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Dinner With A View On Rice Paddies at Sardine, Seminyak

As the restaurant’s name implies, Sardine specializes in fish & seafood. No meat here. This restaurant is addressed to fish lovers and seafood addicts. If you are looking for an enjoyable fishy meal in Bali with breathtaking views, this is for you.

Sardine is housed in a large airy pavilion made out of an eco-bamboo construction and surrounded by rice fields. As soon as you enter the restaurant, your first impression is “wow”. The setting and decor are beautiful. Everything is made out of bamboo, rattan and wood. The ambiance is classy and romantic, natural and warm. It is a perfect charming place for a quiet and relaxed meal.

Sardine is not only amazing by its interior structure but also its outdoor ambiance. It has a beautiful lounge outdoor and a view on rice paddy fields at the back of the restaurant.

When I visited Sardine, I had not made a reservation but the kind staff immediately accommodated me. The tables at the back of the restaurant were fully booked and I was offered a seat in the front side, which was fine. I was facing the massive bamboo bar cutting the restaurant in half and these big dark eyes above it which were keeping an eye on the restaurant.

Sardine serves fusion food. It mostly consists of western dishes with an asian touch. The fresh seafood comes from the nearby fishing village called Jimbaran, while the organic vegetables and rice come from Sardine’s own farm. The cuisine is healthy and focuses on seafood.

Once I ordered, I received a complimentary basket of fresh bread and salted butter. The bread was really nice and it felt so good having some after a few weeks away from home.

Following that, I was offered an appetizer, which looked like a california roll, stuffed with veggies and fish of course. I found it nice and interesting.

As a starter, I had the manis clams steamed in coconut milk, lemongrass and kaffir lime. In fact, I am a big fan of clams.

As main dish, I had the grilled whole fish “Jimbaran style”, which was accompanied with veggies, organic brown rice and sambal (a local condiment). The fish was fresh, good and more than sufficient to fulfill gargantuan appetites. 

As soon as I finished my dinner, the restaurant manager kindly invited me to finish my glass of wine at the lounge area at the back of the restaurant so that I could enjoy the rice paddies view.

It was a very nice gesture from the staff and I enjoyed having my glass of wine in the outdoor beautiful lounge, admiring the scenery.

Overall, I had a nice evening at Sardine, despite the fact that it felt a little touristy. The setting was wonderful and the food was fresh. Also, the staff was very nice, fast and polite. They consistently checked on me throughout the dinner to make sure that I was having a great evening.

I would recommend you pay a visit at least once if you have never been. The atmosphere is totally worth it. However, I would highly advise that you book a table in advance, if you want to enjoy your meal while watching the rice paddies.

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