Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie, Bali

Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie, Bali

Have I mentioned before that I’m the type of person who eats dessert for lunch? I know it sounds weird but I obviously don’t mind just eating cakes instead of heavy meal. So this afternoon I visited Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie (the name reminds me of TWG Tea Salon) in Kerobokan area. The place was rather empty with only one group of ang mohs having brunch. After I had seated, a staff handed me a menu book and informed me that hot meals and some beverage menus were not available due to the blackout (yes they’re having power failure that time, no wonder it felt so hot as the place was supposed to be aircon-ed)!. That being said, I could only order their cakes and cold beverages like iced teas and mojitos. Oh well, I was disappointed but it wouldn’t be nice to leave – I thought it would be offensive to them lol.

photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b052b06Anyway, the place still looks pretty despite the blackout (luckily I came on the daytime, otherwise I would not be able to appreciate the beautiful interior in the dark right?). I sat right next to the window – enough to make me feel like staying in an old English house in the countryside haha. I adore the Parisian-style decor with turquoise pastel color – it looks so chic and enchanting.

photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b112b47The outdoor area looks narrow but Instagrammable

photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b122b28Ice Tea – IDR20,000
I wanted to have a cup of hot cappuccino or latte to go with the cakes but since hot drinks were not available, I got myself a glass of iced tea instead. The drink was forgettable but the presentation looked chio haha.

photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b112b35photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b142b10Nutella Croissant – IDR18,000
From the bread selection, my pick went to this Nutella croissant. The croissant itself has several variants like almond, Nutella, green tea and salted egg yolk. I wanted to have the salted egg one, but for the second time I was made disappointed for not being able to order it as they would need a microwave to re-heat the croissant. Okay fine. Even though it was not served warm, the croissant was still enjoyable. Besides having flaky skin, the texture was soft and slightly chewy. The Nutella filling was generous as well albeit not flowy as I thought it would be.

photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b112b56Green Tea Eclair – IDR32,000
Besides Nutella croissant, I got myself a piece of green tea eclair too because why didn't I indulge myself with the best of both worlds (I'm talking about Nutella and green tea here)? The choux was a tad dry for my liking. The green tea filling was clotted when I cut the choux but nevertheless it was delicious and it had a delightful green tea scent.

photo2b11-16-16252c2b112b082b50It was a good tai tai time spent at Angelita, although it would be much better if there wasn't any blackout haha. It was so awkward without any background music – the place was so quiet that even the staffs talked to each other whispering lol). The desserts were all good, if only they were not that pricey. I felt heavy-hearted paying 15% tax and service charge for two small cakes and a glass of iced tea *sobs*. But overall, I would recommend this place to visit when you are in Bali. Indulge in the princessy atmosphere and get your camera ready all the time as every corner is worth an Instagram post. FYI, they also have afternoon tea package on weekends (yup, it's available on weekends only – what’s the point of calling themselves a tea salon then haha).

Jl. Raya Kerobokan 10A
Banjar Taman, Kerobokan
Bali, Indonesia 80361
IG: angelitapatisserie
Opening hours: 8am – 7pm (Mon – Thu) / 8am – 8pm (Fri – Sun)

Panama Kitchen & Pool, Bali

Panama Kitchen & Pool, Bali

Introducing the new cool kid in Canggu: Panama Kitchen & Pool! From the outside, this place looked just like another takeaway drink stall but once I stepped in, the feeling was out of this world. In an instant, I was transported to Santorini. When my friend and I arrived at the place, a staff gladly welcomed us and she informed us that there was a minimum transaction of IDR70,000 per head, and with this amount we were allowed to enjoy the pool facility. Anyway, isn’t it amazing that we could visit three cities at once? The place is called Panama, it’s located in Bali and it looks like Santorini haha.

Photo 1-12-17, 11 56 42Photo 1-12-17, 12 30 24Photo 1-12-17, 13 08 46IMG_2848 - CopyIMG_2823IMG_2818This is the main dining area. The open-window concept makes the place naturally bright and breezy. The combination of white and soft blue color looks soothing here.

