It’s hungry work trying to decide where to eat, so we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the very best restaurants in Bali from every neighbourhood...
So much food, so little time *SIGH*. Choosing between Bali’s Best Restaurants is hungry work, especially when there are more sensational fine dining destinations popping up across the island than you can wave a fork at. And that’s before we get started on the cafes, the brunches, or the monthly lineup of Hot New Tables (believe us, there are plenty of them).
Yep, as you probably already know, Bali is becoming a real foodie destination, with all the best cuisines from around the world now on our tiny paradise island. And it’s not only the food that’s getting global gourmands’ attention. We have designer decor, celeb chefs, chic cocktails and awards a-go-go – not to mention some of the most dreamy settings on the beach, clifftops, and deep in the jungle…
So, we’ve done the hard work for you and we’ve rounded up Bali’s Very Best Restaurants – the cream of the culinary crop from every neighbourhood. If you’re after Bali’s best local food, the best cafes or the best coffee shops, this one ain’t for you. But if you’re a die-hard gourmand or a curious epicurean, then bring your appetite and get dressed in your best – here are Bali’s Very Best Restaurants for serious foodies.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: EDITOR’S PICKS
1. Sa’Mesa – best experience dinner
For when a standard dinner for two simply won’t do, you’ll want to book a hot-seat at Sa’Mesa – Canggu’s innovative Italian dining destination that’s dripping in exclusivity. Not your typical Bali restaurant, Sa’Mesa dishes up one helluva foodie experience, with the chef personally helming the open kitchen each evening, and keeping his guests well-oiled with free-flow limoncello. Throughout the night, a theatrical parade of 15-20 surprise dishes are served set menu-style, designed to share on the long communal tables that seat just 50 lucky diners. And while the menu changes almost daily, expect to see some of Sa’Mesa’s Italian-inspired favourites making an appearance, like the tuna crudo, the chargrilled whole red snapper, and the homemade mushroom risotto. And to top off such a vibrant evening of good food and great company, Sa’Mesa also slings fine wines, signature cocktails, and of course, that free-flow homemade limoncello…
Sa’Mesa, Jl Tanah Barak No. 1E, Canggu, p. +62-813-53035411, [email protected]
2. Tanaman – best plant-based restaurant
The Potato Head Family are well versed in breaking boundaries and blowing minds, and Tanaman is no different – the game-changing, plant-powered vegan restaurant that’s set an otherworldly venue with a teleporting soundscape. As for the menu, each dish is born from a resounding respect for plants – from the root to the fruit – honouring each humble ingredient and elevating them to divine new heights. Expect a nine-course tasting menu that changes with each season and revolves around one of the five elements: earth, water, fire, air or space. Prepare to feast your way through Indonesia’s tropical flora, unveiling their full edible potential thanks to both traditional and new-age techniques. Think cold-smoked coconut labneh with lacto-fermented passion fruit and pickle dust, or the shio koji tenderised watermelon with nori. Or our fave, the dehydrated seed cracker with a sweetened onion cream and fermented mango chilli. It’s head chef Dom Hammond’s way of honouring Indonesia’s most natural ingredients, by turning them into a multi-sensory dining journey. All of this, best enjoyed with Tanaman’s carefully crafted cocktails.
Tanaman at Desa Potato Head, Jl Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak, e. [email protected]; Open Thu – Sat 5.30pm – 8.30pm.
3. Locavore – best award-winning restaurant
If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this über-popular Ubud favourite (def book a table long before you actually arrive in Bali) you’ll soon learn what all the fuss is about here. The famed degustation menu at Locavore showcases the culinary genius of Chef-Owners Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah – two chefs who made history at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards by single-handedly representing Indonesia and becoming the only restaurant (ever) to skyrocket up the list by a whopping 27 places. Take a seat at this experimental eatery and you’ll come face-to-face with mind-blowing creations like the salt-cured prawn with a chilli gel and kemangi juice, or the oven-roasted jicama with passion fruit emulsion. As you may have realised, the menus here honour the restaurants namesake, using only local ingredients that wholly celebrate the farmers, fishers and food artisans of Indonesia. This one is must for any serious foodie.
