The Cottages at Hidden Paradise were amongst the first built at Lipah Beach, one of the many fishing villages that make up the area generally referred to as Amed.
Knowing this history of the place, one of the first things that you notice is the level of maintenance. In Bali, due to the constant sun and often a sad lack of maintenance, it is not unusual to find new buildings that already look old and dilapidated. Hidden Paradise looks almost new! A credit to it?s management, belying the fact that it was built before 1990. Even the many gardens, and water pools, are well maintained.
And that is where you eat at Hidden Paradise, down in the garden. You are almost on the beach. In fact you view the beach, and the limitless seas beyond, from the raised area that is the restaurant.
Like most of the surrounding cafes and restaurants, the food is a mixture of general International fare and local Indonesian [with a strong Indonesian-Chinese influence].
Entrees include a Chicken Avocado Salad or a Shrimp Cocktail. A Soup of Chicken and Asparagus or Crab and Corn. The usual snacks abound, such as the International Hamburger, with or without cheese. BLT?s and Club Sandwiches.
Traditional Satays can consist of chicken, pork, beef or fish. All come with that special peanut sauce The five Pasta dishes [all spaghetti] include a Bolognaise, Carbonara and seafood Marinara.
Mie Goreng is Indonesia?s fried noodles. Cap Cay is a stir-fried vegetable dish, but at Hidden Paradise it can also be combined with chicken or shrimps, if you prefer. Gado-Gado is that great steamed vegetable dish, covered with a tangy peanut curry sauce.
Chicken can be ordered in Babar style [Indonesian-Chinese], Fried with Onion, Sweet and Sour, or stir-fried with Mushrooms. In more traditional Indonesian style you can have Ayam Pelaleh [strips of chicken with chillis and lime], Ayam Bumbu Bali [fried with sliced chillis and Balinese spices] or Pepes Ayam [wrapped in a banana leaf]. If you are staying for a couple of days, then order a Ayam Tutu the day before and enjoy a Balinese speciality. Whole Chicken slowly steamed in Balinese spices.
Babi [pork] is available with a Sweet and Sour sauce, Hot Ginger or with Black Beans. The Indonesian style Curry dishes can be Beef, Chicken or Fish. Fish can be Fried in Batter, stir-fried with Hot Ginger, or served with a Garlic Butter. All fish can be either grilled or steamed, and the Fisherman?s Basket includes fish, shrimps, prawn and squid, all served in batter.
Prawn can be grilled or opened up and served as cutlets. They can be with Hot Ginger or Garlic Butter. Cumi-Cumi [squid] comes in Butter, Black Bean or Chilli sauces or simply with Kikkoman Soy. Finish with a Pancake! Stuffed with Banana or Pineapple, or just the traditional Bali Pancake [coconut and syrup].
Wine is available by the glass or bottle [French], and the service is, like most of this area, very friendly and agreeable.
People come to Amed to relax and switch off from the world. You can certainly do that at Hidden Paradise.