Poor service, poor music!
Another traveler had told me to make sure to catch the live music on Friday night at Joe’s in Pemuteran. So last night I went there and sat down at a table with just one person who was eating. The music had not yet started. We chatted for about 15 minutes while I waited for a menu. Finally I flagged down a waiter and he brought me one. When he eventually came back, I ordered a vegetarian pizza (with pepper, onion, and pineapple) and a Coke. The music began and it was awful. The volume was much too loud and the singer had a terrible voice. I had been very impressed with the talent of local musicians in other Balinese towns, but these guys were very poor and it was impossible to continue the conversation. The woman at the table paid for her half-eaten rubbery-looking banana pancake and left. Another waiter came and asked if I was ready to pay; I told him that I hadn’t yet been served. After another 20 minutes my pizza (but no Coke) was put on the table. It was not very appetizing, with very little cheese, but I took a bite. Strange. I looked closely and saw it was covered with tiny pieces of ham! It took me another 10 minutes before I could get the attention of my waiter and asked him what was on my pizza; he said “ham.” I told him that I had ordered a VEGETARIAN pizza, to which he replied simply “Oh.” I told him I was going elsewhere to eat and got no reply, so left. I realize that mistakes can occur at restaurants anywhere in the world and that language problems exacerbate the exchange, which is why I pointed to the item on the menu. I also realize that they were busy that evening. But I felt that even so, the service could have been far better, quicker, and more polite. The pizza didn’t look very appetizing anyway so I was almost glad that he didn’t offer to bring me another one. There are numerous restaurants on the main road and so I crossed the road, walked until I couldn’t hear the music from Joe’s, found a quiet local “warung” and within a few minutes was eating a very tasty meal. One final point to mention: I heard that various bands play at Joe’s, so I guess it’s hit and miss. Another Friday might have a great band and a more attentive waiter. This is just my personal experience.
03 Aug 2018
Nice server, cold beer and dull food.
Strange happy hour. You pay INR 40.000 for a local arrak cocktail, you ask for another one, and get charged again the same amount. Food is pricy for what it is. Of the 3 “ specials” only one was available and the prawns were sort of ok, with all the spices and rice... Tiny prawns mind you and very difficult to peel, so that means they were neither fresh nor well cooked... Beer, as said by others, stick with the big Bintangs. They were adequately cold, and better value, but following Bali tradition, after 2 minutes, Luke warm.... I just stopped because I had read the guide and TA. Would I go back, no. Do I regret stopping by, not really. It´s just a place for a beer and a snack.
29 Mar 2018
Nice people, cold beer, mediocre food
If you're looking for a place to enjoy some an ice cold Bintang or three, Joe's is great. If you're looking for a place with great food, Joe's isn't your place. One out of two ain't bad, right? Service is solid. One note - stick with the larger Bintangs - much better value.
22 Mar 2018
Joe's Bar & Restaurant
Jalan Seririt-Gillimanuk, Desa Pemuteran Kec. Singaraja, Bali, Pemuteran, Gerokgak Indonesia