Restaurants in Bali come in many shapes and forms; this one is not in a hotel it is in a very upscale area and offers a fantastic architecture and yummy international atmosphere and food. A must try when in Bali.
Restaurant Biku, Jalan Petitenget No.888, Kerobokan Kelod, Seminyak might fulfill your expectation. Sometimes when I go to Bali, after a few days going for lunches and dinners, there is a time when I’d like to get away from the hotel food and café’s to a quiet place where I can enjoy a cup of tea alone with a book.
I love the architecture; it is a historic 150-year-old Teak wood Joglo from East Java that has now been transformed into this unique restaurant. The menu is distinctive and light. The place is airy and equipped with a reading corner so it’s not your ordinary all business restaurant.
Restaurant Biku is a quaint and quirky choice. Located in Seminyak central, it’s The place for a real British afternoon tea. Delight in finger sandwiches, scones with whipped cream; or more Asian favorites like Somosa with your preferred tea.
And then, once you work up an appetite, the heavier food items catch your interest and tingle your taste buds. The menu is an interesting mix where Indonesian cuisine meets French and International. Do you crave for homemade pies, order them all: beef, lamb or chicken, with salads.
It does sound pretty much like all the other café’s in Bali, yes
until you marvel at the architecture, the wood carvings and antiques and gaze
at the items which include different savory pies, carrot cakes and scones with
jam and other delicious specialties.
Kathy and I also had a great time visiting Biku. I just had to try a meat pie and the cool non alcoholic drinks too are soothing and refreshing. The restaurant was absolutely packed when we arrived; the only available table after a bit of waiting was outside on the patio. I very much enjoyed the painted mural on the dividing wall to the neighbors. And since we sat close to the restrooms and I love their antique look, I had to take pictures.
Biku is a very Balinese restaurant in the sense that it is an amalgamation of many things from the point of view of architecture, interior, service and menu. By the way the owner Jane Gillespie has quite an interesting story to tell.
Prince Tjokorda Raka, the youngest son of the 10’s wife of the late king of Ubud is the head of the royal family of Ubud. In 1978 he fell in love with his unconventional wife. She is called Princess Asri (Jane Gillespie) and is the owner of one of the famous restaurants in Bali Piku in the greater area of Seminyak and son Tjoko Gus (Max) married an Indonesian artist a few years ago.
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