One of the places on our must-visit list on this trip was Merah Putih, a modern Balinese restaurant (think Balinese food with a slightly modern twist in nice surroundings), after having read good reviews of the restaurant.
We decided to make it one of our first stops, so we can potentially re-visit it if we like it – and we did! So yeah, we actually went to Merah Putih twice – once for lunch and another time for dinner.
The restaurant is located along Jalan Petitenget, with a rather non-descript exterior.
The interior was a pleasant surprise, with floor to ceiling (very high ceiling, i might add!) glass, which makes it feel like you’re dining al fresco, except that you’re in air-conditioned comfort!
On to the food proper, when we visited for lunch, we ordered a couple of starters for sharing, with a main each.
Char-grilled squid & baby octopus with potatoes and shallots
The chicken sate was more substantial than expected, and comprised of big chunks of tender, grilled chicken thighs. The squid dish was Merah Putih’s interpretation of cumi bakar, and the char flavour was yummy and char-ey 🙂
Soto Ayam Surabaya
The Babi Guling was, of course, B’s main. His review was that even though the portion does not look big, it was more than sufficient as it was extremely rich, and it was served with the merah putih (red and white) rice, which further helped to fill one up.
My Soto Ayam Surabaya was flavourful, and the mix of ingredients was interesting. The soup contained glass noodles, vegetables, little quail eggs and 2 types of chicken – poached and tempura. It was also served with a side of potato fritters and merah putih rice.
In addition to the food, there were also interesting Merah Pu-tea drinks, and I ordered the Lychee & Kemangi Merah Pu-tea to go with my meal.
Finally, we finished off with desserts, sharing a Pie Susu (palm sugar tart) and assorted sorbet. The refreshing guava sorbet complemented the rich and caramel-like Pie Susu. It was a most satisfying meal indeed!
As we enjoyed our lunch at Merah Putih so much, and since the items on the dinner menu are different from the lunch menu, we made a return trip to Merah Putih on our last day, grabbing an early-ish dinner there before leaving for the airport.
We were served with a small bowl of soto ayam as an amuse bouche, which I was really pleased with, as I really enjoyed the Soto Ayam Surabaya a couple of days ago. The broth was as flavourful as I remembered it to be, and it was so comforting to be sipping chicken soup while dusk falls and the restaurant becomes bathed in the orange glow of sunset (and romantic indoor lighting).
We decided to order 2 small plate items and 1 big plate special to share.
Grilled Lobster Beehoon
Of the 2 small plate dishes, I prefered the Ayam Goreng, as the chicken was well-seasoned and crispy. The soft-shell crab dish was alright, but nothing to shout about, as decent soft-shell crab dishes are available in many places.
The highlight of the dish was definitely the lobster beehoon. The grilled lobster was tender and fresh, and the slightly spicy accompanying beehoon gave the dish a nice kick!
After the 2 meals at Merah Putih, I am definitely a fan! Will definitely return on my next visit to Bali (if the restaurant is still in business)!
Jl Petitenget No 100x