My First Taste Of Natrabu

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, April 23, 2010 | Published in


On the second day of my Bali trip, my friend brought the other two friends who stayed at Mercure Hotel in Kuta to Jenggala Keramik as they were interested to buy some ceramics there.

Since I have been there the day before, I decided not to follow my friend. So what did I do all alone by myself?

Well, after the yummy breakfast, my friend left to meet up with the other two while I decided to go for a massage! Yes! A body scrub and massage to be exact!

I had the massage in my hotel room. It was an enjoyable two-hour massage and body scrub and I paid only 200,000 rupiah (RM74)!! Totally worth it, don't you agree?

After the refreshing massage, I actually felt like going to sleep, but it was time to meet up with my three friends for lunch.

We had lunch at Natrabu Restaurant in Sanur.


Do you like the three tiered umbrellas on both side of the entrance?

Natrabu, I discovered, is a famous Nasi Padang restaurant in Indonesia. They serve Minangkabau cuisine from Padang, a city in West Sumatra.

The special thing about this restaurant is that they do not provide you with a menu. I asked for a menu but they said they have none! So how to order?

Well, soon after we were seated, the waiters brought to our table a large selection of dishes!


OK, the selection of dishes were larger than what was shown in the photo above, but I only managed to take this photo! Oh, well....

We were supposed to pick which of the dishes we want! They would charge you only for the dishes you eat.

And so, we chose these....






We actually ate much more than what was shown above but I did not take photos of them all! That was because everyone was hungry and they could not wait for me to take pictures! Besides, none of my three friends knew I was a blogger! And I did not intend to tell them...haha!

My friends love the food, but honestly I did not find them that nice! It was not bad, but I certainly would not crave for them!


After lunch, we went to Pura Taman Ayun which our driver highly recommended. Well, as I love nature, the word "Taman" (meaning park or garden) sounded good to me!

Stay tuned for my next post on this famous Taman Ayun!


(84) Comments

  1. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Nice 2nd day..

    April 23, 2010 at 8:24 AM
  2. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    wow body scrub for 2 hours cost 200,000 bucks is a lot of $$$ hahaha. You must be in cloud 9 I presume.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:26 AM
  3. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    Oh live menu huh!that's something new. food looking good leh. tQ

    April 23, 2010 at 8:29 AM
  4. இ Baŋäŋaz இ said...

    You didnt buy back the three tiers umbrellas? Something unique nice. tQ

    April 23, 2010 at 8:32 AM
  5. Anonymous

    How come you didn't spill the beans about being an avid blogger to your friends? Almost all my friends know I have a blog but not everyone reads them. That's ok with me coz not everyone has the time and space for blogging and reading blogs.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:38 AM
  6. lina said...

    Mei Teng,
    I don't tell (many of) my friends or colleagues, not to mention family members. :D

    April 23, 2010 at 8:40 AM
  7. lina said...

    That's a nice place to have lunch.

    What a nice way to spend the day eh? Massage then eat. Bliss... :)

    April 23, 2010 at 8:41 AM
  8. lina said...

    But seeing the photo of the prawn sambal - my goodness! The oil!
    Of course, my friends who are great cooks would say, you need to put plenty of oil to make the dish taste good.

    April 23, 2010 at 8:43 AM
  9. bluedreamer27 said...

    wow i love them all!! but i haven't tasted them yet

    April 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM
  10. Unknown said...


    April 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM
  11. Unknown said...

    and i also wish that i had the money to go to Bali..........too hahahahah

    April 23, 2010 at 9:10 AM
  12. bluedreamer27 said...

    are those... chicken??

    April 23, 2010 at 9:11 AM
  13. bluedreamer27 said...

    oh and are they spicy? because i have heard that when it comes to Indonesian cuisine, they are well known for serving spicy dishes

    April 23, 2010 at 9:12 AM
  14. bluedreamer27 said...

    have a great day foong and thanks for sharing this dishes to us... or i can also day that.... thanks you for tempting us LOL.. Happy blogging!

    April 23, 2010 at 9:13 AM
  15. Caroline said...

    Gosh! i want to try the nasi padang! lol. ok those food doesnt tempt me at all. lol. d color look so spicy for me. btw, so nice ah body massage! n for that price! its cheap! :D

    April 23, 2010 at 9:30 AM
  16. manglish said...

    ahhhhhhhhhhhh i remember there is this very classy outdoor restaurant and shopping area in nusa dua, did you go there ar? is it the Taman? hahahha

    April 23, 2010 at 9:34 AM
  17. mNhL said...