Locavore, Jl Dewisita No. 10, Ubud, p. +62 821 4495 6226, e. [email protected]
Bali’s Best Restaurants: UBUD
For something totally different (yet undeniably awesome) head to Room4Dessert for levelled-up sweets and drinks in an outlandish late-night venue, helmed by famed New Yorker Will Goldfarb. Indoors, embrace gluttony with a degustation menu of avant-garde desserts expertly paired with award-winning (and potent) cocktails, or head out back to the terrace garden to revel in a Spanish tapas-style concept, stuffed full of tasty savoury snacks, plated desserts, and hand held petits fours, which feature locally sourced products.
Room4Dessert, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 813 3705 0539; Open Tue – Sun 4pm – 10pm.
2. BLANCO Par Mandif
Every Bali foodie will be very well acquainted with BLANCO Par Mandif – home to ultra-fine dining Indonesian cuisine in a refined and intimate setting. Helmed by Indonesian celeb chef and restaurateur Mandif Warokka (the same genius behind Teatro Gastroteque in Seminyak) this award-winning resto seats just 28 lucky guests each evening. This stylish fine diner is both intimate and elegant, and in true Warokka style, the concept is all about degustation. The menus are seven courses of exquisite gastronomy, sublimely served, explained and precisely paired with fine wines and cocktails. A signature here is the butter-poached Jimbaran Bay Rock Lobster paired with a cocktail of tequila, agave syrup, sweet corn, kemangi and lime. You’ll want to reserve one of the hot seats here, because Warokka has his sights set on Michelin stars, and we don’t doubt him for a second…
BLANCO Par Mandif, Jl Raya Tjampuhan, Museum BLANCO Complex, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2284 / +62 819 3370 7707, e. [email protected]; Open by reservation.
3. Kubu at Mandapa
Widely recognised as the best fine diner in Bali, Kubu at Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, is truly divine. Cooled by a tropical Bali breeze and the soothing sounds of the Ayung River below, this signature bamboo restaurant is cocooned by both nature and sheer decadence. Under the expert and creative direction of Madapa’s award-winning chefs, Kubu serves up fine Mediterranean-European cuisine, prepared with the region’s fresh premium produce. Try the chef’s six- to eight-course degustation menu, and you might want to bring a hot date, because this place is just dreamy.
Kubu at Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, Jl Kedewatan, Ubud, p. +62 361 479 2777; Open daily 6pm – 11pm.
4. Hujan Locale
Will Meyrick – Bali’s celeb street food chef who gave us Sarong, Mama San, Som Chai and Tiger Palm – is credited yet again for putting his spin on Asia’s street food favourites at another award-winning restaurant – this time at his Ubud baby, Hujan Locale. This double storey restaurant features a vast menu with some of Will’s signature tastes and flavours (curries, soups and noodles all play a big role here) bridging the cultural divide between Asian fine dining and casual home cooked food. The Jimbaran grilled fish served with sambal mango, sambal matah, sambal ketchup and sambal bajak is our clear fave.
Hujan Locale, Jl Sri Wedari No. 5, Ubud, p. +62 813 5326 0275; Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 5.30pm – 10pm.
Situated in a high Balinese-style thatched roof house, on a ridge overlooking the luscious “Valley of the Kings”, CasCades promises one helluva wonderful dining experience. Owned and managed by Aussies, CasCades sources the finest produce from around the globe including Australian Wagyu beef, Canadian lobster and Avruga Caviar. The food is sublime and the tropical views are second to none, and there’s even live Grand Piano performances in the evenings.
CasCades at Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Br. Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 972 111, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 9pm.
