The Laneway at the luxury villa resort Peppers Sentosa is the latest dining experience in Seminyak, Bali’s trendiest address. Serving wholesome, locally sourced Asian-inspired food in a chic, relaxed atmosphere, dining at The Laneway is a real epicurean delight.
The island of Bali, no stranger to international visitors, serves as an idyllic melting pot for global flavours, which is reflected in its burgeoning fusion restaurant scene. The newly rebranded The Laneway at Peppers Sentosa has the wonderful advantage of being strategically located in the heart of Seminyak, yet at the same time tucked down a serene alley, offering a cosy, stylish oasis for gourmands to enjoy sophisticated Asian-influenced comfort food sans the white tablecloths and uptight dress-code.
The Laneway’s menu is simple but elegant, offering a small, interesting array of fresh salads, Asian-inspired favourites, Italian classics and delectable “Ocean to Farm” grills incorporating seasonal local produce and the finest ingredients. It combines the best of all worlds in a simple, easy-to-read page without the hefty price tag or the pretentiousness. There are also vegetarian and gluten-free options to accommodate those with special dietary needs.
Loosen your belt buckle, let your hair down and make yourself comfortable at the posh indoor dining and lounge area, or chill out by the pool (with its own waterfall, no less) with The Laneway’s welcome drink: a pretty concoction of lemongrass, ginger, lychee, orange and vodka.
Choose from five enticing starters: flat bread with a cumin spiced beetroot dip; pulled pork slider with Asian slaw; a garlic crostini of avocado, date, Spanish onion, feta, tomato and basil; succulent grilled king prawns on hummus with saffron yoghurt, and a soul-comforting chicken miso soup.
The mains are creative interpretations of traditional dishes, mixing and matching Southeast Asian flavours with Italian, Japanese, Mediterranean and French, all generously portioned and aesthetically pleasing without the fussiness. Think fusion comforts: char-grilled pork with enoki mushrooms, Vietnamese chicken salad with green chilli coconut dressing, Balinese red duck curry with apple eggplant, cumin spiced lamb cutlets with eggplant caponata, risotto with leek and porcini mushrooms, pan-fried salmon with truffle oil mashed potato, char-grilled beef sirloin with anchovy butter and farfalle of lamb shoulder ragout.
Make sure to save some room for The Laneway’s tempting desserts, featuring chocolate hazelnut semifreddo, mixed berry Eton mess with raspberry coulis, and apple pie with vanilla ice cream, among other traditional treats with a twist.
The Laneway is ideal for an intimate lunch, a sunset cocktail party by the pool, or a casual soirée with your closest friends. Keeping up with the trends, the property is gearing up to be the next tech hub, providing a cool hotspot for digital nomads and travellers to connect, work remotely and hangout in a beautiful, luxurious environment.
This article was first published in Exquisite Taste, February-April 2015.
Photos courtesy of The Laneway.