to Bali Laguna can be a bit tricky; the entrance
to Jing'An Park is at the corner on the intersection
between Hua Shan Road and Yan'An Road, which is noisey
and has an over-passing highway on top of it. But
once in the park, Bali Laguna is like a little oasis
in the middle of busy Shanghai. The owners have tried
to bring the essence of Bali, the famed Indonesian
tropical resort, to Jing'An Park. And they've done
a pretty decent job of it (hence, Bali Laguna is
in this guide!), they have even brought along the
music for effect. The restaurant is perched on a
small man-made lake, and
beside the lake. The decor inside
has a distinct, soothing Indonesian/ South-East Asian
it, with the colour-palette to match. High, wodden
ceilings add to the relaxing atmosphere of the restautant.
Laguna is certainly one of Shanghai's most romantic
restaurants, a perfect place for an intimate, candle-lit
evening tete-a-tete. The seating by the mini-lake
The sound of the frongs even adds to the atmosphere
(we weren't sure if the frog sounds were authentic
frogs thrive in that little lake).
to our friendly South East Asian experts, the food
at Bali Laguna is not the best, but just "quite ok".
However, to those less exposed to the regional cuisine,
food is good, with typical Indonesian dishes such
as Nasi Goreng, Beef Rendang (our favourite) and
other curries on the menu.