I had flagged Three Monkeys restaurant in our Lonely Planet guidebook before we left for Bali because it had such great Trip Advisor reviews and sounded like a good choice for a romantic evening. Then our hotel ended up being a few doors down from Three Monkeys so we ate there two nights in a row! I loved this restaurant so much. It’s located right in the middle of busy, touristy Monkey Forest road but the moment you step out of the foyer and onto the covered patio you feel like you are in a peaceful jungle oasis. The street noise is replaced by the peaceful sound of running water from the koi pond. We timed our seating for sunset and watched the sky turn to soft shades of pink and purple as the bullfrogs serenaded us from the rice patty next to the patio.
The name Three Monkeys refers to the three founders of the restaurant who have come together from very different backgrounds to create a unique Mediterranean menu with an Asian flare. On our first night there we tried the handmade pumpkin ravioli with burnt butter, almonds and sage with a side of sautéed spinach. I wish I was eating this right now, it was so delicious! On our second night there we discovered a section on the menu with 8 different kinds of spring rolls on it. It was a very difficult decision but in the end we went with the spinach, dates, honeyed walnut and goat cheese crispy spring rolls. For my main I had the grilled vegetables and haloumi and Jonathan had an Australian beef coconut curry with steamed cassava leaves and green chili sambal.
To write this post I had to pull up their menu to remember everything we ordered and just looking at it again made me want to go back! It’s a really huge menu with lots of vegetarian options and different styles of food, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy at Three Monkeys. The ambiance is perfect for a romantic date night or for a fun night out with friends, I will definitely be back if I’m ever in Bali again!
When you travel do you like to pick restaurants in advance? Or do you prefer to just wing it?