Finding authentic Balinese eats has never been easy in Penang but with the opening of Nona Bali, Penangites can now have an easy access to some authentic Balinese dishes. This is indeed, an interesting and delightful addition to the food scene in Penang. Walking into the restaurant is like going through a portal where it is possible to feel transported to Bali especially with the Balinese Dolls decorating the shelves and Balinese Drawings adorning the walls. Their menu could be overly simple and limited for some but they are definitely offering some of their best to the diners. Prices are on the higher side for their Ala-Carte dishes but their Set Lunch is definitely worth every single penny. However, I thought the place worth a second visit probably more for novelty instead. Nona Bali Restaurant is located at IJM Jelutong Promenade, where the Ubah Bird was previously held.
Sate Lilit (4 sticks- Rm 16.90) was an interesting dish, Fish Paste with copious amount of Herbs and Spices added was beautifully presented on Lemongrass/ Serai and grilled till perfection. Sink your teeth into the Sate and you will immediately be greeted with the aromatic flavors of Herbs and Spices; the texture was firm but not hard to the bite. The Sate was even better with the addition of their Sweet-Spicy dipping sauce and a dash of Lime juice for the extra tinge of acidity and a touch of spiciness. Extra marks will be given if only the portion was bigger for that price......
Bebek Crispy (Rm 31.90) is an interesting dish to look forward to. It comes with a Crispy Duck, Steamed Rice, Crackers, Long Beans with Bean Sprouts, Pickles and some home-made Chili Paste. The Duck was first braised for hours in a broth full of Herbs and Spices and deep fried till perfection. It was crisp and crunchy on the outside but tender and flaky inside. The refreshing crunch of Fresh Greens (Long Beans with Sprouts) gives an additional layered dimension to the dish while the lip-numbing hot home-made Chili Paste of theirs was a brilliant complement to the piping hot Steamed Rice. However, individual elements were nice but I thought the combo was just okay-average; decent but not mind blowing. I am not too sure if I am willing to pay so much for this but I guess it shall remain as an occasional indulgence.
Their Set Lunch on the other hand, is more wallet-friendly. Set Nasi Goreng (Rm 18.90, inclusive of a drink- Iced Lemon Tea or Peach Tea and a Dessert) comes with some Crackers, Fried Chicken Wing, Omelette, Chicken Satay, Deep Fried Anchovies, Pickles and their home-made Chili Paste. The Fried Rice was a good one but the texture was slightly too dry and chewy (or al-dente) to my liking, as though I was having Risotto, nevertheless, the addition of the Chili Paste does give an extra boost to the Rice, hitting the palate with a chili kick. The Chicken Wing on the other hand, was a standard-average one and nothing to shout over. Seems nice but nothing overly exciting.
Complimentary dessert that comes with every Set Lunch- Jelly with Gula Melaka
Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 1-10 cheap) *7.5/10 for their Set Lunch though*
Service: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Parking: 8/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No
Wifi-Available & Pork-Free
Address: 25, Ground Floor, Lebuh Sungai Pinang 5, 11600, Jelutong, Penang.
Business Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 6pm to 10:30pm. Closed on Wednesday.
Contact Number: 604- 281 5983