The beautiful island of Bali is one of more than a thousand in Indonesia. The island is nothing short of paradise and the ultimate destination for both adventure style and relaxing retreat holidays. Apart from the stunningly picturesque tropical setting the Balinese people are amongst the friendliest on earth and a major reason why this island draws me back year after year. One of the premier attractions for tourists of all distinctions is the array of quality, affordable and unforgettable dining experiences and no province on the island does it better than Seminyak.
Having traveled to Bali at least a couple of times a year for the last twenty odd years I have compiled a list of my favorite eateries. This compilation includes dining of the finest levels, to match any other in the world, to the most casual and simple but still extraordinary. Each of these dining establishments have been included as a result of my own personal experience. Although many others deserved a place, these restaurants are my own personal top three for quality, service, value and atmosphere. I start with my all time number one favorite:
Ultimo Restaurant: An Italian eatery with a delightful modern interior. There are both inside air-conditioned areas and outside, open-air dining options. A large square bar is the main focus in the center of the restaurant with the adjacent open kitchen. Menu choices seem almost endless with the likes of Salmon Carpaccio, Parma Ham and melon, Various Seafood options, numerous Pasta dishes and a wonderful selection of Pizza. My personal favourite and something I crave for as soon as I land in Bali is the Saltimbocca. For desert you cannot go past the decadence of the warm Chocolate Pudding, it quite literally melts in your mouth. The greatest surprise comes at the end of the evening when it’s time to pay the bill. For the level of service, quality of food and wonderful ambience there is no better value for money on the island. A three-course meal for two will most likely come to less than US$30. This is an absolute ‘must do’ on your list of dining options whilst staying in Bali.
Ku De Ta: Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, reservations are essential at Ku De Ta. Over and above the magnificent dining experience the ambience and atmosphere of this establishment is what makes it stand-alone. Situated on the Seminyak Beach front, and I mean right on the beach this culinary experiences in kut and bar is another for your ‘must do’ list. I highly recommend arriving by 6pm regardless of your booking time in order to take in the magnificent sunsets offered nearly every evening in Bali. The bars are indoor/outdoor and the nearby day-beds and grassed areas offer the perfect position to take in the scene. This is a fine dining experience and the prices match. Don’t expect to get away from this restaurant without having spent a small fortune but in terms of value for money it is …