Bali Best Restaurants 2014

Top 10 Restaurants in Bali

Selecting Bali best restaurants in a wealth of world-class dining venues that offer a great range of cuisine in terms of region and sophistication is a real challenge. The best restaurants in Bali often feature unique locations with awe-inspiring views and artistic interiors. Over the years, Bali has evolved with each wave of visitors and is now truly a first-class dining destination, where the world’s most innovative and talented chefs can be found.

Here we have gathered the best restaurants in Bali - the finest dining spots the island has to offer, so whether you are looking for a fine dining venue to celebrate a special evening as a couple, or looking to revel in a friendly place with friends and family, we have all the very best Bali restaurants here for you to start off with.

Locavore (Ubud)

Locavore became famous and made it to best restaurant in Bali for its unique approach to international cuisine, using locally sourced produce, and mostly due to its delectable and innovative creations by two former chefs of the five-star resort Alila Ubud. Bookings are essential for securing one or more of the restaurant’s only 30 seats. Step inside the sleek and modern interiors, featuring goatskin covered chairs and wooden tables, and walls adorned with photos of organic produce – not too pretentious, because it’s all about the well-crafted wholesome meals that come out from its open kitchen. Ideal for couples, and family and friends to share, they have a tasting menu with wine as well as five to seven-course degustation treats. Among the main courses are raw Japanese amberjack on watermelon with watermelon gazpacho foam, barramundi with vanilla-infused Hollandaise, and slow-braised oxtail with caramelized shallots. Desserts are also heavenly.

Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique (Ubud)

Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique was the groundbreaker for Bali’s fine dining scene, basically putting the island on the world’s map of destination dining. The restaurant is open for dinner only and bookings strictly essential. Long regarded as among the best restaurants in Bali, its great success led to chef-owner Chris Salans’ decision to reach its fans on the island’s south with the luxurious restaurant and beach club in Seminyak. Mozaic showcases Salans’ innovative approach to French cuisine that inspired many other chefs, incorporating local and exotic Balinese ingredients through a varying menu. The dining experience at Mozaic is a private one, with a tranquil tropical garden and lounge tucked away in Ubud’s quieter north on Jalan Raya Sanggingan. Pre-dinner cocktails are served in a luxurious lounge with crystal chandeliers and plush sofas. Chef’s tasting menu comprises market-fresh ingredients such as blue fin tuna ‘tataki style’ and seared freshwater yabbies from Sulawesi. Read More...

Metis Restaurant and Gallery (Seminyak)

Metis comprises a restaurant, bar and lounge, gallery, boutique, wine cellar and private dining room and has won the hearts of foodies through its sensory dining experiences, making it one of the best restaurants in Bali. The menu presents French Mediterranean cuisine passionately crafted by chef and founder Nicolas “Doudou” Tourneville, and through a combination of five-star service in highly sophisticated layout and interiors, Metis is a must-try for lovers of fine food while in Bali. Open for lunch and dinner; a wide range of choices a la carte include delectable main courses such as yellow fin tuna meli melo and grilled pork chorizo, and heavenly desserts such as raspberry crème brulee and chocolate profiteroles. Be it dining, lounging or simply browsing through the fine hand-crafted jewellery and rare art pieces in its gallery, Metis is an experience to discover, with a special someone, or with friends. Reservations are necessary. Read More...

Mama San Kitchen, Bar & Lounge (Seminyak)

Mama San Kitchen, Bar & Lounge introduced a unique dining concept with innovative dishes inspired by the great cuisines of the Asian region. Chef-owner Will Meyrick gained much of his travel experiences trying out the different street foods and exotic dishes throughout various regions and imbued the menu at Mama San with them. Unsurprisingly, Will also happens to be the brainchild of the successful fine dining Sarong on Seminyak’s Jalan Petitenget. As one of the best restaurants in Bali, this venue sets itself apart from others with its cool, subtly-lit and elegant interiors on two levels that feature a retro style harking back to colonial 1920s-era Shanghai. Open the menu and you will find a bit of Burmese, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian and local Indonesian throughout the items. From the Vietnamese grilled minced pork belly in betel leaves or Thai beef salad with cherry tomatoes, you will have a great journey of tastes through the Asian region at Mama San. Read More...

Kayuputi (Nusa Dua)

Kayuputi is one of the luxurious signature outlets at the St. Regis Bali Resort in southern Nusa Dua, and one of the Bali best restaurants. The award-winning specialty fine dining beachfront restaurant offers a luxury dining experience with premium Asian-influenced haute cuisine and an appealing wine list to pair. The interiors are adorned with ‘wayang’ traditional shadow puppet ornaments, and the alfresco dining area with private gazebos border an impressive blue-tiled pool with ocean views. Open for brunch, lunch and dinner, Kayuputi features a la carte and lavish six-course degustation menus, the latter sometimes starting with unique creations such as slow confit of sweet prawn tartar marinated with Balinese sambal matah, and highlighting delectable mains such as light spiny lobster bisque, pan-seared black cod fish fillet, or its own version of Black Angus beef Rossini. Don’t forget the Bloody Mary, a true St. Regis legacy cocktail.

