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Biku @ Seminyak, Bali

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Somewhere in my mind, a relaxing holiday typically includes plenty of nua-ing and a luxurious high tea. While luxurious probably did not fit the bill but Biku was listed on so many guides as the must go for traditional high tea, and we did (together with throngs of other tourists).

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There are so many different areas to dine and one can move from dining in a cushy living room...

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To a more rustic backyard.

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The children's colouring pieces caught my eye.

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And knick knacks on sale.

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Finally, something of relevance for the afternoon.

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We got our seats and were treated to a round of napkins.

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Doesn't anyone find their plates too pretty? 

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Our hightea sets came with fruit appetizers - strawberries and fresh cream.

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Salak poached in cinnamon and star anise was definitely very interesting. I'd not have imagined this to be the snakeskin fruit which I love peeling and munching on.

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There are two types of hightea sets available, Asian and English. For the former, minimum two is required whilst there is no minimum requirement for the latter. 

Asian High Tea for Two (IDR 250K)


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Curried egg sandwiches were ordinary at best, egg mayo anyday.

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Middle Eastern Orange Cake with rose tea syrup was more of a rum baba equivalent with whipped cream and an overly sweet cake. 

Pineapple and Mint agar agar was prettier to look at with its rose shape than taste. 

Kue mocha however ended up being a dense mochi which found few fans.

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Samosa with chutney was more of a curry puff than samosa, yet I am really not complaining since this was the tastiest of the savoury treats.

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Dadar Gulung is similar to kueh dadar, without the gula melaka and only pandan. The kueh was dense and a tad thick.

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Ayam sisit with sambal matah tart had a lovely pastry shell topped with chicken mayo.

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Vietnamese spring rolls with dpping sauce was highly confusing, wasn't this supposed to be traditional? So traditionally balinese at least? This Vietnamese roll was just ill fitting in this platter.


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Traditional Afternoon Tea (Rp 125K)

We had both sets just to get an idea how different the traditional and asian set would be.


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Scones with jams and cream are the highlight of any hightea set.

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These came with a duo of fruit preserves, red berry and mango!

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Spot them finger sandwiches, quiches and sweet treats!

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Butter these scones generously with jams.


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Mixed Satay (IDR 55K)


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Mie Goreng (IDR 43K)

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Oxtail Soup (IDR 65K)

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Between the two, I thought the English set was tastier though if given a choice, I'd prefer to go the ala carte route since the men had more satisfaction tucking into their hearty mains.

Biku
Jl. Petitenget No.888
Seminyak, Kuta Utara,

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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