Cafe Degan is a blend in itself, set in a traditional Javanese joglo house, and presenting to Bali’s dining scene a selection of popular Indonesian specialties, as well as an assortment of Thai favorites. Cafe Degan is located on Jalan Petitenget, south of the Seminyak area. Chef Degan and his wife present a menu that is predominantly Javanese and another portion comprising traditional Thai selections. Thai soups such as the Tom Yum Goong come as standard selection, while the Javanese menu features many common favourites such as the Lumpia Udang fried rolls, Ikan Panggang Kemangi, and the all-time Nasi Goreng fried rice. Vegetarian dishes can also be found on the extensive menu. Cafe Degan is open for lunch and dinner.
Cafe Degan is a joglo, an antique wooden Javanese house, simply decorated with antique hanging lamps. We settled in and ordered something cold on that hot and humid day
Javanese favorites and Thai favorites because the Javanese chef used to work at the Banyan Tree in Thailand before coming back to Indonesia and setting up his own restaurant about a year ago. Since we had heard so much about the Thai food and also because there really isn’t a proper Thai restaurant in Bali, we were eager to try dishes from the Thai section of the menu. After we ordered, several more customers walked in for lunch but most tables had chosen dishes from the Javanese side of the menu