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The chance to visit Bali more comfortably has arrived as I have completed the Covid 19 vaccine so that the rules for making domestic flights are easier without quarantine and tests. But of course, we still have to carry out health protocols, always wear masks, and provide hand sanitizer. Since I haven't been to Bali in a long time, I decided to spend 10 days here. Besides that, the development of F&B and trends in Bali is indeed moving fast, so there are many places that I have never visited.
Well, this time I share some locations that you can visit from legendary eateries, cafes, and restaurants, to interesting and instagramable tourist attractions for sure. Since there are quite a few, and some places only have videos, please be understandable that the info will be updated several times for this article. Here's a list of Bali sightseeing to find out:
1. Milk & Madu
Cafe recommendations for breakfast and brunch can be found here. A variety of modern Australian Western breakfast menus are available at the Ubud branch of Milk & Honey. In the morning, the guests were crowded and dominated by foreign tourists. You can enjoy coffee, tea, juice, smoothies, and interestingly pizza. As for the drink, it's probably quite common in Bali, which is famous for its coffee and various healthy drinks. But if it's the pizza I can say you guys have to try it. Pizza Got Beef Ese, with a soft dough texture, savory minced beef, salsa, jalapeno, and thick mozzarella is delicious, especially when it's hot. But no worry, the hot weather in Bali can hold the pizza hot for a while.
2. Radja Seafood Cafe Jimbaran
Seafood fans are definitely familiar with the Jimbaran area in Bali. A location where you can find a wide selection of seafood restaurants on Jimbaran beach. So many choices that you can be confused about which one to choose. This time I can recommend Radja Seafood, like the others they serve a variety of seafood from fish, prawns, squids, clams, and even lobster. One of the must menus is the Jimbaran seasoned grilled clams. The overall seafood served is satisfying, the texture of the prawn is tender, sweet, smoky fish, crunchy squid, and clams with the generous Jimbaran seasoning. The service was quite fast but maybe not too crowded when I was there. For a fairly standard price, the restaurant is full of tourists. The five of us spent IDR 1.2 million and we were super full.
3. Mari Beachclub
Always a good idea for travelers in Bali to see the sunset in the late afternoon. The Canggu area is one of the favorites where there are various beach clubs with modern interior concepts and stunning beach scenes. Mari Beachclub is one of the areas that has just started operating and is quite a trend lately. You can go there through the advance reservation, especially for large groups, you can also walk in. Seat starts from the free minimum, such as table dining or the couch area on the beach. In addition, other tables can range from IDR 500,000 for two people to 2 million for 8 people. The menu concept is quite similar to other clubs which offer a variety of international dishes from Western to Asian. Of course, there are cocktails and summer drinks available.
One of the current trending restaurants in Bali. Located at Raffles Bali which is a standard 5-star luxury hotel in the Jimbaran beach area with a premium and private spot. Rumari serves a variety of contemporary dishes with a blend of local and international techniques and ingredients. You will taste a variety of dishes with French techniques but with mouth-watering local flavors. The opportunity to visit yesterday I tried Easter brunch, a semi-outdoor area with views of Jimbaran beach, it was really fun. Interactive menu variants, diverse elements, and beautiful presentation. For this Easter Brunch, I spent IDR 1,050,000 per person with the classic option. There are luxury packages available at higher prices. A pleasant experience, you can eat satisfied with a variety of dishes, super friendly and fast service according to luxury hotel standards. It's just that the weather is very hot during the day makes me keep sweating during lunch.
5. Cafe Kim Soo
Hot days in Bali make you always want to hang out while enjoying cold drinks and desserts. An interesting cafe recommendation this time is in the Kerobokan area, Kuta which is an area full of cafes, restaurants, and bars. From the outside, there is a large enough outdoor space with a dominant white color throughout the place. The Kim Soo logo with a gold coating is an interesting spot for photos. Cafe Kim Soo is located along with Kim Soo Home which is a furniture and merchandise store with natural materials such as wood, rattan, and stone. One of my recommendations is Carrot Cake which looks simple but has an amazing taste. The texture is rustic and homey also sweet just right. The aroma of carrots is really appetizing. Other menus include modern specialties from salads, smoothies, and toast bread to Indonesian flavors. The price offered is quite high and there are quite a lot of foreign guests, for you to eat and drink maybe around IDR 100K-200K per person.