    Wow...massage in your hotel room!

    The food look spicy and oily...but appettizing. haha....

    April 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM
  18. iamthewitch said...

    Oh I just had Nasi Padang a few days ago in KL :P It was more like Economy rice to me just the dishes were different. But your case looked like it was dim sum style! LOL!

    April 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM
  19. khengsiong said...

    I also had massage in Bali. Not as 'painful' as those Thai experience...

    April 23, 2010 at 11:07 AM
  20. Pete said...

    Nice, I like all the spicy dishes.....put all of it in rice....nice!

    April 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM
  21. CheaHSan said...

    Love nasi padang like Pete said semua taruk into the rice lagi best haha..

    April 23, 2010 at 12:03 PM
  22. Cloudia said...

    I so enjoyed this post. you are a great travel companion :)

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

    April 23, 2010 at 12:55 PM
  23. Blog customization said...

    Thanks for the post.You had a great day.I found the three tier umbrellas to be really very pretty.The pictures have come out really well.You can tell your friends now that you are a blogger.They ought to see it as they loved the food and the food in the pictures look really very delicious.Look forward to hearing from you soon again.

    April 23, 2010 at 1:54 PM
  24. sewa mobil said...

    wow, great post i really like it.
    keep posting stuff like this

    April 23, 2010 at 3:27 PM
  25. xin said...

    wahhh!!! seriously i cant wait to go for spa and massage in bali <3

    April 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM
  26. Peter said...

    Thanks for the blog. It seems that you had a great time in Natrabu. The foods served to you appear to be too good but I see they are very spicy. The restaurant is good and spacious. Thanks once again. Bye.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:13 PM
  27. Ken Wooi said...

    i thought in bali got all those dick souvenirs.. just wondering why you havent blogged about it =P

    April 23, 2010 at 7:39 PM
  28. jam said...

    It seems you really like massage a lot.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:47 PM
  29. jam said...

    Now I wonder why you did not follow me to massage while we were in Guilin?

    April 23, 2010 at 7:48 PM
  30. jam said...

    So we went for massage together in our next trip, ok?

    April 23, 2010 at 7:49 PM
  31. Hanging lamps said...

    Hi all visitable and also very testy all is very best thanks fore nice sharing.

    April 23, 2010 at 7:49 PM
  32. Bengbeng said...

    nowadays i am off food... work so hard in the gym n then oily food blows it.. but it looks tempting yr pics

    April 23, 2010 at 10:21 PM
  33. Tekkaus said...

    What buy ceramics in Bali? Huh? :p

    April 23, 2010 at 10:30 PM
  34. Tekkaus said...

    So you went to the massage alone? Rm74 for 2 hours? :p What you did there huh?

    April 23, 2010 at 10:32 PM
  35. Tekkaus said...

    Wow....the masseur hands are so good huh? So much so that you almost fall asleep...

    April 23, 2010 at 10:33 PM
  36. Tekkaus said...

    The 3 tiered umbrella? Hmm....ok, ok only lor. :p

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 PM
  37. Tekkaus said...

    No menu? Wow....that is so weird...this is the first time I heard that a restaurant doesn't have a menu. :p

    April 23, 2010 at 10:34 PM
  38. Tekkaus said... guys ate more that what you showed here? Is that even possible? Yo guys really eat a lot. :p Now must be quite fat aye.

    April 23, 2010 at 10:37 PM
  39. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM
  40. Mariuca said...

    Wahhhh my type of yummy food oh my oh my!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:37 AM
  41. Mariuca said...

    The begedil looks nice and my fave is def the sambal prawns! I wan! :)

    April 24, 2010 at 12:38 AM
  42. Mariuca said...

    Happy weekend, TGIF! ;)

    April 24, 2010 at 12:38 AM
  43. AL said...

    i want to go to bali too!!!

    April 24, 2010 at 1:20 AM
  44. Leo said...

    Nice hotel. Well decorated and all the dishes seems very delicious, really I'm feeling very hungry.Bye
    Happy weekend.

    April 24, 2010 at 5:56 PM
  45. Reanaclaire said...

    Go Bali must go spa..otherwise it wont be Bali.. lol.. that was what i heard.. relaxing place..

