Best Restaurants and Bars in Bali
I’ve been living in Australia for the last two years and if there is a destination all Aussies love is Bali. The other month I decided it was time for me to visit this place, so I bought my airplane ticket, packed my bags and invited one of my girlfriends to join me.
She decided to make all the arrangements for us and plan the entire trip. The first idea that came to our mind was to experience the whole “Eat, Pray,Love” thing that most girls have in mind after watching the movie, but after the fourth day we realised we got stocked on the “Eat” part. And who could blame us after visiting the Best Bars and restaurants in Bali -according to us.
So here is the list of the places I think you shouldn’t miss if you are travelling to this wonderful destination:
- REVOLVER ESPRESSO:
Their menu is based on Western food and is probably my favourite coffee shop in the heart of Seminyak, is perfect for breakfast and a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. The food and service are outstanding, the staff is super friendly and there is not a dish you’ll dislike. The dessert bar is as good as the rest of the food -a bit dangerous if you are trying to keep that bikini body. Would highly recommend to go there before 10 if you don’t want to wait for a table because the place is completely packed most of the time – but believe me there is a good reason for that.
Cons: Long wait to get a table for breakfast.
You’ll pay around 11 AUD (8USD) for a full breakfast with a coffee or tea.
- MOTEL MEXICOLA:
Being a Mexican myself I can say that this place offers proper Traditional Mexican Food – never thought that I could find this treat in Asia. Not only the food takes you to Mexico, but the entire decoration is perfectly chosen to bring back memories from home. Even though the place is big sometimes is hard to move around or find a place to sit after 8:00pm. The drinks menu includes the Traditional “Michelada” – perfect drink to cure a hangover.
After dinner this place offers some nice music to have a couple of drinks and meet some people. Good place to party.
Cons: If your intention is to have a quiet night Motel Mexicola is not the place go. The music can be really loud sometimes and is hard to have a conversation.
My friend and I spent around 150 AUD for both (110 USD) for a very good dinner and several drinks.
- CHANDI RESTAURANT:
Offers traditional Balinese Cuisine and takes it tot he next level. It’s fancy look could be a bit intimidating for some travellers but don’t let that stop you from going in, specially if you are there between 4 and 6pm when it is “Happy Hour Menu and Small Foods” hour. The sizes of the dishes are actually small but the food melts in your mouth. The food and the drinks were so good that we decided to stay longer and have dinner there. If you love coconut as much as I do, then you definitely need to try their “Frozen Coconut Vanilla Rumballa” is the perfect cocktail.
Cons: Prices outside Happy Hour are a bit dear, you could easily spend more than 100 AUD between two.
- KU DE TA:
Not only a Beach Club to spend the day chilling by the pool and the sea but a great place to watch the sunset, eat dinner and have a few drinks. The menu includes a wide range of dishes that go from Balinese to Japanese to Italian, so there are a lot of options to choose from. Their cocktail menu is also very diverse and each one of them is definitely unique and worth trying.
They have different settings for each type of customer, so you could go as a family and sit on a nice table, or choose a pool bed to have a more romantic setting.
Cons: Definitely need to reserve your spot if you want to see the sunset there because the place is completely packed around 5.
We had several drinks, snacks and dinner there and the bill was around 200 AUD (150 USD) for the entire day.
- SINGLE FIN Bar:
The first thing to love about this place is the view, perfect for a sunset, to chill, have a drink and order the “Tomato & Olive Bruschetta” from the Menu -if you feel a bit peckish they are the perfect snack to enjoy with a cold beer and an ocean view. The place has several decks so you don’t have to worry about missing the sunset. They set a nice environment with the music they play, easy to enjoy if you go there by yourself or with a couple of friends. If you are a bit more active there is a path to go down the cliff and swim in the sea. Heaps of surfers there, so if you like it don’t forget to take your board and swimsuit with you.
Cons: If you are staying in Seminyak this place is not close, so you’ll need a taxi or shuttle service to get there and back. It is located in Uluwatu, which is about 45 minutes away from Seminyak.
The amount for a beer and a Snack is about 12 AUD (10 USD).
Nice restaurant located in the heart of Seminyak that serves a wide range of Western dishes, highly recommend for breakfast or lunch. The portions of the plates are very generous and could be easily shared between two. If you visit the restaurant do not miss out the polenta fries – Completely loved them!. The location is great if you want to spend the rest of your morning shopping as it is located almost in front of Seminyak square and just a couple of blocks away from Kayu Ay Market (Flea market).
Cons: Long waiting list at rush hours.
You’ll spend for a dish and a drink around 17 AUD (13 USD).
- GINGER MOON:
Another great spot to eat Balinese Cuisine is this restaurant; they have a great tasting menu that includes a wide range of delicious dishes to try. My friend and I were more that full by the time we got to the dessert. At the beginning you think they serve very small portions per dish, but believe me is more than enough for two. I would highly recommend trying this option it if you visit the restaurant. The staff was friendly and the place is very nice to enjoy a lovely dinner.
Cons: Need to book in advance to get a table.
Dinner for two including drinks was about 120 AUD (100 USD).
- LA FAVELA:
If you are looking for a place where you could enjoy a nice quiet dinner and then have a crazy night out without having to move around, then “La Favela” is the perfect place for you. The food is really good here – the baked Brie and bread platter is super good, the bread comes straight out of the oven and the cheese is just perfect. Before 9 the environments is pretty quiet and relaxed, you can have a nice chat and drinks before the craziness starts. Decoration is unique and something you shouldn’t miss.
After 10:00pm this place turns into a wild nightclub with people dancing and drinking to the rhythm of the strangest mixes.
Cons: When is time to change from restaurant to nightclub the staff take this seriously and moves the dinner tables and chairs without even asking. So don’t expect much courtesy from them and be completely prepared. If you are having dinner try to plan your schedule so you don´t get your table taken away while you are eating your dinner –NOT joking, they actually do it.
Also have your wallet ready because the prices of drinks rise to double or triple when it turns into a nightclub.
So if you are travelling to Bali or you are already there and wondering what to eat visit some of these restaurants and Bars, you won’t be disappointed.
Check my future blogs if you want more tips and recommendations for several destinations.