Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Yogyakarta - Ikan Bakar Jimbaran: A Review

Galen is a huge lover of seafood (read- hugeeee). I tasked myself to find a place that would make him go mad and settled for Ikan Bakar Jimbaran. It has pretty awesome reviews on Tripadvisor, with special mentions of its food and atmosphere.

Entrance of Ikan Bakar Jimbaran

We took a taxi from Tigalima Homestay and headed north to Ikan Bakar Jimbaran. The ride was about 15 minutes and the fare came up to IDR 40,000.

Signboard of Ikan Bakar Jimbaran

We were immediately greeted by an array of seafood placed on ice and this huge chalkboard detailing the selection and prices. The sauce and style of cooking was entirely up to us. That was of course, the job of Galen, the seafood connoisseur.

Pavillions of Ikan Bakar Jimbaran

Pavillions of Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- beside the padi fields

I am a bit of a fuss when it comes to choosing a table at a restaurant, but every single table here at Ikan Bakar Jimbaran seemed perfect. The pavilions were surrounded by padi, and very well ventilated in the cool evening breeze. We settled for a table overlooking the lush padi fields.

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- dinner by the padi fields

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- sunset by the padi fields

It was cooling, peaceful and quiet. We watched the skies go through shades of red and purple, before settling on the shade of midnight blue.

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- set of three chilli

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- set of three chilli (2)

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- set of three chilli (3)

Inextricable from Indonesia cuisine is chili, much for the happiness of me. We were presented with 3 types, each uniquely flavoured- really yummy!

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- organic rice

The rice came right from the lush padi field- home grown and organic. It was soft, fluffy and fragrant.

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- fried kangkung

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- fried tahu

The fried kangkong was crunchy and not at all oily. The fried tofu (tahu goreng) had the heavenly combination of a crispy skin with fluffy insides. The chili complemented the fried kangkong and fried tofu very well.

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- steamed prawn

Nothing more than a pinch of salt was added to this boiled prawn (udang rebus), they were fresh and juicy. Very seafoody, I would say.

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- black pepper crab

Galen had the image of Singapore' black pepper crab in his mind when he was deciding on the style of cooking for the crab (kepiting). However, this version is very much unlike our local favourite- it was slightly sweet with very little tinge of spiciness. Galen preferred the Singapore version.

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- grilled fish

The grilled fish (ikan bakar) was very well marinated and grilled to perfection. The flesh was white and fluffy, with a tinge of charred spicy seasoning. Both of us couldn't stop singing praises of this seemingly unassuming fish. No wonder the restaurant is named after this dish!

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- ice coconut with soda

Ikan Bakar Jimbaran- live band

Post dinner, we were enjoying the breeze from the padi field, and the music by the live band. Songs were mostly in Bahasa, but we could sing along for one of the songs- Oh, Carol!

The entire meal cost around IDR 500,000 and is surely on the pricey side. However, the yummy ikan bakar and the awesome surrounding padi fields made it all worthwhile.

Yogyakarta Food Blog Review by Kumory


Ikan Bakar Jimbaran

Jl. Damai, Mudal, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia
(0274) 446 3983

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