Are you curious about what my top 5 restaurants in Bali are? Not only does this region have delicious Indonesian cuisine, but Bali houses some of the most talented chefs from around the world. Since I first visited back in 2010, I always felt that Bali had the right balance of different flavors from the world, which may be why it caters seamlessly to millions of guests and locals each day. This island in the archipelago has it all: from authentic Balinese and Indonesian dishes to other Asian cuisines, with a dollop of European. Here’s are my Top 5 Restaurants in Bali.
Sake No Hana Bali
Japanese | Fine Dining | Uluwatu
Sake No Hana Bali is the newest addition to the list of top restaurants in Bali. Sake No Hana is a restaurant by the Hakkasan Group, the name behind the Michelin-star restaurant Hakkasan in London. Sake No Hana is located next to the luxury all-day party destination, OMNIA Dayclub, at The Cliff at Alila Villas Uluwatu in Uluwatu, Bali. The restaurant was opened in 2018 and serves classic Japanese dishes with a modern twist and authentic Japanese beverages, as well as the restaurant’s signature drinks.
The cliff-side location of the restaurant boasts a stunning view of the Indian Ocean. The restaurant was designed by Singapore-based architects of WOHA and the Rockwell Group of New York, while the interior was carefully designed by Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma.
The restaurant’s concept takes after its original branch in Mayfair, London. Enjoy a round of sushi and sashimi prepared fresh at the sushi bar or try out authentic Japanese dishes from their a la carte menu. Try their signature cocktails such as Japanese Harmony, a mix of Johnnie Walker Black Label washed in sesame oil and Balinese brem wine, added with rose water and house ginger beer, served in a highball glass.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 8 pm onwards, the restaurant hosts Sake and Sound. Enjoy an intimate party atmosphere along with cocktails and the best tunes brought to you by Bali’s most popular DJs.
You can make a reservation via email at [email protected], via phone call at (0361) 8482 150, or message via WhatsApp +62 813 3757 2533.
Hours: Open Daily 12nn-11pm
Dress code: Smart Casual; Beachwear are not allowed
European-Indonesian | Fine Dining | Ubud
Locavore first opened its doors to diners in 2013, serving modern European-Indonesian cuisine using only locally-sourced ingredients. This restaurant is considered to be one of the most popular fine dining restaurants in Bali. Locavore is committed in reducing carbon footprint through importing food and ingredients, that is why over 95% of the ingredients are Indonesian. By maintaining close relationships with local farmers and producers, chefs Ray and Eelke are able to serve dishes out of fresh produce and ethically-fed meat.
Locavore was constructed using recycled wood and the establishment reduces its energy consumption by 50% by using solar panels. The kitchen’s food waste is either used to feed pigs or composted, while the rest of the kitchen’s waste goes to Eco Bali Recycling.
Locavore aims to preserve traditional recipes and cooking techniques amidst food industrialization in Indonesia. In 2016, Locavore launched the Jalan Jalan project with teams from the Locavore kitchen traveling around the country to bring home regional specialties and traditional recipes.
The restaurant offers two menus: the Locavore menu and the Herbivore menu consist of all vegetarian dishes. A favorite for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners is the Singkong 17, a cassava garlic mousseline, season with 17 tasty condiments.
Book your reservations online for lunch here and dinner here, or you may call +62 3619 777 33.
Hours: Lunch Tuesday to Saturday 12nn-2:30pm
Dinner Monday to Saturday 6:30pm-10:00pm
Dress code: Casual; Alcohol-branded clothing, singlets, and beachwear are not allowed
Nusantara by Locavore
Indonesian | Fine Dining | Ubud
If you are looking for the best authentic Indonesian cuisine in Bali, then this restaurant is for you. Located just across the street from the main restaurant, Locavore, Nusantara by Locavore was opened in 2017 and serves classic Indonesian dishes. Traditional Indonesian recipes from different regions of the country were brought in by the Jalan Jalan team. Since 2017, Locavore is tasked to look for more traditional ingredients in the country while Nusantara is tasked to look for traditional recipes.
Nusantara’s kitchen is being led by Balinese chef, Putu, who is committed to preserving and celebrating traditional Indonesian cuisine and give guests from around the world the authentic Indonesian food experience.
One of Nusantara’s bestsellers is the Tambus Gurita, originally from Tabanan in West Bali. Tambus Gurita is a smoked octopus dish topped with Indonesian herbs. Another favorite from the restaurant’s vegetarian selection is the traditional Pepaya Kuah Kuning, a young papaya dish cooked with chilies, ginger, and kaffir lime.
Nusantara also holds cooking classes every Tuesday and Friday, led by Chef Putu. The cooking class has two sessions: the Morning Adventure and the Full Adventure. Guests have the chance to experience cooking traditional Indonesian dishes and picking out fresh ingredients from the Payangan Market. The Morning Adventure starts at IDR 425,000 ($29.75USD), while the Full Adventure starts at IDR 725,000 ($50.76USD).
Book your reservations online for dinner here or you may call +62 3619 729 73 for lunch reservations.
Book the Morning Adventure here and Full Adventure here. There is a minimum of two guests for each class.
Hours: Lunch Tuesday to Saturday 12nn-2:30pm
Dinner Monday to Sunday 6:00pm-10:00pm
Dress code: Casual; Alcohol-branded clothing, singlets and beachwear are not allowed
Asian Fusion | Fine Dining | Seminyak
Kilo is a group of restaurants that originated in Singapore. Kilo Bali became one of the first international endeavors of the company. This restaurant in the district of Seminyak opened in September 2014 and has been serving signature Singaporean dishes since. Kilo also serves specials using locally sourced ingredients.
The soulful music complements the minimalist interior and modern architecture of the restaurant. One of the restaurant’s bestsellers is the hearty Cream of Ebiko Pasta, topped with smelt roe, tiger prawns, and spring onions. The BBQ Pork Rib and Seared Scallops are also must-try.
For reservations, you may call +62 812 4616 7618. Reservations are only for groups of 8 and above. Smaller groups are welcome to walk in.
Hours: Brunch 8:00am-2:30pm
Dress code: Casual; Beachwear are not allowed
Italian Pizza | Casual Dining | Canggu
If you need a pizza fix while in Bali, Pizza Fabbrica in Canggu is a must-visit! This place is popular among locals and tourists for the restaurant’s amazing pizzas and panzerottis. Pizza Fabbrica serves fresh-from-the-oven thin crust pizza, probably one of the best on the island. Pizza Fabbrica is owned and managed by an Italian guy named Luigi who hails from Puglia in Italy.
Try out their Pizza Margherita, thin-crust topped with just the right balance of sauce and cheese baked to perfection. This restaurant is perfect for solo travelers, families, and big groups.
Dress code: Casual
Hope you enjoyed my top 5 restaurants in Bali and let me know which one you would try first in the comments below.
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