An international array of dining options is on offer to visitors on Bali, not to mention a host of delectable local Indonesian eateries serving dishes that, once tried, are sure to be ordered again during a stay on the Island on the Gods.
Bali is home to restaurants and eateries to suit every budget, from high-end luxury bistros to the traditional seafood "warungs" (small, family owned restaurants) dotted across the island. In fact, the cost of Bali dining is often merely a fraction of what you would expect to pay in a major destination city. Sampling the range of menus across the island never gets dull, as new restaurants are constantly opening and adapting their menus to cater for the increasing numbers of holidaymakers that visit this idyllic spot year after year.
If you like to immerse yourself in the local food culture whilst on holiday, the flavourful, sometimes spicy Balinese dishes are not to be missed. Betutu, a whole chicken or duck stuffed with traditional spices and wrapped in banana leaves before being baked, is a favourite with meat lovers. Another all time favourite is Babi Guling, a spit-roasted pig stuffed with traditional spices and vegetables and a dish traditionally served at special festivals and ceremonies.
Visitors with more of A sweet tooth can indulge in Jajanan Pasar, a traditional Balinese cake available at markets across the island. Ingredients in this sweet treat include rice flour, glutinous rice, sugar, coconut and fruit. Such dishes are available at local warungs and even some street stalls, a few of which remain open twenty-four hours a day at the night markets.
The popular beach area of Kuta has a wide range of restaurants for visitors to choose from, which include international and local eateries where visitors can dine on fabulous food whilst also enjoying the laid back yet bustling atmosphere of the town.
If you are in search of something with a little more luxurious, most of the high-end restaurants are situated to the north in the Seminyak area, where flavours from around the world can be enjoyed on the menus. An impressive array of dishes is also available in Legian, while in the capital Denpasar, Jalan Teuku Umar and Renon Niti Mandala areas are home to an assortment of Chinese, Indian, Arabic, Mediterranean and Western restaurants that will leave no craving unsatisfied.
If you are a seafood lover, then head to Jimbaran where a three kilometre stretch of restaurants and cafés includes around 40 different options. There you can feast on lobster, crab, shrimp and freshly caught fish. Meanwhile for a more lavish feast still, visitors often head to Candidasa or Nusa Dua. Both locations are home to some splendid resort restaurants, and Nusa Dua in particular is not a destination to be missed if you want to enjoy stunning ocean views along with your meal.
Many of the first class restaurants in Nusa Dua also host live music performances for guests to enjoy. Whiles in Candidasa, the restaurants are mainly situated within walking distance of one another so it is easy to stroll through the town until you find the perfect venue to suit your taste.
Whether you decide to go local or global, Bali dining is an integral part of the pleasure of the stay. So much so that you could easily end up planning your holidays around the food you want to try.