Bali has fast become a top culinary destination and food odyssey in Asia. The food scene keeps on growing day by day to offer some of the most bustling venues in the continent. The island has numerous award winning chefs, which have contributed to its food culture. From refined gastronomic restaurants, to local culinary experiences, Bali is a foodies’ paradise.
There are unlimited options for eating out in Bali. After having travelled for 3 weeks around the island and visited many restaurants, cafes and bars, hereunder is my top 10.
If there is one restaurant that you should not miss out in Bali, it is definitely this one. Not only Cuca will offer you a semi-gastronomic experience but it will also give you a true culinary orgasm. The concept goes about sharing small tapas style of dishes which are designed with high sophistication. Chef Kevin Cherkas perfectly combines 100% of locally sourced ingredients to create delightful internationally inspired dishes. Do not miss out on dessert and the Bali Breakfast because it will blow your mind away!
Locavore is indisputably one of the best restaurants in Bali and in Asia. It has been awarded 22nd best restaurant for 2017 in Asia by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list. Its Locavore or Herbivore degustation menu will knock your socks off! All the ingredients are locally sourced and they are nicely combined to create Indonesian dishes with some Western twist. For sure, you will be remembering this dining experience for a long time.
Mozaic reflects what French gastronomy is to local Balinese cuisine and it does it with elegance and style. Mozaic is the most famous and oldest gastronomic restaurant in Bali. It has been awarded many times as one of the best restaurants in the World. It is the perfect destination for a gourmet and romantic evening. Its degustation menu and magnificent setting will definitely surprise you.
Sarong is definitely a favourite and one of the finest restaurants in Seminyak. It offers top notch pan-asian cuisine in a chic and classy setting. Sarong promotes the south east asian culture through its outstanding menu and flavours. It definitely is a must visit restaurant because of its innovative menu, as well as its glamorous atmosphere.
Barbacoa is the perfect destination if you are looking for something different than Asian food or fine dining. This beautiful South American eatery offers a variety of dishes starting from Mexico down to the very south of Argentina. Meat is at the heart of the menu and their steaks are just amazing. The magnificent interior design will also pleasantly surprise you.
Nestled in the luxurious Alila Villas, The Warung is a beautiful restaurant that serves authentic Indonesian cuisine in a fantastic setting. Located besides the hotel’s pool, it is a high-end destination to enjoy mouthwatering traditional Balinese food. Do not miss out on the satays.
La Plancha is a vibrant, fun and colourful beach club located right on the beach of Seminyak. It is a happening place with great music, great vibes, great food, great drinks and great sunset. In fact, it is the perfect bar to head to between 5pm and 7pm for sunset watching while sipping a glass of chardonnay and eating some tapas.
Bukit Cafe was my favourite cafe in Bali. Situated in a strategic location close to Padang Padang beach, Bukit Cafe offers western inspired food with an exotic touch. The food menu is healthy and colourful. Do not miss out on the mango and pitaya chia pudding, which is simply magical.
The Shady Shack is the ultimate destination for all vegetarians out there. If you are a meat lover, do not hold your breath because this great cafe will make you understand that vegetarian food can be extremely tasty and creative. Nestled in a little house in the middle of nowhere, The Shady Shack is the perfect place to chill and have a meal while enjoying rice paddy views.
It is very rare that I would recommend a restaurant which I did not visit! Bikini Restaurant opened when I was Bali and I did not have a chance to dine there. However, the restaurant looks very promising as there already are many good echoes. Bikini offers gastronomic food in a vibrant atmosphere. It seems to be the perfect place for gourmet foodies like myself who consistently look for trendy restaurants that can offer a true culinary journey.