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16 Places to Eat in Bali

June 18, 2012

Whether you’re craving authentic street food or fine dining, here are T+L’s top picks for dining in Bali. By Holly McDonald and Jen Lin-liu

Published on Jun 18, 2012

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Australian chef Will Meyrick’s Sarong (Jln. Petitenget 19x, Kerobokan; +62 361 4737 809; pairs Asian street-food inspired dishes with lavish surrounds, showing that top dining in Bali isn’t always about sea views since there aren’t any here. Start with a cocktail in the open-air bar, which flows into the more formal dining area.

Keen on something more casual? Meyrick’s Mamasan (Jln. Raya Kerobokan 135, Br. Taman; +62 361 730 436; is a bistro-style setting in a converted warehouse, again serving top-notch Asian dishes but at slightly lower prices.

The Warung
If you’re looking for authentic Balinese food in an upscale setting, there’s nowhere else like The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu (Jln. Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu, +62 361 848 2166;, which delivers simple classics such as ayam betutu (whole roast baby chicken in banana leaf) atop a cliff with soaring views across the Indian Ocean. Note the batik stamps worked into the polished surrounds.

It faces stiff competition from new Seminyak bar rivals these days but beachside KuDeTa (Jln. Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak; +62 361 736 969) remains a Bali institution and a must-stop spot for sunset drinks at least once during a visit to Bali. The cocktails are taken seriously here, with classics given a hipster twist—think Earl Grey martini or raspberry and cucumber and elderflower Collins—but don’t overlook the award-winning kitchen, either. The slow-roasted lamb shoulder, served with potato and rosemary galette, garlic greens and tomato relish, is a must-try.

Mak Beng
Decades-old Mak Beng (just off the beach on Jln. Hang Tuah, Sanur) is a hugely popular lunch spot in Sanur, where you’ll elbow locals out of the way for a dish of steaming fish soup and fried fish served with a fiery sambal.

Ibu Oka
Equally popular among locals but also a huge hit with tourists is Ibu Oka (Jln. Suweta, Ubud), famed for its owner’s take on Bali’s most celebrated dish, babi guling, or spit-roasted suckling pig. The crowds go through five or six delectably spiced pigs for lunch per day; pair one with a Teh Botol, Indonesia's popular sweetened jasmine tea, for a typical Balinese fast food meal with class.

The beachfront seafood stalls at Jimbaran Bay
It’s a rite of passage for anyone who makes it to Bali: a visit to the beachfront seafood stalls at Jimbaran Bay. Diners select their fresh seafood, including crabs, lobsters, prawns and squid, all grilled to perfection and served at casual tables on the beach. Though most stalls are reliable, one local favorite is Menega Café (Jln. Four Seasons Hotel, Muaya Beach, Nusa Dua; +62 361 705 888).

Naughty Nuri’s
You’re always guaranteed a raucous night of fun at the picnic tables of Naughty Nuri’s (Jln. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud; +62 361 977 547; An eclectic range of Western and Asian dishes make up the menu, but most come for the barbecued pork ribs and the cocktails. Anthony Bourdain stopped by on his way through Bali and proclaimed the martinis to be excellent. Thursday evenings are sashimi night, which attracts a friendly local crowd.

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