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Mama San, Bali- Where Colonial Britain and Asian Bites Converge
Lunch at Mama San in Bali, prior to the fasting month, completed our voyage to all restaurants created by Chef Will Meyrick in Indonesia. Sarong, his first restaurant in Bali is a fine dining spot. E & O (Eastern and Oriental) his latest venture in Jakarta is suited to a Metropolitan crowd, while Mama San is more casual with a friendly atmosphere.
We called on Thursday to reserve a seat for dinner on Saturday, understandably the place was already fully booked; so we were tremendously happy to have seats available for lunch at 1.30 PM. The person who took our call was courteous and efficient and as we had experienced when calling for reservations at Will Meyrick’s other restaurants, we were informed that our table would be held for 30 minutes after which it will be released if we did not come within the time span.
Vintage meets retro
Caroline Dumergue designed the interior of Mama San to seat 150 guests with an eclectic selection of vintage meets retro to create a warm ambience. The concept, as explained in the restaurant’s website, is one floor of a colonial Britain in Shanghai during the 1920s with marble top mah-jong tables and oversized tan leather chesterï¬elds, in a purpose designed industrial high ceiling warehouse. Up one flight of stairs is a bourgeois gentlemen’s club with Raja palace lights, chandeliers and candles, leather club chairs and ottomans. We had virgin mojito, black tea lemon & honey lime sorbet; and peach tea fresh mango & peach sorbet for drrinks. The mojito, Mama San’s signature drink was the most inviting during a hot afternoon in Bali as it was placed in a metal container with crushed ice and large mint leaves on top.