Balilicious interesting review from The Savvyinsider.ca.
This small unpretentious restaurant on Cambie Street in Vancouver serves wonderful modern Indonesian cuisine.
And the price is right - dinner for two totals a mere $35.85, before taxes and drinks.
Our first item is a small starter - coconut sambal egg telor. The hard-boiled egg, sliced in half and covered in a great tasting, slightly hot, chili sauce. Some dried garlic and fish flakes give the dish crunch and great texture; a bit of creamy coconut sauce finishes it off.
Who knew a hard-boiled egg could be so delicious?
The super-thin green onion pancake - Martabak Asin -are enveloped with a yummy combo of savoury spices and ground beef, another testimony to chef's innovative approach to simple food. And that peanut satay sauce is gorgeous.
Lumpia Goreng spring rolls are delightfully super light, crispy, crunchy, nary a sign of having been deep fried.
How do they do that?
A medley of tiny bits of chicken, carrot, crunchy Chinese cabbage, vermicelli noodles, minced fresh garlic and spring onions, heighten the experience and of course that Tamarind dipping sauce, a contrast of sweet and sour, is perfect for the dish.
The Satay skewers - young spring lamb - are juicy and that slightly charred element adds extra flavour. The dark satay sauce brings another dimension to the dish. Yum yum.
And at only $2.95 a pop you could feast endlessly on these tiny morsels.
The most expensive item - a red snapper filet at $15.95 - is stunning in its presentation and taste. The snapper (Ikabn Bali Balinese fried fish) arrives with the smaller end slightly curved upward, the batter pale, the fish crunchy on the outside, moist and meaty on the inside, all of it doused with a superb spicy garlic sauce.
And finally dessert - a chocolate-avocado parfait, smooth and creamy, hints of lemongrass and lime, topped off with tiny bits of chocolate, crunchy wafers, a hit of whipped cream, adds up to a stunning dessert.
Balilicious a great culinary treat and so easy on the pocketbook.
And one more thing, Balilicious changed its name recently from Sate Satu, to reflect its more contemporary approach to Indonesian cooking. The dinner menu is under takeout.