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There are many saying that, one of the activity to do is to just plank at one of the beach during evening hours and watch the amazing sunset along with the rays shinning up. Since I was doing research for my trip, hence might as well I blog about 15 best Sunset Bar at Bali 2018

This is my trip Itinerary for 2018. (click here)

Seminyak

1. Ku de ta

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is one of my favourite hang out spot, as I prefer the ambiance here and service is better as compare to others.

Location:
Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali,
Operating Hours; 8am – 2am

2. Potato Head Club

 

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Potato Head Club,

Jalan Petitenget No.51B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating hours:
10am – 2am

3. La Plancha

Picture credit to mavibalirentals.com

I landed late on the day of my arrival as flilght was delayed. This was the first stop I plan to swing in as It looks quite cool. Will certainly be a great place to chill for sunset.

Location:
Jalan Mesari Beach, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating hours: 10 am – 12am

4. Woo Bar

picture credit to : woobarbali.com

Fan of W Resort then W is one of the bar that many will swing by. I did came here on my 2nd trip to Bali that was about 4 years ago.

Location:
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating hours: 9am – 1am

Canggu
5. OldMan

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Image credit to : The Lost Guides

Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. (+62) 361 846 9158
operating hours: 7am – 1am

6. La Brisa

Image credit to :

One of the place I wanted to visit, but due to my mismanagement of timing, I miss this out. You can check out the whole ambiance here more: Devinatravels

Location:

Jl Pantai Batu Mejan Gg. La Brisa, Echo Beach, Canggu, p.

+62 81 139 466 66.
Operating hours: 11am – 11pm

7. JL Restaurant
Bale Sutra, Hotel Tugu Bali, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu-

8. Ji Terrace By The Sea

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(image credit to Travel 3sixty magazine)

Ji Terrace at Bale Sutra,
Jl Pantai Batu Bolong,
Canggu Beach,
Open daily, 5pm – late.
p. +62 361 473 1701 / +62 81 239 652 695,
e. [email protected],

9. La Laguna

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Image credit to: CityNomads

Jl Pura Kayu Putih,
Pantai Berawa, Canggu,
Open daily, 11am – midnight.
p. +62 81 236 382 272.

10. 707 Beach Berm

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Image credit to Puspasiagian

Jalan Batu Belig No.33 A, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, Badung, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Operating hours: 10 – 8pm

11. The Lawn

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Location:

Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia

operating hours: 11am – 11pm

12. The Finns Beach Club

Another happening place in Canggu that is worth checking out more info check them out here : finnsbeachclub.com
Location:
The Finns Beach Club
Jl. Pantai Berawa, Tibubeneng,
Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung,
Bali 80361, Indonesia

Time: 9AM – 10PM
Tel: +62 361 9347344

Uluwatu

Heading down south of the island is where you are moving towards more luxury area. There is where all the 4-6 star hotel are mostly located, especially with the amazing cliff view that overlook the ocean.

13. Rock Bar

picture credit to: thehoneycombers.com

Rock bar is indeed one of the most famous bar in down south island as the visitor had double since from my last visit over 3 years ago. My visit this year I reach about 5.30pm and the hotel is so busy with visitor.

Location:
Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera,
Jimbaran, Kuta Selatan,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia

Time: 4pm – 1AM

Tel: +62 361 702222

14. Single Fin

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Picture credit to : MyGuideBali

This place seems rather impressive and could be an alternate hangout spot after Rock Bar.

Location:

Single Fin,
Pantai Suluban,
Jl Labuan Sait,
Pecatu, Uluwatu,
Open daily, 8am – 10pm (1am on Sun).
p. +62 361 769 941,
e. [email protected]

15. El Kabron Spanish Restaurant & Cliff Club

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Image credit to: What’snewBali

One of the most expensive sunset place as they do have minimum spend per head. Do call to make reservation.

Jl. Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Kuta Selatan, Pecatu, Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating Hours:11.30am – 11.45 pm
Tel: +62 821-4437-0139

This will be my fourth time to Bali that makes it the first travel blog after all these while. Well, for instagrammer this is certainly an ideal island for you to shot alot of amazing shots and moments. Here is my first trip of the year and latest findings of how I spend my 5 Days 4 Night at Bali 2018. I will create another blog post for my past 3 trips which makes it a compilation of backlog.

