Update from Sanur, Bali!
Not a new one but has been a notable player in this past 5 years. Cosmic Diner Bali is opened up their new branch in Sanur. I’ve been going back and forth, wanted to stepped in to their branch in Sun Set Road but finally ended here at their brand new place — same menu, bigger space, and obviously more photogenic.
Like a time capsule, Cosmic Diner Bali is taking me back with a sights and sounds of the decade. Stepped in inside, eccentric red wall combined with black and white flooring defining a retro-looking. Music, too, is being used to invoke the 60s. Nostalgic play tunes like “Living on a Jet Plane” by John Denver (1969), “Moon River’ ” by Andy William (1961) and “My Girl” by The Temptations (1964) are the classic who bringing out greatest music of golden ages.
What is most intriguing about the place is people could experience having a dine inside that famous American streamliner train. Breaking the history, diner refer to small fast food American restaurant serving a quick dine. Built in a wagon, the trend slowly switch to streamliner train simply for it’s bigger space. This trend is still exist until now, even become those typically restaurant you could find at the side of road in America but definitely none in Indonesia (but we have warung, for sure). Inspired by this trend of dining, Cosmic Diner come with a thematically idea commercial itself as a place to quickly grab your meal. But the good looking place has also taking a heart and eyes of nowadays teens for their destination of chit-chatting and relax or what we called it as ‘nongkrong’. Pretty cool!
1960s also remarked the renaissance of robotic industrial. Going up to second floor, you’ll meet countless types of vintage robots with various color and shapes. At first, I have no idea why they put that robot display around but later I noticed a convincing reason for that –robots were the booming toys at the era. Where to get them on the place maybe a good question better than why and it blown my mind when the manager said that they flied and hunted for it to New York. It’s good to see some antiques.
Revealing the food, despite it’s Diner title, the restaurant not only serves typically fast food grab like sandwich, burger, nachos, and quesadilla but it also comes with heavy plates like pasta, steaks, and back ribs. Lists of the menu were so various and left you imagine the rest for your upcoming visit. I ended up with four delicious plates; Grilled Corn, Tagliatelle Lobster, Aunt Maria’s Burger, and Steak Fancy.
Two refreshment accompanied me while waiting for my meal, Rocky Road and Berrylicious was two of best beverages I’ve found. Rocky Road is one of the best selling milkshake — a blend of baileys gelato and kahlua coffee liquor served with toasted marshmallow on the straw. While Rocky Road comes with pack calories in shot, Berrylicious is healthier choices, combination of blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, acai, maple, and yogurt. But peps, ingredients labeled the price 😉
Plating was not main-stream, this was what I’m thinking of when my sharing bites arrived on the table. Taste was not that main-stream too, and this was what I can conclude after take a bite. Cosmic Diner’s version of grilled corn didn’t give that common and strong taste of BBQ sauce but let me to enjoy the rich taste of melted chipotle butter in sweet-smoky corn. The mild taste also accompanied with grana padano and popcorn, completed with sweet chili sour cream as sauce. I just wish that they could give more of sauce, so I can taste the sour-spicy in all my corn.
Coming up next, Steak Fancy — 180g grass-fed Australian tenderloin served with Shiraz reduction, truffle mashed potatoes, and glazed baby corn. Not to lie the name, well-plated looks was define the fancy. Steak was nice, it’s medium with pink through out and tender. Mashed potatoes was so smooth but the crunchy carrot need more caramelize.
Tagliatelle Lobster was taking my heart of overall dishes. The fettuccine was cooked in creamed tomato sauce and jimbaran bamboo lobster over with grated grana padano. Sourness of tomato didn’t overtaking the taste, as well as the cream. It’s balance with umami essence from the diced lobster. A bit more seasoning and it will be more perfect, but it’s so good already!
She’s looks kind but she’s not, just like her role in the fairy-tale. She’s the only reason why I decided to forget my dessert. Aunt Maria’s, should be blamed for making my tummy nearly comes to explosion. Cosmic Diner has a line of convincing choices of burger but one reason that make it all attractive, the wagyu patty. While Aunt Maria’s looked sexy for me since it double up with chorizo and went Mexican with jalapeno and chipotle mayo.
Traveling through the time, back to 60s, Cosmic Diner Bali has dragging out a hole in a wall concept for its restaurant, moving the real diner ambiance from New York to Bali. Sit inside the streamliner train, drown with the oldiest music, and dig in the delicious food — sounds good enough for a eating out plan this week? 🙂
COSMIC DINER BALI
SANUR ARCADE, SH-1 Jalan By Pass Ngurah Rai, Sanur – Bali
SUNSET STAR, Corner of Sunset Road & Dewi Sri Kuta Bali
LIPPO MALL KUTA, LG-11, Jalan Kartika Plaza, Lingkaran Segara Kuta, Bali
Operational hours: Everyday from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Food : American, Mexican, Italian
Facebook: Cosmic Diner Bali
Parking Lot: Yes