Date for 2: Fire Restaurant at W Bali
Our expectations were high as we strolled from the parking to the lobby of the W Hotel, but nothing could have prepared us for the feast that was to come… Having tried the buffet style, Sunday brunch at Fire before, I knew we were in for a treat with the dinner menu. The restaurant concept is self-explanatory but the story behind the interior is symbolical of the Balinese “Kecak” Dance, with the fire ball chandelier and the sarong styled glass pendants, to the visuals played out on the textured ceiling. Fire specializes in some of the finest cuts of meat, boasting a variety of styles and perfect execution when it comes to cooking them. My date, however, is a pescatarian and the Fire crew catered to her needs with total care.
Things got heated real quick (for me), when the waiter brought out a tray, explaining the different cuts of meat displayed – from the gigantic Signature Whiskey Dry Aged Black Angus Tomahawk, Obe Organic-Grass Fed Beef, to the Argentinian Rioplatense Grass Fed Aberdeen Black Angus. I ordered the finest out of them all, the Kiwami Pure bred Wagyu Striploin 9+ Marble (IDR 1,3M), with a side of broccoli and asparagus to keep my date happy.
After choosing the meat it was time to choose the knife… That’s correct! A tray of crazy cool knives appeared before us and I went for the French Laguiole aka “the machete”. Before using it, though, head mixologist Villa introduced himself and gave us the run down on the special cocktails that were on the way. The first round of delicious drinks arrived and we were sharing the Green Apple Blossom (145k) and the Liquid of Fire (155k) as the entrées began to arrive.
We kept things chilled for the beginning of the meal, but by no means did we keep it that way for long. We shared the A Grade Tuna Ceviche (160k) and a Roasted Beet and Root Vegetable Salad (135k) to start. My previously mentioned Kiwami 9+ arrived next and I couldn’t control my salivations, cooked to a perfect medium-rare… it was a carnivore’s dream. Meanwhile in the pescatarian department, I could see crispy skin and a content smile. My partner ordered the Gold Band Snapper (190k) with a side of creamy spinach and was a happy camper. She washed it down with a Spice Chili Margarita (145k), while I opted for the Uncle Smokey (155k) – one of the W Hotel’s signature cocktails, where its creation is a unique visual experience in itself and perfect for anyone’s Instagram story.
We ended the delightful rendezvous with the Salted Caramel Mousse (95k) and had to try the 64% Pod Chocolate Sphere (165k), that melted its way through our mouths and into our hearts, earning me serious brownie points. It wasn’t over though!! We moved to a private room for the grand finale, where our waiter commenced the Fire Ritual (200k). A warm drink that infuses Balinese fruits and honey, blazing them with bourbon and serving as the perfect digestive.
Needless to say, this is one of the best date locations and dining experinces you will find in Bali, and worth every cent and gram of it.