More Spice in Seminyak

Published 31 August 2017   

Dine or drink at the Spice bar.

Spice Seminyak by Chris Salans opened with little fanfare last month on Jalan Batulbelig but has brought another stylish dining option to the border area of Seminyak and Canggu. After being very much impressed with the Sanur branch of the successful gastro-bar I couldn’t wait to try this new one.


Spice is all about local, fresh produce and Indonesian spices all wrapped up and delivered at a bistro style and price. They serve innovative drinks and a cuisine based on Indonesian flavours and the healing properties of Indonesia’s aromatic roots, herbs, and spices, Spice is an affordable way to experience the genius of Chris Salans’s internationally acclaimed cuisine made famous by his world-renown flagship, Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud.

The Jalan Batu Belig site of the new Spice comes after the first one in central Ubud and later the Sanur outlet and like both of them the concept is food sharing and paired cocktails built around fresh ingredients, whole spices, and fine imported wines.

Spice is not just about the food, great cocktails are also being poured.

The Spice Sliders.

I had the chance to stop in for a feed just before going to print and once again we were knocked out by the man’s creativity and the superb tastes of the archipelago. I’ve been saying for years that there should be more good Indonesian restaurants around town (since we are in Indonesia after all) and they have supplied once again with Spice Seminyak.

After enjoying a couple of cocktails; a tangy Kalamansi Margarita and the fruity flavor of the Tamarillo Margarita (both 95k), with three delicious spice dips and crackers (FOC), we moved onto the small plates and mains.

Sticky Pork Ribs with Cassia bark and Ginger glaze.

Tamarillo Margarita

The menu is designed for sharing and that’s what we did with the Crispy Pork Belly bites that came with a sprinkling of fresh coriander, side dish of pickles and the perfect chili soy dip accompaniment (95k). And from the mains, the pan seared Barramundi fillet with Kemangi (basil) and Kenari (almond) nuts on a pesto sauce was stunning. Plus some more pork, I couldn’t resist it. Sticky Pork Ribs with Cassia bark and Ginger glaze (155k), which were so delicious and tender off the bone I could have just about screamed.

There are plenty more tasty options on the menu like snapper and beef carpaccios, tempura prawns, slipper lobster, tuna tataki, chicken breast, dumplings, noodle dishes and loads more, all with excellent Spice Indonesian flavours made with Chris’s and head chef, Miles’ international techniques.

Spacious and comfortable dining.

We ended the visit with two desserts. A Fruit Kolak and Crème Brule (both 45k), which were both two more examples from the Salans’s creative cookbook and kitchen.

The ambiance at Spice is casual, but stylish. Fully air-conditioned, the restaurant offers spacious seating at the tables and for a more fun option guests can also sit at the bar and overlook the action.

There is also an abundance of parking across the road and when not too busy you can just valet from straight outside the restaurant door.

From breakfast until late at night, Spice Seminyak by Chris Salans is a vibrant place to gather with friends for good times and an eclectic culinary adventure that never ceases to excite the senses and at a very reasonable price point.

Spice Seminyak
Jalan Batubelig No7
Tel: (0361) 4732292

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