The restaurant allows you to escape from the heat and hubbub of ‘Downtown Legian’ and is a good option if you’re up for trying out some authentic Balinese or Indonesian dishes while in the neighbourhood. Once you step through the restaurant’s Balinese stone gates, there are several seating options to choose from: in the main pavilion, out in the soothing garden with tables laid out under fern and frangipani, or at any of the dining cabanas that are flanked by lotus ponds inhabited by koi carp and turtles. Kori Restaurant and Bar is among the few dining spots along Poppies Lane offering this kind of quaint atmosphere.
Created and curated by Balinese Chef Jaya, the menu at Kori is clearly international, but if you’re in for something out of the ordinary, skip the burgers, spaghettis and sirloins, to the page that lists selections ‘From Bali’. To start off with, there’s his signature satay (IDR 85,000 or USD 6.50), which comes served hot and still sizzling on a petite grill. On the sides are rice, Balinese sayur urap veggie mix and an assortment of sweet and spicy sambal dips. Then to the mains, there’s the ever-popular nasi goreng fried rice (IDR 79,000 or USD 6), and crispy bebek goreng bumbu pedas fried duck (IDR 130,000 or USD 9.70) which you’ll have to request for spiciness levels beforehand to suit your liking as they come doused in Kori’s special spicy sambal sauce as standard.
Seafood lovers will love Kori’s uniquely named ‘exotic seafood spa’ (IDR 160,000 or USD 12), a seafood platter with Aussie scallops, bamboo prawns and fresh fish fillet lightly poached in a turmeric and ginger broth. Besides being well stocked and serving generously sized cocktails, Kori’s outdoor bar also caters to music lovers, where live bands play every Wednesday and Friday evening. Also look out for their great happy hour specials, which include two cold Bintangs for the price of one, as well as promos on different drink selections throughout the week.