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Valentonos Taverna, Bali

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#1 Francis Boyle

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 05:58 PM

Valentinos Taverna, Bali.

Bali is a developing resort. It is beautiful and still quite quiet, although that may change. It is full of good tavernas. They are inexpensive, the food is of a high quality - and quantity! Having tried many of them, in my opinion, Valentinos is the best. The food is especially good and there are plenty of options for those who would rather not eat meat, especially if they are prepared to eat fish or seafood. But, it faces stiff competition in terms of the quality of the cuisine, for example, I ate a Rabbit Stifado at the nearby Mythos Taverna that was truly amazing. However, it is the ambience of Valentinos that gives it the edge. It has a glorious and truly romantic setting; most of the tables are set along a terrace overlooking the tiny harbour and accompanying beach with magnificent views of the Western Crete hills behind. The waiters bring the food to the table on large, square, traditional trays. They are charming, helpful, friendly (as you would expect) and efficient! The whole place , even when busy, runs like clockwork. There is a team of two men and two women and I hope that I am not being sexist when I say that the women are radiant examples of Cretan beauty. The whole experience of eating there is wonderful. My wife and I noticed how many other visitors, like ourselves, came back time and again. If you are in Bali, do have a meal at Valentinos; it will only add to the pleasure of your visit to Crete.