Red Drum in Bali

African and Caribbean Cuisine and Music North of Seminyak

(Red Drum Bali closed down mid 2014 and is now Ingka Restaurant)

Red Drum Bali presents as Bali's first African and Caribbean-themed restaurant; a vibrant and attractive venue with bright blue walls (a striking contrast to its name) on Jalan Mertanadi, one of the many side streets off Seminyak’s end of the extended Sunset Road. Only several minutes north of Seminyak’s main hub, which is also home to most of the island’s famous restaurants and bars, Red Drum adds to the variety of dining options in Bali’s upmarket beach resort area. And with African bands and DJs listed on its weekly agenda, it has added colour to the nightlife scene, too!

There are several venues that already serve Caribbean delights on the island, but Red Drum presents its own appeal through exciting African cuisine. Some of the menu selections introduce decidedly exotic flavours to unaccustomed taste buds, nevertheless, food presentations are very attractive, beckoning patrons to discover new tastes, and with well-priced drinks and moving entertainment in the form of drumming beats and lively African rhythms as an accompaniment, Red Drum promises a great evening out in Kerobokan. Live music sessions are the main feature on Friday and Sunday nights, with favourite performers such as Bali-based Afronesia, a world music band presenting cool fusions of Afro-jazz, salsa, reggae and bossanova.

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Step beyond the green lawn and blue façade and you’ll enter the contrasting, dominant pink and red interiors of the restaurant foyer. In the main dining area, floor tiles are black-and-white and the corners of the main hall featuring bright and colourful round glass-top iron tables with light blue cushioned chairs. Open-beam ceilings are clean white and circular lamps hang low, and on the far sides of the room are zebra-motif sofas. African tribal décor adorns the walls behind the bar and a lounge area is in another corner with black sofas and more tribal motif cushions.

Must-tries at Red Drum include the Congo-style coconut lemon fish curry served with yellow chicken-flavoured rice (perhaps prepared similar to Oriental-style chicken rice), presenting a wonderful marriage of flavours and textures with every mouthful. Another is the tuna steak grilled with East African vegetable curry aioli and served with greens topped with savoury sauce. But before diving into the mains off the grills and woks, you can start with attractive appetizers such as Mozambican chilli chicken wings, Baradero Havana creamy potatoes, or a dish of Senegali spicy and crispy eggplant. Organic salads include tasty mixes of couscous served with tomatoes, bell peppers and raisin parsley, and a combination of grainy quinoa, sweet corn, carrots, coriander and yellow paprika.

There is a wide selection of desserts, and to wash these all down there is a great list of smoothies, fresh juices, and an interesting selection of African-named mixed beverages. Try Thwandiwe, a blend of pure sugarcane juice with lime and mint; Chukwuemeka, comprising watermelon, cantaloupe, pumpkin and strawberry juice; or the aromatic and very refreshing Tafadswa, a mix of rosella, edible flowers, Bali’s Kintamani orange, lime, longan and honey. The Olujimi Gold is a great tropical presentation, with a blend of jackfruit, coconut water, galangal and lime served in a coconut. A great selection of (African named) loose teapot and iced teas are also on the extensive drink list, and Red Drum is also plans to open earlier in the afternoon to highlight their high teas.

Red Drum Bali

  • Opening Hours: Tue-Sun, 18:00-24:00
  • Location: Jalan Mertanadi No.80, Kerobokan, Seminyak
  • Tel: +62 (0)361 735 219
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