13 Oct, 2011
Posted by: Wen Ching In: Balinese Food
Just recently, we were invited to try something which we have never tried before: Balinese cuisine. So along with Brought up 2 SharE, My story~, Motormouth From Ipoh, Taufulou and Alie Sez, we made our way to The Uma in Kota Damansara.
The restaurant is spread across two floors. Upon entering on the ground floor, one will see a nice array of tables and chairs in a comfortable Balinese décor. The restaurant was dimly lit, perfect for both casual gatherings and romantic encounters.
The seating upstairs was more unique. Chairs were swapped for cushions and the pictures on the walls and ornaments around the room once again create an authentic Balinese atmosphere. Sitting cross-legged on the cushions was comfortable, but those who might have trouble with it can request to be seated on the ground floor.
We started off with some drinks. On the left, we had the Jus Apokat (Indonesian Avocado Juice) for RM9 and on the right, we tried the Es Timun Segar (Fresh Cucumber, Lime and Mint juice) for RM7. The avocado juice was made with avocado and milk along with swirls of chocolate which are the brown lines in the picture. The drink had just the right level of sweetness and was creamy. This was my personal favourite drink and I would go back just for it! The cucumber juice had a perfect balance of the three main ingredients and one could taste each of it in every sip. Absolutely refreshing and perfect on a hot day!
The Uma offers several sets that serve 4-5 people. The ‘Paket’s as they are called, are served in a bamboo basket containing 3 main dishes and many Balinese side dishes along with a choice of rice. Our side of the table had Paket C which was priced at RM118. The mains in this set were:
1. Iga Mepanggang (Balinese grilled pork rib);
2. Kambing Mekuah (Balinese lamb curry); and
3. Be Siap Mepanggang (Balinese grilled half chicken).
The side dishes were:
1. Sate Lilit (minced fish satay);
2. Sate Celing Asem (Assem pork satay);
3. Urutan (balinese pork sausage);
4. Taluh Sambal Lalah (hard boiled egg with sambal);
5. Jukut Urab (mixed vegetable salad);
6. Kacang Metumis (stir fry long bean);
7. Kentang Goreng (spiced potato fries);
8. Sambal Mbe (sambal with deep fried onions and chillies);
9. Sambal Matah; and
10. Sambal Kecap Manis.
We thought the whole set was absolutely delicious and it would be hard to say what was best. If we had to name several dishes of note, they would have to be the grilled pork ribs, mixed vegetable salad, stir-fried long beans, spiced potato fries and all the sambals. We know that doesn’t actually narrow it down much, but they were all really good!
Along with the set came a selection of rice. One could choose to have White rice, Saur rice (black eye pea rice) or Yellow rice (Turmeric and coconut based rice). Pictured above were the Yellow rice (front) and the Saur rice (back). Both were very fragrant and were perfect to accompany the various dishes in the set.
The other side of the table tried Paket A, also priced at RM118, which had the same side dishes as ours but with different main dishes. Paket A has the following: Be Celeng Base Manis (braised pork meat in kecap manis); Be Siap Mepanggang (balinese grilled half chicken); and Pesan Be Tuna (grilled tuna in banana leaf). The grilled chicken was the same as ours, but we didn’t get a chance to try much of the other two main dishes in the set. Even so, there’s no denying that it looked great and probably tastes just as good as Paket C.
As an addition on the side, we also tried the Bebek Megoreng (crispy fried quarter duck) which was priced at RM22. The duck was fried excellently, with its outer layer being crispy yet the inside remained moist and tender.
For dessert we were served with the Es Campur Bali, priced at RM9. This was the Balinese version of our own air batu campur which uses ice cubes instead of shaved ice. It contained jackfruit, cendol, cincau, nata de coco and coconut meat in milk syrup. It was not too sweet, which was enjoyable, but we felt that there were a bit too many ice cubes in it which we had to separate to avoid biting into them.
A very enjoyable meal at The Uma as a whole. The Pakets in particular were very worth the price, especially if shared between 4 or 5 people. We would like to thank Mr Ho Yau Chan for the kind invitation to The Uma as we would not have discovered this restaurant without it. We will definitely return to the restaurant on our own soon! Do visit their website for more information.
7-G & 7-1, Jalan PJU 5/21
47810 Petaling Jaya
Tel: 03-6142 2771