travels: bali – chez gado gado

When I knew we were going to Bali, I asked some Instagram friends for recommendations on where to eat in Bali. They are real foodies, so you gotta trust them on that! The list I got was overwhelming. I wished I could try all the recommended places but it’s impossible to try all on one trip.

On our last night, C suggested to go for a nice dinner and we picked Chez Gado Gado. It was highly recommended by an IG friend. We made a reservations at 6.30 pm just in time to catch the famous Balinese sunset.


Chez Gado Gado is located on Seminyak’s Double Six Beach. It is a fine-dining restaurant serving Pan-Mediterranean fare at an affordable price despite the swanky appearance of the restaurant.

There were two special set menus to choose from; signature set menu and sunset set menu with wine pairing. I chose the signature set menu whereas C and my MIL went for ala carte.

I wish I could do a proper review of all the food we had, but it has been a while since the dinner and I can’t remember how each dish tasted. But believe me, all the food were perfectly executed. We enjoyed our meal very very much!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAking prawn & pork belly, in sweet and sour prawn broth, cucumber, glass noodles and pineapple, served with a side of watermelon salad

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAslipper lobster, poached in butter, served with pumpkin ravioli, hazelnut and garlic emulsion

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChez Gado Gado’s gado gado, untraditional and deconstructed served with a combination of luke warm as well as pickled vegetables with flowers, herbs, crisp coconut crumbs and peanuts

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAtuna carpaccio a la nicoise, thinly sliced and served with free range hard boiled egg, haricort verts, baby roman, capers and sliced black olives

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoctopus and squid fricassee, with Iberico chorizo, cannellini beans, pesto, zucchini and ginger emulsion

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAoven baked flounder with white truffle mousse, white shrimp, juniper berry and nantua sauce

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAgrilled Australian rib eye, cooked medium rare, served with herb butter, turnip, zucchini, braised shallots, potato croquettes and jus

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAseared barramundi with tamarind beurre blanc, orange marmalade, red bell pepper, almonds and rice with crunchy nuts

We were stuffed after our mains, but the dinner wouldn’t be complete without having some sweets. We asked for a candle when we placed our dessert order and upon knowing that we are (kind of) celebrating Elisa’s birthday, the waiter kindly offered us a birthday cake. To be honest, I was very surprised. I didn’t expect a baby to get this kind of treatment. I mean there are some restaurants in Bali that do not allow kids and here, they are giving Elisa, a baby who probably doesn’t know how a cake taste like a cake? They even sang her a birthday song! We were completely baffled (in a good way) by their warm gesture!!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGado-gado’s 2002 classic chocolate melted cake with passion fruit and vanilla ice cream
(my MIL’s weakness)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcourtesy of Chez Gado Gado

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAhappy birthday, my baby boo!

We love everything about this place. The food, the service, the ambience. It was warm and casual despite it being a fine dining restaurant. We utterly regretted for not coming here earlier on during our stay. Up till now, C is still thinking about his amazing starter of king prawns and pork belly. I guess the only to make him stop thinking is to make another trip to Bali again!

Chez Gado Gado
Jalan Camplung Tanduk (Dhyana Pura) 99
80361, Indonesia
(+62)361 736 966

*reservations is recommended


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