Photo 1-12-17, 12 16 47Photo 1-12-17, 12 11 34 (1)Photo 1-12-17, 12 16 39Photo 1-12-17, 12 12 10The outdoor area gives you a glimpse of how heaven looks like (I know it’s hyperbolic but yup, that’s how I felt). White walls, blue pool that makes you want to splash yourself in, lazy chairs by the poolside… Ah, I couldn’t afford (yet) to go to Santorini but for now let me pretend I was there lol.

Photo 1-12-17, 12 22 53.jpgIced Coffee with Milk – IDR30,000
It’s the only type of iced coffee available and it disappointed me as I wanted to have my regular iced mocha! It tasted awful and diluted. See that layer of water on top? Well, they are supposed to use espresso ice cubes instead of normal ones to prevent the ice cubes from diluting the drink.

Photo 1-12-17, 12 22 42Lemon Squash – IDR40,000
My friend said it was refreshing but a little bit too sour for her liking.

Photo 1-12-17, 12 21 54Photo 1-12-17, 12 21 44Pulled-Pork Benedict – IDR55,000
Panama’s breakfast menu is available from 7am to 1pm. For her late breakfast, my friend had this eggs benedict. Instead of using baked ham or bacon, Panama’s rendition substitutes those two with pulled pork. The egg is served with side salad consisting of pineapple, watercress, red radish and Al Pastor dressing. Eggs ben could be hit and miss, but there was a weird sourish taste from the pork, so it might not be my hit. Nonetheless, it was an okay dish.

Photo 1-12-17, 12 22 16Photo 1-12-17, 12 22 32Early Net Catch – IDR65,000
There is nothing more satisfying than having a full-plate breakfast; however, I somehow regretted ordering this. The scrambled eggs and bacon were dry, the toasted bread was stone-hard, and the sausages were too salty. The only saving graces were perhaps the nicely-sauteed mushrooms and the sweet corn on the cob.

Photo 1-13-17, 03 02 51Sorry I couldn’t hold back my ‘sian’ face haha

IMG_2813Photo 1-12-17, 13 08 04IMG_2735I super love every corner in Panama, they seemed to call me to Instagram them! As long as you don’t set your expectation too high on the food and just come to have fun, I guarantee you’re gonna have a splendid time here. Kudos to the staffs too, they were all friendly (in fact I enjoyed chatting with them) and always ready to help you with your photo-takings.

Jl. Raya Pantai Berawa 13, Canggu
Bali, Indonesia 80361
IG: sunofpanama
Opening hours: 7am – 10pm

The Lawn, Bali

The Lawn, Bali

The Lawn is a cool hang out place in Canggu with picnic-on-the-grass concept. The grass field has an unobstructed view of the beach, making it a great spot to catch the sunset. While relaxing, you can enjoy some food and drink. On our off-day, I dragged my friend here as I wanted to pose with The Lawn’s Insta-famous swing; however, to my disappointment, the swing was under renovation (or it had been taken out?).

Photo 1-12-17, 15 34 15.jpgThe green grass seemed like calling me to just sit on it and relax all day

Photo 1-12-17, 15 40 41Photo 1-12-17, 15 40 45They also have semi-indoor and rooftop areas – how cool is that?

Photo 1-12-17, 14 24 18Complimentary lemon-infused water was served to us right after we were seated. To be honest I didn’t like the infused water, somemore it wasn’t served cold ugh. Since it was free stuff, I couldn’t really complain.

Photo 1-12-17, 14 18 29Photo 1-12-17, 14 18 40Peanut Butter Banana – IDR40,000
Forget about coffee! Since we were chilling by the beach, I thought it was the norm to order something fruity. I got myself PBB smoothie, which was a mix of banana, peanut butter, dates and vanilla ice cream. It’s damn good, I swear. I supposed they used almond mylk or some other dairy-free ingredient as it tasted distinctive. Not forgetting the fact that it’s healthy and protein-packed as well.

