Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Eating out when someone else does all the cooking and cleaning is even better. Many of my waking hours are preoccupied thinking my next fabulous meal so its no surprise that it is one of the things I look forward to most when away. Bali restaurants have come a long way since I first visited in 1988 and today’s traveller has their pick from a eclectic variety of eateries ensuring there is something for every taste. Over the years and multiple visits I have sampled many and shared my thoughts so that you can benefit from my trial and error. If you are looking for inspiration for your next meal in Bali you are in the right place as my Bali restaurant review roundup brings together 19 reviews all in one place. Read on for all the details …
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Bali Restaurant Review Overview
The Hubs and I have different views about picking a restaurant when we travel. He is a creature of habit and likes to return time and again to his favourites whereas I am always keen to try something new. Like any good marriage we compromise and do a bit of both. My Bali restaurant review roundup is broken down by areas, lists the dates we visited and covers the misses and well as the hits.
Rock Bar: Million dollar views and sophisticated cocktails are the order of the day at Rock Bar in the Ayana Resort. Not really a Bali restaurant review as it’s more drinks and nibbles but still well worth a visit. It gets busy so arrive early to bag the best spot and if the queue for the travelator is long take the stairs. Visited: July 2016 Average Cost: Cocktails AUD$18 Best For: Sunset Cocktails Try: Feta Saganaki & Lychee Martini. Full Review Here.
Jamie’s Italian: Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver has brought his famous chain restaurant to Bali. Just off Kuta beach and adjacent to the Hard Rock Hotel, Jamie’s Italian serves up all your favourites in a delightful space Visited: February 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$24 Best For: Consistent authentic Italian. Try: Flatbread, Pizza, Pasta & Polenta Chips Full Review Here
Un’s: One of our all times favourites, Un’s has a multicultural menu that touches on most cuisines. Un’s is in the heart of Kuta but you feel a million miles away once you step through the doors. We have NEVER had a bad meal here and the staff are so friendly. Visited: February 2016, June 2016 & July 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$12 Best For: Variety and quality. Try: Steak Au Poivre Full Review Here
Black House Burgers: Intrigued by the black bun phenomenon we were really keen to try Black House Burgers but maybe I am missing something because it didn’t taste a whole lot different to me. Visited: February 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$6 Best For: A quick bite. Try: Make Me Cry Burger Full Review Here.
Sheppy’s Bar & Restaurant: Aussie owned rustic bar serving great food at exceptional prices in the heart of Legian. There is a reason we keep coming back! Visited: August 2014, March 2015, February 2016 & July 2016. Average Cost Main: $6. Best For: A quick lunch on a budget. Try: Chicken Satay & Orange Crepes. Full Review Here.
Romeos Bar & Grillery: Located in the Ossotel Hotel towards the end of the Legian strip Romeos is an easy option for hotel guests. We dined twice and had very different experiences. The menu is varied and changes often. Visited: March 2015 & February 2016. Average Main Cost: $12 Best For: Room service at the Ossotel. Try: Romeos Burger. Full Review Here.
Holy Guacamole Mexican Bar & Grill: On Nyepi eve when everything else was closed Holy Guacamole was still serving hungry patrons quality Mexican fare. Visited: March 2015. Average Main Cost: AUD$8 Best For: When you need a change from Asian and Italian that dominates the area. Try: Chicken Fajitas. Full Review Here.
Yogis: On Jl Legian, Yogi’s orange exterior is hard to miss and looks underwhelming from the front but venture out the back to the open air courtyard for better ambiance. A large menu offers something for everyone and the glass kitchen means you can watch your food being cooked while you wait. Visited: March 2015 & February 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$5 Best For: A little bit of everything. Full Review Here.
Bella Italia: When Hunger strikes late at night there are few options available in Legian but you could do far worse than grabbing a pizza at Bella Italia. Highly rated on Trip Advisor, Bella Italia was almost deserted when we visited at 11pm for a late dinner and I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality. Visited: July 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$10 Best For: Late night cravings. Try: Pepperoni Pizza. Full Review Here.
