Here is the Seminyak Seven – our top seven places for fabulous dining. Seminyak’s Sweet Seven dining destinations. Bali’s dining scene is a mind-blowing melange of local ingredients and European flavours produced by a stellar cast of chefs from across the globe. Here is our Sweet Seven from the island of the Gods.
Some of the best culinary players have come from behind the stoves of Michelin starred restaurants in Spain, France and New York City, while others maestro’s are from Australia, France, England and Holland. But some of the biggest talents are Indonesians returning home from the kitchens of Dubai, London and throughout mot of Europe. Here is a taste of what is on offer now in Seminyak.
Teatro Gastroteque is a compact degustation-dining restaurant in heart of the Bali’s buzzing Seminyak. The name Teatro Gastroteque literally translates into a theatre of culinary performance and that’s precisely what you get. To start there is a choice of three different degustation menus that have ten, eight or seven courses. The Renaissance Menu is a hot favourite. Expect a delicate amuse bouche followed by delicious samples of prawns or lobster with kaffir lime dressing or touches of Avruga caviar. Depending on the season, the menu might include veal with celeriac and truffles or a 52-hour braised lamb shank. Naturally the wine list has been perfectly selected to pair with these beautifully curated dishes. True foodies should not miss an evening at Teatro to explore the delicious gifts of Chef Mandif without having to stumble through a menu filled with rare and unusual ingredients that could stretch even the most regular visitor’s knowledge.
Mejekawi’s Culinary Collective – @kudetabali
This famous ocean front beach club and restaurant is internationally renown with its tasting kitchen that produces French-style cheeses and hot sourdough bread. Its Culinary Collective events are bringing together talent from the region and beyond. In 2017 chefs from London’s fabulous Lyles in Shoreditch and Hong Kong’s Yardbird will fire up in the open kitchen with Ku De Ta’s resident chefs Ben Cross and Stephen Moore – who both worked Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group. Cross recently took out the coveted award as The Yak magazine’s Chef of the Year. A visit to Mejekawi is always a great plan after a few chilled sun downers at the famous beach club below where a more laid back ambience and casual food style has been locked into the Seminyak scene for years.
Sarong – @sarongrestaurant
Chef Will Meyrick is an Asian cooking legend that was born in Scotland but honed his cooking skills in Australia. His food is local street food delivered as fine dining in a romantic atmosphere. Tasty Sri Lankan lamb curry is served with soft nan bread while the signature pork belly balances the lush meat with a sour tamarillo and tamarind sauce. Sarong is super popular and seating flows from the antique timber Indonesian Joglo into tropical gardens. The bar is a fun place to kick off an evening with a very cold beer or delicious cocktail. You might even get to spot the famous chef downing ale before hitting the kitchen.
Tiger Palm – @tigerpalmbali
Sarong’s little sister is the funky Tiger Palm in central Seminyak where more casual pan Asian delights are delivered. It’s fluid environment that is easy for breakfast and ramps up for lunch and changes gear again dinner. Fancy quick laksa or a long leisurely dinner with hand picked wine? This could be the place where Indian curries come with Indonesian favourites and all time greats from Thailand. It’s fantastic for daytime people watching while enjoying few small share plates. The food is brilliant – think a bowl of salted caramel and espresso martini ice cream with cacao nib, honeycomb and black sticky rice – and the cocktails sensational too particularly the coconut mojito’s that is topped with candied, toasted coconut.
Ling Lings – @ling.lings.bali
Serving Asian-style tapas surrounded by epic giant anime art, a Chinese Lucky Cat waving wall and Hello Kitty bathrooms was a stroke of creative genius and contemporary industrial design. Ling Lings has not been open for a year and is already a hot spot for savvy visitors families and peeps that like to eat before they party. Dine on succulent gyoza, sticky Chinese ribs, Korean fried chicken and san choy bow then go into the back garden and groove into the night where the Lucky Strike-inspired DJ booth holds the crown in thrall. The bar inside is a wonderful people watching outpost where you can munch on marvellous morsels that are grilled and skewered on sticks, wrapped-up in lettuce leaves or produces leaf plates.
Sardine – @sardinebali
If you love lobster or fancy dining on fabulous fish than this gorgeous fine dining destination should be on every pescatarian’s Culinary Top Five. It has just been named as The Yak’s restaurant of the year 2016. It’s a beautiful space centred in an expansive bamboo building full of contemporary art and overlooking working rice paddies. As the name suggests the menu is mainly fish including sea bass pan roasted and barramundi steamed in a banana leaf paired with veggies from the kitchen’s organic garden. Lobster grilled over coffee firewood and is a hot seller. Hand crafted Arak cocktails are inspirational given they are based on the local palm spirit. In such clever and safe – the rice wine is sourced from very reliable producers – the drinks are amazing. Lovers of land animals are looked after with grilled beef marinated in lemongrass and Jamon Serrano with fresh mozzarella and rock melon.
Sangsaka – @Sangsakabali
The team of incredibles from Seminyak’s temple of Indonesian cuisine Merah Putih have a delightful 40-seat diner tucked in to a back street of Seminyak in a spot quickly developing as chic dining central. This gem has a tight menu produced by Chef Kieran Morland who is busy smoking and grilling contemporary Indonesian dishes with different types of wood to full and delicious effect. Luscious duck rendang comes on a steamed bun and lobster is coupled with smoked potato. A cob of young smoky corn is cooked in a coconut husk. This is the perfect place to take a dining journey through Indonesia without heading to a local warung or facing a financial blow out. The bar is small and well thought out to match the spicy and complex flavours that rule the kitchen.
Luxury – Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort – As luxury as it gets. It’s undeniable that a stay at Antara will definitely be an unforgettable one
Budget – Dash Hotel Seminyak – A quirky hotel with a bunny theme running throughout. Plus, the breakfast at this place is the best food we’ve had in Bali.
Backpacker – Seminyak Point Guest House – With a pool and clean facilities, what more do need as a backpacker in a centrally located guesthouse.
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