YOU REALLY HAVE TO GO BACK MORE THAN ONCE
2007:WE HAVE ALWAYS LOVED OUR MEALS AT RETRO'S. THE STAFF ARE ALWAYS ATTENTIVE THE SETTING IS NICE BOTH INSIDE, OUTSIDE AND AT THE BAR AREA. MUSIC IS GREAT. THEIR FOOD IS ALSO TERRIFIC AND SOMEHOW DIFFERENT FROM A LOT OF THE OTHER RESTAURANTS IN THIS PRICE RANGE. YOU USUALLY HAVE TO PAY A LOT MORE FOR THIS STYLE OF FOOD. THEIR BATHROOMS ARE ALSO VERY CLEAN.
2010 UPDATE; We didn't get to Retro's until the last few days of our trip. The restaurant never seemed to have any more than a few customers in it which always makes you think something must be wrong. We decided to give them a try one lunchtime as we had noticed they had extended the Happy Hour for Bintang from 12 noon till 8pm, maybe to attract more customers. Cannot believe we had left it so long to go to Retro's. The meal was fantastic so much so that we went there for dinner that night & the next night too. 2007:FOR MY MEAL I HAD A SEAFOOD STACK. AT THE BASE WAS A YUMMY POTATO CAKE ,THEN LAYERED STEAMED VEGIES OF CARROT & BEANS, A PIECE OF GRILLED FISH TOPPED WITH A REALLY NICE CREAMY SAUCE. THE FINAL LAYER WAS A LARGE GRILLED PRAWN. BOTH THE KIDS HAD THEIR FISH & CHIPS. THE FISH WAS BONELESS & IN A NUGGET STYLE BUT IT WAS REAL FISH. MY HUBBY HAD THE FILLET MIGNON AND IT WAS TOP QUALITY. ADD 2 LARGE BEERS, AN ARAK MADU, A CHOC MILKSHAKE , LEMON JUICE AND TO FINISH THE LARGEST BOTTLE OF WATER ALL UP WITH TAX 251,000Rp ($35.56AUD) WE WOULD PAY THAT EACH IN OZ!!!!
2010: Spring rolls to start :Neil had the seafood kebabs, I had the grilled chicken & Bali sauces, Amy had chicken cordon blue. with 2 lge Bin-tangs, a Singapore sling & sprite all up 272,800rp ($32.47 AUD) you'd pay that for the drinks alone in OZ!!
for our other visits we had Fillet mignon, Saltimboca,Fish and chips , Spag Bol; 2 beers,2 cokes,a Mai tai, and a fruit punch 255,750rp ($30.45)
Our last meal in Sanur : Med seafood pizza to start, Fillet Mignon,fettuccine ala pesto, Large pizza Romano,spag carbonara. 422,950rp ($50.35Aud)
A place to retire
The quite, village atmosphere Sanur
is today, populated by families,
retired residents and tourists.
It is often referred by those
residing in Seminyak or Kuta
as ‘Snore’ rather than Sanur.
But, once upon a time in the 30’s,
Sanur was the favorite destination
of the world traveling bohemians.
It was here where
Bali's first luxury beach hotel was built
At the time,
an influential artistic community
called Pita Maha blossomed.
Artists such as Walter Spies, Rodulf Bonnet
and I Gusti Nyoman Lempad were all a part of this group.
A 2nd wave of immigrants arrived to Sanur in the 60’s.
Part of this crowd included Donald Friend and Mitty Lee Brown,
bringing Sanur a status as a sophisticated, tropical stopover
offering beachfront homes with the indoor/outdoor style of living
which has been named the ‘Bali Style’.
Other celebrity visitors include;
Mick Jagger, Jerry Hall, Sophia Loren, Yoko Ono
Since then, Sanur has lost it’s excel as THE destination to visit in Bali.
While the real estate investment frenzy
has been focusing on other areas such as
Seminyak, Canggu, and the Bukit,
the recent real estate investor
that takes an interest in Sanur is usually buyers in their 50’s-60’s
and they tend to be focusing more on
the lifestyle rather that the return on their investment.
Within the very grounds of the 11-story
The Grand Bali Beach Hotel,
a war-reparation gift
from the Japanese,
nestles the sacred and spiky temple
of Ratu Ayu of Singgi,
the much feared spirit consort
of Sanur's fabled Black Barong.
Sanur is famous throughout Bali for its sorcery.
Black and white magic pervades the coconut groves
of the resort hotels like an invisible chess game.
And yet the community is modern and prosperous.
Sanur is one of the few remaining brahman kuasa villages in Bali
controlled by members of the priestly caste
Many foreigners have built
lavish villas and bungalows here
and this is the preferred place for up-market,
long-term stays on the island,
especially in the BatuJimbar and Belanjong areas.
The main attraction here is
the white sand beach bordering a reef-sheltered lagoon.
The beach stretches south from
the The Grand Bali Beach Hotel
and ends up in the mangrove marshes
opposite Serangan Island.
Due to the protection of the lagoon,
this beach is one of the safest on the island,
and thus perfect for families.
There is no surf apart from out on the reef,
and one cannot swim at low tide,
but at other times this is the best place in Bali
for windsurfing and sailing.