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Leave your children at home and experience an intimate gourmet dining experience by the sea at Standing Stones Restaurant

The quiet stretch of beach in the east coast of Bali hides some secrets. Surfers swear by its challenging waves and the rest simply enjoy its quiet dark beach, far from the hustle and bustle in the south. The dramatic sunrise is a daily occurrence from the romantically named Purnama or Full Moon Beach where The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas is located. It peeks shyly at dawn in between the solid standing stones at the garden. A well-manicured lawn, freeform swimming pool, and four poster sofa beds are part of the picturesque package of the boutique retreat for responsible adults. The retreat is bravely applying a rule of strictly no admittance for guest under 12 years of age.

The crashing waves are constant company from where we sit at the open-air Standing Stones Restaurant. Taking my partner to experience a lazy lunch seems to be a good idea, especially when I open the menu and read what is on offer. Created by the experienced executive chef Made Sujaya and his team, the menu comprises of fresh interpretations of Asian and Western classics.

With his experiences in an exotic five star resort establishment and Bali’s fine dining restaurants, the menu offers more than just the typical international food.

Vegetarians will also be happy to learn that there is one whole section dedicated for their dietary choices. After ordering enough food, we sit back in our chairs. My Homemade Ginger Beer is warm and refreshing, while my partner’s The Purnama Sunset is a sweet affair made of mango, honey, and ginger ale. Our Tuna Carpaccio arrives first, a delicately sliced yellow fin tuna with avocado, enoki mushroom, a drizzle of citrusy Japanese Yuzu and a bold mixture of Balinese fragrant spices. It is an unlikely pair that tastefully works well together. Purnama Cheese Burger is served next with a bowl of homemade fries. Unlike the classic burger in a bun, the juicy beef patty is served inside tortilla with generous amount of onion, lettuce, cheese, and pickles.My partner orders the Opor Ayam, a classic Indonesian dish of braised chicken and boiled egg in savoury coconut curry broth. He doesn’t share it with me, a sign that he loves every spoonful of it. Indeed, it is lovely to find a page full of Indonesian dishes in the restaurant.

It is not surprising when we find out later that chef Jay, as he prefers to be known, is often asked to teach the in-house guest some of his recipes from scratch in a dedicated cooking class kitchen on the garden. “A lot of our guests discover Indonesian dishes here and they love it. I often get asked to teach them to cook Fried Noodle or the Balinese Ayam Betutu,” explains the chef happily. We promise ourselves to come back soon to try the dinner menu and close the leisurely long lunch happily.

Limited numbers of day guest is welcome to enjoy the facilities with a minimum spending of Rp.200,000 per person. Reservation is recommended.

Standing Stones Restaurant at The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas
Jalan Pantai Purnama (Purnama Beach), Sukawati, Gianyar
T: +62 361 849 3706
theroyalpurnama.com

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