Dinner at Jimbaran Beach
Jimbaran beach is stretching between the barren
to the south and Kedonganan beach near the international
airport on the north. This white beach is so tranquil and
just the right place for relaxing in the afternoon while
waiting for the sunset. It has been more known after the
presence of five-star and luxury hotels since the beginning of
the 1990s. Suddenly it was on everyone's lips.
The new arising
tourist resorts at Jimbaran now have more
option to dine out. Along the Jimbaran to Kedonganan Beach
there are many cafes operated by local people. It is something
like night markets where visitors can choose a wide range of
seafoods. Nearly all cafes provide special seafood menus
with local recipes or combination with the western one. Fish
is supplied by a nearby fishermen village at Kedonganan. Some
vendors there still sell their fish until to the afternoon.
When the west
horizon turns yellowish red, the cafes spread
their colorful chairs on the sand overlooking the beach.
Slowly the activity on the beach reduces, while other activities
begin at cafes. And when the night arrives, it starts getting
to be romantic. Candle lights and live musicians enhancing the
atmosphere. There are many small and big jukungs that are ready
to sail and will become an artistic background for your dinner.
stars in the sky, candle-like lights from the
resorts on the hill and the spotlight from the airport has
changed Jimbaran Beach to something like a celebration night.
Taste the grilled fish on the sand of a open-air beachfront
café and enrich your dining experience with one not usually
available at 5 star hotels . You can choose the kind and size
of fish and other seafood yourself. The local characteristic
of the recipe is that grilled fish is topped with Balinese
raw spices (basa matah). It is then traditionally accompanied
with stir-fried water spinach and white steamed rice.
Only a ten-minute
drive from Ngurah Rai International Airport,
also easily reachable from Kuta or Nusa Dua by inexpensive
taxis. Always worth a visit.