Lunch at Mama San

Mrs Ryan and myself (unexpectedly) dined as guests of Mama San.

Last night we dined at my favourite restaurant in Bali, Sarong. We were fairly thirsty it would seem. I blame the heat. Anyway, after a magnificent meal, we literally rolled out the door. The party kicked on with a bottle of gin and much, much laughing. Mum laughed so hard she rolled off the bed and kind of wedged herself between the mattress and the wall.

My sister, Mrs Ryan, went to her aid only to trip and fall on top of Mum, wedging her in even further. I tried to pull them both out, all the while Aunty Lois sat on the bed singing a sea shanty about heave ho and whaling, or something like that.

Eventually the two were freed by the simple act of moving the bed out. Disaster averted.

Anyway, we woke up feeling less than fresh. Most of our travelling party went to Ubud, the kids are off horse riding, which left Mrs Ryan and I to our own devices. With the hangover thundering along like an unfettered tidal wave of nausea, we know the only thing that was going to cure our ills was a tasty, yummy lunch.

Now at Dad’s recent 70th birthday, his best mate, who is known as The Oracle due to the fact that he claims to know the name of the unknown soldier, insisted that we eat at a restaurant called Mama San. He was adamant that we try it.

We started with a fantastic pineapple and passionfruit slushie. A real one! We congratulated ourselves from abstaining from booze. Mrs Ryan got a brain freeze. I said you cannot get one when you don’t have a brain….

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The menu has probably got some sort of special name for the type of food they serve. Possibly asian fusion? But I would file it under FUCKING DELICIOUS! There is nothing like a bit of chilli to shake off the cobwebs. I had prawn and pork noodles. I also wanted to order the soft shell crab salad, but dear lord I am getting fat on this trip. Mrs Ryan had some type of tofu situation and we both declared it was the best meal we have eaten on this holiday.

Check out the entire menu here –

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The restaurant is very funky. Imagine if Mao Zedong and Industrial Chic had a baby together. This restaurant would be the result.

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Mama San is the sister restaurant of Sarong, and it was the lovely staff there who suggested we try it for lunch. I am not sure why we did not believe The Oracle when he suggested it, but we will let him think it was his influence that lead us down this gastronomic path to heaven.


Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135
Br. Taman, Bali.
T. +62 361 730436
E. info[at]mamasanbali[dot]com

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