Airlines to Bali: Took AirAsia over for flight at 12.20pm that reach Bali 3.30pm : RM 450 per pax (cheapest I found was RM 329 including20kg lugguage) which I could not make it.

There are 2 tip to share with you upon arriving at Bali Airport.
Tip no 1. (for Malaysians Only)
Change your currency at Bali Airport or only at license money changer at Bali island – those with big shop frontage (I nearly got cheated once before few years back as I change RM 1000 and the guy calculated in front of you then put in envelope and reach back hotel half was gone. Went back and screw the money changer guy and he gave me back remaining balance with agent fee. )

Here is the exchange rate base on 25th FEB 2018.
Mid Valley – RM 1 = 3500 rupiah  (hence changes in Malaysia is better)
Bali Airport : RM 1 = 3300 rupiah

Tip no. 2:
Need not worry on transportation as : UBER, GRAB and GO JEK is available in both android and IOS. Just download that for convenient and also reliable rate. There are oth

With development of ride hailing app, most of the driver could not pick you right in front of the airport as those driver are consider illegal.

If you are taking UBER, GRAB or GO Jet, here are the guide for the pick up location:
1. Head to domestic airport which is just 3 minutes walk from the international airport entrance.
2. Borrow FREE Data from Aiport to order your ride, text your driver and tell them what you wear and meet them at Alphamart.
3. Upon walking out the exit after the duty free, turn left at the exit and walk directly across which you will come by a car rental pick up spot, thru a nice Balinese gate, then cross a small road and just walk another 30 steps you will see Alfa mart. There is where most of the ride hailing pick up area.

4. If you feel uncomfortable or do not want either above, you can opt for private arrangement services for airport pick up

Or map as below for your reference.

If you do plan to take taxi to your hotel or town, do only take BLUEBIRD taxi as they are more safe and reliable, even in any part of Indonesia. Other taxi brand is at your own risk. If you decided to take any driver right at the entrance of the airport, most of the driver will ask for 150,000 rupiah to Seminyak and 100,000 to Kuta which is very expensive. The rate to bargain if you are taking taxi for are as below:
1) Seminyak 80,000 – 100,000 still reasonable
2) Kuta 50,000 – 80,000 still reasonable.

Ride hailing :
GRAB : Airport to my hotel The Aswana, Seminyak 58,000 rupiah. That is nearly 50% savings from what the airport taxi guys are asking for.

** do note that if you are ordering ride hailing, do not say that you have hail GRAB, UBER or GO JEK. Just say that your friend is picking you up.

To move around Bali, there are 2 options.
Option 1. If you are in group of 4 pax and above, then you got no choice but to go with a driver. a driver and car rental comes about 400,000 rupiah (rate which is 3 years ago and if I remember correctly – a car sort of Avanza.) and petrol to be top up upon returning which is an 8 hours rental. To include meal for your driver is at your own generosity which we did buy both meals for my driver which he was highly recommended by my Jakarta friend. Indeed awesome guy.

Option 2: rent a bike and move around which is more convenient if you are in smaller group. Rental is about 60,000 -90,000 depending which area you are in. Kuta the most expensive at 90,000 which you can bargain to 80,000. Averagely is around 70,000 rupiah per day. (or to pre-arrange for quite reasonable price)

Day 1

Arrive at the airport and head to our hotel to check in. Accommodation in Bali for first 2 nights to stay cheap. The Aswana at Seminyak was chosen because of its strategic location and highlight no.1 was also the budget pricing. Upon my booking 2 weeks before the trip, the room was only @ rm 95 per night. Certainly no complain on this, as the room is big enough and service for such budget accommodation is top notch.

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I miss out my sunset because of luggage got stuck.
Stop no. 1 My favorite hang out spot : Ku de Ta at Seminyak

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No booking available as you can just walk in. Great vibe and view. while waiting to meet my friend for dinner at 9pm.

