by Louise | Jan 02, 2021
It’s hungry work trying to decide where to eat, so we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up the very best restaurants in Bali from every neighbourhood. This one’s for serious foodies.
So much food, so little time *SIGH*. Choosing between Bali’s Best Restaurants is hungry work, especially when there are more sensational restos popping up across the island than you can wave a fork at. And that’s before we get started on the cafes, the brunches, or the monthly lineup of Hot New Tables (believe us, there are plenty of them).
Yep, as you probably already know, Bali is becoming a real foodie destination, with all the best cuisines from around the world now on our tiny paradise island. And it’s not only the food that’s getting global gourmands’ attention. We have designer decor, celeb chefs, chic cocktails and awards a go-go – not to mention some of the most dreamy settings on the beach, clifftops, and deep in the jungle…
So, we’ve done the hard work for you and we’ve rounded up Bali’s Very Best Restaurants – the cream of the culinary crop from every neighbourhood. If you’re after Bali’s best local food, the best cafes or the best coffee shops, this one ain’t for you. But if you’re a die-hard gourmand or a curious epicurean, then bring your appetite and get dressed in your best – here are Bali’s Very Best Restaurants for serious foodies.
Bali’s Best Restaurants: UBUD
If you’re lucky enough to get a booking at this über-popular Ubud favourite (def book a table long before you actually arrive in Bali) you’ll soon learn what all the fuss is about here. The famed degustation menu at Locavore showcases the culinary genius of Chef-Owners Eelke Plasmeijer and Ray Adriansyah – two chefs who made history at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants awards by single-handedly representing Indonesia and becoming the only restaurant (ever) to skyrocket up the list by a whopping 27 places. Take a seat at this experimental eatery and you’ll come face-to-face with mind-blowing creations like the salt-cured prawn with a chilli gel and kemangi juice, or the oven-roasted jicama with passion fruit emulsion. As you may have realised, the menus here honour the restaurants namesake, using only local ingredients that wholly celebrate the farmers, fishers and food artisans of Indonesia. This one is must for any serious foodie.
For something totally different (yet undeniably awesome) head to Room4Dessert for levelled-up sweets and drinks in an outlandish late-night venue, helmed by famed New Yorker Will Goldfarb. Indoors, embrace gluttony with a degustation menu of avante-garde desserts expertly paired with award-winning (and potent) cocktails, or head out back to the terrace garden to revel in a Spanish tapas-style concept, stuffed full of tasty morsels like Iberico ham and braised beef shanks.
BLANCO Par Mandif
Every Bali foodie will be very well acquainted with BLANCO Par Mandif – home to ultra-fine dining Indonesian cuisine in a refined and intimate setting. Helmed by Indonesian celeb chef and restaurateur Mandif Warokka (the same genius behind Teatro Gastroteque in Seminyak) this award-winning resto seats just 28 lucky guests each evening. This stylish fine diner is both intimate and elegant, and in true Warokka style, the concept is all about degustation. The menus are 7 or 9 courses of exquisite gastronomy, sublimely served, explained and precisely paired with fine wines and cocktails. A signature here is the butter-poached Jimbaran Bay Rock Lobster, intricately served with a kalio curry sauce, glutinous rice, and a petal of grilled onion. You’ll want to reserve one of the hot seats here, because Warokka has his sights set on Michelin stars, and we don’t doubt him for a second…
Mozaic Restaurant has won so many awards, we can’t even begin to list them all. That says quite a lot about Chef Chris Salans’ ever-changing menu, which consists of à la minute creations that showcase his passion for local ingredients of the highest standard, sourced from the sea and farms across Bali. Mozaic is a legend in the world of gastronomy, and a favourite in Bali. It follows the philosophy of ‘Cuisine du Marché’, which refers to a marriage of seasonal ingredients with modern French techniques – both in the cooking and presentation. All of this is then wrapped up in an elegant setting with impeccable standards of service. And psst – for an extra special experience, Mozaic also offers a dine-at-home experience, complete with a private chef!
Widely recognised as the best fine diner in Bali, Kubu at Mandapa – a Ritz Carlton Reserve, is truly divine. Cooled by a tropical Bali breeze and the soothing sounds of the Ayung River below, this signature bamboo restaurant is cocooned by both nature and sheer decadence. Under the expert and creative direction of Madapa’s award-winning chefs, Kubu serves up fine Mediterranean-European cuisine, prepared with the region’s fresh premium produce. Try the chef’s six- to eight-course degustation menu, and you might want to bring a hot date, because this place is just dreamy.
Will Meyrick – Bali’s celeb street food chef who gave us Sarong, Mama San, Som Chai and Tiger Palm – is credited yet again for putting his spin on Asia’s street food favourites at another award-winning restaurant – this time at his Ubud baby, Hujan Locale. This double storey restaurant features a vast menu with some of Will’s signature tastes and flavours (curries, soups and noodles all play a big role here) bridging the cultural divide between Asian fine dining and casual home cooked food. The salt baked whole fish with sambal matah and kemangi is our clear fave.
Situated in a high Balinese-style thatched roof house, on a ridge overlooking the luscious “Valley of the Kings”, CasCades promises one helluva wonderful dining experience. Owned and managed by Aussies, CasCades sources the finest produce from around the globe including Australian Wagyu beef, Canadian lobster and French foie gras. The food is sublime and the tropical views are second to none, and there’s even live Grand Piano performances in the evenings.
Set amidst the lush jungle valleys of Ubud, Apéritif is the second signature fine dining restaurant at Viceroy Bali (joining CasCades, above). It’s culinary focus is on top-shelf produce, sourced from the hotel’s own greenhouses and from across the island and the world. These ingredients are then presented in an exquisite 8-course degustation-only menu, featuring sublime creations like the lightly cured Parrot Fish rolled in seaweed powder, or the signature Venison Wellington studded with foie gras and dolloped with a rendang sauce. The aperitifs here are unsurprisingly impressive, spearheaded by award-winning bartender Ran Van Ongevalle, and inspired by the Roaring Twenties with a tropical Bali twist for good measure. Read our review here!