Bali Food Trip: 10 Restaurants Worth Traveling For

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When it comes to food destinations in Asia, Bali is probably not one that would spring to mind first. Places like Bangkok, Taipei, or Osaka would typically pop into the conversation—but not Bali. Perhaps it’s the lack of knowledge about the local cuisine, which is far less explored compared to those of the cities abovementioned. Perhaps it’s the abundance of foreign concepts, brought about by the massive influx and the diversity of tourists in this island. But whatever reason it is, it doesn’t mean that Bali doesn’t have restaurants to take pride in. On the contrary, you will find here some of the most well-polished, well-thought-of concepts whose interiors will put those of other Asian destinations to shame; whose food can compete easily with other more popular places.

I truly believe that Bali is the King of Vibe, and that in any restaurant you go to, there’s a certain ambience that just hypnotizes you and makes you fall in love. Below, I have listed down 10 of the best restaurants I’ve tried in Bali—and I included them here not just because of the vibe, but also because of the food. I am keen on trying more of the local offerings next time, but for now, here’s a list from both the east and the west.


1. La Favela (Seminyak)

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La Favela, probably the most beautiful establishment in Seminyak, is perhaps more popular for its parties inspired from 90s’ underground scene; however, visiting this hotspot during the day gives you a chance to bask in its amazing ambience while enjoying incredible food. Pick a seat amidst its indoor gardens, beside an artificial pond, or on the rooftop, as you share some tapas with friends—perhaps a Gourmet Pizza topped with rucola, parma ham, cherry tomatoes, feta, and grana padano? Their signature drink, the Favela Breeze, is light and refreshing, made with vodka, peach liquor, and dragonfruit. Whether you’re looking to party or simply hungry for amazing bites, a visit to La Favela is warranted. Drop by before the crowds pour in.

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2. Bukit Café (Uluwatu)

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Cafés thrive in Bali, especially those serving vegan and vegetarian options and catering to Westerners and surfers. In Uluwatu, Bukit Café lures guests with its generous portions, beautiful dishes, and healthy choices. There’s an a la carte menu comprising everything from burgers to all-day breakfast plates, and then there are specials which feature seasonal produce. The Chicken Burger comes in a hefty size—grilled chicken breast is topped with avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, and mozzarella. The Beef Fajitas come with the most delicious tomato salsa and sour cream, while the Tuna Burger uses striking squid-ink buns. One of our best meals in Bali.

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3. Bebek Joni (Ubud)

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The online reviews for Bebek Joni are so varied—some people absolute hate it and found it a tourist trap, while others truly enjoyed the food and the amazing view of the rice paddies. Thankfully, our visit was on the positive side! I loved the Crispy Duck (Bebek Goreng), which is Indonesian-style duck similar to the French confit. Served with urab (steamed string beans with spiced grated coconut), sambal, satay, and steamed rice, it was delightfully crisp on the outside and juicy, fatty, and moist inside. If you have spent several days in Bali and you feel like skipping local fare, you can order some Western food from their menu, such as steaks.


4. La Plancha (Seminyak)

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Known as one of the best sunset spots in Seminyak, La Plancha is a must-visit when in Bali. With its rugged, up-cycled painted wood elements, colorful beanbags, and Balinese parasols, it’s truly hard to miss. What tourists probably don’t know, however, is that this place also serves great food. The Chiringuito-style restaurant serves cocktails, beers, and tapas—I love the Gourmet Burger: premium beef topped with caramelized onions, red bell peppers, white cheddar, and arugula, sandwiched in a brioche bun. If you feel like trying something lighter, go for the Sunset Sliders, with 3 types of filling (beef, fish, and all-veggie), or the delicious Tuna Tataki. Finish off with some Raspberry Panna Cotta, and of course, some cocktails or Bintangs.