    April 24, 2010 at 11:27 PM
  46. Faisal Admar said...

    foong, the one with the cili padi is ikan kering is it?

    looks good! :)

    April 25, 2010 at 3:20 PM
  47. eastcoastlife said...

    I miss the Nasi Padang in Indonesia! I had some super delicious meals in Jakarta.

    I'm drooling as I think of the food.

    April 26, 2010 at 11:35 PM
  48. foongpc said...

    bananaz, yes I was in cloud 9 during the massage! Haha!

    The three tiered umbrella was not for sale! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:08 AM
  49. foongpc said...

    mei teng, I prefer not to : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:08 AM
  50. foongpc said...

    lina, you don't tell too? Haha!

    Massage then eat - yes, it's bliss!!

    I agree the prawn sambal was simply too oily! All my friends loved it though : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:11 AM
  51. foongpc said...

    eugene, you should go! It's a nice place to go for holidays! But of course you need the money though not a lot! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:13 AM
  52. foongpc said...

    bluedreamer27, yes those are chickens. They are not very spicy : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:14 AM
  53. foongpc said...

    caroline ng, it's not really spicy although it looks spicy! haha! Yes, the body massage was cheap and well worth it! I want to go Bali for massage again! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:15 AM
  54. foongpc said...

    manglish, no I didn't go eat at Nusa Dua cos it was pretty expensive: )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:22 AM
  55. foongpc said...

    mNhL, yes the massage was wow! Haha. The food looked spicy and oily, and although it was oily, it was not really spicy : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:23 AM
  56. foongpc said...

    iamthewitch, haha, yeah dim sum style since they let us choose from the selection of dishes! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:24 AM
  57. foongpc said...

    khengsiong, really not as painful? Haha!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:25 AM
  58. foongpc said...

    pete, yes mix it all in the rice and they taste good, but I just feel a bit too oily and unhealthy! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:26 AM
  59. foongpc said...

    cheahs@n, haha! Nice but not very healthy! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:26 AM
  60. foongpc said...

    cloudia, haha, glad you enjoyed this post! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:27 AM
  61. foongpc said...

    blog customization, thanks for your comments! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:28 AM
  62. foongpc said...

    sewa mobil, glad you like this post! Thanks for dropping by! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:30 AM
  63. foongpc said...

    xin, haha! When are you going Bali?

    April 27, 2010 at 12:30 AM
  64. foongpc said...

    peter, thanks for dropping by! The food served at Natrabu were not really spicy but they were oily - well, some people like it that way! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:31 AM
  65. foongpc said...

    kenwooi, haha, cos I did not go and buy those dick souvenirs! Maybe next time! ; )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:32 AM
  66. foongpc said...

    jam, yes I do! Last time I did not follow you for massage in Guilin cos I was not in the mood for one and also because I could not speak Mandarin! Next trip, yes let's go for massage! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:34 AM
  67. foongpc said...

    hanging lamps, you are welcome : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:34 AM
  68. foongpc said...

    bengbeng, wow! So hard working in the gym? Haha! Yes, no point working so hard and then blow all your efforts by indulging in oily food! But I was on holiday! - That's a different story! LOL!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:36 AM
  69. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, yeah my friends bought those ceramics in Bali!

    2 hours of massage which included body scrub - bliss!!

    Yes, there was no menu. You just choose form the selection of dishes they took out.

    Yup, we ate a lot! Haha! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:40 AM
  70. foongpc said...

    mariuca, so this is your type of food? Haha! Happy weekend to you too! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:40 AM
  71. foongpc said...

    AL, well you should go! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:41 AM
  72. foongpc said...

    leo, feeling hungry looking at these photos? haha! Happy weekend to you too! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:42 AM
  73. foongpc said...

    reanaclaire, yes must go for spa and massage in Bali! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:42 AM
  74. foongpc said...

    faisal, not sure how you call the dish but it's ikan all right! : )

    April 27, 2010 at 12:43 AM
  75. foongpc said...

    eastcoastlife, then you must go Bali! LOL!

    April 27, 2010 at 12:44 AM
  76. bluedreamer27 said...

    oh my mistake... i always compare india and indonesia haha.. India is the one known for spicy dishes

    April 27, 2010 at 1:48 AM
  77. bluedreamer27 said...

    have a great day foong
    and happy blogging..

    April 27, 2010 at 1:49 AM
  78. Ayie said...

    yummy looking dishes!

    May 2, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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