We happened to be at The Waterlily Bistro at Mutiara Tropicana for our Valentine’s Day dinner. It was an unplanned one so we could count ourselves lucky for being able to even secure a table after a short wait.
This Balinese themed restaurant is owned by the same management of Ole Ole Bali and Bumbu Bali. If you have dined at any of the mentioned restaurants, expect their menus to be extremely familiar to the point they are like almost identical.
Nasi Campur @ RM33, a signature dish across all their branches may it be Bumbu Bali, Ole Ole Bali or Waterlily. This ultimate rice is a combination of Balinese Grilled Lemongrass Prawns, Squid, Fish, choice of Beef or Chicken Rendang, Sate Lilit served with beans salad, anchovy crackers, Sambel Terasi and Sambel Matah.
The huge portion means you could forget about ordering something else, well unless you have a super huge appetite. The noteworthy stuffs are none other than the grilled fish, squid and the sate lilit (minced meat with cili padi wrapped around lemongrass stalk) which are all cooked perfectly to a lip-smacking delicious. For first timers it might be good to have this just to get a taste of everything. But if you are already a frequent customer you should know better to order them individually, esp the sate lilit.
Charbroiled Sirloin @ RM43 – medium rare, using imported chilled beef. All their grilled meats are marinated with Balinese Lemongrass Marinade and served with mixed salad, seasoned fries a huge slice of watermelon.
I think their steaks are not that great compared to their lamb chops, which I have personally tried and tested myself. So I feel it’s better to stick to the latter if you have a choice. I am not saying the steaks are bad because they are perfectly cooked. For me it was just a little under-marinated and depended heavily on the lemongrass sauce for the flavor.
Barley Lime @ RM18 per jug. It used to taste really nice and cooling for me but somehow the quality just went down recently. Still my preferred drink here though.
At this point we were stuffed to the gills. So it was quite amazing for us that we could still finish a dessert. Among the few desserts they have, Pisang Bakar @ RM13 appealed the most. Three pieces of grilled caramelized bananas are served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in the center then topped with peanut candy and coconut strips. The contrasting ingredients complimented each other well, not bad at all.
Some photos of the restaurant, just to give you a feel of the decor, environment and ambiance.
Tatami styled seats are available upstairs, air conditioned too.
The Waterlily Bistro
No.11-G, 11-1 & 11-2
Jalan Mutiara Tropicana 3,
Mutiara Tropicana, PJU 3 PJ.
GPS Co-ordinates: N3 07.732 E101 35.957
Business hours: 11am till late