Crystal Blue Ocean Grill at Samabe Bali
Gourmet Heights on Bali’s Southern Cliffs0
Crystal Blue Ocean Grill is the signature ocean-view restaurant of the five-star Samabe Bali Suites & Villas. The well laid-out venue serves modern European cuisine including an excellent fresh seafood selection, all in some open-air thatch roofed dining pavilions that offer 180-degree views over the resort pool and ocean afar.
Crystal Blue Ocean Grill enjoys a slightly out-of-the-way location, occupying a high level on the southernmost fringe of the resort, and is only several minutes’ drive southwest of the main crowds in the Nusa Dua hub. The blue waters of the idyllic Sawangan coast serve as a wonderful backdrop for lunch unto sunset, while open starlit sky and gentle sea breezes accompany romantic dinners.
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Private Sunset at Tanah Lot Temple with Dinner
- Kintamani Volcano, Ubud & Barong Dance Performance
- Whitewater Rafting on the Ayung River
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Private East Coast Tour
- Bali Hai Dolphin Cruise
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
The open ambiance of Crystal Blue is both welcoming and immersive. The restaurant comprises a total of 51 tables that each occupy their own special space, with five private tables set in an alcove, ideal for couples or a company of up to four. Our lunch coincides with a not-so-windy day with bright blue skies, which helps highlight all the fine details - hints of the sea with conches and mother of pearl on the tables, and our beautifully garnished cocktails that sit nicely against the vast blue ocean background.
Refreshing choices to help you settle in the ambiance include the Coco Laguna, a blend of coconut milk, pineapple juice, orange milk and rose syrup, while the Beat the Heat, as its name suggests, is good to cool down with a combination of orange, pineapple and lime juices, topped with ginger ale. Well-refreshed, we head to the menu.
The tempting array includes succulent seafood and selections off the grill. The dishes come served in petite portions but are colourfully and creatively presented. Samabe’s Executive Chef, Tashia Yunasz has also created selections for meat-lovers and vegetarians, meaning that Crystal Blue is a dining destination that caters to all preferences.
Our fine four-course a la carte feast starts off with garlic sourdough toast bruschettas topped with plum tomatoes, bocconcini and basil, and a classic chilled gazpacho with cinnamon grissini. These two offer a delightful burst of aromatic flavours; the soft and cold mozzarella and soup balanced off well with the fragrant basil and grissini.
Unlike the other dishes, the salads are largely portioned, and feature organic, fresh leaves, vegetables and quail's eggs tossed in Dijon vinaigrette, and come with three different choices of fillings: seared foie gras and German country ham, roasted sweet potato and goat’s cheese, and a tasty seafood-lover’s confit of baby octopus and prawns.
Our ‘main event’ is a baked Mediterranean vegetable lasagne, with mozzarella, mixed leaf salad, and Dijon dressing, at only IDR 140,000. The roulade of free-range chicken with smoked ham and mozzarella, sun-dried tomato, kalamata olives and black truffle butter, is a wholesome choice at IDR 180,000. A friend’s Wagyu beef burger is very filling, served with vintage cheddar, seared foie gras, romaine lettuce, heirloom tomato, saffron aioli, at a reasonable IDR 250,000. Desserts are also creatively presented – our basil pannacotta is served with balsamic strawberries on a length of shortbread.
The menu at Crystal Blue Ocean Grill is designed around seasonal, local and organic produce, making for fresh touches with each dining occasion. Adjacent to Crystal Blue is the resort’s Ring of Fire Pool Bar, located right beside the main pool, where you can chill out prior to or after dinners.
About The Hotel
Crystal Blue Ocean Grill at Samabe Bali
- Opening Hours: 11:00-23:00
- Location: Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, Jalan Pura Barong-Barong Sawangan, Nusa Dua
- Tel: +62 (0)361 846 863 3
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