DESTINATIONS

BALI : 10 TOP ( or NOT ) Restaurants

Here is a chart of 10 restaurants “tested and verified” during my last visit in Bali.

Check which one is the ultimate culinary dream and which give your taste buds nightmares…

 

10th : Velvet Club


Ok service, nice view from the roof top terrace but the food just terrible.

Seriously, it is better if you go to KFC downstairs. Velvet is more of a night venue so I assume, if you totally wasted, you don’t care anyway…and this is the concept I guess. My mistake I went during a leisurely walk in the afternoon.

Velvet is located on the rooftop of a Beachwalk mall near Kuta.

Good for: Having you very last beer of the night
Cuisine: International bar food

 

9th : Mosaic Beach Club Restaurant


Well…where to start…

Such a nice place, luxury private beach club, palm trees, swimming pools … but perhaps too high expectations.

Mosaic’s location is a bit remote but the full ocean views from the first floor restaurant just priceless especially during sunset. For me the experience is only memorable for two reasons…the amazing bread and the candles after the power went down.

Lousy service, food tasteless, disappointing and cold. It’s a real shame, as the place has so much potential.

Good for: the bread
Cuisine: a’ la minute creations from local ingredients

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Total bill for 8 people

 

8th :Potato Head Beach Club


Soooo busy…

Potato Head was packed thru the roof during my visit and waiting over 10minutes for my cocktail put’s me off.

It does look very nice, beach front location, infinity pool overlooking the ocean, decent quality food but the amount of people on top of each other just doesn’t ring the right bells for me.

It attracts party crowd, so if you want to show off your newest tattoo, some muscles or fancy bikini, while listening the latest tunes, this is a place for you.

Good for: to find out the new best abs exercise
Cuisine: Asian inspired and bar food

 

7th :Sardines


On the list of the best culinary experiences in Seminyak, so the expectations were high.

To be honest, it was good but didn’t blow me away. I already forgot what was I eating, despite great service, lovely airy white table setting and very pretty rice field in the back yard.

You need to book a table as it is very popular and put bit of an effort in to your outfit selection. Crowd is mix of all ages and quite stylish looking.

I wouldn’t go back again but I have had a nice time.

Good for: To wear your fancy dress
Cuisine: Seafood

 

6th :Motel Mexicola


Fantastic concept and so much fun…

The music and Mexican décor is actually much better than the food itself.

Everything is served as a tapas menu and size. I felt the prices aren’t reflecting the food you actually get. All of it was also very very greasy.

I would recommend for drinks and atmosphere 100%. But for the food go elsewhere.

Good for: To see 50 shades of tequila
Cuisine : Mexican tapas

 

5th :Earth Café


Convenient, quick and healthy…

Its handy location in the middle of Laksamana street in Seminyak invites you into simple setting full of interesting free-spirited guests. Good prices and honest good food.

I especially enjoyed the huge variety of smoothies and fresh juices.

It’s not a venue for posh dinner but satisfying “guilt free” meal which makes you feel good during the day.

There is really lovely little shop inside with organic products and cosmetics just in case you need to stock up on some healthy nutrition.

Good for: Get back the dream beach body
Cuisine: Organic & healthy / vegetarian

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Love the juice menu

 

4th :La Plancha beach shack


Very simple but very “feel good” place…

One of many bean bag beach shacks restaurant on the beach.

During the day just handy, cheap and cheerful Nasi Goreng place  to fill you up between surfing lessons and tanning.

In the evening, the best place to just casually watch the sunset, resting in comfy ( and bit dirty ) bean bags, sip Bintang, watch the sun goes down while someone trying to put together latest Ed Sheerans songs live.

You need to come at least half an hour before the sunset, as all bean bags fill quickly. Service is bit slow, but hey, you don’t rush anywhere so just sit, relax and enjoy one of the fantastically romantic Bali sunsets.

Good for: Decent food for good price, fresh coconut water and the most relaxing Bali evening
Cuisine: Mix of everyting

 

3rd :Vin+


For romantic dinner and very “ZEN” setting…

The bamboo structure is very stimulating and reminding you where you are. The restaurant is mostly outdoor and staff very attentive and pleasant.

Dishes are nicely presented and taste as nice as they look.

For some reason, this place never looked busy and it lacked on a good vibe, despite live music and good location.

I guess, sometimes you just need to escape from the noise of the Seminyak and this is certainly a very good escape option.

Good for: Candle lit romance
Cuisine: International bistro fare + 300+ types of wine

 

2nd: Biku


On Petitenget street and near Taman Ayu Cottage hotel.

I “tested” few times. Always busy. Always great. Staff always very helpful to find table for you. No need for reservation.

Food is a great quality and big portions. Former antique store turned restaurant offers cosy, living room like interior made of natural wood.

Happy, friendly crowd and feels like you can join in and start making you first vacation friends.

The best for re-fuelling before your big night out without spending a fortune.

Good for: To find new friends
Cuisine: Tropical comfort food

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Antique store like interior

 

1st: Ku de ta


Next to Oberoi Bali and right on the beach, so you can watch the picture perfect sunsets directly from comfortable chair while sipping your favourite cocktail.

I visited without reservation (not recommended) and the only free table available was on the first floor which offers 3 or 5 course set menu, prepared directly by the chef.

I still remember taste of the food, that good it was. And not just the great menu, but friendly service and creative food presentation made a night to remember.

It is definitely not a “economy” place, but I think you get what you pay for, which doesn’t always apply for other similar places.

To make sure I wasn’t just lucky, visited once more and with no reservation again (and again, not recommended). This time got a table on the ground floor and… perfect food, drinks and service. You don’t need to wait too long for your food even the place is packed and the music is great too.

To my surprise, the manager is from the same country as me…so it maybe helped a bit ☺ and they opened new extension…so you go and try it yourself.

Goof for : Memorable food and service you deserve
Cuisine: International cuisine with a Mediterranean twist

 

 

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