The famous smiley entrance at BOW, get your instagram pic there next time.
Text: David Trauts. Photos Sulthon
is a novelty, a little quirky, but by no means a theme park. It is a restaurant with heart and taste and in spades, which means loads of it. You may not find the best service, matching crockery, cutlery or linen of the greatest fine-dining restaurants, but the quality comes in the food. “Bow is about quality/price,” says Jan, manager and creator of Bow. “We get the best price and quality on these auxiliaries like crockery and utensils and pass those savings onto our guests when it’s time to pay the bill, but we don’t skimp on food quality.” That quality is definitely found in the food served at Bow. The menu is replete with home-style cooked dishes cooked perfectly from Chef Milly’s kitchen.
Locals have been loving this place for years.
BOW stands for Best of the World. Their specialties are from many different countries from around the globe. Coucous from Arabia, bouillabaisse from France, feijoada from Brazil, mezze from the Mediterranean, goulash from Hungary, tortilla from Spain, bagels and corned beef from the USA, eggplant gratin and pork grillot from the Caribbean, calamari farci from Morocco. The menu is a regular smorgasbord of all the best dishes from around the world and cooked in the best and healthiest fashion.
Play some backgammon while waiting for your sandwich at the delicatessen.
BOW has just opened their newly-renovated, alfresco, covered terrace upstairs with the ubiquitous BOW giant art deco lamps on the ceiling and pointy towers on the walls, all designed again by Jan. The upstairs space is breezy and comfortable and the general décor of the entire restaurant has come a long way since opening a couple of years ago. The downstairs bar and dining area now features a handmade, round billiard table and other board games for guests’ use – perfect for the younger ones that are always welcome too. Yes, BOW is all about family, fun and the good times, and just to make sure everyone is having a good time they have live music on Thursday evenings. Downstairs too, is the new small-goods delicatessen that has a great selection of cold meats and cheeses – you can also get an excellent sandwich made here for lunch.
There are some hidden, private dining nooks upstairs worth finding.
In the end, the most important thing about BOW is the food and, as Jan says, the quality/price ratio. For example, a set three-course dinner that varies every evening and has a selection of choices will set you back Rp 95k. I had the set course on a visit recently and everything I chose was very tasty and filling. There is also a very large regular menu with loads of choices with prices of entrees from Rp35K, to mains of Angus steak, fish of the day and the like for Rp95k. You can’t go wrong with those prices and the quality is right up there with any of the finer restaurants in town. You probably won’t even notice that everyone has different designed plates, cutlery or wine glasses on the table, but this definitely does give the restaurant a kind of sweet, eccentric edge – and something to look out for on your next visit. I personally never noticed before I was told.
Plenty of space for fun and games downstairs.
A well stocked bar is always appreciated at this local hot-spot.
BOW is a fun restaurant with excellent dining. It’s one of these restaurants where guests can eat just about every day of the week at a reasonable price and are guaranteed of receiving that all important quality/price ratio on the food and wine. And if not, talk to Jan about it – he’s there just about every evening.
The Bow stor y
on the new menu BOW was built from a renovated 20-year-old factory, which in Bali time is very old, as at that time Batubelig was still a dirt road. BOW is the arch, and also the ark. We like flexibility and longevity. We use the concept of BOW as ‘Best of the World’ for our food selection. We also like BOW ties for our parties and the RainBOW as it makes all our colours appear when the sunny days mix with the rainy days. We wish you all a BOWtiful time at BOW.