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August 31st, 2010

METIS!

“Metis” means mestiso or mixed in French!  One of the most sought after restaurants in Bali! Securing a table means making a booking at least a week in advance.  We only decided that afternoon that we wanted to go to this beautiful restaurant.  Good thing I have friends in high places. LOL!  We were able to get a seating at 9pm.

Imagine the setting – an elegant U shaped space in the middle of the rice paddies.  Every single element in the restaurant is a study in hushed elegance.  As you enter, a gallery is presented to you with the most interesting oddities.  Each piece has the potential to becoming an elegant souvenir of Bali.  There are two other small boutiques lining the restaurant: one selling jewelry and the other selling doodads and whatnots.  I love this concept of shopping/dining as both are my most favorite activity. LOL!

 A gorgeous gallery greets you as you enter METIS.

A gorgeous gallery greets you as you enter METIS.

 This is the bar area where we waited for  our table.

This is the bar area where we waited for our table.

 The view of the restaurant from the Bar.

The view of the restaurant from the Bar.

I love the Hacienda feel of the place!

I love the Hacienda feel of the place!

Out table was not ready as of 9pm so we were led to the bar.  The bar was on top of the rice paddies and I found this quite amusing as I never thought of rice paddies as elegant but somehow in this setting, elegance is really the apt description.   While at the bar, we discovered the most delicious chocolate martini on the planet, Nix and Charina downed two of these before dinner. LOL!  I took that as a sign that this will be one unforgettable evening.

 Wish this was out table but alas we had to wait another 45 minutes.

Wish this was out table but alas we had to wait another 45 minutes.

 The restaurant was so packed!

The restaurant was so packed!

 NIx and Charina lounging in the bar.

NIx and Charina lounging in the bar.

Walked around the restaurant and found the stairs to the second level. I like it!

Walked around the restaurant and found the stairs to the second level. I like it!

 The view from the top.

The view from the top.

Our table took quite some time to be available and after waiting for 45 minutes we finally got our table.  On normal occasions, this would have driven me batty but since we were all having such a great time, we all got past the wait very quickly.

Me and my friend Frank!  Funny that most of us wore the same color that night!

Me and my friend Frank! Funny that most of us wore the same color that night!

Olivier showing me some wine suggestions!  I love his choices!

Olivier showing me some wine suggestions! I love his choices!

 Love birds!  Uri & Charina!

Love birds! Uri & Charina!

The menu was beautiful – a true mix of dishes that really defined what Metis was all about. Simple food executed in the most tantalizing ways.  I will let my photos tell the story for all of you!  If you only eat out in Bali once, you have to make this METIS!  You will not regret it!

 Olivier and Uri started with the  Tar-Tar plater, 3 versions of a Tar-Tar, Tuna, White bait and salmon.

Olivier and Uri started with the Tar-Tar plater, 3 versions of a Tar-Tar, Tuna, White bait and salmon.

 Jed ordered the deadly Foie Gras special!  OMG!  Just looking at it already gives me a heart attack!  LOL!

Jed ordered the deadly Foie Gras special! OMG! Just looking at it already gives me a heart attack! LOL!

Then came some escargot, which was packed into some mushrooms!

Then came some escargot, which was packed into some mushrooms!

 Tried to be healthy  by ordering a goat cheese salad with roasted tomatoes!  It was beautiful!

Tried to be healthy by ordering a goat cheese salad with roasted tomatoes! It was beautiful!

 Nix had some perfectly cooked pork belly!  The flavor reminded me of Lechon kawali.

Nix had some perfectly cooked pork belly! The flavor reminded me of Lechon kawali.

Shared the grilled seafood platter with Olivier which was perfect!!!!

Shared the grilled seafood platter with Olivier which was perfect!!!!

 Nix and Olivier.

Nix and Olivier.

 Then came the beautiful soufle'!   It was just presented in a really beautiful way!

Then came the beautiful soufle'! It was just presented in a really beautiful way!

 We also ordered the rasberry soufle' which was heavenly!

We also ordered the rasberry soufle' which was heavenly!

 Frank had to have some lemon tart!  I did not try it but it looked like a smore.

Frank had to have some lemon tart! I did not try it but it looked like a smore.

 The cocktail of the night!  The best chocolate martini I have ever tasted!

The cocktail of the night! The best chocolate martini I have ever tasted!

 The facade of Metis!  Thank you for a beautiful evening!

The facade of Metis! Thank you for a beautiful evening!

HUGS!

RAJO!

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