Funny how things can look in a different light. Mention Legian Street clubbing icon… err… Eikon to most people and they would probably have some hazy flashback to a recent late night session throwing shapes on the famous dance floor while ogling a few purdee gals with very small bikinis on strutting atop the bar. (By most people I mean me by the way).
Yes it’s no secret that Eikon is one of THE places to get your crazy on down Kuta way, but did you know they also serve up a fully loaded menu of Western style comfort food and brilliant bar snacks for the discerning early evening crew. No? Well then read on dear friends.
Stop by for the afternoon session after 5pm and you’ll find Eikon transformed into a diner style restaurant, complete with comfy red sofa booths and pop-art table coverings. Music memorabilia from all genres cover the red brick interior, while towards the back a smattering of wacky off-the-wall newspaper clippings are plastered all over the walls. One in particular confirms my long-held suspicion that Elvis was indeed abducted by aliens.
Out the back is a beach bar-style set up that provides either a quieter place to ruminate by day, or a welcome bit of respite from the madness inside by night. Meanwhile the flat screen TVs dotted around play a mix of surfing, sports and a compilation of highly amusing YouTube style clips of people creatively injuring themselves in the name of entertainment.
Looking back to the menu you’ll find a welcome mix of bar room favourites like chicken wings, nachos and onion rings to go with your frosty lager, or if you’re looking for something more serious then it would be a good idea to get stuck into something like the inventive Cajun chicken penne (45k) or the enormous Aussie-style cheeseburger (55k).
I’m pretty keen to try as much of it as is humanly possible in the name of gastronomic research, so I’ve rounded up a couple of undernourished mates to help out and make sure we get through a decent cross section of the food lineup.
First up we had a go at the stacked quesadillas (30k) accompanied by a plate of crispy veg spring rolls with sweet chili dip (25k) to get the ball rolling nicely. After a quick palette cleanser (another draught Bintang if I’m honest) it was time to bring on the big guns; namely the chili con carne (55k), mammoth rack of ribs (65k) – pork or beef, and the sirloin steak surf ‘n’ turf.The juicy steak topped with two fat prawns is pretty hard to beat despite some pretty stiff competition from the other two.
There’s a ton of other munchies, nibbles, desserts and snacks on offer, but it’s worth noting the daily specials that surely offer the best value grub on the strip. Mondays, it’s BOGOF* on starters for only 25k, Tuesdays any pasta dish goes for half price, students get 50% off food and drink all night for 100k on Wednesdays, dig out your sombrero for half price Mexican food on Thursdays, and TFI Fridays with your second main at half price and a free beer. On Saturdays reef up your beef with free seafood on your steak, and last but by no means least get a half price rack of ribs on Sundays. Phew, happy days indeed.
So there you have it – looking for some rockin’ food and beats before you hit the clubs? Eikon’s the go for any day of the week.
*buy one get one free
Jl. Legian #178
+62 361 750 701