“The Three Monkeys at Sanur was an extremely satisfying and relaxing meal”
The Three Monkeys restaurants are renowned for their good honest food and live jazz being played.
Three Monkeys (click here) is located amidst many other restaurants and cafes on the main street of Sanur. The delightful bamboo pavilion has a much more relaxed and leisurely vibe to it when you compare it to the food hub of Seminyak’s Oberoi Street. This restaurant is the second venue of the Three Monkeys family with the original one located in Ubud.
The thatched bamboo bungalow is separated into three main areas. To the front of house there is a shady timber terrace for people watching on the nearby sidewalk. Back of house there are tables and sofas to unwind and have a drink, while observing the busy kitchen work its magic.
Upstairs, there is an air conditioning enclosed glass section for ultimate comfort or the open-air loft to spectate the passer-bys below. We took a seat upstairs on the patio, as it wasn’t to hot and there were fans whirling away while subtle jazz played in the background. It was incredibly peaceful while we waited for our food.
Much like its sister café, the menu is a mix of modern Balinese, Middle Eastern & Mediterranean cuisine. There is a heavy focus towards Italian and Greek and using wood fire is the main method of cooking.
What we ate:
PRAWN & SNAPPER SPRING ROLLS – lemon basil
BALINESE SPICED DUCK SPRING ROLLS – fern shoots, coconut
BALI SPICED SHREDDED CHICKEN SALAD – long beans, young bamboo, bean sprouts, torch ginger sambal, citrus dressing
WOOD-OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN THIGH – grain mustard, oregano, rosemary, lemon, white wine
WHITE CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA – w/ baklava
The standout dishes were both the mains. The shredded Chicken Salad was fresh, light and fragrant. The generous amount of ginger sambal packed some heat that the young coconut and citrus dressing balanced faultlessly. After the initial rush of the sambal’s spiciness, every bite after had a pleasant warmth that lingered in your mouth.
The Roasted Chicken was incredibly succulent and had a nice charred skin from the wood fire. The vegetables were cooked until just tender and the white wine sauce was fantastic. Most dishes that we ate were a hit, although the prawn and snapper spring rolls were not as good as the duck ones.
We were pleasantly surprised with the food at Three Monkeys! Our main meals were light, fresh and extremely well balanced. If you are staying in Sanur I would definitely make three monkeys one of your choices for lunch or dinner. We are most definitely going to book a table at their sister venue in Ubud on our next trip to Bali.
Jalan Danau Tamblingan, Sanur, Denpasar Sel., Kota Denpasar,
Bali 80222, Indonesia