If you love food then Bali is an ideal place! From the humble warungs to five-star hotel restaurants, Bali restaurants offer a dizzying array of local and international cuisine. Without a doubt, Bali brings a diverse selection of flavours and a relaxed, party attitude to match! The island’s colorful art and culture scene paved the way for unique culinary treats and impressive menus. In today’s post, Bali Kids Guide is dishing out the best restaurants in Bali where you can get a real taste of authentic Balinese culture:
#1 Bebek Bengil
Jalan Hanoman, Padang Tegal, Ubud
Bebek Bengil is one of the oldest cultural restaurants in the whole island. Opened in the 90s, Bebek Bengil has since become an iconic attraction in Ubud. Bebek Bengil literally translates to “Dirty Duck Diner,” a reference to the restaurant’s specialty, smoked duck. The house specialty must be ordered 24 hours in advance because the duck is smoked for a whole day! The slow cooking process leaves the skin crisp while the meat tender and succulent! If you love duck then this is the best place to go. Most of Bebek Bengil’s menu features different variations of duck dishes.
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#2 Mozaic Restaurant
Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud
Mozaic Restaurant is not your average cultural diner. It’s like a culinary laboratory run by passionate foodies who are not afraid to explore the fringes of gastronomic innovations! Featuring fresh, organic ingredients, Chef Chris Salans and his staff whip up a world of unique, sophisticated flavors that will leave you wanting more! Chef Salans is a Paris-trained chef who opened the restaurant in hopes to introduce cultural flavors to the most discriminating of palates. It helps that Mozaic Restaurant was named one of the 50th best restaurants in Asia by San Pellegrino. The place is always packed thanks to the numerous awards and distinctions it received since it opened its door in 2001.
#3 Lamak Bali
Jalan Monkey Forest, Ubud
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Combining culinary innovations with traditional Balinese traditions, Lamak Bali is all about giving modern Asian and European cuisine a flavorful twist! The word “Lamak” is a Balinese term that means “a carefully crafted element of sacred offerings,” and that’s what Lamak Bali is all about! Lamak Bali is setting the bar high to create world-class cultural delights!
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Lamak Bali is named as one of the best restaurants in Bali by Tatler, not once but twice. This is proof that Lamak Bali brings its A-game in Bali’s extremely competitive culinary landscape.
Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Br. Taman
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Let Chef Will Meyrick take you back to colonial Britain! Mamasan brings glamor and sophistication to Bali’s culinary scene. Mamasan brings together well-loved traditional cooking techniques and new culinary concepts to create a mouth-watering array of flavors!
In literal terms, Mamasan refers to a madam in Asian gentlemen’s clubs, a figure of power and distinction that lords over the night. Mamasan Bali is inspired by Shanghai in the 1920s when it was a colony of Britain. The warm, inviting décor evokes old world glamor. And when it comes to food, Mamasan is definitely diverse. The menu features a combination of authentic Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Malay, Singaporean, Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese dishes and fusion cuisine.
#5 Naughty Nuri’s
Jalan Batubelig, #41, Kerobokan, Denpasar
If you love pork and street food then you are in for a treat! Naughty Nuri offers a mouthwatering selection of street food tweaked slightly to satisfy your big appetite. This highly successful warung is crazy about pork and their wicked ribs are to die for! Naughty Nuri offers everything from sausages, satays, stews and everything else in between! Definitely one of our favourite Bali restaurants!
#6 Sea Circus
22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd], Seminyak, Bali
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Initially known for their delectable coffee selections, Sea Circus is slowly gaining popularity as one of the best Bali restaurants. Here, people can just sit back and relax, enjoy the food and perhaps explore every nook and cranny of the restaurant! The vibrantly colored interiors perfectly complement the multicolored façade attracting locals and tourists alike.
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Also, people flock the Sea Circus for its amazing sirloin steak that comes with sides of hand-cut chips. The restaurant is also known for its house special, the Herdy’s cheeseburger. The Herdy’s cheeseburger is made up of prime cut Australian ground beef patty, five secret spices and a generous helping of cheddar cheese! The burger is topped with loads of tomato, lettuce, tomato sauce, Dijon mustard, and mayo! The Herdy cheeseburger is no lightweight, but it’s worth all the calories, trust us!
#7 Bali Asli
Jalan Raya Gelumpang, Gelumpang village, Amlapura, Karangasem, Bali,
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Bali Asli is a stickler for organic, local ingredients. So every dish is 100% made from scratch using locally grown produce! And there’s a lot of work that goes into every meal. The restaurant is all about presenting the best of what Balinese culture has to offer through food. Their primary policy is to maximize the resources provided by locals without taking advantage of them. The people behind Bali Asli has partnered with local farmers and fishermen in the area to provide fresh ingredients straight to them. Because Bali Asli is located in the sacred mountain of Mouth Agung, diners are treated to amazing foods and a sweeping view of Gelumpang’s picturesque rice paddies.
They use traditional Balinese cooking techniques to prepare their dishes. Mud brick stones are set atop wood fire to bring unique flavors and depth to the food they serve. They also offer cooking classes where participants are guided to local markets to learn more about local ingredients, spices, and produce.
Midnight, Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, Bali 80361
Lilin provides a chic and relaxing atmosphere to its diners. The place is decorated with traditional Balinese designs punctuated by chic, modern decors. Although Lilin is known for its romantic, intimate atmosphere, Lilin is also one of the most family friendly in this list of Bali restaurants
Lilin is perfect for foodies who want to sample authentic Asian cuisine. The restaurant specializes in roast duck red curry cooked with aromatic spices! The menu us quite diverse but one thing you can expect from this restaurant is that the food will knock your socks off!
#9 Merah Putih Restoran
Jl. Petitenget No.100x, Kerobokan, Denpasar, Bali 80361
Indonesia is a largely family-centric country and this tradition is reflected in Merah Putih Restoran. Like lots of Bali restaurants, Merah Putih Restoran doesn’t just promote dining as a family, the whole décor is meant to bring the family together and share happy memories and good food! The menu is divided into two categories: traditional and contemporary dishes. The traditional dishes are comprised of home-cooked house specialties while the contemporary menu is all about experimenting with local flavors. To highlight the diversity of the local culture, Merah Putih Restoran offers Chinese, Indian, and South East Asian cuisine!
Enjoy these Bali restaurants!
And finally.. get out there, and enjoy Bali’s incredible restaurants! All Balinese restaurants are happy to receive families but if you need a highchair, have a little escape artist, or have special dietary needs be sure to scope things out according to your family’s needs. All the Bali restaurants mentioned in this post will be very happy to meet your kid!