1. Fine dining
The quality of restaurants in Bali never fails to amaze me. A friend said to me the other day that she thought Seminyak was like the New York of Asia-amazing restaurants, shops and a real buzz on the streets and this is definitely true in terms of restaurants but not just in Seminyak. Ubud has also become a good centre for fine dining in Bali. Here are a few of my favourite fine dining restaurants in Bali:
Mozaic in Ubud has won so many awards I can’t possibly list them and is a real dining experience. They also have cooking classes and private dining options.
Jl Raya Sanggingan Ubud Ph: 62 361 975 768
Metis is one of the original fine dining options in Seminyak and still one of the best with their French Mediterranean cuisine and fabulous paddy field views.
Jl Petitenget 6 Ph: 62 361 4737 888
Sarong Bali was the start of the Will Meyrick Asian food empire. It is more formal than many of his subsequent restaurants (Mamasan and Tiger Palm) and they have a suggested age limit policy of no kids under 12 years. This is definitely one for a parents date night with sophisticated South Asian cuisine and luxe interiors.
www.sarongbali.com Ph: 62 812 3634 3386
2. Eat Street Seminyak- Laksmana Street in Seminyak
Laksmana Street in Seminyak has unofficially been dubbed “Eat Street” due to the plethora of great restaurants. The standard, value and range is really amazing and not what many would expect of Bali. Some of my favourite restaurants are:
Chandi serves Pan Asian cuisine and sources organic greens and spices from local farmers.
Batik is a friendly South East Asian restaurant. Sit on the terrace outside and try one of their fantastic cocktails. We will often take the kids here as it is very family friendly.
Kuni’s Bali– this restaurant serves fresh, tasty authentic Japanese food in a very Zen garden setting.
Ginger Moon is a modern Asian canteen with a menu that is great for sharing.
Ultimo is a long time popular Italian restaurant. I will often order wood fired take away pizza from here and sit at the bar and have a drink while I wait for it to be done.
3. Fresh seafood on the beach- Jimbaran Bay seafood markets
These restaurants are popular for sunset drinks and dinner. We always come here with the kids as the restaurants are all lined up along the beach so you can sit with your feet in the sand while the kids play on the beach in front of the restaurant. You choose your seafood, pay by the kilo and they will grill it for you. My favourite is Menega Cafe. This is a cheap and cheerful option.
Jalan Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay Ph 0361 705 888
4. Warung food- Ibu Oka Warung Ubud
Warung means small family run shop or restaurant and the most famous of these is Warung Ibu Oka in Ubud. The speciality here is traditional Balinese suckling pig. Anthony Bourdain ate here and loved it when filming his food show in Bali. You know the place is good by the queues of both locals and tourists out the front. It is only open for lunch and closes once sold out. No reservations are taken.
Warung Ibu Oka – Jalan Suweta Ubud
5. Balinese Feast- Bumbu Restaurant Tanjung Benoa
Bumbu Bali Restaurant is known as the first restaurant in Bali to serve authentic Balinese cuisine. You should order the Balinese Rijsttafel to share between at least 2 of you. Rijsttafel is a traditional Indonesian way of eating, inherited from the Dutch, where many dishes are placed into the middle of the table to share along with rice.
Bumbu Bali also has a great Balinese cooking class that incorporates an early morning visit to the vegetable and fish market to buy the produce you will cook in the class.
Bumbu Bali Jalan Pratama Benoa Ph 0361 774-502