Cosmopolitan Bali offers just about every style of dining and cuisine imaginable, from the upscale restaurants of five star hotels to small family owned cafés. Many restaurants cater to somewhat tamer Western palates, while others cook up the full and complex flavours that Balinese and Indonesian cuisine is known for. In our updated guide to Bali’s 10 best restaurants we bring you 10 more unmissable places to eat in Bali.
Abe-Do is a friendly little restaurant known for its raw and organic cuisine. The owners, Nyoman and Sri, are extremely warm and welcoming. The restaurant’s interior features bright lime green paint around the entrance, homey seating areas, and eclectic artwork. The menu offers plenty of locally-inspired dishes including nasi goreng, spring rolls and Balinese curry. The stuffed omelettes and mie goreng are particularly popular with regulars. The menu also includes a great selection of fruit juices. The relaxed atmosphere encourages diners to linger long after cleaning their plates.
Abe-Do, Jl Tirta Tawar No. 43, Kutuh Kaja, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +6281 338 021 855
Bali Asli is founded on strong principles of promoting locavore diets and sharing Balinese culture without exploiting it. The restaurant is steadfastly committed to Balinese food, using local ingredients and traditional cooking methods. Set in the foot hills of Mount Agung and surrounded by greenery, the restaurant was founded by Chef Penelope Williams, who worked in leading kitchens in London and Sydney before creating this restaurant. It’s possible to come here just to eat, but Bali Asli also offers a number of ‘Experiences’ including cooking classes and guided food tours, which promote a deeper understanding of Balinese cuisine.
Bali Asli, Jalan Raya Gelumpang, Gelumpang village, Amlapura, Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia,, +62 8289 7030098
Located in the Ubud area of Bali, Bebek Bengil has become a veritable Bali institution since first opening in 1990. The restaurant’s name literally translates as the ‘Dirty Duck Diner’, a reference to the restaurant’s speciality. This signature dish consists of half a duck steamed in Indonesian spices, and then deep fried and served with a choice or sautéed potatoes, side salad or rice and Balinese vegetables. Aside from duck, the menu includes plenty of other meat and seafood dishes, as well as vegetarian options like the grilled vegetarian sandwich on foccacia bread. Despite the restaurant’s self-effacing name, the setting is actually quite picturesque, overlooking a wide vista of rice fields and trees.
Bebek Bengil, Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 975489
The Café at Mulia Bali
It’s rare for buffet-style food to rank among a place’s top restaurants, but the Café at Mulia Bali is a welcome exception. Set in Mulia Bali, a six-star hotel in Nusa Dua, the Café offers one of Bali’s largest and most diverse spreads. The dining is divided into six sections: Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian, Western, Indonesian and dessert, with each cuisine prepared by a native chef for authenticity. The options range from sashimi and Thai salads, to butter chicken and Italian-inspired pastas. The restaurant emphasises keeping the food fresh, with diners able to watch the chefs prepare their meals at most of the food stations.
The Café at Mulia Bali, Jl. Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawangan | Mulia Resort and Villas, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 3017777
Lamak Bali exudes Balinese traditions through its thoughtful décor and menu, both of which fuse classic local dishes with modern Asian and European flair. Try the steamed seasonal ocean fish with curried couscous and green chili yogurt broth; or dip into the special vegetarian menu with a dish like spiced tomato risotto with sautéed mushrooms. The restaurant’s elegant interior incorporates stones, local wood and ornate carvings. The setting is beautiful for a full meal or even just a post-dinner drink, with an extensive cocktail and wine menu also available.
Lamak Bali, Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 974 668
The latest venture from Chef Will Meyrick, a major figure on the Bali culinary scene, Mamasan is a hip restaurant and bar. The retro décor is inspired by 1920s-era Shanghai, and although the interior looks ultra-trendy, the atmosphere is surprisingly relaxed. Guests are encouraged to enjoy a meal or linger around for hours chatting with friends. The menu features Indonesian staples, along with a rainbow of Asia’s other popular cuisines, from Singaporean and Indian to Vietnamese and Cambodian. Gluten-free and vegetarian menus are also offered.
Mamasan, Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Br. Taman, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 730436
Named one of the 50th best restaurant in Asia by San Pellegrino, Mozaic features an ever-changing menu of seasonal Asian-inspired cuisine. Those who can afford this splurge can expect a unique culinary adventure. The restaurant offers a number of set menus, featuring always-surprising dishes like the slow-roasted pigeon with a mamey sapote puree, braised radicchio and green peppercorn demi-glace. The signature experience, however, is the ‘Surprise Menu’, in which Chef Chris Salans creates six surprise courses based on the diner’s preferences. Smaller menus are available for guests at restaurant’s lounge, where the creativity shown in the food is mirrored in the imaginative signature drinks.
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