As professional foodies we like to get in with the locals and find the absolute BEST places to eat while in a destination. Having good food can absolutely make or break your vacation, and we want you our readers to actually get out and experience the best food that a destination has to offer – not just eat crappy hotel meals 3 times a day.
I (Megsy) recently went on a trip to Indonesia as a guest of the tourism board and I made sure to get the insider information to the hottest places around Bali that the locals like to eat at. I also decided to open it up to some of our favourite food and travel bloggers to see what places get them drooling when they think about visiting Bali.
Bali Food Guide – The Best Bali Restaurants
From the Locals:
Vika Fitriyana – Indonesian TV adventure program host
My top recommendation is Warung Bu Oki, Jimbaran. They only sell traditional Balinesse chicken rice and have a long queue for eating there. Taste really good and really cheap ? for a great hangout, I love Sundays Beach Club
Taufan Gio – Editor in Chief at Disgiovery
If you’re in Ubud, please try Nasi Ayam Kadewatan Ibu Mangku (spicy mix Balinese chicken rice) It’s my favourite!
Ara Akimoto – local artist and painter
EatWell Bali is my favorite restaurant in Seminyak! You must check it out!
Nila Tanzil Petersen – Founder and CEO at Travel Sparks Indonesia
Sometimes you just crave good Italian food no matter where you are in the world – Trattoria is my go to place every time! There’s lots of locations so there will most likely be one near by.
Eka Situmorang-Sir – Indonesia Trip Of Wonders Team Member and Blogger at Cerita EKA
Motel Mexicola in Seminyak is cool! You have to check it out!!!
Ramon Y. Tungka – Indonesian Actor, Outdoor Activities Enthusiast & Travel Journo
Seminyak has some really funky places to hang out – one of my favorites is Revolver. Great vibes Great Coffee!
Bali Food Guide – The Best Bali Restaurants.
From the Frequent Travelers:
Soraya Nicholls – Hello Raya
I loved Lilla Warung and Warung Little Bird, which are both in Sanur. Ku De Ta in Seminyak is amazing… if you go upstairs around sunset time, they have an awesome 5-course dinner. I also loved Warung Bernadette in Ubud, which has some delicious beef rendang.
Vicki Garside – Make Time To See The World
Mamasan in Seminyak, Bali, is one of the coolest places I have ever eaten!
Low light, dark wood, metal trim tables and a large mural on the back wall make for a great first impression as you walk through the heavy wooden double doors. The staff are professional, attentive and so polished – you could easily believe you were in a 5* restaurant anywhere in the Western world. And the menu is huge and so varied – entrees include sugarcane prawns, steamed snapper buns, peeking duck and pork belly and mains are a variety of salads, curries & braises, stir fry and crispy meat, fish and vegetables.
The food is incredible – and don’t even get me started on the cocktails!
Ivana & Gianni – Nomad Is Beautiful
The place is named after its owner Dayu, who has a long history with cooking and was trained by nutrition experts. Her local restaurant is a cool little hippie spot hidden from touristy raw-food restaurants in the centre of Ubud. You’ll love comfortable cushions and most importantly, Dayu’s organic food!
Dayu’s Warung has only has a few tables, and you’ll find here a fusion of Balinese, Indian, Mexican and Italian dishes. If you love intensive smell and taste of spices, go for an Indian dish! Prices are quite reasonable. As Dayu says, “food is life,” and you’ll certainly get on your plate something that will make you feel revitalized.
Mar Pages – Once in a Lifetime Journey
No trip to Bali can be complete without a trip to Naughty Nuri for barbecue pork ribs you can get your fingers sticky on. Sit down in this hole in the wall of a place in Ubud where you will most likely share the table with other customers and shake your own martini.
Naughty Nuri is known for its delicious pork ribs and for the martinis that may seem like a strange pairing but did work very well. I suspect the naughtiness may come from the combination of dirty ribs and dirty martinis.
Not as much a fancy place but you surely didn’t go to Nuri’s for the refined dining but to get your hands dirty.
Naughty Nuri has been so successful that they have even opened outlets overseas, in Singapore.
Sharon Gourlay – Where’s Sharon
The best place to eat in Bali, in my opinion is at one of the seafood shacks that line Jimbaran Beach – our favourite is Pandan Sari.
Jimbaran Beach is beautiful and a nice place to visit in itself. However, if you love fresh seafood then you are in for a special treat. Every evening, many “Seafood shacks” open up on this beach with many mouth watering options.
Dinner is served on tables right on the beach, so you not only get delicious food but a beautiful setting as the sun sets. The prices are also very good.
You get to choose your seafood which is then BBQ’d in special sauces. We especially recommend getting a set meal. This is cost effective and gives you lots of yummy things to try.
Sarah – Fit Travels
Sky Garden nightclub in Kuta is probably not the place you think of when it comes to eating out in Bali. But if you’re after something substantial, plenty of variety and included drinks then look no further than their nightly all you can eat (and drink) BBQ. Every evening from 5pm – 9pm , hungry travellers pay their 115,000IDR (less than 9USD!) to dine on the rooftop with free flow beer, cider and spirits. Each night is themed ranging from Mexican to a traditional Sunday roast. We often find ourselves a bit torn now when heading out for dinner if we’re in the area as the value is just too good! We’ve had a lot of fun here mingling with other patrons and would recommend it for people of any age, including families. Just be careful heading back down the stairs after all those drinks.
Lyn & Steve Baker – A Hole in My Shoe
What can I say apart from you MUST try this place. Teppanyaki is a personal dining style where a chef cooks the food in front of you. Yuyake is a place where eating is fun, entertaining and delicious. Our chef was amazing, he prepared great food, putting his skills on display slicing, dicing, juggling and using the tools of his trade. He was brilliant and kept us all well fed and laughing all night. The kids were amazed watching adults ‘playing with their food’ and we soon learnt why there were bibs for each of us. Live entertainment comes courtesy of the chef, who is not only a skilled teppanyaki chef, but also great at keeping us amused. We were all mesmerised by the food artistry, his chopping skills and the balancing and juggling of the utensils. It was so much fun watching as the food was flipped, tossed and turned into yummy perfection. He involved each of us at the table, inviting us all to participate, creating a wonderful performance. Such a great night and so worth it, can’t wait to return.
Finally….what do we at Food Fun Travel think is the The Best Bali Restaurant?
Petani Restaurant – Ubud
What can we say – we have a soft spot for crispy duck and Petani Restaurant offers some of the best crispy duck in Ubud. We tried the duck at a few different restaurants and Petani had the perfect mix of crispy skin on the outside while still keeping the flesh juicy and succulent. Absolutely Food Worth Traveling For!
Want to hear more about the food being dished up at Petani Restaurant? More food porn awaits you HERE
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