Indonesian cuisine is a wonderful mélange of local and borrowed flavors. Dishes like nasi goreng (fried rice), mie goreng (fried noodles), gado gado (vegetable salad with peanut sauce), and lakso (spicy noodles in coconut milk) will make you fall in love with Balinese cuisine. But where do you go when the hunger pangs hit? Here are the best restaurants in Bali for satisfying all your Indonesian food cravings:
Restaurants Serving Great Local Cuisine in Ubud
Hujan Locale: Located in the centre of Ubud, Hujan Locale will charm you with its elegant interiors and array of authentic Indonesian dishes, all served with the unique flair of Chef Will Meyrick. Food here tastes as good as home-cooked fare but without compromising on fine dining principles.
Nusantara: The name of this restaurant means ‘archipelago’ in Indonesian, and the menu features classic local dishes cooked with seasonal ingredients and ethically produced meat. Chef Putu and his team come up with new offerings as well on a regular basis. Come here to discover lesser known treasures from Indonesian cuisine.
Liap Liap: Chef Warokka utilizes exotic smoking techniques from the islands of Indonesia at this modern grill restaurant. Dig into smoked Spanish mackerel, grilled beef ribs, and jackfruit rendang in an attractive rustic ambience while at Liap Liap.
Must-Try Indonesian Restaurants in Nusa Dua
Bejana at The Ritz-Carlton: This cliff-top restaurant offers lavish local buffets twice a week, and an outdoor terrace lets you dine under the stars or in the mellow sunshine. Three cooking stations allow guests to try their hand at Indonesian cooking as well. Come here to feast on curries, satay, and seafood.
Bumbu Bali: One of the best known eateries in Nusa Dua, Bumbu Bali serves authentic Balinese cuisine in a traditional ambience. Every day, only the freshest produce and fish are sourced from local markets to prepare the day’s delicacies. The restaurant also conducts cooking classes.
Kayuputi at St. Regis Bali: Dine in elegance at the ocean-facing Kayuputi restaurant at St. Regis Bali. Pan-Asian haute cuisine is paired with the choicest wines at this luxury restaurant. For an incredibly romantic experience, you could reserve a private cabana or choose an al fresco table.
Best Restaurants in Seminyak
Merah Putih: This upscale restaurant serves classic Indonesian dishes as well as experimental offerings in a very chic ambience. Food is served in the traditional family style: all plates are arranged at the center of the table, and everyone is free to sample what they want. There’s also a separate bar.
Sarong: This award-winning restaurant with bar and lounge is luxury dining at its best. The small plates are a great way to tuck into a variety of delights like tuna tataki and lime-cured snapper. The menu features Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Indian, and Vietnamese delicacies as well.
The Restaurant at The Legian Bali: Experience the best of ocean-view dining at this sprawling restaurant serving Asian cuisine with European influences. The cuisine is characterized by local and sustainable ingredients, and delicious yet light delicacies like seafood salad, and chicken with asparagus and truffle potato puree.