta flavoured with sambal matah, diced tomatoes, fried shallots & lime, tossed with a choice of grilled prawns, fish & squid (RM35), sauteed lamb (RM29) or grilled chicken (RM27). Don't skip dessert - both the Pisang Bakar (RM13; grilled caramelised banana with premium vanilla ice cream, sweet shredded coconut & peanut candy toppings) & Es Campur (RM15; an ice-blended ensemble with sago, jackfruit, banana, honeydew, watermelon & shredded coconut) are lip-smacking enough to merit their significant calories. Wash down with the avocado-endowed kopi apokat (RM15), a cinnamon-tinged, froth-layered espresso (RM15), chilli-mango soda mocktail (RM13) & creamy pulut hitam blend of coconut milk with palm sugar & black glutinous rice (RM12). Many thanks to the Bali & Spice team for having us here.

Bali & Spice by Ole-Ole Bali
LG-17, Lower Ground Floor, Da:men USJ 1, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-8011-8752

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10 comments:

  1. Everything I see here that's "panggang"....I like! ;D Especially the chicken, ribs, prawns, squid, satay...oops, I think I just named everything. What's that big crispy thing on some of the plates? Some kind of keropok?

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    1. Contact.ewew: oh yes, you can certainly feel the burn here! :D those are bali & spice's version of rempeyek, the anchovy cracker ;)

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  2. Ooooooo...I know I will love this place! Im all for our own ASEAN cuisines. Love the uniforms too, so authentic. Very nice.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, the founders here acknowledge that their flavours are more balinese-inspired than pure balinese, but i think it works well in the context of a malaysian mall :)

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  3. So actually what's the differences between this outlet and the Ole Ole Bali ya?

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    1. Unknown: it seems to be mainly in the decor and the emphasis on more grilled and char-broiled meat and seafood platters here :)

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  4. Balinese meal always associated with meat, meat & more meat LOL

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, yeah, excellent for carnivores :D

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  5. hi, is it HALAL for muslims?

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  6. Food is ok but the service is very bad

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