The food is so cheap in Bali, we eat out almost every night. There’s so much choice and with the plethora of options available on Jalan Oberoi, aka ‘Eat Street’, it can be a bit daunting, so here’s my top ten restaurants in Seminyak…
Ultimo is an Italian restaurant that’s packed every night. There’s loads of tables so even if they’re full you won’t be waiting more than 5 minutes to be seated, in the meantime head to the bar and peruse the cocktail menu. Expect to pay around 50,000 rph for pasta dishes and pizzas, although they serve seafood and meets dishes as a slighly higher price but still great value for money. If you’re really on a budget get the Spaghetti Bolognaise for just 30,000rph (£1.50) or a small sirloin steak will only set you back 60,000rph (£3). The food is so good, we’ve already eaten here three times!
Naught Nuri’s certainly lives up to the claim of serving the best ribs in town. I’m not sure if anyone visit’s this upmarket warung and eats anything besides the ribs, as there’s a constant flow of BBQ soaked racks on the barbie. The seating design is great if you’re feeling sociable, you’ll be thrown onto a bench around a big table where the chatter is as free-flowing as the ribs. If we’re feeling naughty this is definitely one of our favourites. A (huge) rack of ribs will set you back 89,000 rph (£4.50).
3) Cafe Bali
This is another popular choice, it’s always brimming with the ex-pat crowd and is worth donning a nice dress for. The chic whitewashed decor makes you feel like you’re sat in a french eatery, try and get a seat on the colonial style balcony. The prices here are a tad higher than most of the places we usually dine in but there’s a lot more diversity on the menu with some of my favourites like sweet potato mash, Vietnamese spring rolls, creme brulee and French Merlot!
A must-do activity for tourists as they have nightly shows of traditional Balinese dancing. The branch is Seminyak is set in an open air courtyard, which makes for an extremely pleasant setting. They serve Indonesia, Western, Thai and Japanese food, so you’ll be spoiled for choice.
5) Babar cafe
This is a modern and sleek-looking cafe on the main road through Seminyak (Jalan Raya Basangkasa). We love their tapas menu, and although the dishes are really small they are very reasonable priced, ranging from around 8000 – 20000rph (40p – £1) We’d recommend you order 10 -15 between two. They also serve lots of yummy cakes for dessert including home-baked cheesecake and chocolate fudge cake.
Located on Drupadi this little cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Serving delicious wraps and salads, it’s also one of the few places I know of in Bali that serves sausage rolls and pies! And if you’re in the mood for dessert I highly recommend the heavenly strawberry Pavlova, but be warned one portion is plenty big enough to satisfy two very sugar-mad customers. Expect to pay around 40,000 rph (£2) for a wrap or salad.
KZU is situated on Drupadi and is a convenient place to stop for lunch if you’re in rush. It’s always packed but the canteen style serving means you’ll never wait more than a minute or two. There’s a wide selection on offer including cous cous, noodles, rice, curries, lasagna, salads, samosas etc. Everything ranges from 5000 – 20000 rph (25p – £1) we usually have around 4 different items/dishes at a cost of around 35000 rph (£1.70) each. It is also open for dinner and I’ve been told that they serve a mean Japanese curry!
8) The Bistro
Located on Seminyak hippest street, Oberoi, this is a must visit if you’re after a swanky dining experience. With vintage decor, a fancy list of cocktails and La Favela (a great late night bar on Friday’s and Saturday’s) right next door this is the perfect restaurant for a group of friends on a Friday night. I’ve heard the steaks are amazing and they’ve just been granted a Certificate of Excellent from Trip Advisor! Check ou the website HERE!
The Queens Bali story began at the end of 2004 when the first branch opened in Bali, but the story actually goes back a lot further than that to Jakarta in 1986 when Mr Ramesh and Mrs Sarita created Queens of India, Jakarta. Mr Ramesh had come to Jakarta from the Province of Sindh in the late 1940s during the partition of India. During early 2000, a lot of Jakarta-based Indian couples were choosing Bali as their wedding destination and requesting Indian catering from Queens of India, Jakarta. Queens would have to fly all of the cooking equipment, Chefs and staff over from Jakarta in order to accommodate these requests. Queens already decided that they wanted to expand in Bali together with Puneet & Neeta and open a Queens Indian Restaurant in Bali, which would also be able to take care of the demand for Indian wedding catering on the island. They looked around and chose a prime location in central Seminyak for their first restaurant. A curry here will set you back around 75,000 rph (£4)! View the full menu HERE.
We dinned at CHANDI on my birthday, after my boyfriend had forgotten to book us a table at Mamasan, as per my request. During the Christmas holidays a few of the best restaurants were fully booked so we were lucky to stumble into CHANDI and find a spare table at the last-minute. We certainly weren’t disappointed with the quality of the food. The dinner menu is comprehensive, so we ordered the ‘CHANDI Appertizer Tasting’ to ensure we tried as much as possible. The platter included mini dishes of Beef Rendang, Crisp Tempe Manis, Seared Scallops and a number of other delights. It doesn’t come cheap at 285,000rph (£14.40) for two. For main course I had Crispy Duck for 180,000rph (£9), which was served de-boned with baby spinach, bamboo shoots and spring onions. It was delicious and worth every penny. Overall, for our table of four the bill came to 2 million rph (£100 ) which included cocktails, so I’d recommend you save this one for a special occasion and be prepared to splash out to really enjoy what CHANDI has to offer.