Fire at W Spa & Resorts Bali, a set on Flickr.
Fire, one of the eateries at the new W Retreat and Spa Bali (Seminyak, Bali), functions as the hotel’s de-facto “coffee shop,” although such term has long been put to pasture. The dark interior culminates in the center of the room, where red Birds of Paradise flowers create a fire-like decoration.
In the morning, the hotel serves buffet style breakfast, offering food from different ethnicities, including Indonesian, Chinese/Cantonese, Indian/South Asian, American, and French, to name a few. Although mostly self-service, there are wait staff floating around with special offerings, such as bits of waffles, wheatgrass shots, and mango pudding.
What I enjoy most about these offerings is that they come in small packages. The waffle is not even a whole one; instead, it is torn from a piece of waffle. The wheatgrass shot is in a very small shot glass, and the mango pudding comes in a small, cube glass, smaller than a shot glass. That is all right with me, because such small offerings allow me all the different tasting without piling up fast in the stomach.
Lunchtime offering comes in the form of an à la carte menu; there is no buffet, at least as of this writing. I ordered three dishes: The Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls, Grilled Local Prawn Salad, and de Cecco Spaghetti.
Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls @ Fire at the W Retreat and Spa Bali, a photo by bloompy on Flickr.
The diameter and length of the Vietnamese Rice Paper rolls was smaller than what I was used to eating, the size of which reminded me more of Vietnamese Imperial Rolls (fried rolls). The sauce, Nuoc Mam (or Nuoc Cham/Nuoc Mam Cham) did not taste as good as traditional ones. The fish sauce lacked a punch, and too much chili sauce was put in it.
Grilled Prawn Salad @ Fire at the W Retreat and Spa Bali, a photo by bloompy on Flickr.
The Prawn Salad had a fresh and tasty dressing: Citrus infused Olive Oil with a hint of sweetness. The asparagus was peeled and poached, lending it a nice texture and taste.
de Cecco Penne @ Fire at the W Retreat and Spa Bali, a photo by bloompy on Flickr.
de Cecco is a brand of pasta commonly found in mid-level to high American supermarket. For some reasons, the Chef or the Restaurant decides to highlight this brand. Perhaps in Indonesia such pasta brand is premium and, therefore, needs highlighting. For most of the time when I consume pasta in upscale Indonesian restaurants, the pasta is almost always overcooked. It is as if nobody had gotten the memo about “al dente” (in Italian, literally it means “to the tooth” or “to the bite;” basically, firm but not hard).
Fire’s Penne, thank goodness, does not fit that bill. It was slightly undercook (al dente), which provided that nice “firm but not hard” texture. It was accompanied by asparagus, black olives, prosciutto, and ricotta. The creamy look betrayed the light taste. This pasta dish was good.
Fire does not serve dinner (as of this writing). For that, diners can head to Starfish Bloo on the other side of the hotel.
[UPDATE: Checking their website on July 7, 2011, I found that they had decided to start serving dinner. The hours are posted below.]
at the W Retreat and Spa Bali
Seminyak, Bali 80361
Tel: +62 (361) 738-106
Breakfast: 6:30 – 10:30
Lunch: 12:00 – 16:00
Dinner: 18:00 PM – 23:00