Chandi Restaurant – Bali

Wow. The Discovery Channel uses the slogan ‘The World is Just Awesome’. If I could describe my two dinners in a row recently, I would rework that slogan for Chandi restaurant in Bali. I’ve been fortunate to travel Bali a few times and have dined at some great restaurants there, many are continual favourites – Chandi, however,  is the new star in my book. 

Chef Agung, originally from Indonesia, is a star in his own right. Having a hand in running a few well known restaurants in NYC, namely  Nobu, Budakan, Spice Market, and Perry Street, Agung brings some of the best of NYC to Bali. Coming back to his homeland, Agung felt the need to re-experience the foods, scents and textures of Indonesia. After he and his wife became pregnant, they decided to call Bali home. Sitting in the heart of  Jl. Oberoi which is commonly known as ‘eat-street’, Chandi is considered one of the new kids on the block having just opened in August of 2008.


The menu is divine. A story of two cities really… New York City meets Bali, has a hot and heavy orgy, and creates the most tastiest offspring imaginable. Intensely, exotic flavours, controlled and artistically presented, Chandi delivers. Unlike the many pan-asian restaurants that exist, Chandi opens a new door by bringing balinese flavours to the cosmopolitan frontline in a way thats approachable and unpretentious. My first night started with their Spicy Watermelon Gazpacho – delicate melon balls in a clear, cool broth, with a hint of indonesian spice was pure refreshing joy in the humid heat of Bali. Seared Tuna Tartare Manadonese Rica Rica was next on my list. A perfectly torched tuna tower with fried capers, avocado, lombok chili, and organic herbs. They had me at Rica Rica. My lovely started her dinner with the Spicy Exotic Fruit Salad. Mango, papaya, pomelo and dragon fruit with organic field greens with lime chili rice vinegar dressing. Exotica. She then followed up with the ‘Amazing Crunchy Tofu Squares’. Crispy fried tofu with a roasted pine nut dressing and julienne cucumber salad. The new dynamite roll of tofu. Chandi Layered Pecel Wonton would come next. A kind-of gadu gadu lasagna would be the best way to describe this little guy. A mix of fried leeks, been sprouts, string beans and tofu in a peanut dressing sandwiched between layers of crispy fried wonton. I’m not a vegetarian but this dish could easily convert the t-rex’s in the world. 

Chandi apparently has plans to open a restaurant back in New York City in the near future. If the one in Bali is any indication of what to expect, NYC will surely be in for a treat.


6 Responses to “Chandi Restaurant – Bali”

  1. Posted on April 22nd, 2010

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  2. Posted on September 4th, 2010

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  3. Posted on December 6th, 2010

    I recently ate there with a group of friends and was not impressed. I had the Medley Sate and it tasted gamey. Everyone in our party got sick after eating there. We went back in to speak with the owners and we were met with hostility. Chef Agung’s wife was extremely rude and made a fool out of herself to say the least. I wouldn’t recommend this place to my worst enemy. Chef Agung was apologetic but I think it was more out of embarrassment of his wife’s childish actions. Not Recommended.

  4. Posted on April 6th, 2011

    While my wife and I didn’t get sick, we both agreed that the food was tourist fare. We had the appetizer sampler and were disappointed in every item- either lack of flavor or in the case of the beef rendang envelopes- overcooked to a jerky-like dryness. Even the vaunted crispy duck was a lazy imitation of the local version that is baked for hours to crispness. The deep fried version at Chandi came out dry and the skin a crispy but oily mess.

    I will say that I love your descriptions of the food. I hope you can lavish that much love on more deserving places!

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