There is such a vast choice of eating & drinking options in Bali. Part of the experience is discovering your own favourite places.
However, if we were to go back to Bali these are the places that would definitely be on our list for a return visit:
1. Cantina beach bar – this is not going to be in any of the Bali guide books you read but it’s a place I’ve gone to every time I’ve visited the island and just because it’s a beach bar doesn’t mean the food isn’t good. It’s a great place to try local dishes like Mie Goreng and Nasi Goreng (Indonesian style noodles and rice) or one of their other options like chicken curry. Whatever you opt for, order a grilled chicken and tomato salad to go with it. I’m not sure if the tomatoes are local but wherever they come from they’re delicious and the dressing is incredibly tasty. After lunch, you can hop on one of the sunloungers on the beach down below for a quick nap and even a massage by one of the local women stationed nearby. Batu Belig Beach, Seminyak
2. mama san – On the opposite end of the dining spectrum to Cantina but shares its philosophy of simple food done really well. mama san is owned by Scottish chef Will Meryck who became famous on Australian television discovering the street food of Southeast Asia and then trying to replicate it in his kitchens. Mama san in Bali is the original, decorated in a vintage retro style. The chef has since gone on to open up Sarong in Seminyak (named one of the best restaurants in Asia by Conde Naste magazine) as well as Hujan in Ubud as well as two other mama san restaurants in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur. Despite mama san in Seminyak being over two levels, reservations are recommended at lunch time and pretty much essential for dinner. Jalan Raya Kerobokan No 135, Seminyak
3. La Favela – this is a great little place in the heart of Seminyak in an unusual setting. You enter through an arc of twinkling fairy lights and into an amazing space which combines an edgy indoor setting with an outdoor, garden-type exterior. Try and get seating “outside” through the back which feels like you’re in your trendy uncle’s patio. Food is good here – great selection of dishes plus some amazing cocktails. Maybe it was just really busy the night we went but service could have been quicker. But wait until you need a bathroom break – the toilets (well the male toilets anyway) are very cool. After dinner, if you’re in the mood, you can join in the party upstairs where there is usually a queue out the door to get into! Jalan Laksamana Oberon No 177X, Seminyak