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Where to eat in Bali: For the Foodies

Where to eat in Bali, is the main question asked over sunset drinks.  Everyone knows, wherever they choose will be amazing. The main problem is deciding, as there are so many choices.

When you finally decide where to eat in Bali, you can get decent food in many places, including the restaurants in high end hotel resorts, such as The Oberoi in Seminyak, or a midlevel range in Canggu.

Where to eat in Bali: Prices

Your budget alone may determine where you choose to eat.  Just remember, alcohol is heavily taxed, so if you choose to treat your friends to a few corked bottles, you might wind up having to earn your meal by way of doing the dishes…

Low Range- Where to eat in Bali tourist warungs $5-8

Depending on what you order.  Warung food is the most cost effective option, always best to buy earlier in the day.  The food is fresh, and safer for consumption.  If bought later in the day, it’s just been reheated throughout the day.

  • Warung Ocha: A small little warung in Seminyak. Easy to spot. Food is amazing and very cheap. Ocha is actually the owner’s name. An Italian expat living in Bali.
  • Made’s warung: well-established warung, one of those must seen kind of things. They have classic indonesian food, western food and even pizza.

Mid-range- you can expect to pay $8-20
When deciding where to eat in Bali mid-range, you have a proper café to sit in, with waiters. The options are generally western driven, and offer atmosphere

  • La Cassetta: A small  Italian restaurant. Traditional, how mamma use to make.
  • Green Ginger: Vegan and vegetarian food freshly made. Best for easy lunch and dinner.
  • Betelnut Café: Healthy, fresh and happy foods served, best for breakfast, after surf brunch or lunch.

High end you would pay $20-40

These locations are great for dinner, or even sunset drinks, when deciding where to eat in Bali. Typically have a music playing with a location for dancing. Not to mention, the evening food and bar menus are spectacular.

  • Potato Head: Great bar scene and, caters to large parties.
  • Petitenget: Delivers exceptional service and food with generous portions.
  • Kudeta: Serves a global gourmet cuisine with bold flavors, and flaunts presentation.

Where to eat in Bali: Breakfast/Brunch

The best places I can recommend for atmosphere and great service.  Especially is you partied the night before, you just need a little extra pampering.  The majority of places offering energizing juices, to help bring your body levels back to balance.

  • Biku Café: A unique combinational blend of a book store, tea lounge amd restaurant.
  • Bow Café: A lovely cafe lounge, serving combinational Asian / Morrocan cuisine.

High-end brunch If you wish to spurge, I suggest:

  • W Hotel: Where the world’s finest meats, seafood and spices are introduced to Asian flavors by way of Western preferences.
  • St. Regis: Guests have access to a generous selection of imported artisan foods, wines, and coffees from around the globe.

What are the rules of etiquette in Bali concerning eating?

The rules of etiquette are virtually the same as in the west, except in the budget places you do not have to wait to be seated. In Padang style Indonesian warungs, where the pre-cooked food is in full view, you will get a plate of steamed rice and choose what you want, receiving a ticket and paying before you leave. If you need the waiter/waitress just look in their direction and raise your hand.  In Indonesian the word ‘permisi’ means ‘excuse me’, so “Permisi blee” to a waiter, “Permisi mbah” to a waitress.

In a restaurant / tourist warung your food may not arrive the same time as the other members of your group. In Indonesia it is fine to start eating before other people.

Service and tax equaling 21% will be charged in restaurants, not in warungs. Tipping is not a Balinese tradition, however if you would like to leave an extra 5-10% the staff will appreciate it. Warungs will not usually accept credit cards but restaurants will. If in doubt ask the wait staff before ordering.

Where to eat in Bali: Food Safety

Although it is wise to take care in deciding where to eat in Bali and of what food you choose, there are no rules, and there are no guarantees. Some people will become ill from eating in the markets while others won’t, yet some will become ill from eating in the most exclusive hotel or restaurant.

There are several possible illnesses that may be contracted from food or from poor hygiene in food preparation areas.

Generally it is called Bali Belly, the symptoms could simply be a sore stomach, to outright retching abdominal pain. Go to a pharmacist at once, they will generally prescribe an antibiotic.

I have fallen victim of “Bali Belly“, in an organic food restaurant.  Once I was well, I returned to the place to inform them of my misfortune.  I asked if the food was prepared with gloves, the man replied yes.  Just as I began to walk away, I asked, if the gloves were new each time for preparation.  He gave me the strangest look, as in, who changes gloves to prepare food… Ugh

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