Wednesday, October 7, 2015

13 Recommended Eats in Bali (Seminyak & Jimbaran)

Bali being one of the most touristy islands in Indonesia, has a huge exciting mix of traditional, modern and fusion cuisine to satisfy every visitor. Seminyak in particular, offers numerous hip and trendy restaurants and cafes, with unique themes and decor, that rivals the dining scene of the cosmopolitan Singapore. Another bonus, our strong currency kept the prices of food here extremely affordable, even at upmarket establishments.

1. Gardin Bistro & Patisserie Bali

The most photogenic restaurant we've visited during our trip had to be Gardin Bali. The glasshouse garden and church theme restaurant and bar is beautiful from inside out, literally.

The food menu offers French, Western and Indonesian fusion cuisine. We ordered mains and appetizer, and also cocktail and mocktail for drinks. Everything was delicious, definitely recommended!

Orange Grove cocktail IDR 150k (SGD15)++ & Strawberry Peach Prairie mocktail IDR 55k (SGD5.50)++

Indonesian Chicken Wings IDR 65k (SGD6.50)++

Asian Stir Fried Chicken Pasta IDR 73k (SGD7.30)++

Classic Burger (American Style) IDR 118k (SGD11.80)++

Gardin Bistro & Patisserie
Jalan Petitenget No.106 Seminyak, Bali Indonesia 80361
Phone: +62 361 8499799
Hours: 1100h - 0000h
Free WiFi

2. The Bistrot

One thing about Seminyak is that it has way too many beautiful/unique restaurants. I had a really hard time trying to shortlist the 10 that I managed to visit. And Bistrot is another one with fantastic decor (Vintage theme) that I can't stop taking pictures of.

They serve a mixture of Western, Asian fusion and Indonesian dishes. Food was good, and reasonably priced (for SG standard). Recommended.

Healthy Juices, Clean Your Body & Vitamin C IDR 35k (SGD3.50)++ each

Lobster Pad Thai IDR 195k (SGD19.50)++

Fillet Mignon au Poivre Vert IDR 220k (SGD22)++

The Bistrot
Jl. Kayu Aya No.117, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 738308
Hours: 0730h - 0000h

3. Sardine

The restaurant, housed in a bamboo infrastructure overlooking endless rice paddy fields, serves up Western and Indonesian seafood dishes. Daily sourced fresh seafood and self grown organic ingredients are used in their food, and they taste really great. 

Try to go there just before sunset to enjoy the day view and the night view, which were both amazing.

Freshly Baked Complimentary Breads (Thumbs up)

Lychee Martini IDR 130k (SGD13)++

Coconut Water IDR 40k (SGD4)++

Amuse Bouche (Marinated Sardines)

Grilled Whole Fish Jimbaran Style IDR 220k (SGD22)++

Grilled Hamachi IDK 195k (SGD19.50)++

Homemade Sorbet (Green Mango, Pink Guava & Passion Fruit) IDR 40k (SGD4)++ per scoop

Jalan Petitenget No. 21 Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone:+62 811 3978 333
Hours: 1130h - 2300h

4. Cuca

This restaurant located in Jimbaran, offers tapas dishes made using local ingredients, and served reinvented. Dining experience in Cuca was like no other, it's modern unconventional dishes tease your palates in unexpected ways. Go with an open heart and be wow by the refined flavors!

Iced Rose Cocktail IDR 100k (SGD10)++

Ceviche IDR 90k (SGD9)++

BBQ Octopus IDR 100k (SGD10)++

Crispy Fried Chicken IDR 85k (SGD8.50)++

Roasted Tiger Prawns IDR 110k (SGD11)++

Grandma's Chicken Meatballs IDR 80k (SGD8)++

Claypot Chicken Rice IDR 65k (SGD6.50)++

Jalan Yoga Perkanthi Jimbaran, Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 708066
Hours: 1200h - 0000h
Free WiFi

5. Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie

Bali's version of Ladurée Patisserie, selling lovely french inspired cakes & pastries, coffee & tea, juices and also mains & small bites. Their desserts were really good. Do check your bill when making payment cos we're overcharged for a mineral water we didn't order.

Hazelnut Latte IDR 28k (SGD2.80)++ and Mocha IDR 30k (SGD3)++

Mrs Piggy (Strawberry Yogurt) IDR 38k (SGD3.80)++

Mango Coconut IDR 38k (SGD3.80)++

Bubblegum eclair IDR 32k (SGD3.20)++

Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie
Jl. Raya Kerobokan 10A Banjar Taman, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 7473138
Hours: 1000h - 2200h
Free WiFi

6. The Fat Turtle

Cheap and good little indie cafe serving brunch and gourmet coffee at pocket friendly prices. A cafe Mocha with latte art is ~SGD2.80++, even cheaper than McCafe in SG. Do check out their special Avocado Eggs Ben w/ Corn fritters and Matcha Churros, they were super addictive to snack on.

Mocha IDR 28k (SGD2.80)++ and Hot Chocolate IDR 28k (SGD2.80)++

Green Tea Churros IDR 30k (SGD3)++

Kaffir Lime Sweet Corn Fritters (Avocado Eggs Ben w/ Corn fritters base) IDR 55k (SGD5.50)++

Nicely done poached eggs.

