Posted on 22 October 2013
For me what makes it such a perfect destination to chill and recalibrate are a combination of things. First there is the proximity – only 6 hours – which by Australian standards is a blink, so when I’m feeling tired and in need of a holiday it is easy to contemplate! Second for me is the holy trinity of tropics, culture, and food. And last but not least, is the perfect combination of needing to do nothing but lie by the pool, and the ability to find something to do (ie shop or eat!) when doing nothing just gets too much!
As this trip was without our 4 kids we pretty much slept, sun-baked, and indulged in massages! And when we were not busy doing this we ATE!! Those who follow me on Instagram will know I ate my fair of Indonesian classic Nasi Goreng over the first few days, however when we did venture out of the cloistered luxury of the villa we had some great food and fun.
So thought I'd share some of the places where we found great food and atmosphere:
Cool Art & Color in the 'W' Lobby
Asian – including Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Malay, Singaporean, Thai, Cambodian and Vietnamese.
Super popular. The food was immaculately presented and we enjoyed all dishes but there was a definite sense of trying to get you in and out as quick as possible, and as far as a dinner for 2 goes a bit too noisy and sceney for my liking.
Kuni’s Bali (www.kunisbali.com)
Japanese. An old fan of Kuni’s Melbourne I was pleasantly surprised to find the standard of Japanese food at Kuni’s Bali was impeccable. We met an old friend who lives in Bali here for dinner and I have to say in terms of actual food Kuni’s was the high-light of this trip.
Asian inspired predominantly seafood menu.
Sardine has a traditional Bali feel, set in a bamboo building overlooking immaculate rice paddy’s. It has a restaurant of the moment vibe about it, and definitely worth a visit.
Owned by Sean Cosgrove who many know as the owner of the former “Corner Store” in Seminayak famous with many Melbournians as the only place to get a good coffee in Bali. Petitenget also does a great coffee and while open for breakfast, lunch and dinner we did breakfast which I can attest is great. We also did late night drinks on the Friday night and the place was pumping with an awesome atmosphere created by the fabulous live DJ and the great mix of both locally based ex-pats and tourists.
Merah Putih (www.merahputihbali.com)
Merah Putih is one of the newer restaurants in Bali and is truly spectacular in terms of architecture and design. Definitely recommend it for a night out. All dishes we ordered were excellent and the coconut mojitos were delicious!!
Motel Mexicola (www.motelmexicolabali.com)
Mexican like the name infers☺
Motel Mexicola is a lot of fun and is perfect for a stop over in the heat of the day for some guacalmole and frozen margaritas! Apart from yummy Mexican food, the décor and music are also worth a mention.
Margarita time Motel Mexicola style!
How are these colours??
Indonesian inspired Italian in Seminyak
This restaurant has been around since I first started going to Bali and it doesn’t matter how many new places I discover it is still my favorite. In my mind it simply cannot be beaten for location, décor, food, and atmosphere. Just sublime and a must go for anyone.
Grocer and Grind (www.grocerandgrind.com)
Definitely stopped by a few times for a coffee fix! Seemed like a popular place for locals and tourists alike to catch up on daily emails as well as drink coffee.
Drifters Surf Shop & Cafe (www.driftersurf.com)
A surf store with a retro style coffee shop on the side that served what we thought was the best coffee on our trip. Melbourne style with a Bali touch with the "Swan" formed in the coffee froth:)