Rumours

An absolute institution on Seminyak’s famous ‘Eat Street’, Rumours has been serving up top-notch eats and good times round the bar for well over a decade.
The best thing about Rumours is that they keep things simple – a large choice of Western style dishes that won’t break the bank. The formula works too, there’s no need for reinventions and no fads, and yet Rumours packs ‘em in every night of the week. Open from 4pm ‘til 2am for late lunch & dinner, you’ve got a huge choice of tables throughout, with diner-style booths on one edge, a central bar and pool table for the sharks. Keeping the energy up is the stellar wait staff who work the room like a boss and even find time to put on random choreographed dance performances throughout the evening between the tables – usually to the music of the nightly DJs who keep the beats flowing.

The Rumours’ menu hasn’t changed a great deal either, but that’s cool because a: it’s pretty much spot on, and b: it’s so massive you could eat here every day for months and never have to have the same thing twice. Wading straight into the thick of it, me and the Mrs. order up a couple of drinks in the form of a White Man (75k+) and a fruity Strawberry Juice (20k+). The sweetly refreshing Strawberry Juice is ideal for a dry January, while the White Man is a fruity ice blend of rum and coconut piled so high in the glass it seems to defy gravity, and means you have to get slurping as quick as possible.

Accompanying the drinks, we try out the Seafood Salad (48k+) to get things rolling – the fresh mix of top notch seafood is a total winner, particularly with the tangy dressing drizzled all over. Anyone who knows Rumours, also knows that ever since the beginning it’s been all about the steaks, and so for the mains, I check out the 300gr Rumours Rib-Eye (285k+) with toast bread fingers and gravy sauce. It doesn’t disappoint – the super tender meat cuts like butter, while the tangy gravy sauce is the perfect accompaniment, as is the glass of either Black Royal whiskey, Gilbeys vodka or Gin with mixer which comes included in the price. The Mrs. goes for the Spaghetti with Home Made Roasted Beef (81k+) – a heady mix of chilli, green paprika, tomato salsa and of course, more of that tender beef. For the sweet course, we split a homemade Blueberry Cheesecake (32k+) that perfectly rounds off a great feed.

You really cannot go wrong at this East Street favourite, especially when there are more specials here than you can shake a stick at – there are literally no hours that aren’t happy hours here. For late hours after 10pm there’s 50% selected whiskies and bourbons, big discounts on bottles also after 10pm like Finlandia, JD, JW and Black Royal. Wine lovers will love the nicely priced bottles of local and imported wines, while the special selection cocktails for just 45k+ should keep everyone happy.
Dan Ashcroft



Rumours
Jl. Kayu Aya 104x, Seminyak
T. 738 720 | www.balinesia.com

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