Ratatouille is the name lf the restaurant so you may think it serves French cuisine. No the management is Dutch and there is a considerable Dutch menu amongst the local and international offerings, and only a couple of French!
The site in Northern Sanur has quite a history, being where Massimo originally made his name locally when it was The Village, later it became Figaro for a short time, also Italian, but now it has been Ratatouille for the past few years, and a popular haunt of many local expats and visiting tourists.
A pleasant garden setting that surrounds running water, a side covered terrace and a large inside dining room, the staff old style, friendly and very helpful. This is a place where you can come to relax and enjoy, with no hassles.
Entrees are very limited [Spring Rolls with Thai sweet chilli sauce and Calamari Rings with cheese] but there is one that I like very much, Martabak. Not 100% original as it is wrapped in Phyllo pastry but very good none the less. The excellent filling of curried minced beef, egg and finely diced vegetables is partnered with the correct cucumber relish, very good indeed!
Salads are the usual [Chef, Greek and Caesar] plus that Ratatouille [originally a tossed salad of stewed vegetables, from Nice, France] but here it is served Franco-Italian style with pasta or Franco-Indonesian with rice. A dish for the vegetarians is Sambal Goreng Tahu, tofu and vegetables in a spicy coconut sauce.
Soup is Tomato and Basil or the Dutch special of Oma?s Groentensoep, a clear vegetable soup. Pasta can be Spaghetti or Penne, Bolognese or Carbonara. As Ratatouille is an all day dining establishment there are sandwiches, a ?Fly Over? ??, triple decker sandwich, club style, with chicken, egg, bacon, lettuce, cheese, onion and tomato, or that Bali staple, Ham & Cheese Jaffle.
It is as a Dutch restaurant that Ratatouille is best known. Naturally they serve Uitsmijter, 3 eggs, ham cheese and bread, the Dutch breakfast [or brunch], Fricandel, Bitterballen and Huzarenslaatje [cold meats with toast]. Ballen Gehakt is meat balls with salad and fries, Hutspot met Rookwurst is a vegetable stew with sausage added. Zuurkool met Kasseler is smoked pork with sauerkraut.
Shoarna is a popular Dutch dish stolen from the Arab countries where they all have their own versions using lamb, chicken, turkey, beef or veal but never pork, but that is what it is here, shaved pork stuffed inside a pocket of pita bread, good taste but a little chewy, maybe chicken would be better? Hachee met rode kool is a beef stew with mashed potatoes and onions.
International dishes include the very English Cottage Pie [minced beef topped with mashed potato and cheese] or Fish & Chips. The BBQ Spare Ribs they do their own way, the Schnitzel [pork] straight from Vienna and a Stroganoff [very Hungarian] strangely described as Italian style ,,..perhaps no paprika?
Chicken Kiev [pictured] is from the troubled Ukraine, a dish that has become international, but this version is different, the rolled breast stuffed with herb butter and ham, bread-crumbed then deep-fried, cross-sliced and topped with parsley mustard sauce, almost a sambal. The chicken is very tender, mashed potatoes topped with large onion rings are added which makes it a very large serve as all are here. The Sesame Chicken is stuffed with bacon and much cheese and their Chicken Cordon Bleu is with a capsicum red wine sauce, topped with onion rings.
Local cuisine is available, all Bali?s most popular dishesl Ayam Kecap, Sapi Rendang, Ayam Asam Manis, Jejeruk [meat curries], Udang Metunu [grilled prawns], Satays, Nyat-nyat Siap [chicken and potato curry] and Cram Cam [seafood stew]. With a prior reservation Ratatouille will prepare the full Rijsttafel with 21 courses [Rp.350,000++ for 2 persons, min order]. Daily fresh fish, crabs and prawns are grilled over charcoal, they can be ordered separately or from a selection of mixed seafood combinations.
Just for this month of March popular Dutch singer Ben Heart performs Monday and Thursday evenings from 7.00 p.m. Very popular and very busy so early arrival and/or bookings are suggested.
Ratatouille serves basic well prepared food in a pleasant setting. The low prices become even cheaper when you consider the extra large servings. Guaranteed to cure the hunger pains of anyone, Dutch or French!