Photo 1-12-17, 14 19 47Maca Maca – IDR60,000
My friend ordered Maca Maca, which was made of blueberries, maca powder, almond milk, dates and honey. FYI, maca powder is made of maca root (some kind of Peruvian ginseng), and it’s gaining popularity as superfood and supplement. The blueberry flavor was dominant in this drink. My friend said it tasted weird at first but eventually turned nice after a few sips lol.

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My #lifegoal is actually to look naturally happy in every picture haha

The food and drink here are expensive but I guess it’s okay to indulge and enjoy life once in a while haha. I didn’t stay here until sunset, but I would obviously like to give this place another visit to catch the sunset. Do come early to chope the prime spot for sunset-watching!

Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu
Bali, Indonesia 80361

IG: thelawncanggu
Opening hours: 11am – 11pm

The Fat Turtle, Bali

The Fat Turtle, Bali

The Fat Turtle is a small cafe that serves all day breakfast, desserts and coffee. It is located on Jl. Petitenget next to Deus ex Machina shop and opposite Potato Head Beach Club main gate. When I visited this cafe, 90% of the guests were foreigners – suddenly I felt like I was somewhere in Australia haha.

The atmosphere was very laid-back. The sofa where I sat on was plied with coffee bean sack and I love how they converted a sewing table to a dining table.

Mocha – IDR28,000

Sadly enough, my hot mocha wasn’t very pleasant despite the beautifully crafted latte art. The caffeine wasn’t kicking enough and the chocolate flavor was faint.

img_1203-1Red Velvet Pancakes – IDR55,000
The Fat Turtle cafe is famous for its red velvet pancakes so I made sure to try it on my visit. I understood why. Major love for the pancakes! They were super fluffy and the cream cheese was not overly cheesy, just the way I liked it. There were only 4 pieces honeycomb but dayum I was a fan – they kinda reminded me of Garrett’s caramel popcorn. The vanilla ice cream and the chocolate soil created a perfect match together. Not just delicious, the presentation was a winner too, although the cream cheese slipped off the pancake when it was served haha. To my surprise, triple stack of pancake was more than enough to refuel my tummy.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time here. The pancake was just too good and I would definitely come back for it! If you are a sucker for pancake, The Fat Turtle is a place you simply cannot miss when you are in Bali.

Jl. Petitenget 886A, Seminyak
Bali, Indonesia 80361

IG: thefatturtlebali
Opening hours: 8am – 6pm

Cloud Cakes, Bali

Cloud Cakes, Bali

If Bangkok has a unicorn cafe, Bali has one too! In Level 21 Mall, there is a cafe called Cloud Cakes that will help channeling the girly side in you. Decorated with white and pastel pink colors, it’s definitely irresistible for every girl (including me!) not to take pictures here. I could not help but repeating the word ‘cute’ throughout my stay.

Photo 12-13-16, 17 59 48Judging from the name ‘Cloud Cakes’, you are right to guess that this cafe sells sweet stuff. Besides, it also has a few kinds of savory food like rainbow spaghetti (yes, you read it right, the spaghetti here does look colorful) and sandwiches.

Photo 12-13-16, 18 12 13Thai Milk Tea Bobba – IDR25,000
The drink was served inside a ‘light bulb’ and adorned with cotton candy on top. Cotton candy made everything prettier indeed, but to be honest its stickiness really bothered me. The Thai tea was actually good, but the pearl given was too little!

Photo 12-13-16, 18 05 52Left: The Simpsons – IDR6,500
Doesn’t the donut remind you of The Simpsons movie? Taste-wise, it’s just okay – not fantastic but I’m not complaining either.

Right: Panda Pie – IDR6,500
I didn’t get why it was named pie when it looked more like donut with vanilla glaze and Oreo garnish haha. If you are a fan of Oreo, this one is made for you.