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Jl. Kayu Aya No.9, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Hours:
Open today · 8AM–2AM
Phone: +62 361 736969

Dinner: Pondok Tempo Doeloe

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Met a friend for dinner and was recommended to this Javanese Restaurant which is their favourite. 3 items to order.
Ayam Bakar, Sop and Kambing Bakar

location:
Pondok Tempo Doeloe
Jalan Sunset Road, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 919-6868
Close at 10.30pm

Late Chill out Spot: Potato Head Club

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Then went back to freshen up and head to Potato Head Club which is one of the cool place that you should be in according to many. As there are some minimum spending of 500,000 rupiah if you were to occupied the beach side sofa seats. I still prefer Ku de ta.

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Location:
Jalan Petitenget No.51B,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Tel: +62 361 4737979
Operation hours: Daily: 10 am – 2am

Day 2

11am :
Breakfast at so called most famous Cafe in Seminyak – Sisterfield (Australian Cafe).

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Jalan Kayu Cendana
No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
, Kabupaten Badung,
Bali 80361, Indonesia
Hours:
Open today · 7AM–10PM
Phone: +62 811-3860-507

12pm Head over to Ubud (1 hour bike ride) Car maybe 1.30 – 2 hours depending on traffic:
1.30pm :Tegenungan Waterfall

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Jl. Raya Tegenungan, Kemenuh, Ubud 80581, Indonesia

2.30 pm :
Famous TEgallalang Paddy Field

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Jalan Tegallalang, Tegallalang,
Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia

Initially was to head over to Tirta Temple but decided to drop it.

4pm : take a break at Coffee Studio Seniman
One of a well known cafe that roast their own beans and single origin lover, one of a stop cafe for you.

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Jalan Sriwedari No. 5,
Banjar Taman Kelod,
Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80561, Indonesia

Raining and got stuck at the cafe.

Other places you can visit if you have the time or compressing places to visit in ubud:

– Tirta Empu Temple
– Ubud market
– Tegenungan Waterfall
– Goa lawah temple
– Gua Gajah Temple
– Tibuma waterfall (better view of waterfall but further)
Ubud Bali Swing (expensive as cost USD 30 per ride)
– Bendungan Tukad – water temple
– Gunung Kawi Temple
– Pura taman saraswati temple

6.30pm:
As I have went before to Bebek Tepi Sawah, so this round tried Bebek Bengil.

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Bebek Bengil
Padang Tegal, Jl. Hanoman, Ubud,
Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Close 10pm

Went back to rest and freshen up.
10pm : Early supper at my favourite pork ribs place:

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Hog Wild (previously known as Naughty Nuri and apparently the other owner came out by themself hence there are 2 brand)

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I still prefer Hog Wild over Naughty Nuri as (I find Naughty Nuri Malaysia is much better)

11.30pm:
Char Char Bar & Grill
Famous Staircase bar at Seminyak. It felt like human aquarium.

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12.00 am
Check out speakeasy bar:
40 Thieves which is well known to many locals and expats. not very touristy yet. Well known for their customization of drinks from mixologist however the bill could get very expensive.

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Head to second bar:
Baker Street Social which is just 4 shops away from 40 Theives.

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Day 3

9am : Breakfast at this relaxing place:
Nook Cafe that over look paddy field

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Jalan Umalas 1, Gang Nook No. 1,
Kuta Utara, Bali
Operation Hours: 8am – 9pm

Went to second location for another breakfast as this new Modern Japanese inspired dining do look very interesting. Just 3 months in operation.
Musubi at Canggu

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Jl. Pantai Berawa No.6/7,
Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
+62 812 365 0799

12pm : Check out hotel and to check in another Bali Seminyak hotel:
New Pondok Sara Villas by Platinum Management

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Reasonably price of a villa which is slightly old but still good. RM 310 per night that comes with a private pool at Seminyak area. What can you ask for? Breakfast serve right at the villa and order upon check in.

3pm :
late lunch. Naughty Nuri – Do not like it as Prefer Hog Wild better in terms of seasoning. The only win for naughty Nuri is their portion is slightly bigger than Hog wild.

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3.30pm : Head up north to Tanah Lot

4pm : Stop by this new store which is sort of like Bali Burger & Lobster Street version.

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Lobvster turns out to be good which is above my expectation. For such pricing, it is worth to stop by if you are heading to Tanah Lot or heading to Canggu.

