It’s more than a meal. It’s an experience!
The holiday season is not just about visiting major attractions, but it is also the best time to explore something quirky yet unique. Speaking about unique, I’ve seen some very unique-themed restaurants on this island. And one thing I know for sure is that the most successful restaurant concepts are ones that provide diners with an experience they’ll never forget.
A great restaurant concept can make a business grow at full speed, and having unique restaurant themes will intrigue more customers as well as draw media attention. By all means to argue that dinner is already an experience. But having dinner at a unique restaurant goes the extra mile by adding entertainment.
I personally believe that most people are craving experiences because they want to share stories and photos on social media. Unique restaurant themes give them something to brag about, while at the same time promoting the restaurants in the process.
Now, in this article, I have compiled some unique restaurants in Bali that are worth every minute exploring.
Inside a Rock Concert
Dining out with a live music performance is so normal. We can find it in almost every restaurant on this island. But what about enjoying your dinner in the middle of a rock concert? This lobby bar at Hard Rock Hotel Bali, Centerstage, is better known as live entertainment rather than a typical hotel lobby. You can imagine a 100,000-watt charge of audio-visual system blazing hard while the crowd singing along around you.
A Mythical Experience Around the Thousand-year-old Arts
Entering the unique doorways into this restaurant at Hotel Tugu Bali is a mythical experience for the senses that lingers between the pleasures of this world and those of another. Leading the heart of this journey is the namesake and inspiration of this unique Japanese cum Peranakan Chinese dining experience—the 310-year-old Kang Xi period temple. The fusion of the ancient Japanese and Chinese cultures which are reflected not only in the ornate animal carvings of the Chinese temple’s elegant dark wood façade, but also in the restaurant’s branding—an innovative take on Japanese calligraphy highlighting the fanciful flora, fauna and cultural elements of the region—offers animated glimpses into the past while at the same time spearheading into the future. The temple exemplifies the nearly 2000-year-old relationship between the two cultures and stands as a testament to the vast influence the more ancient China had on aspects of life in Japan.
Rice Field in the Central of Town
Located at the heart of Ubud, this Alaya Resort Ubud’s restaurant showcases the diverse and exotic flavours of the Indonesian archipelago in style. The pathway in the middle of rice field will lead to a 350-year-old Javanese Joglo where you can feast your tummy with an authentic dining experience featuring home-style dishes cooked with integrity with flavours from around the archipelago.
Waterfall in the City
You usually find waterfalls deep in the wilderness, plunging off the side of a mountain or hidden in a forest. But, in this case, you won’t need hiking boots to reach this waterfall as it is located right next door to cafes, boutiques and nightlife. It really does exist, adding the more exciting for being unexpected. Bringing the fresh culinary experience for the foodies, the Trans Resort Bali has unveiled its romantic dining with a charming ambience of an 18-metre-manmade waterfall complemented with beautiful fairy lights décor and acoustic music performance. However, this unique dining experience is only available every Thursday with limited seating up to 5 couples only. Booking in advance is a must!
A Tiny Nomadic Village
This restaurant at Canggu seems like a tiny nomadic village filled with quirky wood caravans and wagons. Each of them has been painted in bright colours. Together, they feel like a jumbled up colourful scene out of a gaudy painting but they seem to go well with the picture of the beach in the background. Trees and plants grow all over the place adding a deep hue of green to the already colourful place. It was a dizzying sight!
Inside an Aeroplane
Despite some airlines acquiring world-class chefs to create their menus, few passengers are likely to get revved up about the prospect of eating 30,000 feet above the ground. Perhaps it’s because our taste buds have a tendency to malfunction at altitude. Some argue that we’re simply bad tempered when flying and thus more likely to complain. But what if you could make the aeroplane itself your destination and not just the means of getting there? All while keeping our feet firmly on the ground?
Back to the American 60’s Vibe
Taking inspiration from the New York City in the ’60s, this restaurant is unique and compelling with its decoration, bursting with vibrant colours, as well as celebrating the music and youth culture of the time. You can expect dog-tooth patterns, optical art and a 60s-style seating arrangement.
This restaurant is a secret pirate hideaway in Nusa Dua. Here, you can expect to be a pirate for a day. Your little champs can sail at the abandoned ship, swing around the tree houses or even discover treasures under the sand. So, ahoy, we shall sail!!!