Bali is renowned for its world class multicultural array of top notch restaurants, bars and beach lounges. However, as a tourist hot spot, it’s also got its share of venues that will try to take advantage of the hungry traveller. We love eating out and so, from local warung to European fine dining, we’ve probably tried pretty much all the fabulous restaurants in our vicinity.
While we hope you spend plenty of time lounging by the villa private pool and being looked after by our attentive staff, we’re sure you’ll want to get out and see Bali, at least a little bit. To make your holiday as fabulous as possible we share here our road tested top pick of the best restaurants within a ten minute walk of Sahana Villas, Seminyak.
Situated along Jalan Drupadi, Kilo’s minimalist architecture offers a cool respite from the hustle and bustle of one of Seminyak’s main shopping roads. With a menu that is varied with international haute cuisine, we love that Kilo’s serving sizes are hearty and they make excellent and unique use of local ingredients for fantastic flavours. To us, this kind of restaurant exemplifies the best of Bali. Some of our favourite things to eat here are the signature Wasabi Tuna Tartare and the Crispy Soft Shell Crab with compressed watermelon and Thai red curry flavours; sophisticated, elegant and delicious! What’s more the restaurant is air conditioned all day, making it a perfect lunchtime escape from the tropical heat.
Part of the Sarong group of restaurants, Mama San has been one of our top picks for a long time. Consistency of service and quality here is remarkable, as is the stylish décor; reminiscent of colonial Britain in Shanghai during the 1920s. Executive chef, Will Meyrick, says Mama San is “for anyone who likes to lounge in style and eat quality South East Asian food without it being too expensive.” One of our favourite things to do at Mama San is visit their second floor tasting club, where the chefs interact with the diners and cook iconic dishes to order and catering for all food preferences. It’s a fun combination of theatre and dining.
For beachfront dining you really can’t go past Kaum restaurant. Founded by the family that brought Bali the uber successful Potato Head beach clubs, Kaum is all about traditional Indonesian dining, with a modern twist. We admire that before starting Kaum, the owners travelled far and wide around Indonesia, exploring local ingredients and flavours and developing relationships with small scale producers that continues to this day. On the menu, the origin of each dish is specified, exemplifying responsible dining by supporting local growers. One of our favourites is Asinan Sayur Kuah; mixed vegetables pickled in sweet, sour & spicy dressing served with deep fried tofu stuffed with vegetables, fried peanuts & rice crackers. The dishes are all designed for sharing making Kaum perfect for relaxed, family style beachfront experience.
Fronting onto verdant green rice paddies, Sardine is picturesque and elegant. This is one of our favourite places to come for sun downers and stay for a delicious meal. The menu changes daily depending what the chefs find at the Jimbaran fishing village, so everything is super fresh and they use only organic fruit and vegetables, many of which they grow themselves. We love the Rajungan Crab Ravioli and the Mediterranean Calamari Salad. There’s also a new tasting menu for more informal snacking to accompany delicious cocktails.
In a serene beachfront setting surround by manicured lawns and beautiful tropical gardens, La Lucciola is the place we come when we have a yen to see and be seen. It’s renowned as a hotspot for locals in the know and you can often spy someone famous enjoying gorgeous food with the best of Kuta. This is inspired Italian dining with an Asian twist. Dishes such as Lemongrass Bok Choy Risotto, sit alongside signature Prawn and Snapper Pie. The pasta here is homemade and the coffee is very good.
We hope you try and enjoy a few of our top picks of Seminyak’s dining scene, maybe we’ll see you out and about whilst you’re on holiday! For more information on booking and directions to these fab venues, just ask our friendly staff.