February 19, 2017
Who doesn’t love an afternoon lounging by the pool, baking in the sun and having a drink or two with chill tunes in the background? Couple that with a scenic sunset and your day is pretty much made. I’m camp sunset and drinks, so I was pretty psyched when I knew that I was going to Potato Head in Bali.
Potato Head Bali has earned herself a great reputation as the ‘it’ location to be at when you’re in Bali, with great reasons, of course. There are chic sun beds for hire and you get to lounge to a live DJ set that are essentially your sun down tunes.
When the sun’s scorching down on you, take a dip in the infinity pool overlooking the sea, which will calm your nerves with the crashing waves. While you’re doing that, chill out at the swim-up bar and alternate between sips of beers and cocktails.
If you’re not looking to get into the water for whatever inexcusable reasons, you can choose to grab a table near their numerous indoor bars. From lush counter seats to rattan earthy couches, there’s definitely a spot for you to groove to the sunset. I know I’ve repeatedly mention sunset, stay with me, it’s something you’ll want to witness.
With its al fresco garden-meets-beach-lounge decor, Potato Head Bali has held numerous weddings. Splash in a few flowers and a centrepiece on each table, and Potato Head Bali turns into one helluva romantic spot where you can exchange your vows by the sea.
So we perched ourselves on one of the sun beds and patiently waited for sunset, with cocktails of course.
Bells And Whistles (130 000 IDR, approximately S$13.81)
If you’re looking for something with a citrus and alcoholic punch, then this tipple is for you. You’ll first notice some citrus notes, then the slightly herbal bitterness. It finishes well and smooth, cooling you down on a hot afternoon.
Kookaburra (135 000 IDR, approximately S$14.35)
Slightly sweeter, the Kookaburra is topped with a vanilla and zesty passion fruit curd. Working your way through the cocktail, you’ll notice the mint hints and sugar crisps that are all made in-house.
What initially started as a sweet cocktail, slowly transforms into a citrus one with an alcoholic punch that also finishes light.
What better way to end the day than to indulge in an authentic Indonesian dinner at KAUM, on the second level of Potato Head.
Walking in, you’ll sense the change in mood as you make your way down a minimalist granite hallway that is decorated with art pieces. You’ll spot the occasional botanical, creating that clean and earthy charm.
You’ll first be greeted by the bar, lined with counter seats and carefully adorned with more plants, against a backdrop of intricately lined spirit bottles. It resonates with nature, in theme with KAUM, which literally translates to ‘tribe’ or ‘clan’ in Indonesian.
Complete with wooden furniture, KAUM transports us to another place. The dimmed lights makes for an elusive atmosphere, almost imitating that of a tropical rainforest.
If you’re there for dinner, KAUM transforms into an utterly romantic place with the absence of natural sunlight. Candles will be lit and you can overlook the rest of Potato Head Bali that is resplendent with night lights and of course the sea.
KAUM features a special craft beer brewery each month, and during our visit we tried craft beers from Anderson Valley Brewery, founded in 1987, Boonville California. KAUM is the first restaurant in Bali to feature their beers so, lucky us!
Poleeko Pale Ale (120 000 IDR, approximately S$12.75)
A light and lively brew, the pale ale is the beer to go for if you’re looking for something refreshing with citrus notes.
Heelch O’Hops Double IPA (165 000 IDR, approximately S$17.54)
A much more intense and hoppy beer compared to the pale ale, it still remains tastefully balanced with a full bodied malt foundation and grapefruit hints.
Dalio Daging Sapi (90 000 IDR, approximately S$9.57)
The braised beef is lean and meaty, nicely coated with west sumatra spices and fresh coconut milk sauce, giving an intense level of flavour. I like how the chunky pieces of meat balance out the intense flavours, though it might still prove to be too salty to have on its own.
Order a bowl of rice to go with it or refresh your palates in between bites with the sweet potato crisps it’s served with. So satisfying.
Telong Barado (65 000 IDR, approximately S$6.90)
The telong barado is essentially sauteed eggplants cooked with garlic, shallots and red chilli sauce. Tender and soft, the eggplants break away easily and retains its flavour and texture, giving a creamy touch to the dish.
Sate Buntel Dengan Acar Rujak (160 000 IDR, approximately S$17.01)
Grilled lamb satay, served with pickled vegetables in a rojak style. The lamb satay is grilled and seasoned nicely, with a tender texture that is nice and savoury, while not too gamey. Add a little sweet soy sauce and pickled vegetables to bring a whole new layer of taste to the satay. This is definitely a dish I’d recommend getting if you’re at KAUM.
10 000 IDR approximates to 1 SGD, so food and drinks at Potato Head Bali are pretty reasonable. If you’re in Bali and looking for a place to lounge the day away, definitely hit them up. View’s stellar, food’s amazing and sunset, remember the sunset.
Expected Damage: S$50 – S$60 / pax