Teatro Gastroteque (Seminyak)

Teatro Gastroteque is a fine dining restaurant on Seminyak’s Jalan Kayu Aya, which is great for couples and special occasions. The classy restaurant promises a memorable dining experience with its fine French and Asian fusion, with creations from multi award-winning Indonesian celebrity chefs Mandif Warokka and Daniel Edward. Now one of the best Bali restaurants, its name was chosen to reflect its ‘theatrical’ approach to cuisine, showcased from behind an ‘open theatre’ kitchen and using the finest cuisine and techniques before its international audience. Chef Mandif uses a mix of local and imported products in his creations, and each dish is an intricate work of art, from thin Balinese crispy tuiles and extraordinary licorice bread served on volcanic stone, to elaborate mains and divine desserts. The experience is available a la carte, however seven, five and three-course degustation menus are available to provide you the full Teatro experience.

Sundara (Jimbaran)

Sundara offers luxurious beachfront dining on Jimbaran Bay, and comes under the patronage of the legendary Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay. As a Bali best restaurant, it is located at the northernmost end of the resort grounds, following the curvature of the bay, and has become a gorgeous additional feature to the beach, with its blue infinity pool and tree-shaded daybeds. Behind these are two of its main structures – the first houses a dedicated bar, an open-air dining area, and the second comprises Sundara’s lavish five-star dining and meeting facilities. Check out the all-day menu presenting a wide selection of cuisine, and the restaurant’s grill-house concept brings forth prime cuts and seafood. The combinations are also unique, such as half lobster and various sambals as well as tender grills with different spicy dips. The bar proudly presents cocktails mixed by one of the world’s leading cocktail authorities, mixologist Javier de las Muelas, who is also owner of Barcelona’s Dry Martini, one of world’s most influential bars. Read More...

Mejekawi by Ku De Ta (Seminyak)

Mejekawi by Ku De Ta brings a touch of fine dining to the winning Seminyak venue’s gorgeous beachfront setting. Mejekawi presents an innovative ‘kitchen and laboratory concept’, brought to you by three of Bali’s top chefs, Phillip Davenport, Ben Cross and Will Goldfarb. Joining the list of the best restaurants in Bali, it features an indoor and alfresco table setting on the top floor of Ku De Ta’s south-eastern wing, where diners enjoy their evening with splendid seven and 11-set course degustation menus. The dishes are prepared through high-technology and precision cooking methods that give the overall dining experience at Mejekawi its edge. Throughout your dinner, long-time Bali resident and part-time surfer Executive Chef Ben Cross throws in a couple of hidden courses that adds to the element of surprise. The kitchen is an open type centrally located in the main dining room. All of the dishes are extraordinary takes on local dishes; presentation is very modern and Western, and most of the time some selections surprisingly turn out tastier than the traditional, such as the ‘sop buntut’ oxtail soup and the ‘babi guling’ roast pork with smoked potato puree, urap vegetable mix and rendang jus. Read More...

Sardine (Seminyak)

Sardine presents a treat for your eyes and taste buds on Seminyak’s Jalan Petitenget. The venue comprises a gorgeous bamboo-beamed dining hall with platforms overlooking rice fields, where diners take in the view and enjoy tasty dishes from one of the best restaurants in Bali. The perimeter features leafy bamboo gardens, ponds, and Balinese-style garden ornaments with chequered parasols in its open-air chill-out lounge. The menu is a regularly changing one, with main ingredients sourced from the freshest morning catch in the fishing village of Jimbaran on the island’s southwest coast. Seafood-dominant, Sardine’s menu items to try include pan-seared scallops to grilled lobster or octopus – and most of all, the sardines, char-grilled with red ginger rice, baby Chinese cabbage and Japanese ponzu sauce. Read More...

La Lucciola (Seminyak)

La Lucciola is Seminyak’s legendary beachfront dining spot, enjoying a tranquil location and setting adjacent the landmark Petitenget Temple and right on the beach. Long regarded as one among the best Bali restaurants, it still retains its charm over the years, still being packed with diners almost every night of the week. There are two unique accesses to La Lucciola. The vast parking area beside the temple connects to the restaurant via a wooden bridge, with fire torches lit at sunset time; adding mystique to the entrance. On mornings and throughout the day, you can hop from the sand and over its well-manicured lawn straight into the dining hall. It is still one of the best restaurants in Bali from where to enjoy the beautiful beach scenery whilst sipping a cocktail and watch the Seminyak sunsets. Enjoy fine nouveau Australian cuisine, such as oysters topped with roe, grilled Black Angus beef tenderloin and more.


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