Bella Vista Cafe: Great Trip Advisor reviews drew us to Bella Vista for lunch. We were slightly disappointed with our pies for lunch but the onion rings saved the day. Visited: February 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$6 Best For: Coffee (apparently!). Try: Onion Rings. Full Review Here.
Hitana: The beachfront location makes for fabulous views at sunset and two for one cocktails appeal. Great ambience as you would expect from the in house restaurant at the upmarket Hotel Niksoma. Visited: August 2014 & March 2015. Average Main Cost: AUD$10 Best For: Dessert & cocktails. Try: Fruit Crepes. Full Review Here.
Leis Indonesian: Stunning beach front location at the front of the Legian Beach Hotel, Lei’s will satisfy yoru cravings for great cocktails and Indonesian fare. Visited: August 2014 & March 2015 Average Main Cost: AUD$15 Best For: Large variety of Indonesian dishes with excellent views. Try: Sepat Ayam. Full Review Here.
Mozzarella By The Sea: We loved Mozarella on our first visit and couldn’t get enough but were sorely disappointed the second time around. We haven’t been back since as we are a little gun shy. Mozzarella is a chain and there are another four restaurants nearby which I might be tempted to try. Visited: August 2014 & March 2015 Average Main Cost: AUD$15 Best For: Views at sunset but the food is hit and miss. Try: I’m reluctant to recommend anything after our last visit. Full Review Here.
Seaside: A friend recommended Seaside and given it was close by we decided to take a chance. I couldn’t fault my pumpkin ravioli and The Hubs’ steak was great but it was let down by the sides. The views at sunset are hard to beat. Visited: March 2015 & February 2016 Average Main Cost: AUD$15 Best For: Sunset views. Try: Pumpkin Ravioli. Full Review Here.
Benno’s: Location. Location. Location! Right on the sand and perfect for lunch. Overall we were pleased with the food but a little attention to detail could have lifted it to a whole new level. Visited: February 2016. Average Main Cost: AUD$8 Best For: Beach side ambience. Try: Nasi Goreng Full Review Here.
Frankensteins Laboratory: If you are looking for something a little different Frankensteins could be right up your alley. The food was a little sub-par but the atmosphere, the show and the band more than makes up for it. You can even dance on the tables and get your face painted. Visited: July 2016. Average Main Cost: AUD$10 Best For: Drinks & Dancing. Try: Something other than what we did. Full Review Here.
Bambu: Something a little bit special off Seminyak’s main eat street, Bambu’s all Indonesian menu cover Bali, Java, Sumatra and more. Impeccable service, a delightful setting and a thougful menu is as close to fine dining as I have experienced. Visited: February 2016 & July 2016. Average Main Cost: AUD$18. Best For: A romantic dinner date. Try: Street Style Pancakes. Full Review Here.
Warung Kultur: Hidden in a Seminyak back street and overlooking a rice paddy Kultur is an unexpected treat. The dining room is small and a fine reputation means it fills up quickly. The tight menu offers predominately Indonesian fare with a few western options thrown in. Visited: July 2016. Average Main Cost: AUD$6 Best For: Superb hip pocket friendly Indonesian cuisine. Try: Spring rolls. Full Review Here
Melting Wok Warung: A must visit when in Ubud, Melting Wok is a micro warung with only eight tables which are always full. Exceptional curries and even better desserts. Put this one at the top of you list. Visited: July 2016. Average Main Cost: AUD$5 Best For: A relaxed meal with exceptional flavour. Try: Cocoa Crepe. Full Review Here.
If you are visiting Bali and keen to do something a little out of the ordinary my list of unexpected things to do is perfect for you. First timers should also read my Bali basics post and check out my tips on scoring a bargain flight.
Which was your favourite Bali restaurant review? Are you keen to try any of these? Let me know in the comments below.
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Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored. I paid for all the meals in my Bali restaurant review round up and as always all opinions are my own.
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