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5. Naughty Nuri’s (Seminyak and Ubud)

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The Balinese are big pork lovers—and Naughty Nuri’s, a warung well-known for its pork ribs, is a clear indication. A visit by Anthony Bourdain propelled this restaurant to fame, and if you wish to dine here, you might find yourself falling in line for a table. The wait is worth it, however; the ribs are so good! The meat is so tender and fall-off-the-bone, and the sweetish, tangy, sticky sauce, made with Balinese spices, is superb. We thought we could get away with not eating rice since we ordered some delicious Truffle Fries too, but we found ourselves ordering extras. The grilled chicken skewers (Nuri’s Satay) are hefty and tasty, especially with a squeeze of lime. Coming back next time for their signature martinis!

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6. Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen (Seminyak)

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You can’t leave Bali without trying babi guling—or the Balinese suckling pig (in the Philippines: lechon). This traditional dish, prepared by stuffing a whole pig with herbs and spices and spit-roasting it, is widely consumed in the island. In Seminyak, one must try Babi Guling Pak Malen along Sunset Road. There are no menus; you just line up and tell them if you want the regular or the spicy. One set has pork in different forms: the babi guling, a satay, a skin crackling, crispy fat bits, a tendon puff, and lawar with minced pork. Word of caution: the regular one is still a little spicy from all the sauces from the side dish! Oh, and make sure you buy some pia to take home—they are mooncake-like pastries that are super delicious!


7. Urbana (Ubud)

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If you wish to dine somewhere with an intimate, somewhat romantic atmosphere, Urbana Restaurant & Bar in Ubud is the place to be. But not only is their ambience great, the food also speaks for itself. Offering both Asian and Western dishes, Urbana has something for every craving. I highly recommend the Nasi Campur if you wish to sample a variety all in one plate: there’s ayam (chicken), satay, sambal, urab, rice, hard-boiled egg, tempeh, tofu, and lawar, a dish made of mixed vegetables, minced meat, and coconut. The Nasi Goreng is solid and reliable, and they serve pretty good cocktails too. Urbana is definitely worth the splurge after a long day of sightseeing around Ubud.


8. Ant Coffee Roastery (Ubud)

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We stumbled upon this quaint, cute café by accident—we were so exhausted after walking under the midday sun at the Campuhan Ridge Walk and we decided to look for something to drink. Our criteria for choosing the place? Whichever is empty. Well, we were incredibly happy to have Ant Coffee Roastery all to ourselves! The small restaurant is so cozy and the staff, so friendly. The Nasi Goreng is so good, I ate two plates of it. I also got a side of delicious Dragonfruit Smoothie Bowl for good measure, LOL! As for the coffee, we couldn’t get enough of the Iced Latte and the Affogato!

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9. The Lawn (Canggu)

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If Seminyak is too crowded for you, a half-hour drive will take you to laid-back and hipster Canggu. Here, you can enjoy tasty bites and lovely drinks while watching Bali’s famous pink sunsets. At The Lawn, guests are forced to sit back and chill literally, with their big lawn filled with cushions and tables, oversized day beds, and an infinity pool. Their Truffle Four Cheese Mac and Cheese Balls are exquisite, perfect with an ice-cold beer. Cool off in the pool while having a negroni (highly recommended) or get your spirit of choice from their extensive list. The Lawn is a place you could enjoy with friends, family, or date—a must-try when in Bali.


10. Padang Jaya (Seminyak)

Originating from West Sumatra, padang restaurants are places serving cheap but delicious local food, mostly rice-based. If you’re keen to try curries and sambal dishes, the best way to do so is to assemble a party and head over to a padang eatery to sample a variety. We loved Padang Jaya in Seminyak along Camplung Tanduk. The beef rendang (slow-cooked beef curry with coconut milk, cumin, clove, nutmeg, turmeric, cinnamon, and a bunch of other spices) is insanely spicy but also incredibly delicious. The chicken curry is so tasty and addictive (and less spicy compared to rendang)—the perfect meal whether it’s lunchtime, dinnertime, or after a night of drinking.


What other places can you add to the list? Which one is your favorite?

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