When you travel to Bali, there’s a ton of exploring to do and myriad colourful landscapes to enjoy, both of which will make you work up an appetite. Fortunately, Bali has a reputation for fine and diverse culinary experiences – with meals that are a little spicy but very affordable and appetising.
From gourmet fare to local organic produce dishes and raw food masterpieces, there’s plenty to please the five senses. Little warungs where the locals eat are a solid choice for authentic flavours of the Spice Island. Traditional tastes that will charm all your senses.
The local cuisine choices range from the traditional satay to the ever-so-delicious duck dishes. And white, brown and red rice, of course.
Here are a few things you should definitely try.
- Jus Alpukat – traditional savory Indonesian style avocado shake with ice and chocolate
- Gado-Gado – a vegetable salad with a heavenly tasting peanut dressing
- Bebek Betutu – juicy roast duck dish done in banana leafs (this food is considered a ceremonial dish in Bali, so you must try it!)
- Babi Guling – roast pork (the whole pig)
- Nasi Goreng – fried rice with chili and tamarind
- Pisang Goreng – delicious fried bananas seasoned with cinnamon
Tip: There is also street food – cheap from a cart – but it’s your belly. If not travelling with preventative pills, it is wise to avoid. Except for the grilled corn on the cob for a buck that is ubiquitous at most beaches and village markets.
- Oma’s Kitchen in Seminyak – local warung with recreations of Grandma’s secret recipes.
- Warung Mendez in Ubud – Jakarta spiced dishes and nightly specials.
- Round Bar Cafe in Ubud – Rainbow Sangria + gourmet pizza = nirvana
- Biku Restaurant in Seminyak – blends together a tea lounge, restaurant, bakery and book store; top rated by locals for food and occasional live musi, opoosite the ever-so-hip Potatohead Beach Club which is tops at the moment with tourist trendsetters.
- La Luciola Restaurant in Petitenget – this long-time waterfront establishment is the perfect sanctuary for cuisine and observing the sunset with stylish drinks.
There are hundreds of great eating places around Bali. Stay tuned for wine and food reviews of restaurants and bars that serve more than Bintang coming as time – and waistline – permit. –The Rainbow Rambler.
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