By Sam Adelton
Blending abundant culture and tropical surrounds, Bali is the perfect recipe for some of the best food in Southeast Asia. The list of choices on where to eat and drink stretches as far as Bali’s pristine coastline, from high-end fine dining through to the best street eats around. From a fresh and filling meal to start your day through to tasty street snacks and idyllic spots for sunset drinks, here is where to go in Bali.
Could there be a better view to enjoy your breakfast?
Start your day at one of Bali’s many healthy breakfast spots where you can find lovingly prepared meals using the freshest in-season fruits and ingredients. The first coconut off the tree is Cafe Organic, which serves delicious raw, vegan and organic breakfast dishes all day long. Take your pick from an Uluwatu Omelet, chia pudding, or try one of their super smoothies, fresh juices or ‘Happy Kombucha’.
The next popular breakfast option is Seminyak’s Nalu Bowls, which specialises in blended smoothie bowls and homemade granola baked fresh every day. Each smoothie bowl option is named after a well-known surf break around the world, with the most popular acai bowl named after California’s Mavericks break.
If you're keen to take the Balinese flavour home with you, why not sign up for a cooking class and whip up lunch yourself?
One of the best ways to remember the sights, sounds and flavour of a country is through its cuisine, more specifically, being able to recreate it yourself once you’ve arrived home. Bumbu Bali is an authentic Balinese restaurant and cooking school where you can learn to recreate some of your favourite traditional Balinese dishes in a traditional crafted village setting.
The trendy Sisterfields diner in Seminyak also serves a comprehensive lunch menu, including an all-day breakfast for when you really feel like a breakfast burrito or blueberry and ricotta pancakes for lunch. But when there’s a decadent crispy skin pork belly on the menu, what would you rather?
In addition to these delicious restaurant options, make sure you try the local mie goreng (fried noodles), nasi goreng (fried rice) or gado-gado (meaning ‘mix-mix’) – a veggie salad with a classic peanut sauce.
Sate (which is not to be confused with satay) is also popular in Bali and consists of minced meat or fish and spices melded onto a bamboo or lemongrass stick, best eaten with the well-known peanut sauce.
There’s also delicious babi guling (suckling pig), which is THE Balinese dish to try, often served during religious ceremonies. Pisang goreng (fried bananas), nasi bungkus (banana leaf wrapped rice) and bubur mengguh (chicken and coconut rice porridge) are also notable mentions to look out for.
Dinner and Drinks
For drinks at sunset, you can’t go past Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa in Jimbaran. This trendy cliffside bar sits 14 metres above the ocean with a spectacular view of the horizon and has been labelled one of the best bars in the world. For an explosion of colour with your cocktails, there’s La Plancha nestled on Jalan Mesari Beach in Seminyak, which comes complete with rainbow-coloured umbrellas and beanbags right on the sand.
This beachside Spanish tapas bar serves up yummy tacos, tapas and burritos with the freshest Balinese ingredients right to your perfect perch on the sand. Don’t forget to finish off this picture-perfect scene with a margarita in hand.