Elaborately furnished cafe- appealing blend of traditional Balinese & European aesthetics & cuisines
July 21st, 2014
A harmonious confluence of traditional Balinese architecture with vintage European-inspired interior design, Balique is the remarkably attractive cafe opened in 2012 by Bali-based Belgian design/ restaurateur couple Blaise Samoy and Zohra Boukhari. Idyllically set on a leafy stretch of road that passes through the Jimbaran fishing village, Balique is an alluring haven, discretely detached from the bustle of Bali’s mainstream tourist-centric areas. A voluminous wooden pavilion with soaring ceilings and open layout, Balique welcomes guests with its spacious and refined interior. Exquisitely furnished and meticulously detailed- timber dining tables and chairs finished with a colorful palette of patinas combine comfortably with elegant vintage sofa settings- interspersed with an elaborate assemblage of antiques and objets d’art, and highlighted by a fabulous array of chandeliers and retro lampshades suspended from the high ceiling- Balique provides a distinctively unique backdrop for casual dining.
In keeping with its blend of Balinese and European influences, the kitchen serves an appetising menu of fresh, healthy cafe dishes of both Indonesian and European provenance. Taking advantage of the bountiful fresh produce available from local farming communities, the chefs at Balique turn out dishes beautifully presented and pleasingly flavourful, encapsulating perfectly the visual feast that defines Balique. In addition to the cafe menu, the restaurant has a well-stocked bar serving refreshing beverages ranging from cocktails to coffee, teas and healthy fruit juice blends.
Conveniently located adjacent to the expanding upscale Jimbaran enclave of luxury villas and resort hotels,Balique attracts a cosmopolitan clientele, appreciative of the owners’ idiosyncratic baroque-style decor and the excellent food. In addition to the characterful restaurant interior, Balique also has a leafy street-front garden terrace for a casual hang out session. In a compact space adjacent to the restaurant, the owners have set up a boutique- Balquisse Living– to showcase the personally curated collection of antiques and objets d’art that are the hallmark of their design aesthetic.
Open from 11 am daily, Balique is a charming spot to drop in for relaxed refreshments, or delicious daytime and evening dining. Meticulously executed design, polished cooking, and genuinely warm and friendly service, ensure a pleasurable experience.
See also sibling restaurant The Bistrot in Seminyak.
Balique interior design
Balique cafe cuisine
Straightforward, well-executed cooking exemplifies the culinary approach at Balique. Fresh produce from local farmers is supplemented with imported ingredients unavailable from Indonesian sources. International dishes from the Balique menu include selections of salads, tapas, pasta, tartines, burgers and grills; with familiar Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng– Indonesian fried rice served with chicken sate; and Ikan Pepes– banana leaf wrapped Red Snapper, aromatic rice, lemon basil, tomato.