Set amidst the lush jungle valleys of Ubud, Apéritif is the second signature fine dining restaurant at Viceroy Bali (joining CasCades, above). It’s culinary focus is on top-shelf produce, sourced from the hotel’s own greenhouses and from across the island and the world. These ingredients are then presented in an exquisite 7-course degustation-only menu (special menus for vegan and vegetarian dining, plus a 5-course lunch menu), featuring sublime creations like chawanmushi king prawn, or the signature Venison Wellington studded with foie gras and dolloped with a rendang sauce. The aperitifs here are unsurprisingly impressive, spearheaded by award-winning bartender Ran Van Ongevalle, and inspired by the Roaring Twenties with a tropical Bali twist for good measure!
Apéritif at Viceroy Bali, Jl Lanyahan, Br. Nagi, Ubud, p. +62 361 908 2777, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 2pm & 6pm – 9pm (bar from 4pm).
7. Wild Air
Surrounded by breathtaking nature and stunning views of Ubud’s lush green valley, Wild Air at Kaamala Resort serves up fine Asian and western signatures that look almost too spectacular to eat. While the restaurant serves up delicious breakfast dishes too, it’s the lunch and dinner menu that’s a true standout. Feast on marinated baby lobster, Tukusen Wagyu beef and pan seared salmon in a saffron sauce. And with such a fine menu comes a fabulous wine list and cocktail menu too. Sip your way through the Vintage & Spin cocktails (like the creamy Tiramizu Cocktail with amaretto and baileys) and top off this superb jungle feast with a five-star dip in the glittering infinity pool just footsteps from the restaurant.
Wild Air Ubud at Kaamala Resort, Jl Bisma No. 888, Ubud, p. +62 878 9790 5623, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
8. Mozaic Restaurant (temporarily closed – reopening in December)
Mozaic Restaurant has won so many awards, we can’t even begin to list them all. That says quite a lot about Chef Chris Salans’ ever-changing menu, which consists of à la minute creations that showcase his passion for local ingredients of the highest standard, sourced from the sea and farms across Bali. Mozaic is a legend in the world of gastronomy, and a favourite in Bali. It follows the philosophy of ‘Cuisine du Marché’, which refers to a marriage of seasonal ingredients with modern French techniques – both in the cooking and presentation. All of this is then wrapped up in an elegant setting with impeccable standards of service. And psst – for an extra special experience, Mozaic also offers a dine-at-home experience, complete with a private chef!
Mozaic, Jl Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, p. +62 811 394 3288, e. [email protected]
Bali’s Best Restaurants: SEMINYAK
A fusion of culture, tradition and an abiding passion for fine food, Mauri is the impeccable work of award-winning Chef Maurizio Bombini – a culinary veteran that’s dishing up his very own version of contemporary Italian dining with utmost finesse. Fine local ingredients (mostly homegrown within Mauri’s own rooftop hydroponic garden) are served in their purest form on an a la carte and seasonal tasting menu, delicately plated on fine GAYA ceramics from within a glass-enclosed show kitchen. Prop up at the five-seat chef’s counter for an intimate and private tasting, or meander up to the mezzanine bar and lounge where small bites and cocktails are served “Aperitivo Style”. Get dressed in your best, and add this tour de force to your must-try list.
MAURI Restaurant, Jl Petitenget No. 100, Seminyak, p. +62 817 776 177, e. [email protected]; Open daily.
2. SI JIN
With an average of three months on the waiting list, you already know that Si Jin is a restaurant worth knowing about. And yes, it’s definitely worth the wait. Best known as a modern steakhouse with a Korean twist, Si Jin is a super sophisticated dining destination that draws in a discerning crowd of international foodies. You’ll want to try the 30 day aged Sumatran rib eye and the signature black striploin, and whatever you do, don’t miss the Koran namul, made with roasted sesame, crispy garlic rayu, silken tofu, wagyu butter with meyer lemon rosemary, and Katsuo (yum!). Did we mention the cocktails are a knockout too? Try the tipsy Jamaican and the Ticket to Seoul.
