Bali may be synonymous with beach, but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat like a king. From hole-in-the-wall bites to cheap and cheerful stops and some of the most glamorous restaurants you’ll ever lay eyes on, the dining scene in Bali is as diverse as the island itself.
The smell of a barbeque is enough to lure any Aussie but when it’s fresh seafood that’s sizzlin’, there’s no pulling us away and at Jimbaran Bay, indulging in such a feast is practically tradition. Menega is a popular no-fail hotspot to do so, as proven by the packed tables day after day. Fresh catches lay out on beds of ice – and some swimming in tanks – from fish to prawns, lobster and crab. Hook in while watching the sky light up with the colours of sunset, waves rolling in just metres away.
Slink back into open-air lounges and sip cocktails to the tune crashing waves. Potato Head Beach Club is more than just a restaurant; it can keep you going around the clock. Oozing a beach club vibe during the daylight hours and transforming into a sophisticated bar and restaurant once darkness falls, a sunset session makes for perfect timing. Start downstairs on the sprawling grassy green overlooking the infinity pool as it tumbles into the sea, throw in a few comfort starters from the Beach Club restaurant menu, and then move upstairs to dine on authentic Indonesian cuisine at restaurant Lilin. Late-starters beware: a young party-going crowd takes things up a notch the closer it gets to midnight.
Put fork to plate with your toes dipped in the sand at Sanur Beach Market. Casual comfort, natural ambiance and stunning scenery come guaranteed at this charming beachside restaurant with its with tables planted in the shores. Offering a fusion of Balinese flavours, specialty Indonesian dishes and some Western comforts hailing from home, variety means you’ll be able to indulge in something new and exciting as well as a few familiar favourites like pizza. Don’t miss the hard-to-get-your-hands-on ikan bakar sambal mentah – raw spices with grilled fish.
Begin your meal with a twisting wander through the lush rice paddies; it’s about a 15 minute walk from Jalan Raya Ubud to get to this beautiful and calm oasis that’ll make you feel like you’re in the real Ubud. A far cry from the bustle of the town centre and the business of the streets, enjoy refreshing foods from the verandah overlooking the surrounding rice fields and palms. Also known as Sari Organik, the cafe forms part of the Sari Organik Centre, so you can trust the food is fresh and healthy too – from salads to green smoothies and curries.
Get a taste of Ubud with a splash of style just outside of Seminyak, at fine-dining Sardine. Leafy bamboo gardens, tranquil ponds and chic Balinese-style garden decor make this a tranquil, fine-dining haven not far from the sea. Pull up a luxe chair on the bamboo terrace or inside the main dining hall, beneath the elegant, high bamboo roof. The menu features healthy produce from the onsite garden and a wonderful assortment of fresh seafood. The cocktails are great too.
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