On our last afternoon in Bali, P and I decided to veg out at a gorgeous beachfront restaurant we’d read about and seen while wandering Seminyak Beach: Ku De Ta. According to my travel books, Ku De Ta is one of the “it” hangouts in Seminyak, a place where the jet set relax in front of a breathtaking ocean, eating plenty of inventive fusion fare while bronzing their limbs. That description turned out to be half right, though instead of the jet set, I was pleasantly surprised to find it a family affair, with lots of happy children running around and staff that were well-trained to handle them all.
As you can see above, it’s pretty much the ideal place to park yourself for a day. The indoor restaurant area wraps around three sides, with this fourth side open to the beach, which looks like this at sunset:
But anyways, to be totally honest, we actually had lunch at Ku De Ta our first day in Seminyak and then came back on the last day to veg. Judging from the crowds the first time we went, we arrived just before noon on our last day, which happened to be Easter Sunday, to snatch a chair as soon as they opened. Once we settled in, we ordered a steady stream of goodies from their grazing menu. First was the rosemary pizza bread with an assortment of dips, followed by the California KDT sushi roll.
The pizza bread was delicious on its own, with ample hits of rosemary every couple of mouthfuls. But it was even better when sampled with one of the four dips: beetroot, tzatziki, babaganoush, and hummous
(which they called moroccan eggplant and white bean and rosemary, respectively, on the menu). The beetroot dip was mixed with cream cheese for a full, rich flavor. The eggplant was my favorite, as it was slightly salty and a bit smoky.
The KDT roll had the softest prawns I’ve ever tasted, and the avocados were soft and ripened (I know that seems like a very basic requisite for avocados, but eating in HK has taught me that lots of places serve avocados before they’re fully ripened – yuck.) The soy sauce was also very good; it was the kind made with real soybeans instead of the chemically-enhanced cheap varieties that often hold court on many Chinese and American supermarket shelves.
Later in the afternoon we ordered the edamame, which seemed to be on everyone’s table. It turns out that was for good reason – at 55,000 IDR it’s good value for money; a full bowl of steaming edamame appears on your table. The clean, fresh taste is perfect for an afternoon of lounging by the beach.
Lastly, we ordered rolls with teriyaki chicken, ginger, chives, and sesame seeds, which, like the sushi rolls, were yummy as well. And to wash it all down, we had a steady stream of fresh juices. We ordered fresh pineapple juices first, and then a blended orange and pineapple juice, which added another tangy dimension to the drink – so refreshing!
P also ordered one of their “radical” cocktails from the small-novel-of-a-drinks-menu, which was the grilled pineapple and black pepper martini, a mix of the two with vodka, chamomile syrup, and fresh lemon juice. I’d never had black pepper in a drink before but it complemented the grilled pineapple and added an extra layer of flavor, tempering what would have otherwise been a sweet cocktail.
The afternoon was really the epitome of relaxation and one of the highlights of our trip. There was also free wi-fi, which was an added bonus. The combination of the beachfront locale, good food, and laid-back atmosphere is definitely worth a few hours out of any trip to Bali.
Ku De Ta
Jln Laksmana 9
Cost: ~ 300,000 IDR/person (roughly $275 HKD or $35 USD)