Back to Paradise: Exquisite picks for a memorable dining experience on the...

Back to Paradise: Exquisite picks for a memorable dining experience on the beautiful island of Bali.

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Famed for its exotic culture, Bali is becoming one of the world’s ultimate culinary destinations. Once filled with small warung serving up freshly cooked Indonesian comfort food, the streets of Bali are now full of exciting dining venues to satisfy every appetite. From casual family-owned restaurants to fine dining establishments, there is always somewhere that caters to even the fussiest epicurean. If you are planning your year-end merriment in Bali, here is our top five of the best restaurants in Seminyak, Ubud and Nusa Dua.

Apéritif

Nestled amid Ubud’s lush greenery, Apéritif is an elegant dining venue that offers guests seasonal degustation menus. Helmed by Nic Vanderbeeken, one of the most respected chefs in Bali and beyond, the Roaring 20s-inspired restaurant seamlessly juxtaposes inspiration from the Old Spice Islands with distinctive contemporary European flavours and techniques. Offering elegant six- and eight-course degustation menus, diners will be delighted to find a perfect marriage between modern tastes, lesser-known Indonesian ingredients, and top-quality produce from around the world and locally. Open for dinner only, the restaurant is also home to a sleek bar where pre-dinner drinks are creatively made by a team of highly skilled bartenders.

Apéritif

Viceroy Bali

Jalan Lanyahan, Nagi, Ubud

Bali 80571, Indonesia

T: (+62) 3619082777

E: res@aperitif.com

aperitif.com


MAURI

Located on a prime spot in Petitenget, MAURI is the brainchild of chef-owner Maurizio Bombini. Open from Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves diners with a relaxed fine-dining experience inspired by the chef’s Italian heritage. Light and airy with a distinct Puglia feel, the restaurant seats just 40 downstairs, while a mezzanine level bar and lounge offers cocktails, wine and light bites. The bustling open kitchen is helmed by Maurizio, who follows his passion, using fresh, seasonal ingredients that have been locally sourced, some from as close as the rooftop hydroponic garden. Maurizio is well known in Bali for his imaginative and artistic flair, bringing together high-quality ingredients to create dishes that delight both the palate and the eyes.

MAURI

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

Bali 80361, Indonesia

T: (+62) 817776177

E: reservations@mauri-restaurant.com

mauri-restaurant.com


SI JIN

Dubbed a meat-eater’s paradise, SI JIN is a steakhouse that prides itself in bringing the most exquisite selection of meat from around the world to Bali. Lead by chef Joel Lim Si Jin, the restaurant highlights the concept of sharing and carries a selection of dry-aged and premium wet-aged meats. All of these are prepped in-house and cooked on smokeless grills at each table, combining Korean and Japanese techniques with locally sourced ingredients. Open daily for dinner only, savour the best quality meats, ranging from 30-day aged picanha 9+ to 45-day aged Hokkaido “snow” series and 60-day aged Andong soju bone-in rib eye, all served with eight different homemade salts. In addition, the restaurant also offers tantalising starters and sharing side dishes, with sophisticated cocktails to complete the dining experience.

SI JIN

Jalan Lebak Sari, Petitenget

Bali 80361, Indonesia

T: (+62) 81238713964

E: bookings@sijinbali.com

sijinbali.com


Boy’N’Cow

Strategically located at the start of Seminyak’s famous Eat Street, Boy’N’Cow is a rustic dining haven aimed primarily at carnivores and meat lovers. First-timers will recognise the establishment right away. From the outside, it looks like an industrial warehouse, adorned with the namesake sign. Inside, it’s trendy, warm, cosy and, more importantly, the sight and smell will definitely rouse the appetite. The main star of Boy’N’Cow is the meat, and the culinary team here really knows what they’re doing with the succulent cuts. The restaurant sources its grain- or grass-fed beef from sustainable farms in Australia and the United States before dry-aging the beef for 28 days right alongside the restaurant’s kitchen. The chefs then meticulously break down the beef to perfectly juicy cuts ready to be prepped. All it takes is just a little bit of oil and Boy’N’Cow’s signature rub before the beef is grilled on the charcoal-fuelled gaucho grill and brought to your table. Fancy a drink before or after dinner? Head over to the restaurant’s lounge and try one of the intoxicating tipples.

Boy’N’Cow

Jalan Raya Kerobokan, Seminyak

Bali 80361, Indonesia

T: (+62) 3619348468

E: info@boyncow.com

boyncow.com


Izakaya by OKU

Located within the majestic structure of The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Izakaya by OKU is a modern Japanese restaurant with an atelier concept. Inspired by the award-winning OKU Japanese Restaurant Jakarta, Izakaya by OKU emphasises mouth-watering creations in a dynamic and convivial atmosphere, with a bistro-chic setting and an open-kitchen where guests and the chefs can interact for deeper enjoyment. The elaborately crafted dishes consist of the finest ingredients combined with the latest composition techniques to serve truly tasteful and artistic art on a plate.

Izakaya by OKU

The Apurva Kempinski Bali

Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan

Bali 80361, Indonesia

T: (+62) 3612092288

E: restaurants.bali@kempinski.com

kempinski.com