Photo 12-13-16, 18 12 56Photo 12-13-16, 18 21 35Photo 12-13-16, 18 14 21IMG_3637Photo 12-13-16, 18 11 43Photo 12-13-16, 18 07 56IMG_3633Cloud Cakes is a place where your fairy tale dreams come true. If you are a fan of cotton candy, pastel color and unicorn, you really cannot miss a visit to this cafe. If you bring your boyfriend here, don’t forget to thank him for bearing with his disinterest while accompanying you. Kidding!

Level 21 Mall, Ground Floor
Jl. Teuku Umar 1, Denpasar
Bali, Indonesia 80113
IG: cloudcakes_
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm

Kedai Singapura, Bali

Kedai Singapura, Bali

I always have a thing for Hainanese chicken rice. Even before I moved to Singapore, I had been a regular consumer of chicken rice in my hometown. After Surabaya and Singapore, now let me introduce you to Kedai Singapura, a place to get decent chicken rice in the island of gods, Bali. It is situated on Jl. Uluwatu, just across Warung Mami.

Photo 2-3-17, 11 09 27Before I start talking more about their chicken rice, could we say yay to this free stuff? Upon seating, the staff will serve a glass of plain hot tea to guests as welcome drink.

Photo 2-3-17, 11 11 00Ice Chocolate Milo – IDR10,000
Although I was already given a glass of free tea, Bali’s effin’ hot weather was still unforgivable that I needed to get something to cool myself down. This usual iced Milo was so delightful to consume during the daytime.

Photo 2-3-17, 11 14 54Photo 2-3-17, 11 15 34Photo 2-3-17, 11 17 57Photo 2-3-17, 11 15 14Nasi Ayam Hainan Komplit Panggang (Paha) – IDR45,000
The roasted chicken thigh came with a bowl of soup with lettuce and diced tofu inside, veggie, half boiled egg, and my favorite ginger dipping sauce yum! The chicken meat was so tender and well-marinated. The rice was slightly oily but that’s what made it delectable. I felt full eating this chicken rice set.

In my opinion, Kedai Singapura’s chicken rice is by far the best one in Bali. The price for a plate of chicken rice here equals to the one sold in Singapore hawkers ($4.50), which is not very cheap for Indonesian standard. But I guess the price is worth paying since I heard all ingredients are directly imported from the Lion City to ensure the authenticity of the dish.

Jl. Uluwatu II/168
Ruko Kalimas Arcade, Jimbaran
Bali, Indonesia 80361
IG: kedaisingapura
Opening hours: 8am – 9pm (closed on Mon)

Cosmic Diner, Bali

Cosmic Diner, Bali

Want to feel the American dining sensation in Bali? Head to Cosmic Diner, a restaurant that brings you back to the retro era in the 60’s. Cosmic Diner has 3 outlets in Bali: Sunset Star, Lippo Mall and Sanur Arcade – this time I visited the Sunset Star outlet. Since it is an American diner, the food served here is American staples like burgers, pastas and shakes, plus some all-day breakfast items.

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I sat on the second floor and it was nearly empty that time (which was good, so I could ask for the staff’s help to take as many pics as I like since they weren’t very busy – what an excuse huh?). I really like the interior, every corner here just looks so photogenic! The checkered tiles, vintage knick-knacks and retro background music transported me back instantly to the 60’s era. I’m a 90’s kid, but somehow I felt so nostalgic!

Iced Nutella Latte – IDR30,000
This drink was a disappointment as I could barely taste any Nutella flavor. Furthermore, the serving was small for the price paid.

Fettuccine Meatball – IDR65,000
Thankfully, the food turned out great. I enjoyed the sour and savory tomato sauce and the juicy meatballs made of premium Australian beef. The Grana Padano cheese on top added extra yum to the overall dish.

Overall, I enjoyed my solo lunch here. They got nice retro ambiance, decent food and pleasant service. I really look forward to the opening of American-style diner like this in my hometown Surabaya!

Sunset Star
Jl. Sunset Road, Legian
Bali, Indonesia 80361
IG: cosmicdinerbali
Opening hours: 10am – 11.30pm