Ok food, weird service
After traversing the pathway between the monastic style rooms “with terraces”, crossing the 2 small damp bridges(short 1min walk), we found ourselves in a small restaurant with upstairs seating too, as upstairs looked slightly less cramped we opted for upstairs. (Steep staircase) No view to talk of, as the restaurants high lights blocked the possibility of “dining under the stars”, so ate with a pitch black view. 3 ( very young) girls sat on a table and these were the waitresses, they sat on their table chatting away watching the diners, all very strange, felt like an animal at the zoo. Whilst it says they offer glasses of wine, they do not. When asked for a glass for my water I was presented with a pint glass. The “garlic bread” though at least baguette style slices, were rubbery as they seemed to have been microwaved. The green thai curry was pleasant. 15% service charges added at the end. Not somewhere I would visit again. Not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties. Quite a breeze, so anyone with long hair needs to take a hair tie.
15 Jul 2018
Beachfront Dining in Tulamben
After dining in at our accommodation in Tulamben for three nights it was time to venture out into the dining scene in Tulamben. The meals at Toyobali Resort to be fair were quite good but a very limited menu. We went out early so as to know where to go when it became dark so therefore weren’t expecting much to be open. We were right. There is not much in Tulamben, apart from wall to wall dive shops, an Indomart and three ATMs. We did pass about t3-4 restaurants of dubious looking quality. As we know everything looks better at night time with the lights on. We got as far as the Matahari accommodation, spa, dive shop and restaurant. That’s a mouthful and looked worse on the signage, however in we went.. Beachfront dining, and it certainly was, after walking down a long narrow pathway with rooms both sides, spa, hairdresser, it was all here. We found the restaurant, as claimed on the beachfront, in fact overhanging the beachfront and seawall.. It looked clean, good location and when we looked at it a hugely expansive menu, ranging from Bratwurst sausage and chips, Indonesian and Balinese through to three pages of Thai. It was also the first time we had seen pork on the menu. Ice cold Bintang to start and orders placed. My wife had been hanging out for our somewhat infamous crispy skin, whole fish, and this was just the place for it. Spring roll starters, as usual. And some of the better we had had, strangely in a tomato/chili sauce which was very tasty and complimented the rolls. “To do die for “ was the summation of the fish. I had stir fried vegetables with pork which was also very good. As usual, pardon the expression – dirt cheap. The crowd swelled while we were there. Well a least two more groups anyway, which was much better than the other restaurants we saw on the way back, which were largely empty. If in Tulamben, you are probably here for the diving as there is nothing else to do, apart from keep a watchful eye on Mt Agung which towers above you and has a habit of erupting, as it did while we were there. Fortunately in a quiet way. If you want a good meal try the Matahari. With a menu like theirs you are sure to find something to please you.
06 Jul 2018
Really enjoyed the food here, stayed for 8 days and ate all but 2 meals here because it was so good. The staff in the restaurant were absolutely lovely.
27 Jun 2018
Matahari Tulamben Restaurant
Jl. Kubu-Abang, Tulamben Indonesia