Brunching in Bali

Robert and I love brunch.  It doesn’t matter whether it is an all-you-can eat and all-you-can drink brunch or just an order off the menu type of thing.  It doesn’t matter if it is some big and fancy buffet in Las Vegas or just a casual restaurant in Chicago.  It doesn’t matter if it is just the two of us or if we are with a group of people.  Brunch, my friends, is one of life’s little (or not so little) pleasures.  There is quite simply nothing better than pigging out on Sunday morning/afternoon with a glass of bubbles (and, yes, brunch does require bubbles — I stand firm on the idea that brunch without bubbles isn’t really brunch).

And Bali has the brunch scene down — we were spoiled for choice.  Thankfully, we were staying at a hotel that has one of the best brunches in Bali — the all-you-can eat brunch at Cucina restaurant at the Sofitel in Nusa Dua.  (You can pay extra and get free flow — we went for the bubbles, wine and soft drink option).

This brunch had a little bit of something for everyone.  Most importantly from my perspective, there was pizza!  It is the rare Sunday brunch that includes pizza.  And, not only did they have pizza, but they had french fries that weren’t soggy.  I was in heaven and could have filled most of my tummy space on these two items alone.  But, that would have been silly.

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Multiple types of pizza (and quiche) and they even had my second favorite pizza flavor — margherita.

So, it was on to grilled meats.  They had salt crusted barramundi and roasted chicken and steak and lamb and schwarma and a bunch of other things that I am forgetting now.

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Salt crusted barramundi.

Oh, and you can’t forget the breads — they had croissants and baguettes and a ton of other things.  Good bread in Asia is relatively rare and always something to gobble up.

I was pretty much happy at this point, but Robert is all about the seafood.  And, there was plenty of seafood.  There were grilled anchovies.

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Looked disgusting to me (although the presentation was quite pretty), but Robert loved them.

And multiple types of sushi.

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Sushi rolls.

And the raw bar was pretty insane.  There were green mussels and clams and prawns and crabs and oysters.

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Just when our bellies were ready to explode, the waitress reminded us that they also had a la carte choices too.  We were pretty boring and just got a Spanish omelette and some croquettes, but they even had fois gras and steak as options.

And can we talk about desserts?  There was an entire room devoted to desserts.  I just might have wandered into that room on more than one occasion….

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Fruit isn’t a dessert, but meringues are….

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These chocolates were amazing.

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Sadly, we didn’t have room for these beauties.

Brunch at the Sofitel doesn’t come cheap, but it was worth every penny.  Especially knowing that we just had to roll ourselves to the pool loungers for a nice nap once we were done filling our faces.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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