When it comes to soup, I have always preferred something robustly flavoured over the clearer variety. And the spicy seafood soup was what I opted for at Sami Sami, Ayana Resort Bali. Prior to dinner, my friends and I enjoyed an evening of breathtaking view and cocktails at Rock Bar next door.
Sami Sami is a stylish open-air restaurant that serves rustic Italian cuisine and like Rock Bar, the restaurant also offers a view of the ocean. The spicy seafood soup (IDR120,000/USD10) was rich in flavour and served with crusty garlic bruschetta. Just the way I like it.
My lobster risotto (IDR180,000/USD16) was cooked al dente, while the saffron gave the dish a bold flavour and rich colour. Pretty good stuff. I preferred this to my friend’s roasted seabass (IDR210,000/USD18.50) fresh and firm, and served with saffron sauce and fried artichokes.
Dessert was a simple lemon sorbet (IDR35,000/USD3) and lemon tart (IDR90,000/USD8) shared between the three of us. And a cup of Italian coffee (IDR100,000/USD8.80) to cap off. Overall, I found the starter and mains pretty consistent in flavour and presentation, while dessert was a little less stellar.
The view at Sami Sami is beautiful especially if you catch the sunset. If al-fresco dining is your thing, this would be a good option. :)
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Food: 6.5/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Rustic Italian dishes with a view of the ocean.