Location:
35A Pantai Batu Bolong Street
Operation hours: EVERYDAY | 24 HOURS (which is damm awesome!)
+62 812 3779 9492

Famous Tanah Lot:
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My new found love of hang out spot in Bali : Canggu Beach

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6pm: Hang Out at La Brisa – Canggu to enjoy sunset as it was full then just hang out at those seaside operator . Loving it. Beer of course is cheaper. Bali beer Beats Bintang beer. (base on my own preference) or Stalker 1945 is damm good too.

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Their awesome sunset and the colour is pretty amazing.

9pm: Was hungry and was quite late. Saw this shop when passing by and thought it might be good.

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Le Moulin turns out to be good!. A great random discovery that is famous for their French Crepe.

Location:
Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108,
Ubud, Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80571, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Daily: 8.30am – 10.30pm
Tel : +62 812-3676-0012

11.30 pm: Party at Motel Mexicola

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One of a party place that well known for many years. Alot of Aussie are here for their first round before moving to another bar. This place is like awesome MTV Rewind that brings back a lot of good party memory if you are born in the year of 1978 – 1990 that you love your boy bands, scorpion, ABBA and all the new modern tracks too.

Location:
Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X,
Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara,
Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Operating Hours: Daily : 11AM – 1AM
Tel:+62 361 736688

Day 4

Laid back
chill:
final night accommodation in Bali change to 5 star Bali Hotel to The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection
Reasonably price and if you do have the budget, worth to stay as it comes with private bath tub at the balcony and love their swimming pool. Just 10 minutes walk to Kuta main area. Kuta beach is just right at door step which is 3 minutes walk.

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The Stones Hotel – Legian Bali, Autograph Collection
Jl. Raya Pantai Kuta,
Banjar Legian Kelod
Legian Bali, Indonesia

3pm: Heading downsouth to Uluwatu Temple  (I was indecisive to do either sunset watching or to do the famous Cultural Kecak Fire Dance performance)

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5.30pm : Laid back at famous Rock Bar at Uluwatu to enjoy sunset drinks

8pm: Head over to Jimbaran for seafood dinner
there are alot of stalls here and the most famous is Manega Cafe, which my friend say is overrated and the rest of the stalls taste nearly the same. So randomly pick this cafe (New Bayang Cafe) and turns out to be good. Love their seasoning and less pack.

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10.30pm :
Party at Motel Mexicola which is also a famous Instagram venue. If you are born in the 80’s and listening to your ABBA, Moffats, Micheal Jackson, Black Eye Peas, this place played the right note for you. Give me a good remembrance of my party times back my teenage days.

Day 5:

chill at hotel area
Lunch at famous Babi Guling Pak Malen beats Ibu Oka which is way overrated and I did not finish my meal last round.

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Location:
Jl. Sunset Road No.554, Seminyak,
Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Operating Hours: 8.30am – 7pm
Tel: +62 851-0045-2968

currently the best Babi Guling that the locals head to is a mini stall in Mambal market as it is prepared using wood fire. I miss out cuz I woke up late and only if you are on the way heading to Ubud as you will pass by befor reaching ubud:
1) Warung Babi Guling Bu Ngurah Mambal is located by the Mambal traditional market, Abiansemal.
Open daily from 5am to 11am

Check out the most famous Famous Gusto Gelato Cafe.The queue are crazy. I find it quite good as alot of fresh ingredient are being used.
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Location:
Jalan Mertanadi No. 46B,
Kerobokan, Kuta Utara
(which is just 3 minutes from Babi Guling Pak Malen or Naughty Nuri – Seminyak)

For instagrammer this is the place which you might not want to miss (which I have miss out)


Picture credit to lissakahayon (do check out her blog too as she went to alot interesting places in Bali) especially those of you want to do nice shot.

Mad Pops Bali
Jl. Kayu Aya No.48, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Well, this is one of my most recent summary. I guess shall dig up my past 3 trips and do a summary of it too.

