Fall in Love with Bali Café in Downtown

By Sue Arrowsmith

Remember Eat, Pray, Love? Bali was author Elizabeth Gilbert’s last stop on her personal quest, the place where she finally met her true love.

For the rest of us who can’t afford to travel that far, Bali Café could be the place where we discover a new love for artful, sensual Indonesian food.

Located in the heart of downtown Miami, Bali Café is a tiny establishment, with only about half a dozen tables inside, a small counter with bistro chairs and one teak table outside. Inside, the restaurant is decked out with traditional figures, paintings and ornaments.

Enjoy the street scene from one of the two booths by the windows. They are fun, shaped like a box and triangle, so you literally have to “get in” to sit down.

Start your journey with an appetizer, such as the chicken or shrimp dumplings ($5.99), or Satay Ayam (chicken on skewer with sweet soy sauce, $5.95).

Like most of the food from this part of the world, dishes are built around rice and vegetables, usually paired with some sort of protein.

For an entrée, try the Ayam Bumbu Kecap (grilled chicken breast with kecap manis sauce) for $8.95.The presentation is like a work of art: broccoli, carrots and beat sprouts under a pyramid of steamed white rice, tender grilled chicken strips cooked in a peanut/sweet soy sauce and topped with a mix of red onion, carrots strings, green onions and crispy onion bits.

Another excellent choice is theRendang Sapi (beef, mildly spicy), priced at $11.95.In some Indonesian cultures, this dish is typically served during ceremonial occasions. It has a curry-like quality, with shredded beef cooked slowly in coconut milk and spices, and served with rice and vegetables.

All entrees bring either Miso Soup or a delicious House Salad (highly recommended), served with sesame dressing.

Bali Café also offers a sushi menu with a variety of rolls featuring original names like the Down Town Roll and Miami Heat Roll ($3.75 – $10.95). The Sushi Combos come with soup or salad for a few bucks more.

Note: Bali Café accepts cash only.

Take-out and delivery is available

Bali Café

109 N.E. 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33132
Tel. 305-358-5751


Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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