A nice dining treat is not always about the taste, but also the ambience and what’s around you.
They say that the view really works up an appetite. For sure, there’s no science to support that statement. However, if the number of restaurants in Bali keeps popping up every month is any indication, this seems like a valid conjecture. Whether it be a backdrop view of the ocean, fresh nature or busy city life, all is definitely a perfect treat that will tantalise your taste buds.
Million-dollar view says it all! Here, in this culinary journal, we will highlight some restaurants in Bali that offer million-dollar views without the million-dollar entrees (in alphabetical orders).
With the energy of the rolling waves below and raw natural beauty all around, this venue offers a simple but elegant atmosphere of Pecatu area. Let yourself admire the best views of Indian Ocean sets against lush green cliffs. Dive into a morning cleanser with local and international favourites, as well as à la minute surprises. When the golden hour comes around, go to the lounge and amidst sunset vistas with some sips of mocktails or cocktails. Moving forward to the evening time, treat yourself with fine gastronomy of Indonesian cuisine.
Bebek Bengil Nusa Dua
Boosting the best view of Nusa Dua coastline, this venue offers you to experience the island’s tropical lifestyle with a gentle touch of the sea breeze. You can either choose to sit in the front row open-air seating, in gazebos or indoor. Either way, any spot in the restaurant deserves an equal breath-taking view. Go unwind and satisfy your palate with authentic a Balinese speciality of crispy duck.
Ikan Restaurant & Bar
Offering a casual dining set-up next to the white sand beach of Nusa Dua, this semi-open venue promises a relaxed dining ambience overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the gentle breeze from the sea on the front row seating inside the open-air restaurant or on the beach for casual dining. To treat your tummy while experiencing a bit of Indonesian’s vibe, try out the restaurant’s signature menu ‘Cingklak’, which took inspiration from a traditional Indonesian playing board made of wood, featuring a sharing platter of Indonesian appetizers consisting of beef, chicken and minced fish satay, perkedel jagung, lumpia and udang goreng with condiments. Alternatively, those who are into authentic Balinese gastronomy can experience Megibung Feast that reveals togetherness within the Balinese community. Special promotions are available for beverages and flavoured shisha.
Jukung Seafood Restaurant
With its open-air ambience and strategic prime location overlooking the beach, this restaurant will bring you the feeling of being in a nautical vibe with a family-friendly space. The breath-taking panoramic view of the sea and refreshing breeze of soft wind will prepare you for a delightful evening. From the kitchen, the culinary team is ready to serve you with some fresh and seasonal ingredients, starting from the selection of flame-grilled seafood including lobster, prawn, tuna, skewer and squid served with steamed white rice and selection of sauces. Those who have problem with seafood, worry not, as the restaurant also prides itself on its excellent selection of western food and choices of beef. To capture the sunset moment, go to JJ Rooftop and Bar on the second level.
This family-friendly restaurant is blessed with a tropical setting surrounded by typical Ubud’s jungle greenery. Located hidden under the bridged entrance to Desa Visesa Ubud, Lumbung is dedicated to those with the love of culture and nature, highlighting earthen elements of woven rattan and outstanding Balinese carvings. The culinary team of the restaurant dares you to experience the signature dishes that presented for sharing with ‘Bebek Betutu’ – duck cooked in the distinctive betutu spice blend particular to the Island of Bali; a massive Seafood Platter accompanied with a range of sambals for smothering and dipping; or the varieties of Indonesian satay and fried rice served with bitter ‘stink’ beans. If you happen to love hot and spicy, Lumbung earns high marks for having arguably the largest selection of ‘sambal’ condiments, representing a 12-stop on the Scoville Scale Range of ‘spicy heat’, ranging from relatively mild to sweat-inducing spoonfuls for the some-like-it-hot crowd.
Providing a perfect scenery to showcase the exotic flavours of the Indonesian archipelago, this restaurant is sheltered within a breezy Ubud rice field. The tables are set under a traditional Joglo style structure facing directly to the lavish rice paddies. This venue gets even more striking after dark, as the pathway leading to this dining spot is vividly lit up by lanterns. From the kitchen, the chefs are eager to deliver a genuine dining experience to transport you on a delightful culinary journey. To savour your dinner time while embracing Balinese culture, live Legong Dance, Ramayana Dance and Barong Performance are available every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Moonlite Kitchen and Bar
With a striking modern Asian concept, this restaurant invites travellers to elevate their dining experience under the stars overlooking the ocean. The eye-catching contemporary design features Balinese wooden walls accented by huge jars of colourful Asian spices. To bring your appetite to the right level, by all means to relax at the trendy bar lounge and savour stylish meals in the comfortable dining room and on the open-air deck with panoramic Indian Ocean views. A lustful menu to tantalise the palate is characterised by the enchanting flavours of contemporary Asian cuisine, given a vibrant, interactive element by chefs cooking to impress in the open kitchen. If you can’t stay away from alcohol, their bar pleasures abound with an extensive selection of traditional, classic and modern beverages, including seductive cocktails and a well-stocked wine cellar. To set a sultry tone for sunset cocktails and elegant dining, a live chill out music performance is available on the stage every night.
The 18th Rooftop Bar
Featuring sunset views over the Seminyak landmark, this spot on the 7th floor of The Trans Resort Bali quickly becomes a favourite amongst globetrotters alike for its enchanting setting, the perfect venue for a romantic evening, a sophisticated soirée with friends or business clients, or an impressive private event. To boost your sunset time, the F&B team has prepared you with contemporary Indonesia touch and international influences fusing in a stylish mixture of cultures, reflecting the sparkling luxury style of Trans Touch. Try out their Marioska Cocktail, a perfect balance between summer’s sweetness and sourness. If you happen to be around on Saturday, join in for live music performance and special event. All are invited to sip, feast and celebrate!
Presenting an extraordinary dining experience with the best view of lush Payangan forest jungles and wrapped up in natural tropical interiors, this hidden restaurant charms with gourmet dishes which celebrate the rich and diverse culinary history of Balinese and Indonesian food. The magnificent dining venue boasts an innovative menu of fine-quality ingredients highlighting the best local produce, guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning foodie.