Grocer and Grind Sanur

by Chris O’Connor on 2013-06-20

Vegetarian Panini: Crammed with roasted vegetables, spinach and cheese served with tomato chutney.Vegetarian Panini: Crammed with roasted vegetables, spinach and cheese served with tomato chutney.

Despite its historical relevance to the local tourist industry, Sanur has for many years been something of a sleepy hollow, a throwback perhaps to the days prior to mass tourism.

In recent years, this for many has been part of its attraction, but the lack of comparative popularity and thus investment has left the visitor and resident alike with rather less choice in terms of good coffee and good food than one might have expected.

Through the last few years this has been steadily changing and today a good number of cafes, such as the Glass House, Café Luhtu and Café Smorgas, among others, are now providing an excellent range of coffees, teas, cakes and light meals.

Sweet snacks and smiles: A selection of foods arranged temptingly to treat every palate.Sweet snacks and smiles: A selection of foods arranged temptingly to treat every palate.

This welcome trend has continued with the recent opening of the island’s third Grocer & Grind, a bistro-style café situated in the heart of Sanur on Jl. Danau Tamblingan. Being set back from the road, noise is minimal and the contemporary design and relaxing atmosphere make it a good place to chill over coffee, a meal or their range of beers and cocktails.

Take away, Bli?: Homemade pizza from the wood-fired pizza oven; eat it in or take it home, or maybe try it as a family pack?Take away, Bli?: Homemade pizza from the wood-fired pizza oven; eat it in or take it home, or maybe try it as a family pack? The menu is extensive but quite simple with offerings from the outdoor traditional wood-fired pizza oven, specialty home-baked breads with dips or made into sandwiches, a range of gorgeous salads, meat and vegetarian pies and about half a dozen “Grocer Classics”.

An interesting feature is the competitively priced family packs featuring rotisserie chickens, pizza or burgers, plus soft drinks and accompaniments (fries, coleslaw, flatbreads, salad, etc.), meaning a family of four can eat for around
Rp 350,000 (US$35.25) — excellent value for quality food served by lovely staff in a very pleasing environment.

Homemade pies: A selection of meat and vegetarian pies are available served with fries or salad.Homemade pies: A selection of meat and vegetarian pies are available served with fries or salad.

After a very satisfying rich dark coffee, we tried the Spinach and Feta pie, served with a small bowl of fries and the Vegetarian Panini with pumpkin, spinach, roasted vegetables and cheese. The pie was delicious and packed with loads of tasty cheese and spinach contained in a lovely flaky pastry. The Panini was just as good, with the ingredients bursting with flavor.

Not too sweet: Rich-flavored iced coffee with lashings of ice cream.Not too sweet: Rich-flavored iced coffee with lashings of ice cream.
The lunch was so filling that instead of taking anything from the vast desert menu we had iced coffee. It was full of flavor, but unlike many served in Bali, not full of sugar. It was served with a creamy dollop of vanilla and choc-chip ice cream and finished us off a treat.

Grocer and Grind also deliver seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

- Photos by Chris O’Connor

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