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Retro Kafe.....

What is Retro?

Every word that starts with ?retro? refers to the past, or about living in the past. This Retro, in Sanur, is quite a modern little café! Yet another example of strange business names for Bali!

Whoever designed the table settings here, though, obviously does not go to restaurants! Tall backed chairs that sit so low up against the high tables, that you virtually eat just under your chin! Which is a shame, because this is a very friendly and inexpensive café. Simple food, but still excellent value. The staff attempt to ensure that you enjoy your visits to Retro. Live Jazz on Thursday and Sunday evenings, is a plus for those who need or want some entertainment with their food!

Like most of the offerings here, the entrees are simple but effective. A Shrimp Cocktail, Diced Chicken and Pineapple, Vegetarian Spring Rolls or Calamari Rings with tartar sauce [at Rp. 10,500, is the most expensive!].

Similar prices exist for the soups [a Fish with Ginger, Tomato or an Indonesian Soto Ayam] and the salads [Caesar or a Chef?s Deluxe; ham, cheese, chicken, egg wedges, tomato, cucumber and peppers].

Steak can be had in Pepper style or Bordelaise [red wine sauce]. A Beef Stroganof is strips of beef cooked in a paprika sauce and served with a rice pillaf. The Chicken Steak arrives covered with a thick mushroom sauce, or can be ordered Picata style; dipped in egg and pan fried, then served with fried potatoes and vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce.

Both the Wiener Schnitzel and the Cordon Bleu use escalopes of pork. Whilst the Tuna is either Grilled, with a garlic butter, or Oven-Baked, with boiled potatoes and a brown butter sauce.

The usual café menu exists for those any-time snacks; Spaghetti [Bolognese, Marinara or Neapolitan], Sandwiches [BLT or Club] or good old-fashioned finger food in a Chicken in the Basket or a plate of Fish & Chips.

The Crepe Suzettes are served with a sauce that has been laced with Grand Marnier!

The Indonesian menu is small but includes most standard items. A good Rendang Daging Sapi [beef chunks cooked in well-spiced coconut milk, Sumatran style] exits. As does Udang Metunu [grilled prawns with a shallot sambal]. Pepes Ikan & Udang is marinated fish and prawns grilled whilst wrapped in a banana leaf], and a Sate Campur is a mixed collection of sate; beef, chicken and pork.

Excellent value is the Indonesian Rijstafel, at Rp. 60,000 for two persons, consisting of six small but different courses. Likewise the Jumbo Seafood Platter at Rp. 65,000 for two, has a baby lobster, prawns, fish, squid, crabs and fried potatoes.

All in all, simple food that is well-presented and always represents good value, in a most relaxing atmosphere.

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QUICK REVIEW
Retro Kafe
Address:
Jln. D. Tamblingan,
Sanur.
Phone:
282.472
Open:
8.00 a.m. to 11.00 p.m., daily.
Bookings:
No
Parking:
Street only.
Price:
Rp. 100,000 for 2 [+ drinks].
Credit Cards:
- MC
- Visa
Food:
International and Indonesian.
Wine:
Limited.
Service:
Very friendly!
Atmosphere:
Pleasant clean cafe, with live jazz.
Overall:
Simple, but excellent value!
Last Reviewed:
October 2001.
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