Si Jin, Jl. Lebak Sari no. 18 Petitenget, Kerobokan, p.+62 812-3871-3964; Open daily 5pm – 9pm
3. Mama San
The oh-so-trendy Mama San is the sister restaurant to Sarong, and this Seminyak staple firmly put celeb chef Will Meyrick on the culinary map. A more casual affair compared to the Sarong flagship, Mama San is all about shared street food bites, sensational cocktails and even a raw food menu, wrapped up in an old-Shanghai-meets-gentleman’s-club interior. The place is rammed every night, which only fortifies Mama San’s stellar rep.
Mama San, Jl Raya Kerobokan No.135, Seminyak, p. +62 818 0612 6700; Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 6pm – 10pm.
4. Starfish Bloo
This open air beachfront spot at W Bali – Seminyak is one of Bali’s most breathtaking restaurants – and that’s before we mention the food. Specialising mostly in the finest seafood around, Starfish Bloo is an icon on the island. It’s best known for its Sunday brunch that offers an ultra-luxurious (and delicious) weekend foodie sesh overlooking the ocean at what’s become one of Seminyak’s swankiest resort addresses. And while it’s one of our fave Bali brunches, we highly suggest you feast here any day of the week, because the quality of Pan Asian flavours are unparalleled.
Starfish Bloo at W Bali – Seminyak, Jl Petitenget, Kerobokan, p. +62 361 300 0106; Open daily 7am – midnight.
5. The Restaurant
As The Legian Bali’s multi-award-winning dining destination, The Restaurant promises fine dining cuisine, seamless service and the most gorgeous brasserie-style interiors. Helmed by Michelin-starred chef, Stephane Gortina, the menu features Asian influences and local ingredients with a European twist – think top-notch produce from Bali, using a combination of both French and Southeast Asian cooking techniques. For a truly exquisite dining experience, try the “Taste of Indonesia” menu that showcases a selection of The Restaurant’s very best dishes of the moment – perfectly paired with a glass of wine and a postcard-worthy seascape of the shimmering Indian Ocean out yonder. Our fave? Don’t miss the Snapper in Balinese red curry, sublimely matched with a Californian Sauvignon Blanc…
The Restaurant at The Legian Bali, Jl Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, p. +62 361 730 622 / +62 811 3821 8771; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Part of the epic Potato Head empire, KAUM is all about exotic Indonesian dishes served up in a fine dining setting (just upstairs above the buzzing beach club). Its beautiful interior is a scrumptious love letter to this incredible archipelago with elements from all over the country. So saddle up for a culinary journey you won’t forget any time soon at this chic Seminyak hotspot.
KAUM Bali at Desa Potato Head, Jl Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak, p. +62 361 300 7990 / +62 361 473 7979; Open daily 12pm – 3pm & 5pm – 10pm.
7. The Plantation Grill
As the opulent culinary hotspot at Seminyak’s Double-Six Luxury Hotel, The Plantation Grill flaunts twenties-style colonial glamour and a dazzling menu to match. Look out for gourmet goodies like oysters, T-Bone steaks, jumbo Tiger prawns and grilled crispy pork belly – cooked over custom-made coal and wood grills and wood-fired ovens. For dessert, the Bombe Alaska is flambeed and famous – a real sweet treat not to miss. After dinner, head up to the stylish Sunset Bar for a nightcap, mixed up by one of the expert bartenders.
The Plantation Grill at Double-Six Luxury Hotel, Jl Pantai Legian Jl Double Six No. 66, Seminyak, p. +62 819 9989 5111; Open daily 6pm – 11pm.
8. Sarong (temporarily closed)
Easily one of Seminyak’s best-known and respected restaurants, Sarong is the brainchild of celebrated “street food chef” Will Meyrick. The concept is simple: authentic Asian and Indian food presented in a fine dining atmosphere. There are plenty of imitators, but Sarong really is the OG, being one of Bali’s first restaurants to receive recognition in the “Asia’s 50 Best” awards. The plush vintage décor, the high ceilings, the semi-alfresco areas, the cocktail bar… Everything is just perfect at this Seminyak institution.
