Unnerved by the threat of infamous evening rush-hour traffic (anything it takes to get to good food, right?!), Justin and I commuted to Seminyak twice. To be honest, traffic was not too bad (perhaps we were lucky?!) as the taxi ride took little short of an hour. Seminyak seems to be buzzing with life: vibrant restaurants, brightly-lit shopfronts and beach clubs.
For our first night in Seminyak we chose to dine at Métis Restaurant. Ever since Justin introduced me (or should I say corrupted my soul) to the art of fine dining, we both shared love for one ingredient – foie gras. For me, it is a luxurious and decadent ingredient which can taste heavenly when cooked right. Needless to say, when we learned that Métis has a whole section of the menu dedicated to foie dishes, we knew we had to book a table. Specializing in French Mediterranean cuisine I was happy to see that it came highly recommended as well (I’ve even read reviews that claim it is the best restaurant in Bali).
Most of the restaurants in Bali are acing interior design and Métis is not an exception, featuring authentic Balinese setting, with open-floor al fresco concept, draping plants and view of the paddy fields and lotus ponds. It would be suitable for all-day dining and any occasion, but it was particularly impressive at night – abuzz and oozing sassiness – and would be a perfect spot for a romantic date night.
Metis is helmed by French chef, Nicolas Tourneville who offers fish and seafood menu and meat dishes which include classics such as herb crusted rabbit confit. We decided to order a la carte this time to try a variety of dishes.
After a set of cocktails and a biteful of refreshing amuse bouche, we proceeded to a trio of tartar: beautiful chunks of tuna topped with salmon roe and bonito flakes; chunks of salmon topped with caviar quail eggs and Dijon mustard; white fish with avocado topped with salad. It was a delicious start to the meal.
As a second appetizer, I ordered a foie gras trilogy, while Justin opted for a pork belly salad. The later was a very flavorful dish with interesting textures. My plate featured pate served with different sweet condiments like fig, mango sauce, blueberry jam, etc. – all complimenting foie beautifully.
For the main course, we both ordered the restaurants signature Legendary Seared Foie Gras, which was a stack of foie and caramelized apples. While the foie itself was cooked beautifully and paired very well with the sweet and tart flavors of apple, we both thought there was too many apples which overwhelmed the dish. We left half of it out and it yielded a moreish bite.
I finished the dinner with a chocolate soufflé served alongside pistachio sauce – a combination that never disappoints.
Overall, while Metis didn’t impress us as Cuca and Mozaic did, It was good enough to deserve a second chance. I was very excited about the foie courses I ordered and really wanted to love them, but they didn’t bring anything inventive or exciting to the table. The tartar and pork belly courses we tried were more exciting. I do want to return because we had a beautiful night, and I truly enjoyed the overall atmosphere of the restaurant. The ambiance is outstanding – a perfect laid-back luxurious escape into tropical bliss.
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