We had one dinner off-property. With the suggestion of some on Flyertalk, we sought out the most acclaimed restaurant in Bali … Mozaic. It’s in Ubud, and nearly an hour and a half’s drive each way from our hotel, but was a nice experience. On the whole a lovely dinner, with wonderful service (though in a very practiced, memorized Balinese way).
An advance booking is pretty much required, and then the restaurant requires same-day confirmation (and they also maintain a waitlist) so we had the club lounge staff ring them up the morning of our reservation.
And then rather than taking a cab up to Ubud we had a hotel car drive us there, wait, and drive us back. It’s just so impossibly inexpensive (even with the current value of the dollar, and even at a resort) that this sort of luxury ran less than US$50 roundtrip.
Meanwhile, the restaurant offers two different set six course menus and a ‘surprise’ menu where you let them know any preferences and they’ll prepare a variety of items for you, either the same for each person at the table or different. We opted for the surprise menu, and something different for each of us. We only traded dishes once (I don’t like goat cheese but mrs. gleff is rather partial to it).