Affordable Fine Dining in Seminyak

Seminyak is the ultimate Aussie holiday destination. Just few hours away, beautiful tropical weather year-round, good surf, plenty of upmarket shops and now brimming with trendy health focused cafes and hip bars and fine dining restaurants. It feels almost like Bondi or Byron Bay but a whole lot cheaper and with far fewer hipsters.

Unlike elsewhere in Southeast Asia, Bali and particularly Seminyak does European food well. Since I LOVE Asian food, it has come as a real surprise to find myself choosing western over eastern in this region. Part of it is the thrill of getting it at such a great price.

View from the W Retreat & Spa Seminyak
W Retreat & Spa Seminyak

Our friend Sean suggested we go to French restaurant Metis for a nice dinner on our first trip to Bali last year. It was a highlight of the trip.

Cute reserved 'sign' waiting for us the first time we went to Metis
Cute reserved ‘sign’ waiting for us at our table the first time we went to Metis

I remember walking around the picturesque grounds glowing with soft, twinkling romantic lights and wondering if it would be the night that he would pop the question… and throwing a ridiculous fit much later that night when he didn’t.

Oh if only I’d known that we would return exactly one year later, married and on our honeymoon, with Sean to celebrate his birthday too!

Matt, Sean and I at Metis
Matt, Sean and I at Metis

The ambience at this restaurant is like no other in Seminyak. You are transported into a midnight summers dream. Tropical trees, trickling exotic vines and flaming torches frame the beautiful pink lotus pond gardens set against young rice paddy fields.

Lotus ponds at Metis, Seminyak
Lotus ponds at Metis, Seminyak

Both the food and service is flawless. Although I must say that I have yet to come across anywhere in Bali where I have had less than excellent service. Everyone is so super friendly and speaks great English.

The restaurant, Metis
The restaurant, Metis
The lounge bar, Metis
The lounge bar, Metis

The foie gras here is a standout and a real challenge to refuse even for vegetarians. Metis has a menu dedicated to foie gras itself.

The foie gras is truly hard to resist even for vegos
The foie gras is truly hard to resist even for vegos

You must try the Trilogy of Foie Gras, it is exquisite! We ordered this and the terrine which was also devine. Each morsel of sumptuous melt-in-your-mouth liver is complimented with a tangy fruit puree or compote and wine or liquor infused jellies. Heaven.

Terrine of Foie Gras and Trilogy of Foie Gras
Terrine of Foie Gras and Trilogy of Foie Gras

Our mains were also fabulous. Perfectly cooked and seasoned and great portion sizes – big enough to make the big man happy and leave room for dessert.

For mains we had:

“Cheek and Tongue” Braised New Zealand Beef Cheek and Ox – Tongue in Red Wine, Glazed Carrot, Caramelized Shallots, Soft Creamy Polenta, Shimeji, Cabernet Sauce

Slow Cooked Australian Lamb Shank Cannellini Beans, Kalé Leaves, Semi Dried Tomatoes

Atlantic Seabass Fillet “ à la Plancha ” (French Origin) Niçoise Végétables, Kalamata Coulis

Happy with our mains
Happy with our mains

The evening was capped off with the sweetest surprise when all of the wait staff came out bearing dessert while singing and clapping Happy Birthday to Sean.

The boys each had the Salted Butter Caramel Mille-feuille: classic mille-feuille made from salted butter caramel cream, almond crumbled and caramel sauce. I chickened out and settled for the home made ice cream in chocolate and ‘Tahitian’ vanilla however I did experience a pang of envy watching the boys and vowed to myself I would have my mille-feuille in France.

The ice cream certainly wasn’t your normal ice cream – decadently rich chocolate and vanilla flavours with textures so velvety smooth. As with all ice cream in Asia it must be scoffed down quickly before it melts 🙂

Coy birthday boy
Coy birthday boy
Happy Birthday Sean!
Happy Birthday Sean!
Salted caramel mille-feuille
Salted caramel mille-feuille
Home made ice cream - yum
Home made ice cream – yum

Can you believe that all of this, the two foie gras dishes, three mains plus sides of duck fat fries and mac ‘n’ cheese, three desserts and several beers and cocktails cost less than 1,400,000IDR (approx. NZ$150)?!

Make sure you book Metis in advance as it’s almost impossible to get a table if you walk in. I would recommend booking at least a month in advance.

The only thing I feel that could make this restaurant any better would be to have some air-conditioning so that those who’ve spent the time sprucing themselves up, end their evening looking similar to how they started, but that’s just me being a grinch!

[Metis: Jalam Petitenget No. 6 Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta, Bali | +62 361 4737 888 | +62 361 4730 777 | +62 811 393 0040 | info@metisbali.com]

All in all, hands down my favourite restaurant in Seminyak. What’s your favourite in Seminyak?

Lotus ponds at Metis
The beautiful lotus pond garden at Metis

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