Sarong – temporarily closed, moving to a new location – p. +62 812 3765 5009, e. [email protected]
9. Mejekawi (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Stroll upstairs at KU DE TA and you’ll find yourself in Mejekawi, one of the most cutting-edge restaurants you’ll find anywhere. The culinary team of chefs here are constantly evolving the fine dining degustation menu, served up tasting plate-style in the relaxed yet chic dining room with views out over Seminyak Beach. It’s foodie heaven right here, and perfect for a level-up date night or sunset extraordinaire.
Mejekawi by KU DE TA, Jl Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak, p. +62 361 736 969.
10. Teatro Gastroteque (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Teatro takes fine dining in Bali to epic new levels, with its sophisticated Asian twist on French cuisine. Celebrity Indonesian chef Mandif Warokka (the man behind BLANCO Par Mandif in Ubud) and his expert culinary team put the ‘theatre’ into every one of their inventive dishes, showcasing a serious passion and love of gastronomy in some of the most elaborate degustation menus around. If you consider yourself a true foodie, then Teatro quite simply cannot be missed.
Teatro Gastroteque, p. +62 813 3780 2065 / +62 851 0170 0078, e. [email protected]
11. Metis Restaurant & Gallery (CLOSED)
One of the original fine dining joints in Seminyak, Metis has been surprising and delighting foodies for years with its classic French cuisine and magical ambiance overlooking the rice terraces of top-end Petitenget. Get your glad rags on and enjoy the flawless service and sophisticated vibe here, and whatever you do, don’t miss the selection of high-grade steaks – they’re the best around.
Metis, p. +62 811 3930 040, e. [email protected]
Bali’s Best Restaurants: CANGGU
1. Skool Kitchen
Backed by some of Bali’s biggest foodie names (and housed above Canggu’s coolest oceanfront destination), Skool Kitchen is the hottest new restaurant by Tai Buddha and Adam McAsey where every dish is touched by fire. A primitive style of cooking meets contemporary culinary excellence here, with its honest modern menu powered by natural wood and charcoal embers. Try the slow-roasted lamb to see exactly what we mean; marinated for over three days in garlic, yoghurt, and spices, before being trussed and hung over the fireplace to roast to perfection. Even the artisanally crafted cocktails get a taste of the flames, like the Burnt Lemon Daiquiri – perfect for watching a fiery Bali sunset overlooking the waves…
Skool Kitchen, Jl Pura Dalem, Canggu, p. +62 361 6200 603 / +62 811 3800 4952; Open daily from 6pm.
A Mediterranean showstopper, Luma is the collaborative work of two award-winning chefs: Cameron Emirali of 10 Greek Street in London, and Kieran Morland of Sangsaka and Merah Putih in Seminyak. The menu is all about rustic dishes that combine classic elements of Southern Europe’s traditions, with indigenous ingredients from Bali and nearby islands. Think seaweed-wrapped prawns, Batik lobster risotto and grilled octopus with orzo and a squid ink aioli. And the jewel in the crown here is the charcoal grill and the custom-made, see-through wood fire oven, taking centre stage in the dazzling Luma kitchen. Unsurprisingly so, the carefully curated wine list is second-to-none (featuring hand-written rare gems), while the cocktail list follows the menu’s lead by using local ingredients for a tropical twist on the classics.
Luma, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 91, Canggu, p. +62 811 3941 4999; Open daily 4pm – 11pm.2
Canggu’s unstoppable team of hospitality hotshots are behind Mason – and it shows. Just a few sandy-footed steps up the road from Batu Bolong beach, Mason is all about top quality meat and seafood that’s carefully sourced locally, alongside cheeses, dips and veggie plates that are all homemade. Everything is served simply and honestly to let the flavours and quality really shine. The burnt chilli butter hummus here is the best we’ve ever tried, as is the honey-fried halloumi, the smoked tuna dip and the slow-roasted, grain-fed beef short rib. Oh, and true to form, Mason also slings superb cocktails…
Mason, Jl Batu Bolong No. 83C, Canggu, p. +62 857 9250 5028, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 12pm.
