Last weekend was my birthday (yay), and it was also a long weekend in Western Australia (double yay). So my husband decided to treat me to an extended weekend in Bali because he’s amazing and I have been working my little butt off lately. It was a well deserved 5 day break from the rat race. Those 5 days were intended to be very relaxing with nothing but eating, drinking and poolside reading occuring, throw in some exploring and adventure and you have my entire trip. Bali often gets a bad reputation, news reports of people becoming ill and even dying from the food and alcohol seemed almost a common thread last year. I know people who are fearful of visiting Bali because of this.
So I have compiled a list of my favourite restaurants in Kuta and surrounding areas that are tried and tested, so mush so I make an effort to visit as many of them as I can whenever I am in Bali. In no particular order.
Kitchenette– I have written about this place before, and for good reason. The restaurant is set up in a vintage kitchenette style with home-made style offerings on the menu. You can build your own salad or pick from their sandwich, pasta, omelette or crepe selection. Be sure to try their home made lemonade and lychee iced tea served in mason jars. Open 9am-11pm most days. http://www.ismaya.com/micro/read/kitchenette
Ultimo and Rumours– Probably the BEST restaurants in Bali. I have grouped them together because they are owned by the same group and are situated very close together, a few buildings separating them. Ultimo will deliver speedy, tasty, cheap Italian food that will leave you incredibly satisfied. Be sure to make a booking (last booking at 9pm). Open 4pm until late. http://balinesia.co.id/indexbali.asp
Rosso Vivo– Another Italian restaurant (no prizes for guessing my favourite type of food). The Head Chef is Italian so he has a pretty good idea of what he is doing. No word of a lie I CRAVE their Greek salad and Bruschetta, It’s THAT good. Lunch specials will get you a decent meal for roughly $5-10 AUD. Open 7am until late. http://www.kutaseaviewhotel.com/bali-restaurant/
Frankenstein’s Laboratory- This is comparable to Dracula’s on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. Except this is a bit more interactive. Realistic, gruesome face painting is offered and cocktails come in IV bags to share, or drink on your own. There are 3 shows with your dinner at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30. Open 5pm-12pm. http://www.frankensteinslaboratory.net/
Rock Bar– You won’t exactly get a sit down meal in this place but what you will get is one of the most spectacular views as you watch the sunset over the ocean. As the name suggest the Rock Bar is situated on the rocks, over the ocean. A range of finger food is offered as well as a fully stocked bar. Be sure to get there early to secure the best spot (the sun sets around 6pm). Open 4pm- 1am. http://ayanaresort.com/rockbarbali/
Shelter Cafe- My friend told me about this place because our first hotel didn’t have breakfast with our accommodation, being vegetarians we never find enough value for money in a buffet anyway. I forgot about this place until our last night. By then we had moved hotels which had breakfast included so I had two breakfasts that day and am so glad I did. We first stopped at Nalu bowls which is a part of and directly below Shelter Cafe, we placed our order for the Nalu bowl (a mix of super healthy, awesome ingredients blended together to make a smoothie like ice cream, all topped with home made granola and bananas) and then headed upstairs for some coffee, a table and a view. This place not only had a delicious and healthy breakfast, good coffee, and soy milk, it had an awesome atmosphere. Open 7:30- 5pm. However, the Nalu bowls sell out quite quickly so best to get there early. http://www.sheltercafebali.com/ It can be a little difficult to find. We followed the directions given on the Nalu bowls website http://www.nalubowls.com/ If you jump in a cab and get them to take you to Queen’s Tandoor in Seminyak, then look for the sign pointing you down the lane.