Here are my summary :

  1. 15th Best sunset bar in Bali
  2. Best 8 Babi Guling 
  3. 15 Best Cafe in Bali
  4. My next southern Trip that I see so many instagrammer hit on and my friend share with me her pics. Just loving it. A day trip if you are in hurry or will be great for 2D1N
  5. Another great island to check out is in Penang, Malaysia. Some accomodation area to check out Jelutong Villas

I used to travel to Jakarta quite frequent and did event stay there for a month leisure and business few years back. Since then my Indonesian friend brought me tried out a lot of their local street food and it just taste good. Since then I am back here, the only shop that taste near to that country so far that I have tried is Waroeng Penyet and Ole Ole Bali but now, there is another restaurant called Little Warong Jakarta that newly open about a month ago that cater authentic Jakarta food that more towards Javanese.

[no longer in operation]

Jakarta

The restaurant is located nearby KFC and it wasn’t hard to find afterall..

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The whole place was decorated in more like a old classic kopitiam style as according to Remus, most of the shop that operate good food is have something similiar to this kind of ambiance. The wall are covered with many pictures of Jakarta from olden to modern days.

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This little hut that serve the unique desert.

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More of the classic kopitiam style.

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This pictures remind me of all the street food hunting i went with my friend during my period of stay.

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If you feel that you want something different for the day, they sure do have special set menu.

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Not only that, to get used of some Indonesian snacks, you are able to try before you buy… so please go ahead and Tri Me.

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Some indonesian snacks.

I did blog about this place that the food did not taste so good and the ingredient use is not up to the standard as most of the Penangnites are ranting about it too as most of us also cannot denied that its a great place to hang out and to my surprise, the Founder or the Owner of Sticks Jerry, had actually email me and responded to my post. I am actually very happy on his response as not many restaurant owners do response to critics especially when they are newly operating in this industry and especially to bloggers too. This is what he commented and I am actually helping him to spread the words around. For those of you out there actually find the same situation, you can directly email him.
I have been reading all the complaints about STICKS and as the Owner/Founder I would like to put a face in front and seek your indulgence to respond:

1. Yes, we invested a lot (7-figures) to make it a nice cool place comparable to Kuta Bali, Hawaii, Phuket etc. The umbrellas are Aussie and the woodwork and furniture are all hardwood. We wanted to create a “postcard’ look because we could not find a beautiful place to bring friends. It was always hawker food or expensive hotels in Ferringhi.

2. Yes, we built from zero from the ground up on a bare land. Rain is the biggest issue but we have a 60 seat aircon area and retractable canopies. We could easily cover everything but that would defeat the concept. We did not want to sacrifice the “openness” under the stars. We are not fine dining but casual so even beach wear is fine! We also created the First Fish Bar (where you can drink with the fishes) in Malaysia at great expense. Not many people are aware but we have a rooftop that has a fantastic view – so far we have had a few private dinners there. Later it will be done up as a roof-garden cosy area.

3. Yes, on the first month of opening since 19dec, we had problems with the food and service. I’ll address the food later. On service, we wanted to be purist and refused to hire foreign floor staff but stuck with Malaysians. Our menu was new to the staff because they only know steaks, burger, sandwiches i.e. standard fare. They never ever experienced Hawaiian fusion and that resulted in the inability to explain or recommend the food properly even though we did train. They punch in the wrong orders etc on the computerized POS system etc. Our new revised menu (est. start 8feb) will have simplified codes numbers and pictures. And yes, sad to say, but poor attitude, indifference and poor communication seems to be a Malaysian workforce problem. We will now look to hire few foreign staff just to do running (delivery, clearing etc). We are willing to pay more to use Captains/Supervisors to take orders. We will also put up a customer comment card by 8 feb. Staff with good comments will get immediate bonus.

4. We are well aware of pricing and strive to keep it reasonable- everyone can compare. For example, small starters “tapas” are below RM5.00 ( 10+ choices). Soups are RM5.80. Salads are RM7.80 but will be revised to RM5.80. Chicken Pie is 4” round and RM5.80 with fries (remember our pies & burgers are Snacks not full meal). Main grills (8 choices) are RM19.80 incl rice or pasta, slaw, pickle & sauces. Pastas (6 choices) are RM13.80. Of course for Xmas, New Year etc it will cost more for a full 5-course set – at our neighbour outlet, you are given only 2 hours to eat and leave…and higher price than us! To be fair, special occasions you are also paying for the location and the higher costs incurred.

