Memory Monday: dinner at TAPA

by | Jul 21, 2014 | Food & Drink, International Travel, Travel

For our last dinner in Bali, we knew we didn’t want to hang out in the strip mall next to the hotel so we searched Trip Advisor for a nearby place with good reviews that would have pickup service from our hotel. TAPA fit the bill perfectly!

We joined the small mob of people in front of the Grand Hyatt awaiting pickup and eventually found our driver. As with other places in Bali, this system is a bit unorganized and you need to be proactive to find your assigned ride. The 5-8 minute drive to the restaurant was pleasant and we discovered on the way there that TAPA was attached to The Balé, the sister hotel of The Menjangan — and where we had stayed earlier in the trip! Talk about coming full circle.

As the name would imply, they do small plates here and we found the prices to be quite fair for Nusa Dua. We each received a paper menu where we could check off the plates we wanted and there was a 15% discount on grilled items during our visit. We wound up getting 3 plates each and it was plenty of food for the two of us including caesar salad crostinis, Balinese fish satay, steak tartare, noodle salad, and rendang.

caesar salad bites @ TAPA
ceasar salad crostinis

steak tartare @ TAPA
steak tartare

We finished the meal off with a selection of chocolate ice cream bonbons (and we were too busy eating to take photos of those apparently!)

The service was very friendly and attentive — almost too much so. I think our willingness to chat made the wait staff pay more attention to us as other tables weren’t visited as frequently. All told, I would definitely recommend TAPA as a great dinner option in Nusa Dua.

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