Trying new cuisines is one of the best parts of travelling.
Eating is such an important part of our culture, empires are built over dinner, life problems solved over brunch. So why is it when some of us go on holiday we head straight for the first British pub/restaurant we see? When travelling to far flung destinations (or even holidaying in Spain) eating the local food is a massive part of enjoying the culture you are visiting!
I love Indonesian food & our visit to Bali was a great excuse to eat our way through this incredible culture. We only visited a few regions and a few of them were quite remote so this guide is centred around Seminyak.
Sisterfields – There is a good reason for the daily queue outside Sisterfields, the food is amazing, the atmosphere is fun & the staff are lovely. An all round great spot for breakfast, brunch & lunch. A nice mixture of western food with an Indonesian twist, you would be forgiven for thinking you were on the sunshine coast in OZ! Try their fresh juice & Acai bowl for breakfact. For lunch the falafel & the polenta fries were some of my favourites but the avocado toast was out of this world & was perfect for any meal! Be prepared to wait for a table.
Revolver Espresso – Coffee at it best, we went back here a number of times to grab iced lattes & cappuccinos to go. We stayed once for brunch & whilst the food was lovely (the smith & wesson is delightful) the venue is very small so it can feel pretty cramped, it’s also pretty dark with one window so my advice is to grab a take out & head to the beach for breakfast!
Grain Espresso – Who knew we would drink so much coffee in Bali? Try the Indonesian chocolate mousse with your coffee, it’s unforgettable. The perfect pit stop.
Earth Cafe – Now this is a shop & cafe rolled into one. The shop is full of organic beauty, recipe books, and jars upon jars of weird & wonderful food. The cafe is all organic, has a massive vegan menu & is environmentally friendly, using reed pipes as straws for example. I went for the vegan falafel & an almond, banana & date smoothie (which was a meal in itself) the food was lovely & on the way out we picked up some organic beauty handmade in Bali. Definitely worth a visit.
Mejekawi by Ku De Ta – This beach club is perfect for cocktails but the main restaurant in the back is well worth a visit after the sun goes down. Offering 5 & 12 course tasting menus the Indonesian restaurant incorporates western flavours into dishes that are incredibly moreish.
Potato Head – Need to chill out by the pool with some bangin tunes sipping cocktails? Potato head is the place for you! Make sure you get there early to grab a day bed as they go FAST! There are two resturants you can order from & eat by the pool (the bistro which is international cusine & an asian tapas bar called lilin) and Tapping Shoes which is more of a shoes & shirt sit in type affair, we never left our sun loungers so never made it to that one! I can attest that the pizza from the bistro is awesome & Rich assures me that the satay from Lilin was out of this world, unfortunately there wasn’t a veggie option so I missed out on that one! Make sure you try the cocktail that’s served in a shell, it’s moreish to say the least.
Saigon Street Food – Oh My God. We stumbled across this gem whilst walking back from Potato Head and the food is insanely good! There is nothing I can fault, even the limited veggie options wasn’t a let down as they just brought out dishes that weren’t on the menu! There was some aubergine roast thing that came with crackers (not on the menu) and it was honestly one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. Get the pumpkin & cashew dalet curry & the zucchini flower and tofu vietnamese roll, so so good. All the meat eaters thoroughly recommended the coconut grill, Rich is still adamant it’s the best fish he’s ever had.
Jungle Fish – This is an oasis in the jungle. Head for the day to relax by the pool, sip cocktails & snack on beautifully prepared food. We went just after breakfast & didn’t leave until well after dark! The mie goreng & the veggie satay were both lovely & the black rice pudding is a must try.
Motel Mexicola – Oh I love this place! I’d recommend a visit just for the decor alone; kitsch, vibrant & oh so much fun. The cocktails are great (strong too) and the food will have you coming back for more. If you are not a fan of Mexican food then go for a drink just to soak up the atmosphere. Rich thoroughly recommends the crab tastada & I basically ate my body weight in pumpkin tempura tacos & guacamole.
Moonlite Kitchen – You don’t get much better than a rooftop location at the beach. The Moonlite Kitchen serves Indonesian & Asian cuisine. Make sure you book in advance so you can get a seat on the balcony to watch the sunset whilst sipping their signature cocktails. The crispy tofu in black pepper sauce is delicious & the mantau buns are a must try.
Bambu – This place is beautiful, pools of open water with koi carp are throughout the restaurant, you even walk over a pool to enter! All the waiters are dressed in traditional Indonesian clothing and the service is impeccable, we had two waiters serving us and from how attentive they were it felt like we were their only table! To be perfectly honest I have no idea half the things I ate (it was our last night in Bali so I was trying to try as many things as possible!), the lime crackers are lovely and the veggie dumplings were a highlight. Make sure you make a reservation as this place is fast becoming one of the best places to eat in Bali.