Gather with friends and enjoy honest reinterpreted comfort food at The Bistrot in Seminyak. With a pinch of French flair and a tablespoon of local Asian flavours, The Bistrot combines European and Asian cuisine in a space that is as glamorous as it is welcoming.
Owners, Blaise Samoy and Zohra Boukhari, are well versed in the hospitality world. After many years managing European hospitality businesses, they travelled to Bali to open their first restaurant. Both have strong experience as restaurateurs across a number of continents – for example, Zohra played an integral part in revolutionising the business of mobile food trucks at large European festivals. Together, they have since developed hotels, a furniture production company, an events company, a jewellery label and taken charge of countless interior decoration projects.
Boasting an impressive space with high ceilings and open areas, the wooden and natural stone floors create an industrial feel in the converted furniture warehouse. In Zohra’s signature creative style, the restaurant is complete with a selection of antiques and artefact sourced from the Indonesian archipelago, creating the perfect surroundings for a truly diverse meal.
The Bistrot’s team of expert chefs produces delicious dishes time and time again. In absence of a resident head chef, Blaise and Zohra consult culinary experts from Europe on a consistent basis to ensure they always achieve a fresh twist on classic dishes. The kitchen team aims to remain faithful to their vision for the restaurant by surprising guests with new flavours and combinations.
To create such surprises, the team sources the highest quality local ingredients, with the seafood fresh from the shores of South Jimbaran, vegetables grown in the mountains of Bedugul and the organic fruit purchased at the local markets.
Stroll in as the sun rises to choose something from the delicious breakfast menu. Try the classic crispy bacon eggs benedict topped with homemade hollandaise sauce, or the oatmeal porridge with your choice of red fruit coulis or organic Sumatran honey.
As the end of the day rolls around, browse the evening menu, which includes a selection of tapas designed to share. Begin with the calamari, or the tuna tartare topped with avocado, wasabi, soy and mirin dressing. For something a little more local, try the crispy duck with stir-fried noodles, bok choy, carrot, chilli sambal and a squeeze of lime. If you’re after a dish to remind you of home, there’s the Bistrot burger with Australian beef, onion rings, red cheddar, cognac sauce, homemade fries and a fresh mixed salad.
At The Bistrot, it’s impossible to ignore the impressive cocktail menu that spins Balinese twists on classic drinks. Choose the Moscow Mule, which blends homemade ginger beer with organic white honey and then watch as it’s poured from a syphon.
The Bistrot combines the best of casual authentic French dining with the freshest Balinese ingredients to produce a menu that is constantly ahead of the culinary curve. Stop by on your travels or make it a regular outing. Either way, you’re guaranteed something new.