Leaving the steamy southern shores one is really venturing into the unknown when it comes to food. Fine dining is not the top of the list when it comes to other attractions. But rest assured – there are places where you can enjoy a fine meal. Here are my three picks for a great meal, as you explore beautiful Bali.

Leaving the steamy southern shores one is really venturing into the unknown when it comes to food. Fine dining is not the top of the list when it comes to other attractions. But rest assured – there are places where you can enjoy a fine meal. Here are my three picks for a great meal, as you explore beautiful Bali.

Candidasa – Vincents

Named after Vincent Van Gogh, this cosy little place offers an intimate lounge bar with live jazz playing most Thursdays and a garden restaurant where the young chef Wayan has embraced the arts of fine cuisine. Try the fried Haloumi salad or better yet their beef pie. Strangely, considering the number of Australians who visit our shores, finding a decent pie is not an easy task. But here you can strike gold. People go to Candidasa just to enjoy their fine imported beef pot pie topped with a cloud of puff pastry and swimming in luscious juices. Their fresh fish and seafood dishes are also great. Desserts, cocktails, spirits and a range of imported wines are available to top off the pleasing experience.

Vincents, JL Raya Candidasa,
T:0363 41368
www.vincentsbali.com

On To Amed

Amed, once Bali’s “secret” destination is another story. Here secluded villas of the rich and reclusive are mixed with a few fine hotels, boutique hotels, and backpacker places, a glimpse of the village life that is fast disappearing in Bali and plenty of simple eateries specializing in juices and grilled fish.

But fear not if you are seeking something more.

Sails, which is already well established with a fine sea view and a transparent kitchen, offers a non threatening menu with fish and chips, bangers and great mash, fresh fish and a few local dishes to add pizazz. Wines and cocktails are readily available and it is a great place for a long and languid lunch overlooking the sea. Everything is good and the Karangasem fish soup is well worth a try. Crispy onion rings are one of those irresistible snacks that you know you really shouldn’t but what the hell! The pancakes with palm sugar sauce are plate licking good.

Sails – Jl Raya Lean, Bunuta, Amed free pickup and delivery service within 3km.
T:0363 22006
www.sailsrestaurantbali.com.

The Grill

Right in the centre of the Amed strip, the Grill lures guests from near and far. A big Weber style barbeque takes pride of place and it is there that many of the most popular dishes derive. Grilled fish, chicken, and steaks all receive the treatment from which the restaurant takes its name. Try the Tuna Tataki – seared sesame coated fresh tuna slices with Ginger Ponza and tomato salad. Interestingly, she also offers a Beef Tataki with Onion Ponza and tomato onion salad.

And there is more. Salads, mini pizzas made with flat bread, tangy Greek salad and great wraps. And you need to try their fabulous Sticky Date Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. Some people eat here every night of their holiday!

The Grill Jl Raya Bunutan. Free pickup and delivery service. T:0363 23530

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