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Jimbaran Beach Seafood

10 October 2010 2 Comments

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Jimbaran (Kedonganan) beach at sunset

Mention ‘sunset’ and ‘seafood’ to any seasoned Bali traveller, and the first word that springs up in their mind will likely be “Jimbaran”. Located to the south of Denpasar airport, Jimbaran has long maintained its reputation for good and exceptionally fresh seafood. Fishing boats can be seen parked just off the coast; these vessels probably provide their daily catch of fresh seafood to the restaurants lining the beach.

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Jimbaran (Kedonganan) Beach before the crowd starts pouring in

Another factor that contributes to Jimbaran’s popularity among seafood lovers (and often the only reason for non-seafood lovers to be there) is its geographical layout. Aligned almost perfectly with the north-south axis, the beach provides an ideal setting for sunset watching. The restaurants are not oblivious to this, many tables are placed along the beach facing westward, allowing guests to bask in the glorious orange light while waiting for their dinner to be cooked. It would be advisable to make prior reservations for the front seats, as they are almost always taken early. If reservations are not possible, at least one should try to go early to get the remaining outdoor tables. Reaching around sunset would almost certainly mean sitting indoors.

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Hors D’oeuvres a la Jimbaran

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Typical Jimbaran set meal for two

There are many restaurants lined up side by side along Jimbaran beach. While most of them offer pretty much the same things (grilled seafood), the quality of the cooking and the price may differ greatly. If you don’t already have a preferred restaurant, visit at least a few to see the quality of seafood served, and to negotiate the price. It is also good to know that many taxi drivers get a commission for introducing customers to some of these establishments. If you ask them to bring you to Jimbaran and not specify a restaurant, they might bring you to one which gives them the fattest commission (more often than not also the most expensive place).

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You can have your seafood cooked any way you want, so long as it’s grilled

Another point we wish to highlight: what is commonly referred to as Jimbaran could actually mean three stretches of beaches (from north to south: Kedonganan, Jimbaran, and Muaya). All three are lined with seafood restaurants, and each have their own niches. Kedonganan is the most upmarket of the three areas, hence the pricing there is usually the most expensive. Some of the restaurants there offer free pick ups from nearby areas. Muaya restaurants offer the cheapest prices but are located furthest south, away from Kuta. Located in the middle, Jimbaran is arguably the best spot to watch the sunset, as your view is not obstructed by the airport to the north nor the cliffs of Uluwatu to the south.

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Rows of Restaurants at Jimbaran (Muaya) beach

Our personal pick is the Menega Café at Muaya beach. We highly recommend the grilled clam and crab, both of which are grilled to such perfection that the meat is still moist and succulent when served. Combined with the delicious marinade, these are some of the best grilled seafood items we ever tasted. The prices were also very reasonable; we had a meal for six persons for less than 700,000 rupiah (78 USD). Should your driver say that he is unfamiliar with this restaurant, ask him to go to Muaya beach, near Four Seasons hotel. From there, walk along the row of restaurants and take a pick.

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Menega Cafe entrance

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Choosing your dinner at Menega Cafe

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Sunset View from table at Menega Cafe

Travel Info

Menega Café
Jln Four Seasons Hotel
Muaya Beach, Jimbaran – Bali
Tel: 62-361-705888
Website http://www.menega.com/cafe.html

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2 Comments »

  • Tom Blanco said:

    Jimbaran Bay got a brand-new section with seafood restaurants: “Kelan Beach” is located at the very northern part of Jimbaran Bay, north of the traditional fish market. If you are staying in the Kuta area this is probably the nearest location where you can sit right on the beach with your feet in the sand while having dinner and watching the beautiful sunset.

  • Cindy Bali said:

    We’ve been to Bawang Merah beachfront restaurant and found the food delicious! It is at the northernmost stretch of Jimbaran bay, therefore bit tricky to find, a few new cafes recently have opened there.

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