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44 slmag.net Befitting a property with more than 800 bedrooms, the dining options are as delicious as they are diverse. A simple name that belies the diversity of its offerings, The Café is a tour-de-force of both Indonesian and international cuisine. Its popularity among locals and non-hotel guests visiting the island means that reservations are a must. e buffet is so expansive that a video I shot to commemorate the savory spectacle stretched on for more than three minutes. As a lover of spicy food, the Indian and Indonesian sections definitely satiated the need to singe my taste buds a bit; my only complaint is that my eyes were way bigger than anything my stomach could handle. Table8, a signature Oriental restaurant serving authentic Cantonese and Szechuan delicacies, boasts whimsical décor and an expansive selection of premium teas from China. Patrons are offered a hybrid-buffet supplemented by à la carte selections such as Five Head Whole Abalone Braised with Wild Mushroom and Roasted Suckling Pig. Edogin fits the bill for lovers of sushi and Teppanyaki (a style of Japanese cuisine that uses an iron griddle to quickly cook thin slices of meat, fish, seafood, vegetables and noodles). I will admit to visiting the Mulia Deli on more than one occasion to ogle the outstanding selection of French pastries and whimsical desserts, including cakes made to look like iconic Birkin and Chanel handbags. Beachside Soleil restaurant puts a Mediterranean spin on exotic specialties from Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand. Renowned for their Sunday brunch spectacular, Chef Corky O'Connor, a native of Chicago, has a fondness for sending "special" dishes to the table until you throw in the napkin (and even then he may still tempt you with just one more irresistible treat). O'Connor takes great pride in his house-made pastas and the utilization of the finest ingredients he can get his hands on. ose in search of more spirited sustenance can imbibe at the oasis-like Cascade Lounge, e Bar, the oceanfront Sky Bar, and ZJ's Bar & Lounge, a stylish sanctuary for the island's in-crowd. I did enjoy easing into my day with an à la minute breakfast in the quiet confines of the comfortable dining areas reserved Tegalang rice paddy fields in Ubud. Perched on an oceanfront cliff, Geger Temple is a short walk from e Mulia.