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Echo Beach Cafe.....

Relaxing at the Seaside!

Echo Beach Café is directly behind the temple at Echo Beach at Canggu [in the shadow of the new massive Sea Sentosa], but not to be confused with the long established Echo Beach House. It is at the end of its own paved road just before the beach road. It is café by day and restaurant by night.

Start with their all day breakfast, many options but the Big Breakfast is an Aussie special with the works [2 eggs, baked beans, grilled tomato, sausage, bacon, mushrooms and toast]! Or you can have Eggs Benedict if you prefer? A simple breakfast can be Banana Bread Toast or a Ham and Cheese sandwich or croissant. For me an Omelette filled with beans, bacon and cheese.

International snacks and light meals and a selection of standard Indonesian dishes feature in their lunch menu. Sandwiches, plain or toasted, with a variety if fillings are provided on a wide range of breads; white or brown, sourdough, baguettes, wraps or rolls. There are a few Pizzas including the Aussie favourite, Hawaiian [ham, cheese and pineapple]. Bangers & Mash and Fish & Chips are standard fare on any seaside menu for English speakers and then there are Hot Dogs and Burgers for those influenced by the USA.

Whilst there two different menus, for day and night, most dishes are available at either time, so always check the other menu. A special menu for the children; chicken nuggets or grilled chicken strips or fish fingers with chips, a mini Pizza [Aussie Hawaiian of course, with ham, cheese and pineapple] and the mandatory Hot Dog! The Gelato is on the way!

Dinner time and the restaurant cuisine becomes more Asian with an interesting range of dishes. From Thailand Kai Thot Takhrai [served in boneless strips, chicken marinated in lemongrass with an accompanying dip], Tod Man Pla [fish cakes], the ambrosial soup Tom Kha Gai, Pik Kai Sot Sai Thot [stuffed chicken wings, actually they are what is usually referred to as drumlets, the meat shoulder part with wing bone attached for easy eating, accompanied by a tangy kitchen produced BBQ sauce, very good] and the Thai version of Chicken and Cashews. Add a few Thai stir-fry dishes that they have and you almost have a full Thai menu as found elsewhere in Bali, many of the dishes are those found regularly and very popular in the many Thai restaurants of suburban Sydney.

From Japan a starter of Gyoza [dumplings, stolen from the Chinese and improved on by the Japanese, of chicken and vegetables first steamed then pan fried on one side only], Ramen Noodles with chicken or a Katsu Curry. Chicken Karage salad and Beef Sukiyaki which is not so often seen in Japanese restaurants in Bali as in Japan it is more often served only in a specialty Sukiyaki House. From China, Hainan Chicken Rice [pictured] a dish that is becoming almost international, the chicken steamed and simmered in a special broth and the same broth used to prepare the unique rice. You have never had chicken this tender, moist and tasty!

Indonesia has many snacks/entrees on both lunch and dinner menus, one that is commonly available but rarely done as well as here is the bergedel-like Corn Fritters, these one are full of kernels and perfectly moist, and a version of Martabak, these being small squares wrapped in a thin crunchy pastry, perfect for snacking! Then for mains there is that wonderful Opor Ayam [chicken breast in coconut milk] or the spicy Ayam Kalisan and from Bali the classic Ayam Betutu. Sumatra?s Beef Rendang nicely spiced and Ayam Bakar grilled marinated chicken. Fried Rice is offered all three ways, Indonesian, Thai or Japanese.

Fresh, clean and friendly and all at budget prices. Echo Beach Café is a place where you can relax and enjoy a leisurely meal or snack away to while away your time, great value. There is always a cooling breeze from the sea which makes it even more comfortable.

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Echo Beach Cafe
Address:
Echo Beach,
Canggu.
Phone:
913.3320
Open:
All day dining, cafe by day, restaurant by night.
Bookings:
No
Parking:
Front of cafe.
Price:
Rp. 400,000 for two [+ drinks]
Credit Cards:
- Mastercard
- Visa
Food:
International
Wine:
Medium list.
Service:
Casual and friendly.
Atmosphere:
Seaside relaxing.
Overall:
Good taste, great value!
Last Reviewed:
September 2013
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