Continuing on my stay at the Westin Resort & Spa in Nusa Dua, Bali, this post describes my dining experiences in the resort at 3 different dining spots. The resort had a variety of on-site dining establishments ranging from an Italian restaurant Prego, a Japanese restaurant Hanabe, a breakfast buffet restaurant Seasonal Tastes, a seafood restaurant offering lunches, a Spanish tapas bar Velada to themed dinners at Ikan Restaurant. For drinks and snacks, guests could head to the Kites Bar & Lounge by the lobby and at By-The-Water at the swimming pool.
Seafood Buffet at Ikan Restaurant
Being located quite far from the restaurants in Seminyak and wanting to make full use of the resort facilities, I had the seafood buffet dinner at Ikan Restaurant located between the swimming pool and the beach.
The prices for the buffet was IDR 495,000++ per person (~$37++) though I was able to pay using a BII Maybank credit card which offers diners 50% discount. While it was a seafood buffet, diners get one grilled lobster. The main draw is the seafood grill, which along with all the rest of the buffet was set outdoors while guests dine under the pavilion with the sea breeze.
As a buffet, there was a good spread of food all around, from a large variety of mixed salads to a do-it-yourself salad bar to a dedicated Japanese section with sushi and tempura. There are assorted cooked dishes featuring rice, noodle and dumplings to add to the variety for main courses aside from the various grilled seafood skewers.
Cocktail style prawns are also offered along with grilled vegetables like eggplants and zucchini on the salad bar.
A big draw to buffets for me was the dessert section and this one didn’t disappoint. There was a dedicated counter to frying bananas and jackfruit that was served with scoops of ice-cream available in several flavours. Then beside it there was a chocolate fountain with plenty of strawberries, marshmallow and cookies.
In the middle table, there was assorted cakes, tarts and fruits that meant diners with a sweet tooth is bound to enjoy this buffet. While it was enjoyable, I would not consider the grilled seafood to be of high quality since they can inconsistently get over-grilled.
Afternoon Tea at Kites Bar & Lounge
As a SPG Platinum member, I was provided with complimentary afternoon tea served at the Kites Bar & Lounge daily. Guests could order a selection of teas and coffees that was freshly brewed for beverages. In the centre of the lounge, there was a setup featuring several appetizers in minute bite-sizes on one side and sweet dessert treats on the other.
However, for the first afternoon, the tapas appetizers took some time to get replenished and they were wiped out clean by guests upon re-appearing. It seems they need to be faster in making them! The quality of the appetizers were generally not bad though they are cold tapas in general.
The dessert side features mini-pastries, fruit cocktails and scones that comes with all the trimmings of clotted cream and strawberry jam. For guests looking to skip lunch after a heavy breakfast, they can use the afternoon tea as a filler before dinner. And the setting inside the lobby overlooking the gardens of the resort makes it a nice place to unwind during the afternoon.
Breakfast at Seasonal Tastes
Every morning, breakfast is served at Seasonal Tastes restaurant and it is a large enough restaurant to cater to guests staying in the resort. For guests who do not have breakfast included, I find the spread in Balinese resorts to be good enough to pay the added cost. Like most breakfast buffet in Asia, there is the ubiquitous egg station and to cater to the number of diners, there are up to 3 such stations spread across the buffet area.
There is also a noodle bar with numerous condiments and a staff member making it to order. This counter is beside other stir-fry dishes like fried rice, vegetables or even pad thai on some days.
Because this is Indonesia, there are crackers inside a jar with various chilli sauce oils to enhance the flavour naturally. This is perhaps why even Indonesians like to holiday in Bali!
The buffet has a western cuisine section and besides the usual pork (non-halal) sausage and bacon, there are special dishes likes pizza, quiches and sliced ham. These would certainly help guests going for a late hearty brunch in the resort.
Catering to vegetarians, the buffet also has grilled vegetables and numerous vegetarian dishes like quiches. Diners could also select from the Indian section where on both days, there was a change of dishes featuring rotis and samosas.
Other Asian guests would be delighted to avail themselves to classic Indonesian dishes like corn fritters, congee and chicken soups.
There is a Japanese section on the main buffet with miso soup, sushi, or soba depending on the day and grilled fish or some teriyaki chicken.
With the numerous choices and plenty to choose from, it was easy to get multiple servings on this breakfast buffet. The first round could comprise of eggs, sausages and bacons for the classic breakfast staple while a second round could be a sampler of Asian dishes like fried spring rolls and corn fritters.
And then there is more for the sweet treats. In the bakery department, there are assorted pastries, donuts and toast for those who need the dough.
Otherwise there are plenty more sweets on a special section with waffles, French toast and pancakes. The dessert counter also hosts a made-to-order crepes with bananas, nutella and strawberry or just a plain waffle with toppings to choose from. Diners could even add ice cream to their crepes or waffles for that super breakfast!
For a healthier sweet breakfast, there are various flavoured honey to choose from that diners could add to assorted yogurts with granola. There are also fruit compotes to add to the pancakes or to have it in their own.
Otherwise the buffet has the traditional cut fruits with watermelon, honeydew and pineapples. As a tropical country, there are bananas and the fruits like passionfruit and salak (snake-skin fruit).
While the range of food was impressive, there was also chocolate milk on top of whole and low fat milk for guests to enjoy with their cereal. There is also juices to choose from for drinks and coffee or tea made to order. I was able to order premium coffees like cappuccinos and lattes as well. However I do prefer the coffee served in the Four Points Kuta, as I am slightly more picky when it comes to a good cup of coffee.
As a Balinese resort, the breakfast is to par. Compared to many other hotels, the breakfast here was spectacular and it is very easy to eat heartily to last you for half a day as you go and sun-tan or just laze by the beach.
Referencing the rate of less than $200 for one night, the inclusions of a great breakfast and a nice afternoon tea does provide for a near inclusive experience. Even dining inside the resort, the food was not overly expensive and it is possible to spend just an extra $30 per person for dinner time for a great meal while enjoying the fantastic ambience of dining near the beach with live entertainment. That would certainly allow guests to maximize the use of their time spent in the resort and get the most out of their stay! Due to the extensive food photos, more pictures of my stay in the Westin can be found in my Flickr album.