One of the best aspects of being on holiday is the overall mentality of indulgence. For many people, the stress of day-to-day life melts away and is replaced by a thirst for adventure and new experiences. At Ministry of Villas, we hope as you plan your visit to Bali the only goals you have in mind are relaxation and pleasure during your time with us. From choosing to book a gorgeous, private villa, to lounging on sandy beaches, to whiling away your days in high end boutiques or exotic day spas, Bali offers the best of the best when it comes to lavish amenities.
Not surprisingly, nowhere is that more true than in the Bali’s food scene. Not only will you find some of the most incredible, delicious and unique meals you’ve ever eaten in Bali, you will be welcomed to the table as a long lost family member – made to feel as though your presence is the most essential component to the whole meal. Seminyak specifically, boasts some of the most popular, diverse and delicious restaurants on the whole island. Please, allow us to whet your appetite a bit…
Our 15 Must Visit Restaurants in Seminyak
1. Breeze at The Samaya – Consistently voted the #1 restaurant in the area, the Breeze is everything you expect a five-star island restaurant to be. It’s situated right on the beach, so if you’re lucky enough to snag a surf-facing table you will be privy to some absolute gorgeous views while you dine. The eclectic menu is best described simply as “International” and the service is second to none.
2. Lestari Grill & Pasta – A bit of a diamond in the rough given it’s off-the-beaten-path location, Lestari is none the less a “can’t miss” dining destination. European fare and a warm, inviting ambiance make this a universal crowd pleaser…and the complimentary shot you’ll likely be greeted with sets the tone for a truly delectable evening.
3. Mama San – This Asian restaurant certainly is hot right now! In high season it can be weeks to get your foot in the door so make sure you make a reservation. This ground ﬂoor dining room seats up to 70 at any one time and is open for lunch at 11am -2pm and for dinner from 6pm – 11pm.
4. Chez Gado Gado – If you’re looking for a romantic, intimate, yet contemporary place to unwind after a day in the sun, Chez Gado Gado is an excellent option. The only “downside” to this little gem is that with growing popularity, it has become a bit exclusive and difficult to get in; we suggest making a reservation ahead of time if you plan to dine here.
5. Earth Café – If the name doesn’t give it away already, Earth Café is one of the island’s more diverse, unique spots to visit. Not only is it a hip little café, it is also a small shop where you can buy soaps, oils, etc. It offers Bali’s most vegan friendly, raw, organic and gluten free menu.
6. Metis – touted as one of Bali’s most sophisticated dining establishments, this French Mediterranean eatery offers not only some of the freshest, most exquisite cuisine on the island, it also happens to be attached to the Metis Gallery and Boutique.
7. Sarong – A relative newcomer to the Balinese food scene, the concept behind the delightful Asian restaurant was inspired by Asian Pacific street food, from all across the continent.
8. Chandi – This is a wonderful little spot to try local, Indonesian cuisine…especially since the specials here are platters of small plates and bites to be shared by the table. A perfect way to experience a wide array of Balinese dishes.
9. Petitenget – This newcomer offers a cool atmosphere and ambiance along with fantastic meals. Every dish served in this charming restaurant is prepared fresh. Friday nights attracts many expats enjoying a drink or two at the bar.
10. Khaima Moroccan Restaurant – yes the food here is delicious and authentic, but people come for the experience as much as anything else, as the restaurant features live belly dancers performing each Friday and Saturday evening.
11. La Sal – Another hidden gem that can be a little difficult to find but well worth the effort. La Sal offers some of the best Spanish food on the island (served tapas style) and the margaritas…watch out!
12. Warung Sabot – another classic Indonesian warung that is not to be missed. The servings are hearty and well prepared and the staff, with its mischievous sense of humor, often dances for guests each time they order a cocktail.
13. Café Bali – Most visitors will tell you that this is the place to go in Seminyak for breakfast and brunch. With it’s laid-back, eclectic vibe and delicious eggs benedict, there’s no question why this is a “can’t miss” destination.
14. Warung Bola – Owned by an Italian couple who have brought their love of pizza and pasta to the islands, this is a great casual spot for lunch or dinner. The prices are incredible reasonable and the restaurant overlooks a gorgeous beach.
15. Lanai – Fabulous little beachside restaurant, known for its fresh seafood dishes and refreshing banana smoothies. Many of the restaurants along this beachfront stretch are worth a visit.
If that list doesn’t have your mouth watering, well, someone better check your pulse. As you can see, you will find no shortage of variety in Seminyak when it comes to the cuisine. We encourage you to venture out and explore as many different places as you can during your stay… you never know what hidden treasure you may stumble upon if you do. Bon appetite!