Moonlite

High above the beaches on Seminyak lies a restaurant with an amazing view and great culinary sensibilities.
Anantara’s imposing beachside property in Seminyak has something absolutely stunning hidden on its rooftop. Moonlite blends Asian favorites with a distinctly modern twist high above the beaches below and is accessible by an express elevator in front of the hotel.
The stunning vista allows an almost 180 degree view of not only Seminyak beach immediately in front, but extends all the way to the airport, the Bukit, and far beyond. Sunsets at Moonlite are about as stellar as they come with the warm glow of the sun dipping under the horizon bathing the restaurant in pink light.
The interior, like the menu, is modern, but with Asian colonial accents bringing in a warm feel that nicely contrasts with the modern architecture of steel and glass. The kitchen is open and can be viewed from just about anywhere in the restaurant.
Much of the menu can be credited to Executive Chef Brandon Huisman who has an interesting background. Huisman was educated in Singapore before going to college in Texas, he then went on to study the culinary arts at Taillevent in Paris before working at the Aman in Bhutan and the Bale in Nusa Dua.
We started off with the Steamed Pork Belly Buns (55k) with pickled cucumber and fresh radish. The pillow-like buns wrapped around the crispy pork belly reminded us of a Chinese taco in appearance and was an excellent starter.
up was the very interesting “Lor Bak” Pork & Prawn Rolls (65k) served with chili sauce. The deep fried pork and prawn meatball had amazing flavor with a tofu skin wrap that was both visually pleasing and delightfully crunchy at the same time.
For something more substantial, try their Laksa Lemak (105k) spicy seafood and coconut rice noodle soup. The rice noodles sit in creamy coconut curry and surrounds an amble amount of seafood with delicious chunks in every bite.
The Stir Fried Papua Chili Crab (65k/100gr) was also a decadent choice with a whole crab in chili sauce being presented on platter. The crab had amazingly large claws and if you’re good at dissecting crab, this is one dish you won’t want to miss.
Perhaps one of the tastiest shrimp dishes we’ve had in a while was the Grilled King Prawns Tikka Masala with chaat salad (195k). It was essentially a row of juicy king prawns that are satisfyingly full and plump with every bite. As the shrimp provide the perfect texture, the masala sauce was a creamy and full of savory goodness we come to expect from fine Indian cuisine.
For sunset cocktails, we recommend the Strawberry Glacier (125k) which was made with vodka, torch ginger flower, fresh strawberry, sweet and sour. But for the full Bali experience, you have to order the Bali Charm (125k) local Dewi Sri arak fresh muddled lime wedges, turmeric complemented with local honey.
If you’re after a chill sunset experience with a mind blowing view or a fine dining experience among the moon and stars, Moonlite is an excellent choice. Their understanding of Asian cuisine is world-class and you’d be hard pressed to find a better setting.
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Moonlite
Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak
T. 737773
bali.anantara.com

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