5. Our food portions are not large for sure. Our concept is not for a big fast meal just to fill your stomach. Coming to STICKS should be for the classy yet relaxed ambience and slowly enjoy a starter, a soup or salad and the Main with a cocktail/wine and maybe dessert with coffee. Yes, it may blow your budget to have the full course but it shouldn’t be all the time – also better to do the Lunch Set @RM13.80 or Dinner Set @RM33 (new menu). Other times, a beer/cocktail and pasta/snack is what many of our regulars go for. By the way, we are increasing the size of the Main to cater for the younger (& hungrier) people.

6. On the food there are several issues. First, I agree the Menu was confusing so we are changing to a simplified with pictures ( some people don’t read English too). Second, as I said before, our staff was unable to communicate properly – our food is modern so many people are not sure what we are about. Third, some fusion items are not for everyone eg sardine pasta – you have to like sardines or a little adventurous in the first place….but still it remains our top pasta seller today.. ….even our neighboring outlet manager buys it home after his place closes. I know customers don’t want to know excuses but it is sad in Malaysia we get unscrupulous suppliers who give you good stuff for testing then gives you 2nd grade once you are successful. We have changed and put in strict controls but will still have to look out all the time. So, we value feedback. I think in F&B there will be some OFF days but what is important is we keep listening and improving. We do not believe in a having a laundry list of items because 80% of customers order 20% of the items. To me, a long menu means you have no concept and you fear to lose out and want to serve everyone. Also, I question the freshness and the chef skills. Personally, I avoid outlets with long menus and go for places with special items – but that is my choice. The other fact is we use only fresh ingredients even up to making our own sauces- we have a Peppercorn & a Spicy BBQ as well as own salad dressings. The pickle is also from fresh fruits.

7. On the drinks, again we offer some drinks that would be the first time in Malaysia. On the new menu, we are putting in more description and pictures so you don’t order something you don’t like. A tip which I do when I go places: If you are a drinks person, always go to the bar and talk to the bartender and discuss preferences….sometimes I even get free tasting if it is not a standard drink! For example, our homemade Tamarind drink (no preservatives or flavoring) is sour, sweet with a slight bitter after taste. We tested on many customers and mostly girls like it. Others ok but some guys think it is weird. Well….not for everyone….( I will tell the staff to let customers try first if it is first time for them). We stick to our tropical concept and offer some unique cocktails: COCOKAKA (whole coconut, vodka, ++) & PIPIRUM (whole pineapple, rum, ++) are our top sellers.

8. We always want to be better and appreciate all comments good or bad. We have now done about 20 private functions from 15 to 60 pax and we have upcoming a Porsche dinner party & an “Online Dating Service” Event (believe it or not over 100 pax! From Spore!).

I know some of you may be very put off by the bad experience you had at STICKS- I would be too if it was me – I would like to offer my sincere apologies for our shortcomings. Because of the start up problems as mentioned above, I am willing to give anyone of you a FREE meal anytime to compensate. Just email me at [email protected] and I will see to it. Of course, Fridays & Sats tend to be a bit crazy so please try to make it a weekday if possible.

I thank you for coming to STICKS in the first place even though for some of you the food and service was a major disappointment. As a consolation, everyone says it is a great place. What pisses me off is I have friends who travel everywhere and say how great this place and that place is and run down Penang. But when in Penang, they complain that the Char Koay Teow is expensive at Rm5.00 etc when they pay USD5 or EURO5 overseas for a damn coffee or cold sandwich. If this mentality keeps up, we will always be living in lowcost flats! Even my best friends advise me against doing an upscale concept because Penangnites are stingy, cannot appreciate, used to hawker food, cannot behave etc..the list goes on! Living in Penang and having seen nice places overseas, my challenge and vision is to create a beautiful outlet that locals and tourists can be proud off without having to pay an arm and leg for.

Thanks,

Jerry

Last weekend were shopping around then thought of eating Penang food and always go to Little Penang Café, then I just remembered on whose blog that I have read, giving good review on this restaurant, so fast fast ask them change place to Gurney Drive.

When I reached there, I am quite surprise to see the crowd as it is not many. Can count with your 5 fingers but then what the heck, just trust that person’s taste. Never try never know!

