Whether it's a barefoot dinner or a swanky beachfront cocktail, these gastronomic gems are must-try's on your next journey to Bali.
A Seminyak mainstay for years, La Looch, as locals refer to this oceanfront restaurant, rolls out fine Mediterranean fare spiced up with Asian flair. Candlelit tables set outside overlooking one of Seminyak’s prettiest beaches are the most romantic place to dine, but indoor tables are open to the sea breezes, too, and equally lovely. Share antipasto plates with your table before moving on to La Looch classics such as fried zucchini flowers, prawns with lemon and fennel remoulade and savoury risottos.
ADDRESS: Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali
Abalone from Bali, oysters from Sumbawa and seaweed butter made in Lombok are among the sustainably-sourced ingredients on the menu at wildly popular Ubud restaurant, Locavore. The Dutch chef’s set menus (choose from five or seven courses) mix European influences with classic Indonesian preparations to heavenly effect. Every dish feels like a surprise, with desserts incorporating such ingredients as raw cocoa brittle and passionfruit seeds. The setting might be modest, but the experience is indulgent. Booking in advance is essential.
A seafood dinner with your toes in the sand along the beach of Jimbaran is a Bali ritual. And for flopping fresh fish and crab, clams, lobster, calamari and more, you can’t beat Lia’s. Time your dinner with the setting sun – a marvellous sight to take in as water laps the nearby shore and candlelight flickers atop tables set in the sand. While the prices here are moderate, it’s the quality that’s a clear notch above.
ADDRESS: Jl. Pemelisan Agung, Jimbaran, Bali
With views onto working rice paddies from a bamboo structure that flows through its surrounds, this beautiful Seminyak-area restaurant is transporting. Sardine serves local seafood to discerning diners, with such dishes as delicate sea scallops and grouper with a ginger-soy reduction on the refined menu. Chargrilled sardines, similar to what you’d eat in the Mediterranean, are also on offer and go down perfectly with boiled new potatoes and a side of fresh salsa. It’s as elegant as Bali dining gets.
The atmosphere oozes Moorish romance at this stylish Seminyak restaurant decorated with mosaic tiling, recycled wood and vintage leather banquettes. Whether you’re popping by for lunch, grabbing tapas and cocktails or settling in for a full dinner spread, expect a worldly vibe here. The wood-fired grill churns out delicious charcoal octopus, spare ribs and prawns and the extensive tapas menu ranges from tacos made with hand-rolled tortillas and empanadas to Cuban pork sliders and antipasto boards.
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Picture a bit of Miami Beach and Ibiza in Bali and you’ll have an idea of what to expect at this extremely popular beachfront restaurant in Seminyak. Crowds of pretty people mug for selfies at sunset, when you’ll be hard pressed to find somewhere to sit. The international menu – as diverse as the restaurant’s patrons – gives nods to French, Italian, Moroccan, Thai, Japanese, Greek and American cuisines. More than just a dinner out, you’re signing up for an experience here.