You’re in Bali and I can honestly say there are more dining options here now than ever before – and they are even better too. Lucky you! I love eating – and drinking – so believe me when I say I have tried most of the options available, at least from the mid-range up, I am not going to recommend the lower end of the spectrum. Why bother when there’s so much good available. You’re on holiday… give yourself a treat! Here you have everything from beachfront seafood barbeques to fine dining, from Japanese to Italian, from Indian to Balinese, so what do we recommend?

You’re in Bali and I can honestly say there are more dining options here now than ever before – and they are even better too. Lucky you!

I love eating – and drinking – so believe me when I say I have tried most of the options available, at least from the mid-range up, I am not going to recommend the lower end of the spectrum. Why bother when there’s so much good available. You’re on holiday… give yourself a treat!

Here you have everything from beachfront seafood barbeques to fine dining, from Japanese to Italian, from Indian to Balinese, so what do we recommend?

Go for the best! The restaurant business is open to foreign investment and as a result there are a lot of very good establishments around. That’s not to say the Indonesian owned restaurants are not as good, just saying that the competition has pushed up the benchmark and introduced new ideas and as a result the whole industry is of very good quality.

Most hotels in the five and some of the four star hotels have good restaurants, some have the islands top venues, but the three star hotels usually just have a “coffee shop” to cover all tastes. Have breakfast there only! Then head out to the streets and find great places to eat.

In the following pages you will find a lot of good restaurants – and some very good – that you should try. So don’t take the lazy way and just wander down the street hoping to find something brilliant, you won’t. Read and research and then book. It’s worth the effort.

Two words of warning through: one the traffic can be horrendous, especially in southern areas (and the worst can actually be the most popular dining street, Jl. Oberoi leading to Jl. Petitenget, where the local government has allowed massive development but not improved the roads, sidewalks or parking at all) so plan your journey carefully, and don’t expect to park close to your restaurant.

The second is my personal bugbear, wine, where the central government has imposed totally unnecessary taxes on imported wines making your dinner experience very expensive. The solution is to try locally made wines which are really very good now and will rescue you from the horror of a great meal served with beer (or worse water!). Try Hatten’s Two Islands, Artisan, Sababay and Plaga, one for sure will suit you.

Happy Dining

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