Must eat Lombok: Square restaurant Senggigi
Senggigi is an idyllic destination for those wanting a true tropical island retreat. One of the best eats in town is Square restaurant that is renowned for it’s wine selection and it’s use of fresh ingredients.
Lombok is well regarding for being ‘what Bali was twenty years ago’ and is still mainly untouched by tourism, although there are some familiar hotel chains popping up. Senggigi on the islands north coast is as a gateway to the Gili Islands. The main appeal is that the area still retains its authentic rural roots, and is yet to be ruined by mass tourism. The beaches are still littered with beach huts, road side food stalls and locals fishing on the beach. There is a trend of fancy dining emerging to cater to visitors. Square restaurant is one of the fancier dining options in Sengiggi. Located in the heart of the central area, it is surrounded by local shops, massage parlours and bars.
The menu here at Square restaurant Sengiggi is impressive and contains many delicious options including fresh salads, popular Western meals such as slow cooked lamb shanks and then a solid selection of delicious Indonesian and local dishes.
The dinner began to an impressive start with the delivery of two spoon appetisers- succulent prawns ontop of smooth avocado with a hint of chilli. Delish! Lucky for me the fella doesn’t eat seafood so I got to enjoy both!
The fella ordered Daging Sapi Masak Merica Hitam Sliced Beef Tenderloin in Black Pepper Sauce. The beef was cooked beautifully still remaining juicy and tender. The flavours from all the spices were flavoursome but not overpowering.
Seeing that there was fresh seafood on the menu, and being at a beach destination of course I had to order the fish! I ordered Kakap Fillet Saos Kemangi. Pan fried baby snapper fillets were served on a bed of rice with a side salad made from coconut cassava leaves. The snapper was perfectly cooked so that it just flaked away but was still very juicy. The fish was covered in a thick green sauce made from chilli, coconut and lemon basil. The sauce was not particularly spicy but gave the fish an incredible vibrant flavour with a subtle earthy sweetness. I’d never had cassava leaves before and enjoyed the texture of the leaves mixed with the grated and slightly toasted coconut. This was an amazing dish!
We decided to add another vegetable dish to our order and received a perfect stir fried water spinach coated in garlic and oyster sauce. The water spinach was cooked enough to wilt but still retain it’s fresh bite. This vegetable is fast becoming one of my favourites!! It’s a great choice as a flavour carrier veggie.
With room still left in our satisfied bellies we ordered a caramelised lemon tart to share. The tart was more custardy than anticipated, but didn’t have the strong citrus flavour that I was craving. The butteriness of the pastry seemed to overpower the custard. Loved the creme brûlée sugar top! The tart was served with a palm sugar syrup which was sweet and gave a subtle molasses flavour, and the perfect vanilla ice-cream.
Total cost in Australian dollars for dinner at Square restaurant Sengiggi
Beef dish- $9.00
Snapper dish- $9.50
Water spinach- $5.00
Lemon tart- $6.00
Total- $29.50 Plus 15% tax
Square is one of the top restaurants in Sengiggi and does serve exceptional fresh food. It’s an ideal place for a group to relax of a selection of dishes, or a couple wanting a romantic dinner. The menu is extensive enough to cover all tastes and you can be assured that the meal will be utterly delicious!
Have you been to Lombok? Where was your favourite meal?