Bali & Spice @ Da:men USJ, Subang Jaya
May 7, 2016
Bali & Spice is wrapped in warm smiles, courtesy of the cheerful service team & the black-&-white portraits of Balinese residents that were taken specially for this restaurant. It's no surprise that this is becoming one of the Da:men mall's busiest eateries, with the sight, sound & scent of grilling from an open kitchen setting the scene for a fun feast of Balinese flavours.
Head here hungry: Bali & Spice's signature platters prove heartier than predicted, each a cornucopia of potently marinated meat or seafood, complemented by possibilities that range from nasi kuning (turmeric rice) to seasoned fried potatoes, tempeh-&-bean salads to anchovy crackers, plus flavour-packed, fiery condiments like sambal matah & sambal terasi. One introduction to this venue could be the Bali Trio (RM49; ideal for sharing), which includes sate lilit (minced chicken & seafood skewers) on lemongrass stalks, cumi-cumi goreng (deep-fried squid) & sayap panggang (grilled chicken wings), partnered with sambal & coriander mayo. We enjoyed everything we sampled - iga sampi bakar (RM43; char-broiled beef ribs with coconut & palm sugar, teamed with tamarind peanut sauce), kambing bumbu (RM33; stir-fried minced lamb with chilli & spices) & siap mepanggang (RM31; half a char-broiled chicken with spicy coconut sauce), rich & robust, in huge portions. Some of these offerings may seem familiar: Bali & Spice is helmed by the experienced team that runs the Ole-Ole Bali family of restaurants.
Other dishes, desserts & drinks also convey memorable dynamics - thumbs up for the tipat cantuk (RM19), a warm vegetable salad with delectable dimensions, assembling grilled chicken with deep-fried tofu, rice cakes & hard-boiled eggs, a pleasure when mixed together with Bali & Spice's tamarind peanut dressing. For customers who love fusion recipes, check out the Balinese aglio olio, an addictive indulgence of sauteed pasta flavoured with sambal matah, diced tomatoes, fried shallots & lime, tossed with a choice of grilled prawns, fish & squid (RM35), sauteed lamb (RM29) or grilled chicken (RM27). Don't skip dessert - both the Pisang Bakar (RM13; grilled caramelised banana with premium vanilla ice cream, sweet shredded coconut & peanut candy toppings) & Es Campur (RM15; an ice-blended ensemble with sago, jackfruit, banana, honeydew, watermelon & shredded coconut) are lip-smacking enough to merit their significant calories. Wash down with the avocado-endowed kopi apokat (RM15), a cinnamon-tinged, froth-layered espresso (RM15), chilli-mango soda mocktail (RM13) & creamy pulut hitam blend of coconut milk with palm sugar & black glutinous rice (RM12). Many thanks to the Bali & Spice team for having us here.
Bali & Spice by Ole-Ole Bali
LG-17, Lower Ground Floor, Da:men USJ 1, Subang Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 11am-10pm. Tel: 03-8011-8752
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