Scratched the itch!
Always itching to get back to Scratch. Still a hidden gem in so much as 2 out of 3 taxi drivers have no idea where it is...and it is still in Kerobokan. Rumours of a move to Canggu still just rumours, it seems. A few changes have occurred to the layout of both the restaurant and the menu. The menu seems to have lost some of its native Canadian charm, and making a selection has become easier...but that is not a positive. I used to love pondering long and hard over so many delicious sounding alternatives. Given I had always previously been easily tempted by Canadian favourites it is ironic that last night I chose the layover in Macau. This may not be a new option, I think it was there last time, but does demonstrate a shift in emphasis. And it was quite delicious, but not as good as my wife’s steak...the best she’s had in a long time. Only a four star review this time. Somewhat mean...but call me old fashioned, or nostalgic, but the Scratch 2017 Canadian tour was better than the 2018 one...a nod to all the concert posters adjourning the walls! Of those I rated Florence and the Machine my favourite.
25 Jul 2018
Favorite Nightly Meal
First night in Bali - everyone was exhausted from travel. We did a search for the closest place and found Scratch - literally across the street from our villa. You might judge us, but we ate there every night for the entire week - and a couple of times for breakfast too. It was the perfect ending to our busy travel days and if you can avoid traffic, why wouldn't you?! The food selection and preparation are excellent. Can highly recommend the burger, the tacos, the Philly cheese steak, the breakfast tacos and the bulletproof coffee. If you want dessert, order at the same time as your entree as they take a little while to make. Mixed drinks seemed to be a challenge for the bartenders. A few times our food came out before our drinks, but that was probably for the best as it limited how many drinks we had. Milkshakes are more milk than shake, but still delicious. Staff is conscientious and hard working. Highly recommend Scratch!
09 Jul 2018
Best 'bloody marys' on the island, great food made from 'scratch', and friendly service!
First of all, Scratch offers the best bloody mary's on the island. Hands down. They have a list of 5 or 6 different varieties, each one with a different twist, and an edible garnish that could almost double as a meal. Their Canadian twist made with clam broth comes with a big slab of house-made cured bacon. The classic comes with a grilled cheese sandwich (just try it), and I'm currently making my way down the list. But if boozing isn't your thing, they make amazing meals. I tried their bbq pork ribs that came with a well-seasoned coleslaw and some of the best mac and cheese I've had in a long time. On certain days you get a free beer for ordering the ribs. Overall the ambiance is very mellow, they have colorful indie band tour posters all over the walls, and multiple TV screens where they show sports matches from UFC to football. It's also never too distracting if you're not into the sports. Service is genuinely friendly and the staff are more than happy to explain menu details to you. Pricing is reasonable for Bali, though I wouldn't categorize it as a 'cheap meal' by any means. Around 80 to 150k for mains, 50k appetizers. To give you an idea :) Overall, I'm glad to have this joint as my local bar and gastro-pub. Check it out if you're ever in the Kerobokan or Batu Belig area!
09 Jul 2018
Jl. Pengubengan Kauh No. 78, Bali, Indonesia