The Fat Turtle
Jalan Raya Petitenget No. 886A, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 813 3737 4766
Hours: 0900h - 1800h
Free WiFi

7. Balique

By the same owners of The Bistrot, this restaurant has the same vintage theme with antique style furnishings, and a darker almost gothic vibe. Food was not bad but their spicy dishes aren't spicy at all (cos of their mostly western clientele).

Lunak Margarita IDR 95k (SGD9.50)++

Tom Yam Jumbo Prawn IDR 95k (SGD9.50)++

Fried Calamari IDR 70k (SGD7)++

Ikan Pepes IDR 95k (SGD9.50)++

Oriental Leg of Lamb IDR 155k (SGD15.50)++

Jalan Uluwatu no.39 Jimbaran, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 704 945 
Hours: 1130h - 2230h

8. Poule de Luxe

New kid on the block, they specializes in petits choux cream puffs in assorted flavors. Super delicious!  No wonder it is rank no.1 on tripadvisor just 4 months after it opens for business. We got a discount voucher from the Hog Wild restaurant across the street, it'll be good to dine there first before coming over.

IDR 100k (SGD10) for 6pcs

Poule de Luxe
Jalan Batu Belig No. 16D, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361 
Phone: +62 361 8475414
Hours: 1030h - 2300h

9. Hog Wild in Bali

The place to go for BBQ pork ribs. Their signature ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and well infused with yummy marinate sauce. This place can get busy at night so try to go in the afternoon, preferably on weekdays.

Mojito IDR 80k (SGD8)++

Porn Corn IDR 15k (SGD1.50)++ and Sweet Potato Fries IDR 28k (SGD2.80)++

Signature Pork Ribs (Full rack) IDR 119k (SGD11.90)++

Hog Wild in Bali
Jl. Batu Belig No.41, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8476722
Hours: 1100h - 2230h
WiFi limited to FB only

10. MAMA San

An upmarket modern Asian restaurant serving Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Burmese, Balinese cuisine with a contemporary twist. The settings here is very atas, even visiting the restroom there's someone who'd serve you towel after you've washed hands. For dinner service, advanced reservation is a must, they are fully booked on a daily basis.

Snapper Dumplings IDR 68k (SGD6.80)++

Roasted Peking Duck IDR 82 (SGD8.20)++

Siew Mai Bandung w/ Chilli Peanut sauce IDR 75k (SGD7.50)++

Roasted Pork Belly IDR 190k (SGD19)++

Chow Ming Noodles w/ Duck Meat IDR 140k (SGD14)++

Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Banjartaman, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 730436
Hours: 1200h - 1500h, 1830h - 0100h
Free WiFi

11. Livingstone Cafe & Bakery

Modern cafe serving All-day breakfast/brunch, tea/snacks and dinner. I went there just to try their special Taro Latte. It definitely didn't disappoint. We will be back again!

Mocha and Taro Latte IDR 33k (SGD3.30)++ each

Red Velvet 

Livingstone Cafe & Bakery
Jl. Petitenget 88x Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 4735949
Hours: 0700h - 2200h
Free WiFi for hotel guests only (Kokonut Suites)

12. Merah Putih

Photogenic restaurant serving modern Indonesian food. Ambiance is thumbs up, but food was so so only, maybe we ordered the wrong dishes? But then again, how to explain the poorly executed Nasi Goreng (a very basic fried rice dish). Not going back again.

Amuse Bouche (Fish soup)

Dragon Fruit Martini IDR 110k (SGD11)++

Jangkang, Soft shell crab, salted egg & corn sambal IDR 85k (SGD8.50)++

Perkedel Jagung Udang, Sweet corn fritters & prawns IDR 85k (SGD8.50)++

Fried Boneless Duck Popia IDR 95k (SGD9.50)++

Kangkung IDR 40k (SGD4)++

Nasi Goreng Bali IDR 85k (SGD8.50)++

Liquid Desserts, Cocktail & Tiny Sweets pairing IDR 65k (SGD6.50)++

Merah Putih
Jalan Petitenget No. 100x, Kerobokan, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8465950
Hours: 1200h - 1500h, 1800h - 0000h
Free WiFi

13. Made's Warung

The newest, but smaller, outlet located within the Bali Wake Park. Made's Warung is an established local restaurant serving traditional Balinese cuisine (since 1969). Our local guide suggested this place for lunch enroute to our next destination, during our half day tour. A relaxing place to savor authentic Indonesian food while watching people practice wakeboarding. 

The more popular branches are located at Kuta and Seminyak.

Hot Lemon Tea IDR 25k (SGD2.50)++ and Watermelon Juice IDR 30k (SGD3)++

Signature Nasi Campur IDR 45k (SGD4.50)++

Sambal Matah IDR 10k (SGD1)++

Made's Warung (Benoa)
Jl. Raya Pelabuhan Benoa No.7X, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 361 8468866
Hours: 0900h - 1800h

Br. Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: + 62 361 755297
Hours: 0900h - 0000h

Br. Seminyak, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: + 62 361 732130
Hours: 0900h - 0000h