MoVida Restaurant Bali at Katamama Resort

Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar in Seminyak

MoVida Restaurant Bali is the signature restaurant of the Katamama Resort (formerly Semara Luxury Resort and Spa), located midway along the Petitenget main route of Seminyak. Opened in January 2016, well ahead of the resort’s opening, the restaurant brings to the island the light-hearted and modern Spanish creations of celebrity Chef Frank Camorra, fresh from the successes of his restaurants Down Under, including the namesake MoVida Melbourne.

Tropical beachfront gardens akin to its sister venue, the Potato Head Beach Club right next door, complement the cosy and modern settings of MoVida Restaurant Bali. The menu highlights delicious tapas, including ‘conservas’ (preserved Spanish gourmet delights) with imported cured meats as well as locally-sourced seafood. The bar offers beers, wines and an extensive cocktail selection, making it another great spot to gather and chill out in Seminyak.

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The kitchen at MoVida Restaurant Bali is helmed by Chef Jimmy Parker, who works closely with local meat and seafood suppliers in addition to maintaining a good stock of Spanish cuts, particularly Iberico and ‘jamon’ or cured ham. Your treats here include selections ranging from wild halibut, fresh crayfish and Lombok softshell crab, as featured in its Cangrejo selection (IDR 40,000 or USD 3 each), served with seaweed alioli and a squid ink bun.

Conservas - famous Spanish seafood preserves in tins - include the Ventresca or tinned tuna belly (IDR 230,000 or USD 16) and are a true delight for seafood lovers with each mouthful due to their locked-in flavours. The Mejillones mussels in escabeche (IDR 170,000 or USD 12) also prove delightful, being well marinated in a combination of olive oil, vinegar, garlic and other herbs and spices.

For juicy meats done well, move onto the selections from MoVida’s Josper charcoal oven. This combination of a wood-fired grill and oven create delicious dishes such as the Pescado (IDR 260,000 or USD 19) whole baked halibut smothered in burnt butter, hazelnut and capers; Cerdo (IDR 180,000 or USD 13) 200g Balinese pork loin; and the Cordero (IDR 600,000 or USD 44) suckling lamb shoulder at a generous 700g, served with golden saffron potatoes.

Platters mostly go well for a sit-down meal for two. Sinful desserts include the Tarta De Santiago (IDR 90,000 or USD 6.50) almond fondant with Carajillo ice cream. For an exotic close to your meals, you can go for the pineapple gazpacho (IDR 70,000 or USD 5), served with coconut sorbet and tropical fruits or, from the bar, indulge in refreshing dessert cocktails such as the Panco (IDR 120,000 or USD 9), which is a pleasant mix of light rum, vanilla arak, white cacao, coconut cream and aromatic pandan syrup.

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