From the moment you step off the plane in Bali, the suffocating heat wraps itself around you and almost instantly, the heady smell of incense fills the air. This is Bali…and it is beautiful.
Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Bali before, it’s a country I’m endlessly fascinated by. I love its people, always so warm and welcoming, the culture and the sights and smells that overwhelm your senses. There is also a seemingly never-ending list of things to do and see, and places to eat!
So, while this is by no means a comprehensive list (and no doubt I will update this post on each subsequent visit), here is part one of my LUXE / HEALTH Bali travel bible. I hope if you’re lucky enough to venture to this beautiful part of the world that you can tick some of these hidden gems off your list.
On this latest trip, we were based in Seminyak, a bustling hub of motorbikes, shops and delicious restaurants that will leave your mouth watering. So here are some of my favourite spots to eat…
Jl kayu aya / Gang 51
Seminyak – Oberoi
Revolver was without a doubt our favourite spot for coffee, breakfast and a fresh juice. Their menu is amazing, but I would definitely recommend trying their signature dish The Revolver, aka smashed avo and poached eggs. Other honourable mentions include Goodfellas, ricotta pancakes with berries, the Tony Montana juice and Bulls Eye, their delicious homemade muesli with almond milk. Bang, bang!
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Great for brekkie, lunch or even dinner, Corner House is the perfect place to stop in for a cold drink and a delicious feed any time of day. Nasi Goreng is Bali’s national dish so if you haven’t given it a go yet, make sure you order it here! Their prawn and soft shell crab laksa was also out of this world.
Jl Kayujati 9X
If you love Mexican (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t?!) then Motel Mexicola is one restaurant you MUST tick off your Bali bucket list! My husband and I literally rolled out the door afterwards as we couldn’t help but work our way through their extensive menu. Their tacos are unreal, but I would also highly recommend their BBQ pork ribs and grilled corn kernels with sour cream and cheese…um, yes!
Located in the new boutique Katamama hotel
Jl Petitenget No 51B
If you’ve been lucky enough to visit MoVida in Melbourne or Sydney, then let me tell you that Frank Camorra’s new MoVida Bali restaurant definitely does not disappoint! You may wonder what on earth the photograph above captures, but just take my word for it and order the soft shell crab squid ink sliders…delicious! The service here was also amazing and our lovely waiter Wayan knew every detail of the menu inside and out.
22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd]
Sea Circus has become a Seminyak institution and if you’re looking for colour, then this is your joint! Although I don’t think their tacos are quite as tasty as those at Motel Mexicola, everything is deliciously fresh and it’s a great spot for breakfast. Try their guava and mango kombucha if you’re feeling trendy and as a treat, order the banoffee parfait (we may have ordered two!)
Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 8B
Finally, you can’t go to Seminyak without visiting BOSSMAN. I can confidently say that the burgers here are the best I’ve ever eaten, anywhere in the world, so just treat yourself (you’re on holiday after all) and order the Al Capone. If you’re really hungry, try the Loaded Fries with pulled pork and jalapeños, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!