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From the culinary treats of Ubud to the high-class resorts of Jimbaran Bay, Bali is a foodie haven which can surprise even veteran travelers. The island’s thriving restaurant scene embodies the best elements of Balinese culture – Indonesian traditions, Western and Australian influences and an endless party atmosphere, whilst using the fruits of this tropical paradise to create unique culinary creations. Here are 10 of the best restaurants you should visit when in town.
Describing itself as a ‘fresh oasis of ingenuity in the world of gastronomy’ Mozaic Restaurant is a culinary laboratory which explores the potential of Bali’s many lavish ingredients. Run by Chef Chris Salans, the ever changing menu is a testament to his continual search for culinary innovation and perfection, as well as to the restaurant’s dedication to the freshness of ingredients. Mozaic was named the 50th best restaurant in Asia by San Pellegrino, who called it ‘Bali’s finest restaurant… a genuine global gastronomic destination’, and recommended the ‘Javanese quail and foie gras pastille with Balinese rujak sauce, or grilled tiger prawns with pink grapefruit and ginger flower’.
Serving traditional Indonesian cuisine using only the highest quality ingredients, Merah Putih offers flavors and ingredients from across the archipelago. The restaurant aims to reflect the diversity of Indonesian culinary culture, which takes in aspects of Indian, Chinese and South East Asian cuisines and recreates them in their own distinctive way. The focus on the traditional roots of Indonesian cuisine extends to the convivial dining experience, which evokes the familial aspect which is at the core of Indonesian cooking. However Merah Putih doesn’t simply reproduce Indonesian classics but also seeks to update traditional flavors. The menu is split between ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ which allows guests to experience both sides of the Indonesian culinary spectrum.