“Don’t call it a dream… call it a plan…” – Anon
Ask any Australian about what Bali means to them and it might likely fall under one of 3 things: massages, food or sunbathing. For me – it’s all of these things. Sure, I went to see the volcano, explored the surrounding islands, saw the rice patties and even tried out the white water rafting.
But this blog is about FOOD.
One week in Bali is enough to rejuvenate. What better way than to try some amazing food? Here’s my pick of the top 7 places to try in 7 days:
1. Potato Head Beach Club
The ideal hangout place. Currently the trendiest place in Bali. The Beach Club is set right on Seminyak Beach housing a pool, generous day beds, 6 different bars and a delectable array of food and cocktails. I recommend hanging out here for the day. It’s free to enter so worth at least checking out. It’s not cheap but it is a must visit!
For Sydney siders – or those who know of Jimmy Liks. This place is owned and run by the same guy. He is a culinary genius. The place isn’t easy to find. Get a cab and give him the direct address. It is set in a beautiful Balinese mansion – great cocktail list, even better food. Set aside this place for dinner – maybe a special occasion and don’t forget to make a booking!
Without a doubt, the best brunch spot in Bali. The food is insanely good. Breakfasts consist of everything from healthy acai berry bowls, poached eggs with San Danielle Prosciutto and corn fritters with chorizo and coriander cream. It’s unbelievable. Open until 5pm.
4. Sea Circus
Sea Circus is neither a circus, nor is by the sea, however it offers some truly great Mexican food from aromatic tacos to fresh ceviche in a great quirky atmosphere. They are all about sharing food – so its ideal to go in a group to try more. Combine a taco with a pitcher of margaritas and you are set! They also do a great breakfast too. Open all day until 10.30pm.
5. Earth Cafe
Earth Cafe is a health food store, juice bar and cafe all in one right in the heart of Seminyak. They service up delicious healthy food all day. Pretty much everything is organic and they put a twist on it so even the hardcore carnivores would be blown away!
6. Bumbu Bali
Bumbu Bali is Bali’s only authentic, award winning restaurant. The street food in Bali doesn’t really exist like elsewhere in Asia, so to try some real Balinese food, I would recommend this place. It is a 20 minute cab ride from Kuta. They have set menus, al la carte, a good wine list and cocktails. The spices they use in the food are incredible.
Located right on the beach, in South Kuta, Boardwalk is a pretty touristy restaurant. But it has made this list because its touristy for a reason! It has a beautiful setting on the corner of a hill overlooking the beaches, a great cocktail bar, live music/acrobatic acts throughout the night and the food is superb! It is worth making it for happy hour!
WHERE TO STAY?
Luxury accommodation is totally affordable in Bali. Hotels that normally cost US$300 per night would cost only half of that for the same quality – if not better.
For those backpackers who prefer the hostels for the social atmosphere, I would recommend Warung Coco. They offer dorm rooms for US$8 per night – and better yet – the so called “dorms” are actually proper hotel rooms with only 2 beds in each (and proper beds too!) They have a great big pool with plenty of sun lounges and a generous hot breakfast. Not the best location however I enjoyed the walk across to Seminyak for exercise (and cabs are cheap too!)