Newly opened TRi offers flavourful Balinese fare
The restaurant, the latest addition to The Pulse at Repulse Bay, has a soothing ambience, but beware of the window seats - you'll end up with crossed legs or cross about the bumps on your knee
Do not request a window seat at TRi (tel: 2515 0577) unless you want spend the meal shifting around uncomfortably in your chair. For although the lotus-shaped private booths look gorgeous, there is nothing romantic about having so little leg room that you end up crossing your legs on the cushion or bumping your knee on the stone table.
Otherwise, this Balinese restaurant - the newest addition to The Pulse in Repulse Bay - is pleasing enough. The ambience is soothing and exotic, thanks to its dim lighting, bamboo decor and water features. The menu is easy to follow and has plenty of options for both meat and seafood lovers.
The softshell crab salad (HK$180) comes with two tasty sauces - sambal rujak and a spicy mayonnaise, although the batter on the crab is too thick. We enjoyed the duck goreng (HK$180) much more as the duck skin was crisp and the meat flavourful and tender. The chilli mango jam added a pleasing contrast and balance to the dish.
We also liked the chicken lalah (HK$220), as the pan-fried baby bird, smothered in a sambal with a fragrant hint of peanut, was sweet and juicy.
Desserts - coconut panna cotta with roasted pineapple and cinnamon black rice ice cream (HK$80), and dadar gulung (HK$80) - are also spot on, although our favourite sweet turned out to be the slightly chewy, deep-fried coconut bites that were given to us gratis to celebrate the restaurant's soft opening.
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