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Cafe Jemme Bali: I Didn’t Want to Talk About Gems

Published 06 January 2011   

Café Jemme reincarnates into something precious…

Café Jemme, which received its name from its adjacent high-end jewelry store, is a gem of a café in its own right, not just from the quirky nature of its glam interior, but also from its new Australian cuisine.

A Brisbane-based chef has been consulting on the menus and food direction in the new look café since almost a year ago, when the idea for the new outlet was first born, and has brought with him fresh flavours of the southern land at an undeniably economical price. The proprietor of the café and jewelry store wasn’t left out of the fray either, bringing his distinctive taste to the table of this, what could be called, modern French, Louis XV influenced styling.  It’s quirky, it’s quaint – it’s down-right fabulous, but it isn’t very large.

The café fits approximately 75 people in a selection of cubicle bench, sofa and freestanding tables and chairs; all plush and comfy with tones of lilac, purple and creamy white making this small restaurant a cheerful and fun destination. Great with a bunch of friends or a table for two, and in the evening the views over the neighbouring rice fields are ever so delightful.

A couple of gems on the menu are; ‘5 Spice Calamari’ (35K), ‘Bintang Fillet of Beef’ (75K) or ‘Pan Seared Lamb Medallions’ (95K) and there are loads more interesting dishes to choose from on the card from salads, soups, mains and desserts. As the kitchen consultant informed FRV, “We are very proud to be offering all local produce on our menu, which we have scoured the local region to find the best suppliers of, and with the excellently trained staff and attention to the preparation we have food here as good as anywhere.” And there’s no doubt, the local produce angle helps in the market-price stakes. However, we will make a revisit when Mr Consultant isn’t in the house just to make sure the staff are that well trained.

Café Jemme was recently voted the best value new restaurant in Bali by one food critic, and this humble foodie would have to agree, “Café Jemme has a look and taste to savour and at a price that isn’t going to break the bank.”

Café Jemme
Open for lunch and dinner
Jl Petitenget No28
Kerobokan, Bali
T: +62 361 732 392