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Bumbu Bali @ Bandar Puteri Puchong

rif has been talking about going to Bumbu Bali for weeks because he has never tried Balinese food. I tried Waterlily Cafe with my friends a few years back so I wasn’t as gung ho as he was.Located in a double-storey shoplot in Bandar Puteri Puchong, the interior is decorated Balinese-style with statues, handicraft and wooden furnitures on display. Apparently, they are all imported from Ubud, Bali. The restaurant lighting is quite dim, great for romantics but not so good for photo taking. Luckily, we got there around 6.45pm because by 7.30pm, the place was fully occupied on both floors. The Avocado Shake (RM9) was thick, milky and not overly sweet. It tasted a lot like vanilla milkshake with a subtle hint of avocado. The chocolate drizzle gave the shake an extra oomph! We liked this a lot. Since I’ve heard so many people rave about the Nasi Campur Bumbu Bali (RM31), I ordered that. You get a choice of chicken or beef rendang, and I went for the former. The platter comes with white rice topped with fried shallots, sate lilit, grilled prawns, grilled fish, grilled squid, rendang and kangkung with sambal matah and sambal terasi.Sambal matah is a mixture of oil with raw shallots, lemongrass, bird’s eye chilli and garlic. The sambal terasi is similar to the Malaysian sambal belacan, but it is more pungent because terasi is a very condensed shrimp paste. rif and I liked the sambals, especially the sambal matah.

Sate Lilit is a mixture of minced chicken, fish, prawns and squid wrapped around a lemongrass stalk and grilled. The aroma of lemongrass was well infused in the mixture. I enjoyed this, but rif thought it was average. The fish and squid were fresh and tender with a distinct taste from the Balinese spices but the prawns were not fresh. I thought the chicken rendang was nothing to shout about. Since I got the breast meat, it was dry and hard. I reckon the beef rendang would have tasted better. rif ordered the Siap Mepanggang (RM24), one of Bali’s most traditional dishes. It consists of Nasi Kuning (yellow rice), half a barbecued Balinese chicken with kangkung and repemyeh (crackers made from anchovies). The long-grained rice is flavoured with turmeric, lemongrass and ginger, and cooked in lightly seasoned coconut milk. The grains were fluffy and well separated. This was better and more interesting compared to my white rice. His platter also came with sambal matah and sambal belacan. The chicken, marinated in coconut milk and spices was fragrant and tender. I preferred this to my chicken rendang. I noticed they use a lot of lemongrass, shallots and coconut milk in the cooking.

All the above cost us RM80.30 inclusive of 5% tax and service charge. While the food was quite good, I found it pricey despite the decent portions. Not something I would eat on a regular basis, but on special occasions, yes. Thanks for dinner rif!

Ambiance: 6.5/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 7.5/10 (pork-free)
Verdict: Pretty good food and generous portions at mid-range prices.

Bumbu Bali
18 & 18-1,
Jln Persiaran Puteri 1,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong.
03 8061 8699

14 Responses

  1. taufulou

    eh, get the 1st 1 to comment?:)

    never been to this place yet..but heard that it was the ori of Ole Ole Bali at Solaris. The food there is good.
    will there here 1 day~

  2. worldwindows

    I have eaten in this place a couple of occasions and find the food too salty all the time. I stopped going altogether since 3-4 years ago. I am surprised they are packing in the crowds. Must have improved alot.

  3. SimpleGirl

    the western food n laksa also not bad….

  4. thule a.k.a leo

    The owner is a Chinese whose wife is from Bali… and boy she can whip out amazing Balinese dishes… came here once few years back but I had not started blogging at that time.

    Anyway, if I'm not mistaken… he's the same owner for Ole-Ole Bali in Solaris and Sunway Pyramid.

  5. Frat Mustard

    Been here twice… awesome meal on both accounts! Portions are generous.

    Can be warm on a humid/hot day… so dress suitably.

  6. "Joe" who is constantly craving

    huge portions of abit of everything here n there..looks quite appetising though..

  7. EVo

    I think bumbu bali's great. food's fine, ambience is good too. but i think ole ole bali has a slight edge over it. the deco at soho kl's real comfy and not overly-traditional. have u tried it there?

  8. PureGlutton

    This is an immensely popular place – always full & doing a roaring biz! Luv the deco too. Food is also interesting.

  9. Bangsar-bAbE

    PureGlutton – I think it used to be more popular a few years back. Yes, interesting food selection! =)

    EVo – Walked past ole ole bali many times, but have yet to try it. Will make it a point to try…I hope it won't put a dent in my wallet!

    Joe – Food was quite good, portion wise…just right me! =P

    Frat – Agree, it was slightly humid that night! Lucky thing I wore shorts.

  10. Bangsar-bAbE

    leo – Really? Then I guess ole ole bali should be good too! *lazy to drive so far away*

    SimpleGirl – Ooooooohh…more things to try!

    worldwindows – The food was generally more salty, but it was still tasty. I guess it's more of personal preference. 😉

    taufulou – If you like ole ole bali, then bumbu bali should be quite good also lor! =D

  11. Stanley

    I'm drooling already. Just came back from Bali so I'm still craving for their local food. Had something similar to the Nasi Bumbu Bali. Cheers!

  12. Sugar Bean

    Prawns were not fresh? The last time I went there everything was really good. Wonder if their quality dropped… I remember the serving was quite large, shared around with my friends. 🙂

  13. My Taste Heaven

    Heard about this place before, but i think they are quite expensive!

  14. Bangsar-bAbE

    My Taste Heaven – Yup…cannot go often. =(

    Sugar Bean – The one I had was not fresh, but everything else was good. Hahaha…I had the whole platter myself! Greedy me! =P

    Stanley – Lucky you! I also wanna go Bali…

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