The ‘famous’ Sunday Lunch at The Seminyak Resort and Spa Bali is nothing short of a culinary masterpiece and something that should not be missed if you are visiting Bali. Whilst brunch is not a traditional Bali fare, you will find that The Seminyak Resort and Spa has taken the brunch concept with both hands, made it their own and in the process has created something unrivalled. Talented world renowned chefs preside over the Santan kitchen delighting foodies with their magnificent buffet, a classy a la carte menu, and a selection of dishes from the chef’s choice. The brunch can be enjoyed over four hours, with or without alcohol.
I first heard about the Sunday brunch at Santan Restaurant through a friend who had showed me some pictures of the buffet and The Seminyak Resort itself. I admit I looked at his photos with complete envy – the displays of the desserts alone were enough to have me sold and I was making this a destination on my Bali itinerary.
Once I was in Bali, I rang the resort a couple of days prior to book a table for myself and was able to secure one easily. Once again going to Bali in end-September is a fairly quiet time in Bali, so if you were to go in the height of summer you might have to book well in advance.
On the Sunday morning I jumped into a taxi, as I was coming from Jimbaran, at about 12 p.m and the journey to Seminyak took approximately 40 minutes. The Sunday lunch begins at 1 p.m and you will be grazing for about two hours if you so desire. Given this fact, one must really prepare for this brunch experience and I would strongly advise that you skip breakfast or at the very least eat a light one, otherwise you will be doing yourself an injustice.
The lunch is held in the Santan restaurant which is located at the garden area of the resort, overlooking the pool and the beach. As you wander through the resort you will really see how extravagant and luxurious the resort really is. I was quite fascinated with the towering stone statues that over look the pools, and I found myself snapping away with the camera before I had to remind myself that I had come for lunch!
SUNDAY LUNCH AT SANTAN RESTAURANT
I was greeted at the door by a staff member of Santan, she asked for my name and checked it against her booking list. I was then escorted to my table which faced the large windows overlooking the impressive garden area. I was shown the menu and the lady looking after me explained how it all worked and asked me what option I would like to go with.
You will also receive the chef’s selection of freshly cooked small plated meals that are not on the menu – they tend to come out as a surprise. The meal is extraordinary and offers many authentic local cuisines – all fresh and very tasty.
Once the formalities were done with and my order was taken, I immediately gravitated toward the dessert display. Everything was perfectly put in place and when one item was taken another was quickly put in the missing spot. I did actually see guests go and start with dessert straight up as they did look irresistible!
Now first up I decided that I would begin with the local menu and then I would order something off the appetizer menu as I knew I wouldn’t be able to do a main as well as the buffet, and I certainly wanted to have room for those desserts. The savoury selection included entree style dishes including tuna tartare, squid, chicken, a selection of cured meats and meats from the carvery. There were also vegetarian options.
Another chef’s choice – The beef filled ravioli.
At this point I was pretty much full with all this delicious food and honestly I needed a little rest before I decided to tackle the dessert.
Whilst I was eating my crispy ice-cream (which was delicious) another of the ‘chef’s choice’ arrived, this time it was chicken skewers and I had to refuse. My stomach was expanding at a rapid rate by now and I had moved on to dessert already. As my server could see that I was having a dessert she asked me what type of ice-cream would I like and seriously I don’t know why I said chocolate as I knew I couldn’t fit it in along with the lunch desserts I was going to get. So I took a break from eating for a little while and just sat and admired the view as I was seated at the window overlooking the garden.
So after lunch I needed to walk all this food off – I felt like I was carrying a food baby. I fixed up my bill and spent around ten minutes photographing the room. As I was leaving the staff member who greeted me at the door enquired as to how I enjoyed the lunch, of course I said it was magnificent. She thanked me personally by my name – Miss Made. I was impressed that this lady made a point of remembering my name, especially when there are a lot of people dining at this restaurant. I walked away with a rather large smile on my face.
The Seminyak Resort and Spa – Seminyak Bali
Jl. Kayu Aya
Seminyak 80361 Bali, Indonesia
Tele: T. (62-361) 730 814