We ate here for a special lunch date (sans kids) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the sister restaurant of the reputable Mam San and Sarong in Seminyak, and the menu here certainly delivers a taste of what the food is like at these more well established eateries. Hujan means rain in Indonesian. So Local Rain is where we ate.
The drinks list is very interesting, and this beetroot concoction was rather tasty, non-alcoholic, however there were also drinks of this variety available.
The Bucket of Thai fish balls didn’t disappoint, with a decent serving, delicious taste, lovely dipping sauce, and served with some crispy fried herb leaves.
Salt and Pepper squid, nicely seasoned on a bed of iceberg lettuce. Very tender.
Chicken laap, is a Laon dish of minced meat with an amazing depth of flavour, served in a bowl with lettuce leaves, I think designed to be small cups to wrap the meat in, which is what we did. This dish rarely disappoints, and Hujan have done it justice.
The (dry) Rendang curry with a fried egg, was a very interesting choice. I am a huge rendang fan, and will order it when I think the restaurant will do a good job (it can often be average in Bali!). This was explained to be a dry curry, and not the usual rich sauce that the dish usually comes like. So I though I would try it regardless. well it was dry but very oily – if that’s possible – it was possibly twice cooked, braised, then shredded and deep fried, which created the oiliness. The egg didn’t add much to the dish for me and I’m not sure why it was there, as the meal itself would have been good without it. The taste of the curry was good, even though the texture was a little different.
This restaurant experience was great, and lived up to my expectation, even though they possibly have to sort out some ‘teething’ problems as all new restaurants do. I am excited to come back and try some more delicacies from the extensive and yummy sounding menu.