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Bali Laguna
  Indonesian (SE Asian)  

189 Huashan Road, by Yan'An Road
inside Jing'An Park (entrance to the park isat the intersection, under the overpass)

  +86 (21) 6248-6970  
  Daily, 11.00am - 1.00am  

Getting 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 diners can sit inside our outside, beside the lake. The decor inside has a distinct, soothing Indonesian/ South-East Asian quality to it, with the colour-palette to match. High, wodden ceilings add to the relaxing atmosphere of the restautant.

Bali 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 is delightful. The sound of the frongs even adds to the atmosphere (we weren't sure if the frog sounds were authentic or recorded, but it turns out that frogs thrive in that little lake).

According 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, the food is good, with typical Indonesian dishes such as Nasi Goreng, Beef Rendang (our favourite) and other curries on the menu.



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