Bali is so big picture. Big sunsets, big beaches, big adventures, big crowds, big experiences, big emotions; for an island that promises a chance to remember to find the joy in peaceful repose, there is a distinct sense of the supreme hustle that courses through the streets. From the warungs to the multi-star dining rooms, no where can this restless energy be better found than in Seminyak.
And so when you’re trying to open a restaurant, to make a name for yourself, to put food on the table — both for the customers and for your own family — you learn to do one thing and one thing well. This is the premise of Chicken Run, which serves (arguably) the best rotisserie chicken in Indonesia. The menu features chicken, and also chicken, and then some chicken.
But therein lies the beauty, because when you focus on only doing one thing perfectly, you either master or it or you go totally out of business. The rotisserie spins like a ferris wheel of roasted, succulent goodness, the chickens glistening and rubbed down with herbs. There will be only the simplest of metrics involved in your Chicken Run meal:
‘Do you like chicken? If yes, you will enjoy Chicken Run.’
Chef Degan Septoadji, he of television chef fame, the master of Master Chef Indonesia, mentioned Chicken Run in an interview with Destinasian Magazine, where the island’s most respected chefs were asked to pick the island’s best restaurants. His argument?
“Chicken Run… sells the best roast chicken in Bali. You can choose to have the whole, half, or quarter chicken — it’s all cheap — and it’s served with French fries, potato wedges, or rice, with extra chili ketchup and apple sauce on the side.”
A delicious, reasonably priced chicken with apple sauce on the side. There is little more to be said.
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