Indonesia is made up of thousands of islands with different backgrounds and diverse cuisines. A holiday experience in Bali isn’t complete without tasting the assortment of dishes it offers. Bali, one of the most famous islands in Indonesia boasts of a cuisine laden with a variety of spices, vegetables, meat, and fish. This article provides a comprehensive list of the best restaurants in Bali dishing out their delectable recipes which every traveling guest shouldn’t miss.
This restaurant is located close to the town of Gianyar in Keramas Village. Keramas beach, known for its incredible surfing spots is only five minutes away. A local chef named Kadek and his team prepares and cooks all the food in the menu. Some of the most popular dishes include spring rolls, nasi goreng, nasi campur, nasi ayam betutu, sayur hijau, and pork rib soup. Food is freshly prepared and uses no MSG. The restaurant decor is not too fancy but simple and sleek. Guests are greeted and served by a courteous and friendly staff, making their dining experience memorable.
Black House Burgers
Located in Jalan Raya Tuban, behind an array of small shops, this place is a pit stop for burger lovers. Started by a couple of backpacking foodies Cseng and Shu, whose mantra is to serve quality but simple food, the place became known not just for its delicious burgers but for the edgy and urban yet laid-back decor. They serve excellent-tasting burgers, and the most popular ones are the Willington’s Bite, Porker and Mafioso burger. The signature black buns are freshly made on bamboo charcoal everyday. The ‘Made Me Cry” burger is unquestionably spicy and should only be ordered by people with strong stomach for spicy food.
Secret Garden Restaurant (Lovina Beach)
Located five minutes away from central Lovina in northern Bali, this cafe is a secluded little gem, perfect for those who prefer a quiet romantic dinner. The cuisine is a fusion of European and Balinese and some of the must-try dishes include chili prawns, chicken satay, spring rolls with peanut sauce. For dessert, the banana cream with chocolate is simply divine.
Swept Away at The Samaya (Ubud)
‘Swept Away‘ is part of the spacious Samaya Villas spectacularly located in the Ayung Valley, an ideal place for relaxation in a tropical paradise. The restaurant is located on the edge of the river that provides a soothing ambiance for guests to enjoy a romantic evening. Food and wine are a bit pricey but well worth the splurge. The menu is light and healthy, consisting of salads, sandwiches, and local fare. They also have an ‘Asian Tapas’ menu offering an assortment of snacks. It offers two menus in the evenings, an a la carte, and a degustation menu. The latter features smaller tastes of its signature dishes in four or six courses, or more.
Fair Warung Bale (Ubud)
Located in Ubud, Bali, Fair Warung Bale has a lovely homey environment offering local Indonesian and Thai-inspired food. The eating space is not large, therefore reserving a table beforehand is advised. The staff is extremely friendly, and the restaurant gives back their profits to manage the foundation that helps improve the health and welfare of the Balinese youth and adults. Recommended dishes include watermelon shrimp salad, mie goreng, snapper with balsamico, grilled tuna with garlic butter, fish curry, and fresh fruit juices.
Restaurant Locavore (Ubud)
It is located on Jalan Dewi Sita right across the road from Warung Citta Ovest. Locavore is a fine dining restaurant using local produce to create outstanding cuisine. It boasts of a menu made up of chemical-free, seasonal produce and meat from organically- fed animals. The restaurant has three seating areas – a lounge, common dining area and some seats next to the open kitchen. Food is presented in a stunning way and the five to seven-course degustation menu is highly recommended for true foodies.
Who’s Who (Ubud)
Located just off Hanoman St, this gastronomic gem offers a European – Asian infused menu. The ambiance is laid back and casual. The Belgian owner personally attends to the customers and the staff are friendly and courteous. Crackers with potato dip are served to all customers. The must-have dishes include the smoked marlin salad, tuna tartare, caprese salad, black tiger prawns and penne pasta. They also serve drinks that are innovative and delicious.
Warung Padang Kecag (Karangasem)
The restaurant is in Candidasa, tucked away from the main roads and close to a few hotels. The dining setting is quite basic but the service is quick, and the food offers great value for your money. The best dishes include the mahi mahi, beef bot, spicy chocolate samosas, fruit spring rolls, mie goreng, Balinese sambal in coconut milk. This restaurant is also an excellent option for vegetarians because it has a separate menu serving dishes catered to vegan requirements.
Bambu Restaurant (Seminyak)
This restaurant is tucked away in Seminyak, Bali, with breathtaking surroundings. It has a glamorous dining area where serenity and calm aren’t lost. It’s best to dress up in semi-formal attire as people tend to frown upon seeing guests in casual clothes. The classic margaritas here are a must have! In the food section, some tried and tested dishes include chicken sate, prawns, spicy sambal. For dessert, you can’t miss the dadar gulung (green pandan crepes with coconut and palm sugar). Food is slightly expensive but totally worth the price.
Cut Catch Cucina (Nusa Dua)
It is located within the Sofitel Bali Beach Resort which is a five-star luxury resort in the northern quarters of Nusa Dua. The ultra-modern design of the restaurant offers a scintillating view, and customers are entertained by a live music band. The restaurant manager is very friendly and likes to interact with guest. Cut Catch Cucina is well known for its Sunday brunches comprising of sushi, steak, grilled seafood and meat, prawn, oyster, pizza, hot French cuisine, French cold cut, cheese and pate, dessert and drinks. Dining here is one of the best and luxurious ways to treat your family and friends to a relaxing weekend.
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