What are Langustinos? They look like a very large prawn, but have two pairs of nippers. Farm bred in Bali, they are predominately for export, so the last place you would expect to see them featuring on the menu is in a small café up on the hill behind Lipah Beach, just south of Amed!
But what an excellent little café, is Restaurant Gede! The food is produced with the attention to detail often missing in many a more exotic location. Local fresh seafood dominates the menu.
Start with a Seafood Cocktail, a mixture of fresh fish, squid and pineapple pieces, tossed in a tangy cocktail sauce. The Garlic Prawns are fresh prawns served in a creamy garlic sauce.
Chicken Coconut Milk Soup is pieces of chicken with dry lime leaves, lemongrass, ginger and chilli in coconut milk. That Thai Tom Yang Kung is the usual hot and sour shrimp soup, but at Gede it has fish and squid pieces added, as well as coconut milk. Very Different!
The Prawn Salad is served in a pineapple boat, with finely chopped cabbage, avocado, onion and a 1000 Island Dressing. The Sunshine Fruit Salad [no, not a dessert] is most unusual! Pieces of water melon, honey melon, papaya and pineapple have been marinated, then combined with sliced tomato, cocktail potatoes and served on lettuce. Very healthy!
An Apple, Pineapple and Chicken Salad, combines those ingredients with tomato and lettuce and is then tossed with a mayonnaise. A rather special Potato Salad has cocktail potatoes with a hard boiled egg, finely chopped celery and spring onions with rosemary and thyme leaves in a tasty dressing.
For those anytime snacks, there are Jaffles [ham, bacon, cheese, tomato, onion or even banana], or Sandwiches [including a tasty Club Sandwich: lettuce, egg, cheese, tomato, onion, ham, cucumber and bacon]. Also a Woodcutter Omelette, with mushrooms, ham, bacon, cheese and corn.
Potato and Shrimp Cakes are chopped shrimp meat combined with potato, cheese and butter, then served with a black bean sauce. The Honey Chilli Chicken is deep-fried strips of battered chicken with a mixture of honey, onion, spring onion, chilli and ginger. This I could eat forever! Chicken Mandarin is sauteed pieces of chicken with sweet soy and star anise!
Chicken can be had about another ten other ways, if you prefer, including with a sweet and sour sauce or mushrooms. Black Bean Chicken is slices of same, stir-fried with garlic, onion, shallots, capsicums, black beans, sherry, ginger and sugar. Quite sensational!
Pork Anise is sliced pork, stir-fried in star anise. Whilst the Pork Spare Ribs are grilled with a rather unique BBQ sauce, and come in three plate sizes: Small, Large or Jumbo!
Beef Stroganoff is slices of beef that have been sautéed in garlic butter with onions, fresh tomatoes and mushrooms. The Satays come in every way imaginable: chicken, pork, beef, fish, shrimps, prawns or squid. Mixed Satays can also be ordered, consisiting of all meat or seafood.
In the general area, fish often just means tuna, which is after all the cheapest local catch. At Restaurant Gede, a board tells you what is available from today?s catch, and it is often quite extensive. Your selected fish can be grilled, steamed or deep-fried in batter. Accompanying sauces can be garlic butter, sweet & sour, hot ginger, black beans, BBQ [that sauce again] or curry.
Local Squid is available barbecued or deep-fried in batter with sweet & sour or hot ginger sauces or stir-fried simply, with chilli, in a fresh tomato sauce.
Ikan Asap is whole fish [usually around Rp.98,000 per kg.]. There are two Seafood Combination Spreads. Firstly, for two persons @ Rp. 165,000, a platter that includes fresh fish, squid, shrimps, and those langustinos [whole]. Whilst the Monster Seafood Combination version [for three persons] costs Rp.225,000.
Now we come to those wonderful Langustinos! Their meat is incredibly sweet, and combines well with a sauce that has a bit of bite, such as a garlic butter or spicy sweet & sour or chilli and tomato. You can have them grilled or stir-fried in the wok. They can also be steamed and then finished off in the wok with chopped onions, celery and a touch of sherry!
Restaurant Gede has quite a few vegetarian offerings. Apart from those already mentioned there is a Green Papaya Curry, young papaya in a coconut milk curry, Oseng Oseng, young green Indonesian longbeans in a hot chilli sauce. Tahu Goreng is small, soft soya bean cakes with sweet soy and green chilli.
A most comprehensive menu, friendly service and a pleasant location, on the hillside, overlooking the bay. An incredible find, in the middle of nowhere! That whole strip, south of Amed, continues to amaze me, with the value that it offers. No wonder that my favourite little hotel is often already fully booked, when I suddenly decide to travel to Bali's north-eastern coast!
Latest Visit: What a sad change from one of our favourites! Quality still usually great [depending on who is in kitchen at the time] but prices have doubled! How to ruin a good thing, overnight!