They also bring in the ‘Beca’ to add in more feel on it.

This is what I mean, seriously not many people. The were like only 4-6 stalls operating ~

Just love the cover of the menu. Take closed up, makes you feel like you are row row row your boat.
Then the manager came by to greet us and also to take up our order. The best part is, he also know how to speak HOKKIEN. Kaki lang ah~ friendly person~
As usual, drink order first, so I decided to order the special promo drink of the day. ‘Barley Ice’ RM 1 (usual price RM3.80). Just by looking at it is just a mere normal bali ais loh~ but when I get to drink it that time, I am just falling in love with the drink. Not sweet, rich with barley taste which I like it thick compare the one offer in the kopitiam which is quite diluted or sweet. Highly Recommend!

Penang food, which one of the famous food to crave for is ‘Penang Rojak’. The ‘Hae Ko’ just feel that it is lacking of some taste. Although the paste is quite sticky and thick but couldn’t tell what is it missing to make the extra umph in it~RM8.80

This ‘Loh Bak Set Big’ was this highly recommended by a blogger(which I forgot whom).The har peng is goring to crispy, which is very nice, loh bak – is rich with filling, when you even pick it up the compactness of the meat wouldn’t fall off easily. Goreng perfectly which doesn’t makes the skin over goring. Taufu and egg noting much to comment about as it taste normal. With the price RM16 which I thought pretty expensive, but turn out to be reasonable with the quality they are serving.

Usual hawker food which normally ppl wont miss is the ‘Char Koey Teow’. I was abit disappointed when it got served because of the portion. I said, fine dining meh~…plate so big, portion so small, then my friend kacau me, want me to take soy sauce and sambal to help you conteng to look more perfect boh… ??

But after trying out, you will be surprise of the taste. It was fried to perfect, with the wok hei is there, quite dry and spiciness lvl just ngam.. We had not enough of it. Just finish within seconds. Highly Recommended! RM8.80

As I always never miss one of my favourite ‘Curry Mee’, before with the chili paste was put in, the taste of the soup is pretty pale, and santan taste is just abit.

After putting in a spoonful of chili paste, the whole bowl had turn to fiery red and it is not even spicy at all, just the colour but the taste had changed. It taste much better but still not the best. RM 8.80

Next item not to be miss ‘Hokkien Mee’. The soup is quite rich in taste which is the most important thing in prawn mee. They gave generous amount of mee and bee hoon. It also comes with a few big pieces of prawns. With the charges of RM8.80 is pretty decent.

One of Penang signature is ‘Penang Laksa’. Turns out to be not the best of all. The soup is quite clear, not rich in taste and fish chunks or fish blended that mix in the soup. It wasn’t serve very warm. By adding in prawn paste just makes it taste weirder. Charging at RM8.80

When comes to Penang desert, ‘Ice Kacang’ would consider as one of the item must try out or order. In this restaurant, I would say just thumbs up for this. We seriously enjoy salivating it. Hard to come across a nice ice kacang which the most important is the ice was blended very soft. Perfectly on it. Overall, wasnt too sweet on it, just a great desert to close the meal with. Highly Recommended RM3.80 ONLY.
Next would be the ‘Teow Chew Cendol’. Again, the ice is soft, the gula melaka is not too sweet or they have just put the right amount on it and the santan feels like eating fresh. The coconut taste is there. I would just say, gone within 60 seconds. Also charge at RM 3.80
Overall, we are very satisfied with the food that they offer here which I feel it taste much better compare to Little Penang Cafe. Was just wondering after that, why the food is so nice, yet the ppl is so little. The pricing which I find it reasonable with the quality of food they are serving. Would surely come for second round.
Remarks:
Just feel that, they don have a QC in Char Koey Teow which we order the second plate, it doesnt taste nice at all compare to the first plate and also the amout of time we have waited is more than 20 minutes which we believe we are the only table ordering extra. Maybe the chef go and tangkap si ham.
~ALREADY CLOSE DOWN~ updated 03/10/2010

-= KA CHING =-

Food rating 9.5/10 , –Very Good~ Highly Recommend~
–WARNING –This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-
Location:
Gurney Drive
LotT-201, The Gardens,
Mid Valley City, KL

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