Thursday, January 15, 2015

66 Goes to Bali: La Plancha

Introducing Gavin, Alhamd, Bli Dito, and Pace Febrian

If you're looking for a great spot to enjoy sunsets with your loved one in Bali, then La Plancha is the right place for you. Located at Seminyak, La Plancha captivated the heart of local citizen and tourists with its' colorful shack and beanbags by the beach. Loud music roamed around the beach as we enjoy our drinks, and it continues until night. Even when there is a minimum payment system at La Plancha, which is Rp100.000,00 per person, the place definitely worth a visit. 

The gang and I arrived at La Plancha at around 5 in the evening. Just the right time to enjoy some drinks and chat while we wait for the sunset. The place were not that crowded at the moment, so it didn't take long for us to find some beanbags to sit on. 

I simply love the decoration of the beach bar! The colorful beanbags were beyond adorable, not to mention umbrellas were available at every table, and they were multicolored.

La Plancha

Which beanbags should I use?

Don't you just love the umbrellas? 

One of the waiter, being friendly with customer

There is a minimum payment at La Plancha, which is Rp100.000,00 per person. I decided to have myself a glass of cocktail, while the guys were having beer and smoothie. For those who are not familiar with what a cocktail is, it is a an alcoholic drink consisting of spirit and non-alcoholic ingredients, such as fruit juice, lemonade, or cream.

Full team, plus Fidh!

I've been wanting to try a Cosmopolitan ever since I drown myself in a Tv series named Sex and the City. In the series, the main character named Carrie Bradshaw proclaimed Cosmopolitan as "her drink". She never skips her favorite cocktail whenever she comes to a party. Being a curious person that I am, I just had to try this bomb.

Care for some refreshing drinks?

Bli Dito being cool

What's with the expressions?

Cosmopolitan is a  mix of vodca, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice. It was pink in color and it was garnished with orange peeling on top. Same like any other alcohol, its' bitterness stung my taste buds, but it had a hint of sweetness from the cranberry juice and sourness from the lime juice. Overall, I did enjoy the Cosmopolitan, but I didn't see me in that cocktail to declare it as my "drink".

Carrie's favorite cocktail: the Cosmopolitan

The guys ordered some munchies to go along with their drink. There was the Fried Calamari and the Potato Wedges. The Fried Clamari was served in a long oval-shaped wooden plate, complete with two kinds of dipping sauce on the side. I had to give an extra point for this snack because they were well fried, so the meat was not rubbery from being overcooked, nor squishy because of its' rawness. Loving the sweet and spicy dipping sauce made from chilly oil. 

And then, there was the Potato Wedges. Served in a funky looking cone, it remind me of an ice cream sundae, minus the whipped cream and cherry on top. It also came with a bowl of dipping sauce, which I'm not that fond of compared to the calamari's set of dipping sauce. 

Fried Calamari

Have some potato!

Can't stop munching!

It didn't take long for me to finish my Cosmopolitan. Since the guys still had their beers, I decided to order me another cocktail which I was dying to try: Pina Colada. 

Ever heard the song "Pina Colada" by Jimmy Buffet? It goes

'If you like Piña Coladas, getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
I'm the love that you've looked for write to me and escape'

Classic, right? Ever since I heard the song, I kept having images in my head of how a Pina Colada would taste like. Now I know. 

Pina Colada is a rum-based cocktail, with a combination of coconut cream and pineapple juice. I don't like rum that much because of its' bitter cough-syrup-like taste, but this one is an exception. Dominated by its' pineapple flavor, my Pina Colada cocktail was very refreshing. I just love the crushed pineapple bits in the drink. Not to mention, the bubbly coconut cream was delightfully delicious. 

Compared to Cosmopolitan, I like Pina Colada better. But, I still can't proclaim it as my drink as it was not "me" enough. Am I making any sense? 

My first Pina Colada

We spent hours at La Plancha chit chatting, taking pictures, singing along to the funky oldies music, and even throwing ourself into the water. The sky was a bit cloudy, but we could still enjoy the beautiful sunset at Double-six Beach. I was soaked from being thrown to the sea by Gavin and Alhamd, thank you very much guys, I ended up on the car's trunk on our way back to the hotel. 

Next time I visit Bali, I will definitely go back to La Plancha. 

Selfie with the guys who threw me into the water

Enjoying my Pina Colada with Pace Febrian

Don't get fooled by its' funky sunglasses, this guy is a tricky fellow

An overcast sky

Sunset at La Plancha

La Plancha
Mesari Beach
Between Jalan Dhyanapura and Jalan Double-six 
Seminyak, Bali

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