F&B in Bali moves swiftly, to a point where it can get a little overwhelming to keep up with all the latest happenings. Opening in March of last year, NOAA Social Dining is, at first glance is a stunning and vibrant dining spot.
The restaurant has a warm space featuring contemporary design, consisting of floor-to-ceiling glass windows and stylish furniture; which honestly reminds us a little of restaurants in Jakarta.
A quick glance at the menu may have you a little confused because NOAA has got a bit of everything. Dim sum, sushi rolls and pizzas from the same kitchen here.
It was Lombok Oysters (IDR160K/US$12) got quite the fresh and tasty selection, served on ice with sambal matah (raw, spicy shallot salsa) and ponzu sauce.
Next, the Dragon Roll (IDR99K/US$7.25) — which comprised of tempura prawns, avocado, cucumber and dynamite sauce — was not exactly the best sushi roll we’ve had. The taste was decent.
The Chicken Shumai (IDR60K/US$4.4) came with a twist: a soto (traditional Indonesian soup) broth that made a world difference. While the texture of the shumai itself is a lot more firm compared to most shumai we’ve had for dim sum, it goes well with the broth to make for enjoyable bites. The broth itself is savory and a bit on the thick side, and just a little bit spicy — but we believe this might just qualify as comfort food.
Meanwhile, the Grilled Octopus (IDR105K/US$7.7) was served with roasted peppers, baby leeks, pickled banana blossom, and sambal Hijau (green chili paste). This one is pretty pungent, both in flavor and smell, and the smoky flavor blends well with that delicious sambal Hijau.
As for beverages, you can begin with the Tangerine Crush (IDR130K/US$9.5), which takes the tart from the tangerine and basil herb aroma, and mixed it with vodka and for a refreshing kick.
And the Veg N Nuts milkshake (IDR55K/US$4), on the other hand, is quite a crowd-pleaser as the vanilla ice cream, blended avocado, nuts, milk, honey and cream.
And you can try the Banana Chocolate Cake (IDR90K/US$6.6). It was sweet but also light in a way that doesn’t make you feel like you had too much sugar. It’s served with peanut butter, salted caramel gelato, brûléed banana and candied peanuts — all the markings of a lovely finish to what was a memorable meal.
NOAA Social Dining is at Jl. Petitenget No. 2000X
Opens everyday, 8am to 11.30pm