Food Review: Balinese Food @ Bumbu Bali, Bandar Puteri Puchong

Bumbu Bali has been around for many years, and is well known among Puchong-ites for its Balinese and Western fusion dishes served in a relaxing atmosphere. Despite having lived in Puchong for almost all my life, I’ve only been here a couple of times because of its higher-than-average price.  But since it was the Bruh’s birthday, we decided to splurge on a nice meal. 🙂

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Dim lighting makes for an intimate setting, with cosy wooden chairs and tables, and one side of the restaurant adorned with various Balinese decorations like paintings and statues (some of these are for sale).

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The birthday boy had the Siap Mepaggang (RM31); BBQ chicken with spicy coconut sauce.

When it came we were taken aback by the humongous portion – they essentially served half a chicken on the plate. The dish also came with Nasi Kuning (rice with turmeric), various sambal sauces, Rempeyek (anchovy cracker), Lawar Kacang (beans salad) and sauteed kangkong. If you’re a small eater, I suggest sharing this.

Tried a bite and felt the chicken was a little dry, but this is quite common in Indonesian and Malay cooking (think dry rendang) and they seem to like the meat to be on the tough side rather than moist and juicy.

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Pops had the Nasi Campur (RM37), consisting of Balinese grilled lemongrass prawns, squid, fish, chicken rendang and sate lilit, as well as the same condiments as the Bruh’s set. Again, the portion was humongous, and even my dad who is a big eater had trouble finishing it.

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N and I shared the Seafood Platter (RM39), which had grilled fish fillet, squid and prawns. It came served with fries, fruit and a salad. The seafood was pretty good, with a nice smokiness.

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For snacks, we shared the fried chicken strips (RM17), served with garlic pepper sauce. This was mostly chicken skin but oh-so-addictive. The sauce was strong and garlicky.

I have to say that everything was salty though. Or maybe it’s just because my fam and I are used to milder flavours, because N said the seasoning was just right lol. It wasn’t that the food wasn’t tasty, it was just a bit on the salty side.

Service was excellent, although there seem to be wayyy too many servers – I think there must have been more than 10 of them to service 5 or 6 tables for dinner!

Owing to the big portions, its best to come in a group if you’re planning a visit. 🙂

BUMBU BALI 

18 & 18-1, Persiaran Puteri 1, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Open daily: 11AM – 11PM

 

Review: Tropical Spa, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

Been some time since I went to Setiawalk Puchong – the place seems to have lost its luster from when it used to be THE spot for Puchong-ites to hangout, just a couple of years ago. These days, weekends are still fairly busy, but visitors come mostly for the bars and the cinema. Some shops have closed down and lots lie vacant, but there are also a few new shops to check out. Saw a new massage/spa center there recently when I went to catch Logan at the theatre. They seemed to have some pretty value-for-money promotions, so I went to check it out.

The receptionist was very friendly and helpful, as she explained the different promotions and packages on offer. There were shorter treatments lasting an hour or so, but I opted for one with a 15-min footscrub, half hour herbal pouch treatment, and an hour aromatherapy massage (RM128 nett). Waited for 10 minutes for a therapist to be available, before I was ushered inside. The interior was too dark so I didn’t get to take any photos. Since it was a weekday afternoon, the place was empty and I could enjoy my treatment in peace and privacy.

PS: The therapists are Indonesian, not Thai, and they offer Balinese massages. Which I prefer over Thai anyway because they don’t stretch and pull you like cray.. not my cup of tea lol.

The footscrub was done in an open chamber with rows of cushy chairs. Soaked my feet in warm water scented with a bath bomb, and got them scrubbed and massaged. I was then led into a small room with a huge mirror and a bed. Soothing gamelan music played from the speakers overhead. My therapist was very friendly and all smiles – although she didn’t speak English, I could understand her Bahasa well. The pressure applied was just right and I actually dozed off a couple of times. The air conditioning was way cold though.

All in all, I think the service and environment was excellent. Considering how places like Thai Odyssey charge, I think this was value for money. Will return if I ever feel like splurging and pampering myself again.

PS: They also have branches in KL.

THE TROPICAL SPA – Setiawalk Puchong Branch 

C-5-G, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong
Puchong
Phone: 03-8600 1216
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM

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The Highlands of Kintamani, Bali

Hey guys! Here’s the next part of my Bali trip. We went to Kintamani, which is similar to Cameron Highlands here. Toto didn’t tell us the itinerary or I would’ve brought a jacket.. it was freezing up there. The journey took a good hour or so. The odd thing about ascending the mountains is that the roads are straight, not winding like how they are here.

The village offers excellent, panoramic views of the active volcano, Mount Batur (last major eruption in the 1960s) and Lake Batur.

Super frustrated at my phone camera. It refuses to take nice shots when in bright sunlight, turning out overexposed pictures instead. This doesn’t do it justice.

We got there at a bad time – it rained as soon as we finished lunch, but we had a good meal at an outdoor patio before it started pouring.

Wooden outdoor platform that you have to climb up on. The woven bamboo mat was very prickly. The buffet lunch was a scrumptious Balinese spread.

I couldn’t get enough of their goreng pisang (fried bananas). The deep fried brinjals and Balinese style satay (which is wrapped around thick sticks) was good too.

Our mountainside view. The restaurant was divided into a top platform and a lower platform, and situated right at the edge of the slope.

I really wished the weather had been better. The air here is very refreshing – like it had never been breathed in by any man yet. And the view of the mountain looming over the vast, sapphire-coloured lake is amazing. Will definitely want to come back here in the future, and hopefully the weather will be better then.

Getting There 

Private vehicles need to pay a 10,000 RP fee. There are two routes for cars coming from South Bali, from Ubud, and Besakih and Bangli. There are also shuttle buses from Ubud but advanced booking is required. From Denpasar, bemos and buses are available but travel time will take longer.