Ultrachic Bali restaurant captivates with contemporary interpretations of authentic Asian street foods

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July 22nd, 2014


One of Bali’s most popular dining attractions since its opening in 2010, Mama San has garnered international recognition for the consummate renditions of authentic Asian street foods by acclaimed chef and founder Will Meyrick.  Conveniently located within the upmarket Seminyak area of Bali, Mama San attracts visitors and locals alike with its retro-themed chic interiors, vibrant atmosphere, and stellar food. Drinks are also a highlight- delicious food-friendly cocktails, that combine superbly with the assertive flavours of the cuisine, are whipped up at the separate bars in the main restaurant and mezzanine level lounge.

Mama San features a spacious open dining space on the ground level- furnished in a theme that references the 1920′s colonial period of Shanghai- with Oriental style white marble topped tables interspersed among dark timber tables and black chairs. Luxuriant tan leather Chesterfield sofas extend across one wall of the main room. On the upper mezzanine level the cocktail lounge has a style that evokes a laid-back gentlemen’s club with comfortable leather arm chairs and elegant chandeliers.

Guests at Mama San select from a menu of authentic South East Asian street foods- personally researched by Meyrick- and his longstanding Thai culinary partner- Palm Amatawet- on their frequent travels through villages across the region. Traditional recipes and cooking techniques are melded with a contemporary culinary aesthetic to present dishes that are both assertively flavourful and attractively presented. Some highlights from the extensive menus are featured below.

Mama San is open daily for lunch and dinner in the main restaurant; and in the upstairs lounge, evenings from 6 pm for drinks and bar bites from the  All Day Menu. Bookings are highly recommended.

Also now in Hong Kong– Mama San opened in May 2014 among the upscale restaurants and bars of the burgeoning Wyndham Road strip, at the heart of the Central dining and nightlife district.

Mama San cuisine highlights

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    Kachooris with yellow dahl coriander & mustard seeds served with mint chutney & tamarind chutney
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    Crispy salt bush lamb ribs with ginger coriander lemon segments & pomegranate sauce
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    Salt & Pepper soft shell crab with red nahm jim
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    Crispy salmon with green mango & sweet fish sauce

Mama San cocktail selections

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    Aged Negroni- Gin and Martini Rosso Campari, aging in wooden barrel
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    Moscow Mule- Vodka, house ginger beer, syrup, citrus, mint
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    Raspberry Margarita- Tequila, Triple sec, raspberry puree, lemon juice

See also Asia Bars & Restaurants August 2013 review article