I came for dinner alone on this particular evening at Potato Head Beach Club, and was early enough to get one of the spacious sofa tables near the bar area where I could people watch.
There were many types of diners that night, couples, friends, families, tourists and locals alike. As the night progressed, more tourists streamed in, heading straight to the bar, presumably for a long party night ahead.
Given the large lunch earlier that day, I decided to stick to light bites.
First up, Sardines with fennel slaw, chermoula, parsley, lemon & pork chorizo served on toast. The platter came with 3 pretty sizable pieces, enough to make a main course! The sardine was well-grilled, moist and savory. The addition of dill and parsley to the slaw added a lot of punch to each bite. The aroma and sharpness of the herbs cut across the sauce but still worked very well to pair with the fish. (Great idea to perk up any plain salad sauce at home!)
Next, the Papua mangrove soft shell crab served with chinese steam buns, cucumber, wasabi, spring onion and coriander. If the buns look familiar, they are the same ones with kong bak bao (chinese steam buns with braised pork belly). Soft, fluffy and slightly sweet. Who doesn’t like deep fried soft shell crab?? Wedge a piece (after drizzling some lime) into the bun, add condiments and sauce, and enjoy as you sink your teeth into this wonderful soft, sweet, crispy, salty, savory, juicy sandiwich. Umami!
To accompany the seafood bites, try it with the local white wine. I chose the 2013 Chardonnay by Bali winery Artisan. The grapes are grown in Australia and Artisan has done a great job to producing an excellant chardonnay that I think can rival international wineries. The taste is fresh and crisp, with a light citrus and apple, very refreshing indeed when served chilled. (Artisan’s website here)
As the evening progressed, the patrons at the bar next to my table started to spill over to my side. To prevent any accidents with the bottle of wine sitting on a dumb waiter, the servers took initiative to come over and move the bottle several times away from the growing crowd. I returned their cheeky grins with one of mine too, knowing that a potential accident was averted.
I left the place feeling very pleased. The food was beyond my expectation and very comparable to top restaurants without the pomp and fanfare, the staff friendly and helpful. Hopefully the next time I come, it would be in the daytime hanging around the pool!
Potato Head Beach Club
Jalan Petitenget 51 B | Seminyak, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 4737979