ULTIMO Italian Restaurant

Despite the heavy rain, I still made it on time for a most awaited dinner at Ultimo at 6pm. The restaurant is located on Jl Kayu Aya, one of the most happening areas in Seminyak. As I arrived, the place had already started filling up with couples and families.

I settled at the corner table with the waitress assisting with the napkins, then enjoyed my complimentary bread and cheese sticks while waiting for my meal to arrive. The herb butter spread that comes along with it is my favorite and I could really have had extra. The ambience and atmosphere is lovely with perfect evening music playing in the background.

I started things the classic way, a glass of red wine is always a great idea, besides it always goes well with Italian food. Tartara Di Salmone Con Avocade was presented first and I couldn’t ask for a better appetizer. This tasty salmon tartar with my favorite avocado successfully awoke my appetite. Arriving next were pretty good looking grilled pork ribs, Griglia Di Maiale Neevatura Servita Con Pure Di Patate, Saltati Verdure Con Salsa all’Arancia and the first bite was beautiful. I’ve always had a love affair with pork ribs, especially ones that taste like this. The meat was tender and tasted pretty darn good and flavorful. With sautéed vegetables and mashed potato to complete, I was a happy girl at this point already.

Chicken schnitzel came next, along with two daiquiris. The chicken was cooked to a crispy and tender perfection and served over mashed potato and comes with broccoli, cherry tomato, gravy and a Gorgonzola sauce. This dish is included in Ultimo’s set menu promo, only IDR 200k for a four course meal. Also on promo is their menu speciale combo with choices such as grilled striploin beef with spaghetti and fresh tomato sauce, Gnocchi Pesce Dory served with butter lemon sauce and more. Don’t miss their meal deal menu from 10pm onwards; a glass of house red wine comes complimentary with meals such as breaded chicken leg with barbecue chipotle sauce amongst the list. And let’s not forget The VIP Card discount of 15% on everything except other promos.

The daiquiris were equally refreshing although I personally loved the strawberry one over the blueberry as it had a perfect level of sweetness to my taste. Ultimo has quite a rich selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and are currently having a special promo of IDR 70k for any choice of margarita / daiquiri as well as special deals for Guinness, Corona and Smirnoff vodka.

I already felt stuffed at this point but couldn’t deny my mission of trying one of their pasta dishes. I opted for Fusilli Campagna from their primi piatti (first course) menu and it didn’t disappoint. Mushroom, black olive, zucchini and feta cheese goes really well with the fusilli pasta and I was then ready for a sweet finish to all the goodness I had enjoyed.

Soon enough, cannoli crepes served with ricotta cream cheese and salted sauce were brought to the table. Though I’m not normally one for sweets, this delicious dessert was pleasantly enjoyed to the very last bite. Those with a sweet tooth can explore many options in their rich selection of desserts and ice cream.

More and more people were coming in as I sipped my last glass of white wine to top off all the goodness served on my table. Ultimo is always busy (you know busy restaurants are always a good sign!), besides the great atmosphere and food, the menu is reasonably priced and the service was attentive and friendly. Ultimo is open daily from 5pm – 1am and have both smoking and non smoking areas available.

[Text: Rachma. Photos: Adam]
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