4. Uni Restaurant & Bar
From the trailblazing duo of Bali’s Mexicola Group, star chef Steven Skelly and drinks guru Nicolas Lento have once again joined forces to bring us Uni Restaurant – an innovative fine diner in buzzing Berawa. This sophisticated and design-savvy 70-seater ‘casual fine diner’ comes with eclectic artwork lining the walls and an amalgamation of Asian inspiration and contemporary techniques on the menu. Expect locally sourced seafood and vegetables served with Japanese and French influences, like Uni coddled egg with sherry vinegar cream and caviar, BBQ octopus with mustard glaze and salmon confit served with braised radish and leeks, topped with extra virgin olive oil. Top tip: graze through the a la carte menu or go all out with the 5- or 9-course tasting menu, best shared and paired with the experimental cocktails, sake, natural wines and even a tea-pairing menu.
Uni Restaurant, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 99, Canggu, p. +62 811 388 3371; Open Tue – Sat from 5pm.
Sleek, stylish, and with a menu that spans continents and cultures, Santanera is Canggu’s Latin-American fusion restaurant that’s dishing up contemporary tapas plates designed to swap and share. Organic, farm-to-plate produce takes centre stage here, as does the enormous spiral staircase that leads you from the bright and spacious lounges, to the breezy ocean-view rooftop. Graze on smoked, whipped and marinated delicacies, and feast on hamachi ceviche, chargrilled octopus, salt-crusted beef tenderloin and jamon iberico. Sip on a sunset aperitivo on the rooftop, and top it all off with a fine wine from the bountiful cellar.
Santanera, Jl Tanah Barak No. 55 – 57, p. +62 812 4665 8896, e. [email protected] Open daily 6pm – late.
6. Café Del Mar
A sun-soaked Mediterranean fine dining restaurant sitting beneath the iconic archways at Café Del Mar, the signature restaurant at this Ibizan-inspired beach club is a foodie force to be reckoned with. Armed with a team of international culinary talent and alllll the white-and-blue sleek interiors you’d expect from this Ibiza-born brand, this restaurant is all about casual fine dining in an oh-so relaxed environment. As for the menu, expect new coastal Mediterranean and neo-Middle Eastern cuisine, made with the finest and freshest ingredients around. It’s playful, seasonally inspired, and in true European style, it’s designed to swap, share and sample over multiple hours and glasses of vino.
Café Del Mar, Jl Subak Sari, Canggu, p. +62 811 3811 8181; Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
7. One Eyed Jack
A playful take on a Japanese Izakaya and Sake Bar, One Eyed Jack is a culinary underdog. While its aesthetic is all about casual shared plates in a cool and vibey setting, make no mistake – One Eyed Jack means business. The menu is the work of a Noma-trained chef, and as such, the Japanese food here is some of the best we’ve tried in Bali (if not in Indonesia). The cocktails are also worth a mention, as are the spicy tuna bites on crispy rice topped with an eel sauce – they are next level delicious. Seriously.
One Eyed Jack, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 89C, Canggu, p. +62 819 9929 1888, e. [email protected]; Open daily 3pm – 11pm.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: JIMBARAN & NUSA DUA
A shining beacon of the culinary scene in Bali and a five-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award, Kayuputi is the fine beachfront dining restaurant at The St. Regis Bali in swanky Nusa Dua. Offering a dining experience unlike any other, think luxurious Asian-influenced haute cuisine with a stellar wine list to match, not to mention a priceless setting with magnificent ocean views. Decadent and divine, Kayuputi is a showstopper, and if you’re in the neighbourhood on a Sunday, the brunch here is especially world-famous.
Kayuputi at The St. Regis Bali Resort, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot S6, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 300 6786, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 3.30pm & 6pm – 10pm.
