You may have read ninakennett.net for the blogs about our 9 days holiday in Bali? Yes, I cocked up the flights in a big way. Ollie, BeBe and I left in the morning, and my Mary, Amy and Jude left in the evening of the same day. Dear me. So what does that mean to Ollie, BeBe and I? Well for one thing it means lunch just for the three of us. So this is my first restaurant review for Bali 2018 – this is Pantarei Restaurant, Seminyak, Bali. Amazing that we are in Indonesia, Bali and opt for Greek for our first food foray. Chatting to the staff though, this place has been here in Bali for 20 years already – means a lot to me. Let’s be having you then!!!
It was amazing food. Everything so so fresh, you can tell that immediately from the salad, fish, meats. It was seriously good. We went sort of tapas ++, and kept ordering more and more it was so good. We ended up sitting here, eating, drinking and watching the world go by for hours, and then I had to scoot to the airport to pick up Kennett contingent #2 arrive at 1930. Pantarei Restaurant, Seminyak, Bali is just quality. If you want Mediterranean whilst in Seminyak, look no further. Just brilliant.
Here we go…
Best seats in the house. Cozy ones right next to the main drag. We had hours of watching so many different humans walking back and forth, whilst supping Bintang, and munching on amazing food. My kind of heaven!!!
Meanwhile in parallel these two are on their way – hurry up munchkins, missing you already!
Here is some of the initial spread – how good does that look. But let’s get in closer, devil is in the detail and all that. Oh boy this looks so so good.
First up would be my small Greek salad. Unassuming, maybe even boring, but… This was as fresh as picked there and then. A stunning red wine vinaigrette to boot. I love salad with a fair bit of salt, so doused a wee bit on and BOOM. Those tomatoes were to die for, with the red onion, vinaigrette, some capsicum and that cheese – with the occasional salty olive pop – holy shit. Just so simply sublime. I could have easily wolfed down another, easily!
Oh my goodness look at these little buggers. Greek Spring rolls, in effect, but with a twist… These are called Pastourma Bourek. Filo pastry, Greek style spring roll stuffed with pastrami, cheddar cheese, and tomato – then deep fried. I mean come on, really. Apparently goes back to Byzantine times, curing meats, hey presto pastrami. This was nuts good – another Bintang please sweetheart. Yep this is BEER FOOD right here…
Ollie gets in there with a classic, with a surprising twist when served. This is their Lamb Gyros. But check it out, it is deconstructed. Genius, DIY gyros. Believe me this was superb. Personally for me I would have had a wee bit more chilli sauce, but that is just me. Legendary!!!
BeBe kicks in with Greek fish soup. Again plain and simple title for the dish, with complex undertones. She said this was amazing, and she could tell the fish was super fresh – likely from that morning’s catch would be my guess. It’s basically shredded snapper in a vegetable broth – check those colours, wow!
OMG this was winner winner chicken dinner. Shiok, die die must try. Lahano Dolmades, AKA stuffed cabbage leaves, with minced beef and rice, in this off the charts egg and lemon sauce. Silky smooth sauce with this rather rustic cabbage dish atop. This was heavenly. I believe some mint in there, with some dill methinks too. This was an amaze-balls dish – LOVED it!!!
Even the ‘plain and simple’ Hummus was off the charts. Served almost ice-cream scoop like, loving that already. This was nutty and heavy on the garlic. Oh yes, this was indeed very very good.
Who’s happy, who’s happy? We’s happy. Cracking joint. We washed the food down with Bintang, Mango Juice, Honey Lassi, and Mango Lassi. Huge amounts of food. We ate and drank all afternoon and spent about $90 all up – I mean come on, amazing value for money.
We didn’t realise (because I don’t any more) that we were at front in smoking section, but when you came to the back you have this seating too. Just stunning. Open kitchen too so you can watch the gang prepping, and grilling away as you chat.
In Australia when you are drinking and you reach that time to go home, but you fancy one more you have a ‘roadie’. Well here is ours today. And OMG what a food roadie this was. Here is their Cheese Saganaki. Wait a minute, this is what… this is Saganaki Cheese that is battered and deep fried, and served with pita. Stop the bus!!! This was INSANELY good. What an end to an amazing lunch.
Pantarei Restaurant, Seminyak, Bali be proud, because that was one amazing lunch. Your staff were fantastic too, happy happy and chatty. We had lunch on 24/12 FYI – please say thank you again to the team. It was just a brilliant serving of super fresh food, food that had us all wanting to try more and more. I wish we had had more time in Seminyak to experience more. For sure when we come back to Bali we’ll be back to see you guys, and folks believe me, go here to eat because I guarantee you will – ENJOY!!!