Bali Hai Restaurant
Santiago - Chile
As you arrive to Bali Hai Restaurant you are greeted by 5 large life-size Moai Statues near the front door and as you enter there are some magnificent wooden carvings on the walls and even a cascade in one of the corners.
The place isn't overly big but you will be surprised by how many people they can (literally) squeeze in there. The tables aren't too big and you may find yourself constantly rubbing elbows with the person next to you. I suppose it creates a cozy, personal atmosphere. The sound of crickets and bird calls hover over the ambience before and after the music shows.
They have a menu where for a set price you can choose from a variety of Chilean, Polynesian and International dishes and drinks that are available. There were ten of our staff at Bali Hai that night and the general consensus was that the food was great. Sorry, forgot to take photos of the food this time. I'll just have to go back to do it. :)
What surprised us is that most people starting leaving before midnight and by 12.30am our table was the only one still indulging and enjoying. Ok, so it was a Monday night but still... ah, that's right, foreigners are not used to the Chilean late-night society.
A special point that we would like to make is that you DEFINITELY need to make a reservation in advance since the place can only hold about 200 people per night and they quickly fill up with tour groups being bused in and out in the blink of an eye.
Music and Dance Show
The highlight of dining at Bali Hai is the Dance show they have. At first there was a Venezuelan guy doing his solo bit and admittedly he had a great voice but his wailing did get a little tiresome after a while. Fortunately the main event was next with a show presenting different typical dances from the many regions of Chile, including Easter Island, as well as the pacific region. It was done very well and made putting up with the first part worthwhile. I have seen a lot of traditional dancing in my time and I can say that these smiley dance professionals were very good and you won't be disappointed (The constant fixed smiles of the dancers seriously must make their faces ache). The dances shown were Polynesian (Tahiti), from Easter Island, Arauco Mapuche, Chiloé, Traditional Cueca dances, Tirana from north of Chile amongst others. You can see more photos here: Bali Hai Dance Photos.
Open from Monday to Saturdays:
Address: Av. Cristóbal Colon 5146, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile
Phone: (56-2) 228-8273
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