It’s no secret that we’re totally cuckoo for Cuca – and we’re not alone. This cult-status restaurant in Jimbaran comes with serious credentials and an ever-growing foodie following. Maybe it’s the El Bulli-trained chef that makes this place worthy of awards, or maybe it’s the ever-creative, almost-too-pretty-to-eat “tapas-style” cuisine that leaves you wide-eyed and jaw-dropped after each bite. Whatever it is that’s helped spread Cuca fever, you’ll want to catch it too. Try the Honey Baked Pumpkin Salad, the Smoked Butterfish and the BBQ Octopus – and whatever you do, don’t miss the cocktails served up in Cuca’s home-branded bottles.
Cuca, Jl Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, p. +62 812 3687 0486, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – midnight.
3. Sundara Beach Club
Bali beachfront dining bliss. Sounds tempting, right? Sundara Beach Club (Sanskrit for ‘beautiful’) is an all-day dining and lifestyle destination that just so happens to serve some of the best food around. Think sultry beach club by day, iconic fine diner by night. We love the perfect mix of five-star flair and relaxed beach club vibes at this sophisticated address. And when the sun goes down, the fire pits are lit, the bartenders get busy and the impeccable fusion cuisine really comes to life. Sundara, we love you!
Sundara Bali at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay, Jimbaran, p. +62 361 708 333; Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Soleil is the stunning, signature beachfront dining favourite at Mulia Bali, overlooking the ocean and offering Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine with influences from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. The Mulia’s array of food is as vast as their never-ending infinity pool, with a fantastic selection of premium meat, grilled seafood and endless other delicacies. Stick around on a weekend to try the famous Sunday brunch – it’s arguably the very best in Bali.
Soleil at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Jl Raya Nusa Dua, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 855 3904 391, e. [email protected]
5. Izakaya by OKU
Tucked away within The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Izakaya by OKU is just one of multiple exceptional restaurants at this five-star Nusa Dua resort. An outpost of the award-winning OKU Japanese Restaurant in Jakarta, Izakaya by OKU brings all of the flagship’s finest creations to the island, this time served up in a dynamic and casual atmosphere that reinvents a typical izakaya. With its bistro-chic setting and fab open-kitchen taking centre stage, feast on Aburi Salmon Rolls, Teriyaki Chicken and truffled Gyūdon. Or, for a super spesh experience, go for the Chef’s three- or five-course “Okukase” degustation menu. Watch our video tour here.
Izakaya by OKU at The Apurva Kempinski, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2288 / +62 811 3820 9541, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
6. Manarai Beach House
A beach club, restaurant and wine shop combo, Manarai Beach House in Nusa Dua is where you can graze all day on fine seaside staples and Indonesian favourites, the work of Chef Philip Mimbimi and Executive Chef Stefan Poyet from Indonesia’s unstoppable ISMAYA group. Masterfully designed to match the laid-back beach club vibes, the menu ranges from sizzling beef satay that’s been given the gourmet touch with fine Wagyu steak, to colourful platters of sushi, rolled and topped with ocean delicacies like unagi, tobiko and aburi salmon. And if we tell you that we regularly order not one, not two, but three plates (each) of the Crispy Tuna Tempe (topped with truffle aioli, caramelised onion and a sprinkling of microgreens) words are futile in describing how truly sublime these creamy, crunchy bites really are. Pair this oceanfront feast with one of the fine wines from the cellar, or try the whimsical cocktail that use delicate Balinese ingredients.
Manarai Beach House, Kawasan Pariwisata Lot N5, Nusa Dua, p. +62 811 1392 727; Open daily 12pm – late.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: ULUWATU
1. The Cave
Serious foodies, this one’s for you. The Cave at The Edge is a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience that takes place inside a 25,000 year-old underground cave. And to match such a superlative setting, the menu is the jaw-dropping work of Chef Ryan Clift, the man behind the award-winning Tippling Club in Singapore. This latest venture is a 22-seat subterranean restaurant where you can graze on a seven-course menu of modern gastronomy with interludes in between, all whilst taking in the magnificent rock formations. You also have the option to pair your degustation with wine and cocktails, which isn’t mandatory, but highly recommended…
The Cave at The Edge, Jl Pura Goa Lempeh, Pecatu, p. +62 361 847 0700, e. [email protected]; Open daily from 5.30pm.
2. Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin
Push the boat out with a trip to Bulgari Resort Bali’s opulent dining experience, Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin. Helmed by famed Michelin-starred executive chef Luca Fantin, this award-winning fine-diner is an intimate 36-seat restaurant that specialises in contemporary and creative interpretations of classic Italian cuisine. You’ll want to dress to impress at this suave dinner-only venue, where you can choose from five- or seven-courses of impeccably plated creations. Wine pairing is also available, as is a pre-dinner Aperitivo hour from 6pm – 7pm at The Bulgari Bar on the cliff-front, where complimentary Italian canapés are served alongside an award-winning cocktail list and a fiery Bali sunset.
Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin at Bulgari Resort Bali, Jl Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu.
3. AKASA at Jumeirah Bali
Prime cuts, flame-grilled seafood, and cliffside views with sleek and stylish interiors – AKASA is the brand new Asian-fusion restaurant at Jumeirah Bali that’s bringing premium wood-fired dining to Uluwatu’s coastline. Situated on the topmost level of this coastal resort, AKASA places diners in the midst of nature, sea and sky. Any dinner here should begin with time well spent on the al-fresco terrace, with mesmerising fire-pits, hand-crafted cocktails and of course, Jumeirah’s world-famous five-star service. Then, graze on flame-grilled tuna tartare with Timut pepper and wood-fired veal katsu, cooked over an aromatic flame that uses seasonally-changing local firewood. Move on to the giant blue river prawns with mango and passion fruit, or the charcoal Wagyu beef salad. And whatever you do, don’t miss AKASA’s prime cuts, like the T-bone and tomahawk or the tender lamb rack with yakiniku sauce. Finish it all off with the pandan crème brûlée with homemade kaya jam.
AKASA at Jumeirah Bali, Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort, Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Pecatu, p. +62 361 201 5000, e. [email protected]
4. The Warung
Wholesome, traditional and downright delicious, The Warung is the gastronomic Indonesian and Balinese restaurant at the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu. Though each dish on the menu can be found at warungs across the island, The Warung serves up these national staples with a difference. High-end ingredients, artfully tailored recipes and a powerful flavour punch with every bite – this is ‘local food’ on a whole other level.
The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl Belimbing Sari Tambiyak, Pecatu, p. +62 361 848 2166 / +62 811 385 5729; Open daily at 11am – 11pm.
5. Ju Ma Na
Ju Ma Na has long earned itself an island-wide reputation for stellar dining, designer drinks and exquisite food in an incredibly beautiful setting. It has attracted and delighted foodies for some time now, and it doesn’t disappoint. We recommend going whilst the sun is still up to enjoy the panorama before dinner (drinks on the balcony are a must), and the French cuisine with a Japanese twist is very popular for very good reason. Book ahead, and don your very best dress…
Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant & Bar at Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort, Jl Melasti, Ungasan, p. +62 361 300 7000.
6. El Kabron
Come for the tasty Spanish fare and stay for the million dollar views at this Bukit treasure, perched high up on the cliff tops above Bingin Beach. Casually cool with modern Mediterranean decor and 180-degree views of the Indian Ocean, at El Kabron you can get stuck into tapas, paellas, cocktails, beers and good wines in between dips in the famous cliff edge infinity pool – easily the best spot in the area to watch the sun go down with your crew.
El Kabron, Jl Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, p. +62 813 3723 5750; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
7. Dugong Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang
Authentic Indonesian flavour meets fine dining at the super swank Dugong Restaurant. One of the Bukit’s most exclusive resorts, Dugong has a menu to die for and a view to match over Padang Padang beach. The talented culinary team here source everything from within a 50km radius, ensuring the freshest ingredients without going to the ends of the earth.
Dugong Restaurant & Lounge at Suarga Padang Padang, Jl Pantai Labuan Sait, Br. Dinas Labuan Sait, Pecatu, p. +62 361 472 5088 / +62 811 399 1199.
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Happy feasting, foodies!