COCONUTS HOT SPOT — Bukit has yet another Italian option for those seeking their pizza, pasta, and cappuccinos, now that Seminyak mainstay Rolling Fork has opened its doors on Jl. Labuan Sait, the main road to Padang Padang.
Set in a gorgeous whitewashed joglo that feels something like a chic treehouse, nestled in a forest with its surrounding shrubbery and garden out back, Rolling Fork’s Padang Padang location gets kudos from us for its antique chic and breezy, whimsical decor. Mismatched—yet perfectly coordinated—plates and tea cups, white brick walls, and teal accents make the ambience.
The menu has Italian staples like homemade pastas, including different gnocchi’s (Sorrentina, Rp 80k and four cheese, Rp 90k), raviolis (ricotta/spinach and ricotta/salmon, both Rp 87k), and of course classics like lasagna bolognese (Rp 80k), spaghetti carbonara (Rp 85k), and spaghetti pesto with burrata (Rp 95k). We indulged in the pesto and were pleased about the order with the generous serving size and sprinklings of parmesan, minus the burrata cheese on top which unfortunately hit too sour.
Ranging in price from Rp80k to Rp 95k, the pastas aren’t cheap (for the neighborhood), so the prices seem to have just been a direct import from the restaurant’s mothership in trendy, upscale Seminyak.
Pizzas are available from 4pm on to 11pm, and include the basics like margherita (Rp 58k), four cheese (Rp 85k), prosciutto (Rp 80k), and salami (Rp 75k), to name a few.
But while Rolling Fork does Italian pretty, well, they’ve also kept up with what the food trends dictate, like brunch-friendly menu items, most especially smoothie bowls (Rp 60k). The three choices are dragonfruit, super green, and coca. We opted to try the super green for an immune booster, which turned out to be solid and a good value for the price, but nothing out of this world.
The highlight on the menu for us though had to be the pancakes (Rp 48k), served with strawberry and bananas, coconuts flakes, and topped with a scoop of ice cream.
Worth noting are options to create your own salad and sandwich, both starting at Rp 70k. Find made-to-order checklists at your table to choose from sets of veggies, meats, cheeses, and etc.
Visiting on a Sunday afternoon, optimum brunch time, there was a steady flow of people coming in and out, but it was never over crowded. With the high prices and handful of other Italian eateries dotted around Uluwatu, we’ll have to see how the restaurant will fare in the neighborhood—though with its distinctive and very Instagrammable design, Rolling Fork’s Padang Padang addition is sure to be popular with travel bloggers looking to stage some Instaworthy shots.
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Jl. Labuan Sait, Padang Padang