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The best restaurants to try in Bali

Despite Bali being a relatively small island, it offers an abundance of fine dining restaurants. From haute cuisine to BBQ style food, all tastes are satisfied. Below is a list of restaurants we love, and we hope that you enjoy them too. Of course, if there is anywhere which we have not mentioned and you felt was exceptional, please comment below! Local delicacies Sate: Charcoal-grilled skewers of chicken, beef, pork, prawns or minced seafood. Gado-Gado: A half-boiled combination of various vegetables with a peanut sauce. Nasi Goreng: Indonesian fried rice with either meat or shrimps and fresh vegetables. If you are feeling adventurous and fancy sampling some true street food without the 5-star trimmings, go in search of a “Warung” – a traditional Indonesian food stall. They normally only serve one or two dishes but will be of the highest and freshest quality. Ubud Kemiri, Uma Ubud Kemiri is an open-air space beside a waterfall-fed pond, with alang-alang thatched ceilings. Chris Miller, the acclaimed Australian chef, showcases Bali’s rich gourmet heritage as well as modern interpretations of Southeast Asian cooking. Dishes might include Chinese roast pigeon, grilled Lombok lobster or banana-wrapped steamed snapper with coconut sambal. Kemiri, Uma Ubud TeraZo, Suweta Street Located in Ubud on quiet Suweta Street, just a stone’s throw from the centre of town, TeraZo restaurant and bar is a must-visit while in town. It features banquette dining, a stylish lounge and mahogany bar downstairs. For a true taste of Asia try their classic Sop Buntut, a Javanese oxtail soup and Red Chilli Chicken. Naughty Nuris, Jalan Sanggingan This roadside shack has the best barbecue in town, with ribs so tender the meat falls right off the bone. On Thursdays, a regular shipment of fresh tuna arrives and the place gets extremely busy. The burgers, local curries and satay are also good, as are the lethally delicious martinis! naughty nuri Seminyak, Kuta & Jimbaran Breeze, The Samaya Hotel  Chef Dean Keddell’s menus are eclectic and focus strongly on local organic produce and flavours. Seafood dominates the menu and they serve good wine by the glass, which is hard to come by in Bali. The al fresco ambiance of dining under the stars with crashing waves in the background is irresistible. Sarong, Jalan Petitenget Chef Will Meyrick draws inspiration from the street hawkers of many Southeast Asian countries and brings back some innovative new ideas. Whether you order a curry, stir-fry, something from the Tandoor or coconut chargrill you will not be disappointed. Sarong-Bali Meja Kitchen & Bar, Seminyak Meja rejects the notion that restaurants should hinge on interior design, instead opting for a simple, airy concept. Tucked beneath the industrial arcs of the ultramodern IZE Hotel, this rising star of the Seminyak district employs minimalist elements of wooden beams and light colours throughout. Comfort foods such as Chilli & Lime Chicken Risotto and Roasted Pumpkin & Quinoa Salad grace the menu. Or for a taste of home, try the Macaroni & Cheese served with generous portions of bacon. Teatro Gastroteque, Seminyak Elegant and masculine are two words that mark this Seminyak eatery. The name Teatro is derived from the word “theatre” and is the brainchild of Mandif Warokka, the talented chef named the Best Chef in Bali in 2011. Mandif relies on fresh ingredients and a simple presentation. All the ingredients are processed with techniques fostered from more than 10 years’ experience in the culinary world. Some of the signature dishes are Smoked Peking Duck, Lambargini Lamb and Valrhona Chocolate Cake. Only ten items are featured on the menu and each are accompanied by a recommended wine to compliment the flavour of the food. teatro gastroteque Portabella Bistro, Kuta Meaning beautiful window in Italian, Portabella Bistro exudes a rustic yet cosy dining atmosphere. The all-wood interior is designed by Nobuyuki Narabayashi, former designer of Super Potato architecture firm hailing from Japan. Akin to a boutique museum, vintage locks, Sicilian wooden dolls, and an old school radio decorate the premises. Authentic Italian cuisine is dreamt up by chef Vittorio Negri with home-style classics such as Arancini. Fusion style Linguini Black Ink with crab meat and a sprinkling of pepper slices also entertains diners’ palettes. For the full Portabella Bistro experience, pull up one of the 100-year-old chairs and face outside to soak up the Balinese breeze. Slippery Stone, Seminyak The Slippery Stone offers open-air breezes juxtaposed with stretches of lush greenery and rice fields. It exudes a cosy atmosphere with wood panelling, comfy sofas and white rock walls throughout the space. Pan-Asian, Italian and French cuisine are all included in the ambitious menu. Start your meal with the Tuna Tartar appetizer accompanied by avocado and Pomelo ice cream, followed by the Steamed Barramundi with prawn and dumplings in coconut sauce for the main course. As for dessert, wrapped Valrhona Chocolate Cake with coffee ice cream is to die for! slippery stone Sundara, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay Sundara is the Sanskrit word for “beautiful” – paying tribute to the glowing sun that warms Bali’s hottest new beachfront restaurant and bar. Stay all day and move with your mood, exploring the range of indoor and outdoor settings, right on the beach with panoramic views of Jimbaran Bay. Enjoy a casual lunch in the shade, exploring the eclectic menu of international cuisine, created by Executive Chef Greg Bunt. While away the afternoon on a sun-splashed daybed by the Infinity Edge, just steps above the sand. For dinner, Sundara transforms into one of Bali’s most sophisticated dining experiences, showcasing steak and seafood. After dark, the beachside ambience becomes candlelit and sexy with a sizzling collection of cocktails. James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.

James Jayasundera

James Jayasundera is Founder and Managing Director of Ampersand Travel in London. Ampersand Travel is an award-winning tour operator specialising in tailor-made holidays to Asia and Africa. James was raised in Rome by a Sri Lankan diplomat father and British mother, and from an early age he was travelling throughout the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia. Although he loves comfort, he is not blinded by five-star luxuries – the Ampersand motto is “luxury is in the experience” and it is that indefinable quality that makes something special which James is always on the look-out for. James founded Ampersand Travel in 2003, and since then the company has developed an excellent reputation for in-depth knowledge of its destinations, candid and impartial opinions on hotels and locations and a formidable network of contacts within the industry and its destinations.

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  1. Thank for your sharing. these pics make me feel dying of hunger. I have been to Bali two years ago.and i love Pepes and tum most

  2. My partner is so keen to get to Bali, I’ll have to direct him to this post. I would expect that the plant-based food selection is quite abundant here, as it is in a lot of warm places – however, these restaurant choices seem very meat based! Sarong sounds pretty incredible

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