Mention picturesque vacation destinations, and Bali is probably the first place that instantly comes to mind. The Indonesian island has long been beloved for its golden beaches, crystal clear waters, vibrant culture, and abundance of wellness retreats. It’s also known for its rejuvenating spa treatments, and bustling nightlife scene. Indeed, Bali is pretty much the epitome of an all-encompassing holiday spot, with its variety of attractions catering to different groups of travellers.
One of the most popular areas in Bali is Seminyak, which is dotted with beautiful beaches, verdant rice paddy fields, and luxurious villas. It’s also a thriving enclave of food and beverage options, with excellent bars and eateries to be found at every turn. Whether you’re craving authentic babi guling (Balinese suckling pig), brunch staples like avocado and French toast, or experimental Asian-Western fusion fare, there’s definitely a venue for you.
Before you jet off for your next Bali getaway, check out our guide to 5 of the best Seminyak restaurants you need to visit this 2018.
With its arched white ceiling, wood furnishings, and glass windows that let in abundant light during the day, Merah Putih is one beautiful and breezy venue. It even brings the outdoors in by way of decorative trees and plants, which are placed near the tables. At night, the restaurant turns into a posh, dimly lit spot ideal for intimate gatherings and first dates alike. Expect Indonesian cuisine with a modern twist, with dishes such as Sumatran lamb loin, suckling pig with cassava leaves, and Makassar oxtail broth with egg yolk.
Merah Putih, Jl Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia 80361, +62 0361 8465950
Set in a 150-year-old East Javanese teak joglo, or wooden house, Biku is a restaurant and tea lounge serving up high tea and a range of Indonesian and Western fare. Its menu highlights include burgers, roasted cauliflower salad, nasi campur (a traditional mixed rice dish), and lamb curry. If you’re there for high tea, be sure to try one of its 50 different tea blends, which are sourced from China, Indonesia and India.
Biku, Jl Petitenget No.888, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 851 0057 0888
Focusing on French cuisine with an Asian spin, Teatro Gastroteque is a stylish fine dining restaurant offering prix fixe menus ranging from six to 10 courses. Its intriguing concoctions include foie gras with chocolate, duck with artichoke purée, and beef with cassava and baby carrot. There’s also a vegetarian set available, with options like carrot with gnocchi, and smoked mushroom ravioli.
Teatro Gastroteque, Kayu Aya Blok C no 1-2, Seminyak, Denpasar, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 361 8700078
Run by the same folks behind Kilo Kallang, Kilo Lounge and Camp Kilo in Singapore, this Bali outpost showcases an eclectic menu of Asian and Western dishes such as banh mi (Vietnamese style sandwiches), avocado toast, and tacos. We recommend the Balinese pork rice bowl, which is topped with a scrumptious and hearty mix of tender barbecued pork, sausage, sambal matah (a raw sambal of shallots, chilli and lemongrass), crunchy pork crackling, and a runny egg.
Kilo Bali, 22 Jalan Drupadi, Bali 80361, Indonesia, +62 812 4616 7618
If there were prizes to be given out for the most Instagram-worthy eatery in Seminyak, Nook would easily take the top spot. It is a picturesque venue located amidst lush greenery and rice paddy fields, so you can be assured of gorgeous views as you dine. The restaurant offers a repertoire of Indonesian and Western food, with options such as sandwiches, babi guling, and smoothie bowls.