The first night in Bali, we went to dinner at Ibu Rai. We chanced upon the restaurant after walking around a little bit and striking out at our intended restaurant, Melting Wok. Melting Wok was fully booked so we made reservation for Sunday night and proceeded to Ibu Rai after seeing it being quite busy.
Overall, the food is pretty good. I think it’s on the expensive side for Bali and only foreigners were eating there. At the end of the day, it was fun and a good time. I was really confused by my main dish which is suppose to be grilled fish, but it was super dry and tough. So dry, that it really felt like they took a dried fish, and the grilled that. Interesting to say the least. Tasted good and the spices were nice, just a bit weird on texture!
We continued to look for a place for a couple drinks to cap off the night and most of the bars down the famous Monkey Forest road were pretty dead, even though it was a Saturday night. A lot of live music going on in a lot of bars, but just not a lot of patrons. It was like 9:30 PM so maybe night life starts later??? Anyways, we happened upon the Laughing Buddha which had nice live Mexican music… and it was packed! So, we went in, went up to he second floor area and had a couple of drinks. The band was really really good although, we’re pretty sure they are a Filipino band but sang perfect Mexican songs… The drinks were ok and pricey, but oh well. We then called our hotel for a shuttle ride back and upon entering our villa, they had left a surprise birthday cake for my wife!!! Super sweet of them and the cake was delicious!