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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations

Season 2 Episode 12


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 19, 2006 on Travel Channel
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Episode Summary

Tony explores the lush culture of Indonesia to discover what makes ex-pats want to stay. Along the way, he discovers the rich history and cuisine of Jakarta and Bali.
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  • The best pig ever

    Our intrepid host must wonder what he did to get this gig. I watched enviously as Tony lay around his hut, surrounded by water, being brought food by boat.

    It is no secret that Tony Bourdain loves pork. He eats it whenever he can. The restaurant is in a nondescript area, with a metal shop nearby. The pigs were prepared for the spit in a usual manner, but the secret was that they were basted with coconut milk. The look in Tony's eyes as he tasted the skin was unbelievable. I thought he was going to cry with joy. I am sure this trip was etched in his memory and that he has dreams about that pig.moreless
  • Disappointing view of an otherwise amazing nation.

    Usually, I am entranced by Anthony's laid-back views on the places he visits, but I was disappointed by this episode, which started, promisingly enough, with brief glimpses of the country, people, and food of Indonesia, and Anthony hypothesizing as to the reasons immigrants came to the archipelago, but, whom, according to him, never left. It becomes a promise to the viewer to enchant and enthrall us.

    We are shown a martial arts demonstration, a few local eateries, some scenery, a little city life, and a few chefs who came to the nation and never left, but we are never allowed to feel anything, much less understand why someone would want to remain there.

    Anthony's usually curmudgeon demeanor is barely palpable, making the episode more like a painful rendition from a travel agency. Okay, he liked the place . . . we got it; but we didn't get the reasons. I learned a few things, but felt that Anthony reneged on his promise, and failed to prove his hypothesis.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The hotel in Bandung where Tony has his own little bamboo bungalow on a lake, with breakfast delivered to him via boat, is the Kampung Sampireun, located in Ciparay Village.

    • The restaurant that Anthony and Jamie Aditya are eating the fried duck dish is known as Bebek Bengil, a restaurant in Ubud.

    • The Padang restaurant that Anthony ate (and Todd subsequently destroyed) is located in Bekasi Barat, which is in East Jakarta.

    • The resort that he ends the episode is The Ritz-Carlton Bali Resort & Spa, a five-star hotel in exclusive Jimbaran Bay.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Tony: (after his cameraman destroys a whole day's worth of food in a local eatery) So, Todd, now that you've brought shame on our country and left this entire table hungry and in fact shocked and horrified by the ape-like American's behavior, how do you feel? Maybe, you can push a little kid down a flight of stairs later.

    • Tony: Though a part of me would like to stay here and eat pig until I lose consciousness, there's a lot more to do and see.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Tony: Kind of looks like using "The Force." I'm not sure if they actually attempt this or if this is just a demonstration of something they believe is theoretically possible, but I can tell you one thing, if guys with knives are coming at me, I'm not trusting my inner power.

      "The Force" is the mystical power from George Lucas' sci-fi epic Star Wars movie series.