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Bali Basics – Best Places to Eat in Bali

June 29, 2015

We were pretty organised when it came to eating out in Bali.  There were eight of us travelling together so we had to be.  Living in Perth means we have travelled to Bali more than a couple of times & we were excited to try as many new eateries as we could this time.

We made a list of all the places we didn’t want to miss.  Then we divided the list & booked our party of 8 into all of the restaurants before we were left, most places will take bookings through their website, email or by telephone.  I suggest if you have more than four people & there’s somewhere you really want to eat in Bali, to you book before you go.

You can expect great food, drinks, service & atmosphere when visiting these restaurants.  But please remember that Bali is not Australia & what you expect from fine dining in Australia isn’t always what you will receive in Bali.  But, you are on holiday, relax & enjoy – I guarantee you will have an amazing experience!

This list is a selection of places we keep going back to & some that are new & exciting!  I have only listed here the places we loved.  We also ate casually in bars, on the beach & from local Warungs for a plate of delicious Nasi Goreng!  Bali is loaded to the brim with exciting, fantastic food, get out there & enjoy it!!

Where to Eat Bali

La Lucciola

La Lucciola wouldn’t let us make a booking but encouraged us to come along regardless.  This is a Bali institution & one of the few places we visited this trip that we keep coming back to.  It’s looking a little tired next to some of it’s newer competition, but with immaculate service, fresh food & drinks & a view to die for, it’s a place we keep coming back to.  Beautiful for breakfast!

Where to Eat Bali

Grocer & Grind

Grocer & Grind is old school Seminyak.  Once bustling with a queue out the door for breakfast, it’s sleek new rival Sisterfields on the opposite corner has taken away the crowds.  But we still love G&G for it’s huge breakfast menu & spot on coffee.  G&G will also deliver after 11am, they are open for breakfast, lunch & dinner – & also do a mean pizza!

Where to Eat BaliLa Favela

This was my first visit to La Favela & I would rate it as one of my all time favourite dining experiences.  Sure, my company was excellent, but the atmosphere & ambience of this place is truly amazing!  The fit out is completely whacky, designed to look like a Brazilian shanty town.  The food here is great, the service fine, but it’s the heart & soul of the fit out that won me over.  We spent time away from our table just wandering around looking at everything.  We came at night though, so I imagine a day time meal would be even more interesting!

Barbacoa is a huge, high ceilinged open space specialising in Latin American inspired BBQ.  We were greeted at the door by a very Game of Thrones looking pig roasting on a spit!  This place is noisy & full of atmosphere (We were a tad side tracked by spotting Michael & Lindy Klim also dining here).  It’s Latin American inspired menu meant lots of great tapas & wood bbq & it’s famous Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream!  The wine was great & we were waited on hand & foot by our fabulous wait staff.

Where to Eat Bali

Starfish Bloo at The W

Starfish Bloo offers an all you can eat & drink buffet like you have never seen before, every Sunday from 12 until 3pm.  There are different food & beverage packages you can purchase before you eat your way through the largest variety of seafood, roasts, Japanese, Indonesian & Desserts you have ever seen.  All the while having your glass topped up by your friendly wait staff.  As an added bonus, Starfish Bloo runs a gorgeous Kids Club out on the grass, so you can keep an eye on your kids as they are kept entertained, while you gorge yourself silly.  Located in one of the most picturesque locations in Bali, if you can’t afford to stay here, you can at least come & spend some time here pretending that you can!

Where to Eat Bali

Motel Mexicola

We dropped in here for lunch on a whim.  We’d been at the spa & shopping up a storm & had somehow managed to miss breakfast, so we were tired, hot & hungry!!  Jugs of icy cold Margarita’s & oh so fresh Quesadillas, Tacos & Empanadas.  All the while soaking in the Mexican kitsch super styling!  Ole!

Where to Eat Bali

Merah Putih

Visually amazing, we stopped in at this restaurant for lunch after a morning at the Day Spa, as you do!  The architecture of this place is breathtaking, light, airy & beautiful.  Our drinks were fantastic – the Moscow Mules being a highlight – we do love our cocktails!  This is their take on Nasi Goreng, it was seafood & fantastic for about $8 Australian dollars.  We could have sat here all day.

Where to Eat BaliMilk & Madu, Canguu

We visited Milk & Madu for lunch the day we visited Canguu.  It came highliy recommended by several friends so we were really excited to visit.  Friends had boasted Milk & Madu had the best burgers in Bali & those of us that ordered them found them hard to fault.  I had a Falafel Tortilla with salad, just because I felt like I needed something healthy after all this eating!! Laden with healthy & delicious meals, cakes & beverages, Milk & Madu is the perfect place for a cruisy lunch.

Mama San

A perennial favourite, you’ll definitely need to book if you want a table at Mama San.  It’s a great tip to arrive ahead of your booking because you’ll want to spend time upstairs at the bar, the cocktail list is amazing!  The food here is out of this world Asian fusion & the service here is outstanding.  I would highly recommend Mama San for a night out to anyone visiting Bali.

Where to Eat Bali

Ginger Moon

Ginger Moon is on the main Eat Street in Seminyak & offers a modern Indonesian menu.  We took advantage of it’s Banquet menu which meant we all got to share & try a bit of everything.  Ginger Moon also serve cocktails in jugs which is also a great deal, if  you can all agree on the cocktail!  They have some really fantastic chilli infused cocktails here & the food here is excellent.

So much deliciousness!!  Have you eaten anywhere in Bali that you loved & should be on this list?  I’d love to hear about it for next time!

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