Sunday, December 3, 2017

Bali Food Guide

While writing this post I remembered just how good the food was in Bali. Super fresh fruit, the best plant-based meals, authentic Indo food and liters and liters of coconut water. If I could eat like this every day for the rest of my life I'd be a very happy girl. Two things you need to know about Bali restaurants: 1) there are way too many to choose from and 2) you'll always have a fantastic meal without breaking the bank. Our most expensive meal was around €50, three courses for two people including cocktails. This meant we feasted every day to our heart's content. I've got 16 spots I want to share with you today, in Ubud, Seminyak, and Uluwatu! This is part two of my Bali-series, so make sure to check out the wonderful hotels we stayed at. 
Bali Food Guide

UBUD

Uma By Como Kemiri 
As you read in my previous post about Bali hotels, this hotel was our favorite. One of the reasons is because the breakfast at Kemiri is absolutely amazing. They have a small but good buffet with fresh fruit, juices, and an a-la-carte breakfast menu with things like black rice coconut pudding, quinoa porridge, pancakes, avocado crackers etc. The breakfast is only available to guests but they sometimes do special events which also non-guests can attend. Uma Cucina is the Italian restaurant which is part of the hotel and is open to everyone. Also great!
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Bali Food Guide

Moksa Ubud
We tried a couple restaurants in Ubud but this one was our favorite. My pictures don't do the food any justice because this was one of the most refined vegan meals I've ever had. The chef, Made Runatha, was the world’s first Indonesian certified Plant-based Cuisine Chef after getting his education in the U.S. Even if you're not into plant-based food I can highly recommend coming here because you will rarely find a better (vegan) meal than at Moksa. And as with all places in Bali, the prices are reasonable too. 
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SEMINYAK

Café Organic
I'd say this is one of the "classic" Bali healthy-Instagram-blogger food spots. No self-respecting #foodie goes to Bali and doesn't go to Café Organic ;) (slightly exaggerated but you get the gist). If you like Açaï bowls, adorable latte art, fresh juices, smoothies, salads, healthy burgers etc., you'll love this spot. The service was a little off when we went, but the food was great!
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Bali Food Guide

Nalu Bowls
Another popular spot which you might have already seen on Instagram (these bowls have more than 100K followers!) There are three locations in Bali and a lot of pop-up spaces at other cafés. Super relaxed, friendly guys and really tasty ice-cold bowls named after the best waves in the world (Nalu means wave in Hawaiian). I liked it a lot, though in the end, it's just an Açaï bowl, so don't expect the world!
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Sea Circus
This little café is best known for its crazy colorful façade, so it's hard to miss this one. It's right next to the Colony Hotel, so we tried it on our last morning in Bali. The menu has a good amount of brunch options, and you can also come here at night for cocktails. Cute spot!
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Revolver Espresso
Supposedly the best coffee in Bali, I couldn't not try Revolver as a true coffee lover. Although the name might give you the impression that they only excel in espressos, they can make you literally any kind of coffee you like. I like my coffee best as a flat white with Bonsoy milk, Aussie style, which they had! I believe there are two cafés in Seminyak, of which one is SUPER tiny, hence the takeaway. Best coffee I had in Bali. 
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Sisterfields
We ended up going to this place three times during our stay in Seminyak, which kind of says it all. Sisterfields is an all-day café which reminded me a bit of Granger & Co. in London. Super friendly staff, a big menu with only good things and a bright and fresh interior. Our favorites: polenta fries (to die for) and the falafel zucchini salad. And don't forget to order a huge fresh coconut!
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Divine Earth
When we asked the chef at Moksa Ubud where we should go in Seminyak, he recommended this vegan restaurant. We went here for dinner and I would probably have rather gone for lunch because of the not super cozy atmosphere. The food, on the other hand, was absolutely delicious, I don' even know how they manage to make plant-based food taste so good. I highly recommend the pizza, one of their most popular dishes. Highly recommend for lunch!
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Earth Cafe & Market
This organic café & food shop is located on "Eat Street" in Seminyak. We stopped by here to get juices and snacks, of which there's an endless list of options. If you're into healthy food this is definitely a place you should check out. Stock up on snacks for on the road! You can also have proper meals here, of course, 100% plant-based. 
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La Lucciola
During our stay at Alila, we had dinner at La Lucciola since it's at walking distance from the hotel. It's one of those fixed values in the Bali restaurant scene, right next to the Petitenget Temple. The food is Meditteranean with some Asian influences, which seems to work quite well. We shared some delicious starters and pasta. The ocean view adds some extra points to the dining experience. 


Bali Food Guide

Bambu 
One night we decided to go for the more local Indonesian cuisine, in a beautiful setting at Bambu. The restaurant is semi-outdoor and looks incredible, great for a romantic dinner or when you have something to celebrate. I had a vegetarian tasting platter of typical local dishes. Everything is super flavorful and you can choose how spicy you want it. Loved this place!


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ULUWATU


Lucky Fish Bingin Beach 
There are several little restaurants on this beach (Kelly's Warung and Sun & Surf Stay are meant to be great), but we decided to go for the most "authentic" one. At Lucky Fish, they place little blue plastic tables right on the beach as the sun sets, which is also how you'll recognize this place. Choose from a few freshly caught fish options, and wait for your meal to be grilled over hot coals while sipping on a Bintang beer with your toes in the sand. To be honest, the hygiene level at this place is a little questionable, but in return you get a pretty unforgettable dinner experience. 

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Bukit Café
Another one of Uluwatu's highly rated eateries, which is located on a road between Bingin Beach and Padang Padang beach. I loved this spot because again, all the menu options sounded great, and my vegetable fajita bowl was delicious and so big! Nice breezy restaurant, friendly staff and plenty of space. Open all day!
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The Cashew Tree
Our favorite restaurant in the whole Uluwatu area, where we ended up dining twice since it was so close to our hotel. The menu is mostly plant-based and everything sounded so good I had a hard time choosing. One night I tried a veggie curry and the other night a big bowl filled with brown rice, vegetables, cashew cheese, tempeh etc. So so good, I could eat this kind of food every day. On Thursdays, they hold little concerts here which is a lot of fun! 
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Sunday's Beach Club
This is one of the more exclusive beaches, so while the food is not spectacular at all, I wanted to mention it anyway. You get a day pass to spend a full day on this piece of paradise (Rp. 300,000 with Rp. 150,000 food and beverage credit). It's kind of a tourist trap but we had a fantastic day here anyway!
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Single Fin
This is a surf spot, beach bar, restaurant and hang-out all in one. It's located on a cliff, so you get breathtaking views of the wave and the hundreds of surfers. They serve Revolver Coffee and there's even a Nalu Bowls bar. The "Sunday Session" is the most popular time to go, which is also what we did. Just enjoy the last moments of sunshine with an ice cold beer... this was one of my most blissful moments in Bali. 
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Other little restaurants we didn't get to try, but should be on your list too.
Seminyak: Bossman Burgers, Motel Mexicola, Milk & Madu, Shelter Café, Barbacoa, Watercress Café, Mamasan, Ginger Moon, La Favela, Ku De Ta, Happy Chappy
Canggu: Crate Café, Betelnut Café, The Slow, The Shady Shack, Old Man's, Peloton
Ubud: Clear Café, Locavore, Alchemy, Soma Café, Garden Café, Kafe, 
Uluwatu: Yeye's Warung, Warung Kelly, Be Ja Na

And the list goes on...


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