Of course we had to come to our mate Javier’s Bali version of the Singaporean favourite, Kilo. We had to. So I pre-booked Christmas Day lunch at his place. Yeah this was going to be good. Bring it on Kilo Restaurant, Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak. I recommend you taxi it to the restaurant, as we started walking and it is a jaunt believe me. BUT, after lunch and watching some guests with ‘local knowledge’ there are alleyways that cut straight through to the main drag saving about 20-30 minutes walk time. No BS. So walking became OK, just ask the staff for the shortcut home perhaps.
We had one little glitch to start with no one seemingly able to work out we had booked about 3 months ago, so we were sort of parked in the smoking area. We were sweaty, irritable now. Getting angry. But all was sorted in the end and inside we went for a cracking Christmas Lunch Feast. Javier – seriously my friend, bloody brilliant. Be proud fella!!! Oh yeah folks, if you are from Singapore, use your UOB card – a whopping 15% discount off all food – hell yeah, Kilo Restaurant, Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak, is a rocking!!! Jingle bells indeed!!!
Let’s have a look shall we.
OK OK – firstly – just check out this ‘on the way’ to Kilo snap – my kind of Christmas tree, I WANT ONE. In fact I think I consumed enough Bintang at Kilo to be able to make one for myself!!!
Very similar to Singapore locations as was, with concrete urban stylee, loving it. Bali to bamboo everywhere too. Nothing like a bit of greenery to whack up the appeal to just walk on in. Big courtyard area and then inside dining. Uber cool and clean. Fantastic art work on the walls, drifty tunes wafting around and probably the very best sing in the restrooms I have ever seen – my Amy thought it was a well…
Happy Christmas to family and friends all over the world, love to you all. OK that’s done, now let’s eat – woo hoo!!!
OMG – this is one of the dishes I ordered. And what a stunner for the first thing to be served up. How beautiful is it for a start! OK this is my Duck Tacos. But also check the deep fried chicken skin on the top, with chipotle and even an avocado cream. Get a little of that lime on top, and in your gob. Holy crap this is an explosion of texture and flavour all over the place. Absolutely superb. More please!!! This is a MUST try in my humble opinion.
Ollie gets in to the Lamb version of the Tacos. Again the playing is just stunning, colours galore, and you can see/sense the freshness of all the ingredients. Go on Ollie it’s going to be good, and 1000% confirmed as so by the licked clean plate. Again this is a complex dish with slow roast and pulled lamb, a herb crème fraîche, corn salsa, and smattering of jalapeño for some kick. BOOM!!!
Mary gets in to this rather spicy little devil. This is Kilo’s Tuna Balado Poke Bowl. Balado is the spice addition, as it is a local sambal. It is tuna tartare, with some salmon roe, lemon grass, sushi rice, avocado and fried onions. Sorry not the best photo from me, but again a stunning to look at dish. Mary, through the coughs and sweats (yes it’s spicy) said it was delicious. Ollie tried too and was unanimous.
Next up is Kilo Smash Burger. Beef patty, parmesan, huevo frito, house mustard mix, pickles, and fries. I liked it. Not best burger ever, but surely not the worst – me likes a tad more seasoning. Really tasty though. I think I am still WAY spoilt by the lamb tacos.
Yeah this is another stunner. Kilo’s Balinese Pork Bowl. It has Balinese sausage, pork of course, sambal matah and a stunning sunny side up egg. It looks good, and was consumed at the speed of light by BeBe – in my reckoning that is a bloody good sign!
Pork Banh Mi for the kidders. One little slip up from us. The orange looking sauce on the pork is a tad spicy for the kids, so some emergency stripping down took place. Still, it was seriously good, and also massive in size. So a mental note to oneself – one between two next time. It’s a cracker!
Oh my goodness. I mentioned cool drinks and cocktails were consumed. This one deserves a special mention. Goodness me. This is simply called; It’s all about mango. How complex is this cocktail; mango-infused rum, roasted mango, mango juice, lime, cajun pepper, cloves syrup (creamy-spice mango), homemade vanilla infused vodka, cucumber, mint, and lime. I kid you not. How complex is that. Like The Brady Bunch they are all perfect bedfellows/housemates. This is right up there as a top ever cocktail consumed by this mouth. This drink is deep, spicy, even Christmassy (with mulled wine hits in certain places due to the spices). A MUST have!!! And at about $12 it is a no brainer.
Now we get to dessert. I HAD to try this, I just HAD to. How can Javier and team put something like this on the menu and now have an inquisitive foodie demand to get in to it. This is Banana Parmesan Toast. See what I mean. Toasted bread with peanut butter, parmesan, banana slices, vanilla ice cream and caramel/sesame snaps. Fark me this is insanely good. We ALL got in to this. It was a sharing plate with lots of oooohs and ahhhhhs. GENIUS!!!
And to close comes Ollie’s dessert that he personally chose. Strawberry Pancake. Again a massive underplay of the dish complexity and amazing flavours within. Fluffy fluffy pancakes for a start. Creme freche, mint, walnuts, strawberries, a jam of some description and… The CALL OUT for me is the central pancake. See the green liquor? My friends this is Kilo’s BASIL CUSTARD. OMG. STOP THE BUS. Again, this is just genius. I am no dessert lover, but because these are savoury, they both topped dessert charts for me. They are both up there in heady heights, because of this!!!
There you have it folks our Christmas Lunch at the amazing Kilo Restaurant, Jalan Drupadi, Seminyak. Javier mate, that was a cracker. Washed down with Bintangs, Lychee Lemonades and the like, 6 VERY happy dining campers walked out. Such inspiring and creative dishes were on offer, plating was to perfection (OMG I am going back to Kilo Under Pressure days…). It’s a stellar lunch. This is a restaurant you simply must go to if in Bali, Seminyak. We had a ball – you will absolutely – ENJOY!!!