6. Neon Palms
Going to the next door, sliding a little there is a cafe with a building that is quite attractive. Bright colors with a cheerful summer atmosphere. Neon Palms is a clothing and accessories store available for women and men with the theme of summer clothes with colorful patterns. While on the second-floor area there is a cafe & bar with a semi-outdoor concept, the colorful patterns in the whole area make this place really attractive. The menu offered is a variety of modern twist dishes and one of the mainstay menus is a variety of tapas. A variety of one bite tapas can be a perfect snack in the afternoon accompanied by a fresh cold cocktail. In a pandemic condition that was quite severe so this restaurant experienced a huge impact based on one of the staff's info. The prices offered are quite affordable, especially since they offer various promos from buy one get one tapas, as well as cocktail promos.
7. Cretya Ubud
Moving to the Ubud area, an area that is also famous and familiar. Cretya is quite popular on social media with its stunning terraced pool. The restaurant area is very spacious, from indoor and outdoor, cabanas, to sofas by the pool. In addition, guests will be pampered with views of the green and spacious rice fields. Order food here I tried the seafood platter which looked interesting. Various seafood, shrimp, squid, and shellfish grilled with special Jimbaran spices are really delicious. In addition, the overall ingredients used are also of good quality. For cabanas, there is a minimum of IDR 250,000 with 1 free towel, for some other seating the minimum is free and you can rent towels for IDR 50,000 per towel.
8. Alma Tapas Bar
This typical Spanish restaurant is located in the Canggu area. The street looks quite dark at night, yellow lights are visible in front of the restaurant and there are quite a lot of cars parked. Restaurant with a classic and rustic feel complete with a bar in the front area. The mainstay menu here is in the form of various tapas with many choices from chicken, beef, and seafood to vegetarian. Some of the menus that I tried were Pulpo A La Plancha, octopus with creamy potatoes, chorizo oil, and tobiko caviar. Chorizo, sausage topped with apple slices, is enjoyed with onion puree into a delectable dish. There's also sangria in Spanish style, and there a buy one get one promo when I was there. Standard prices range from IDR 150,000 to IDR 300,000 per person to enjoy food and drinks here.
9. Burgreens Canggu
It is undeniable, vegetarian food, superfood has indeed become a trend that is very enthusiastic for travelers in Bali. You can find thousands of places to eat in Bali that offer vegetarian menus and one of them is Burgreens, located in the popular Canggu area, with a location on the side of the road so it's easy to see when passing by. With a semi-outdoor concept, a large capacity with a mezzanine, then the back area with a view of the rice fields can be an interesting photo spot. You can find plant-based food variants with various flavors from international, Asian, Indonesian and even Balinese. Apart from heavy meals, various desserts and drinks can also be enjoyed here.
Restaurants that are currently popular are still in the Canggu area. A restaurant with a menu of modern-flavored ramen. I happened to heard this restaurant from a friend, when I got there there was a queue of several people and I had to wait for about 20-30 minutes. The area is not too big and the visitors are busy at lunch time. Recommended menu such as the modern Australian-style Brunch Ramen Soup, a bowl of noodles with sliced chicken roulade, mushrooms, daikon, onsen eggs and served with separate dashi sauce. Or you can try Brunch Ramen - Dry, a unique taste sensation of noodles with minced meat, sesame and cucumber slaw. The creamy and savory taste blends into one so that it is rich in flavor in 1 dish. Don't imagine Japanese-style ramen because Sensorium is not a Japanese restaurant. Even though it's unique, I still prefer Japanese ramen, at least this can be a unique experience option.
The idea is quite interesting when you find the no.1 restaurant in Bali based on Tripadvisor rating. Samesa is also in the Canggu area, the concept offered by this restaurant is very interesting where you will enjoy dinner with strangers that you have never met before at one table. Dinner style with a sense of togetherness just like family at home. Various home-cooked Italian dishes are served sequentially from appetizer and main course to dessert. It's a pretty fun experience when you get to know new people from Indonesia to foreign countries. This dinner experience will take about 3-4 hours, and free-flow limoncello drinks all night. However, bad and inappropriate booking information, which should include water and tea after dessert, instead we have to pay as usual. Food is fine like classic home cooking with mediocre taste standards. The memorable thing here is just the experience of meeting new people. The price is quite high where you can spend IDR 500,000++ per person not including drinks.
Located in the Kuta beach area which is indeed a favorite destination for tourists. In a very large area with an outdoor concept, cushion chairs, cabanas, and restaurant chairs are available as usual. The pool overlooking the beach is a special spot, especially at sunset in the afternoon. Quite a pleasant place to spend the afternoon before dinner, they serve a variety of interesting cocktails and a selection of international dishes in a modern style. Unfortunately, the service is very bad, especially when staff asks for a credit card as a guarantee before ordering, while other guests, especially foreign tourists, don't seem to have that kind of treatment.