Ole-Ole Bali

Update: This business has ceased its operations.

The location of choice today is Ole-Ole Bali in Solaris Mont Kiara. It’s in the middle of the affluent business/residential area, so this is not one of the places to find affordable food.
I must say that I am very impressed with the décor that Ole-Ole Bali has to offer. They must have invested substantially to give the whole place an authentic Balinese atmosphere. Even the piped music sounds exotic, making you feel that you have just been teleported to Bali.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. This raises the question why anyone would even bother to order burgers or pasta from the menu (which they do offer anyway). Without much hesitation, we immediately flipped the menu to the page where it says “Best of the East”.
The Bali Trio is an obvious choice. It comes with BBQ chicken wings, satay lilit and fried squid. All three were great to the taste buds! Be sure to try out the sauces that come with it. They go well with the respective dishes.
Next on the line is Nasi Campur. This consists of grilled lemongrass prawns, fried squid, grilled fish and chicken or beef rendang (we picked chicken). Merely by taste alone, we knew that the seafood is very fresh!
Moving on, we also ordered Siap Bumbu, which features a generous piece of chicken thigh with marinated with lemongrass, roasted till golden brown. This dish is served with yellow kunyit rice. This dish is among my favorite, as the marinating really blends well with the chicken.
Last but not least, Cumi Metumis was on the table. This dish features a serving of stir-fried squid with several types of spices and peppers. Personally, I feel that the squid is a little too oily, although still falls within what I consider acceptable.
Most dishes are served with a piece of rempeyek, which is deep-fried anchovy cracker. It is preferable to consume it while it is warm and still crispy, something that we failed to realize. Another special side dish for most dishes is the bean salad, or lawar kacang as the menu says. I didn’t know that beans can make an impressive side, but Ole-Ole Bali proved me wrong.

Overall, the dining experience in Ole-Ole Bali is excellent and satisfactory. It costs around RM30 to RM40 for a dish, so the bill added up to over RM150 for a table of 4. This is one of the few places that I will visit again soon to try other dishes, but not so often because of the damage it just made to my wallet!

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