Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bali's Adventure Dining

This island will inspire you with its never-ending list of things to do that will allow you to soak up its vibrant culture. While exploring Bali, one of the important components that define an enjoyable trip is having good food with excellent views. We highlight some of the unique restaurants around the island. From the appetizing menus with spectacular settings, the striking contemporary interiors with authentic architecture, to the warm friendly Balinese hospitality. Be sure to satisfy your palates at these restaurants while you tour the island for something different from the ordinary.

Ayung Valley
Nestled in Ayung River Valley, majestically sweeping vistas of the valley and river with stunning views of lush greenery all around, Ayung Valley Restaurant is one of the luxurious restaurants in the rural Ubud. Due to its bucolic ambience, the place is popular for wedding dinners. Nature enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a delectable meal amidst this breathtaking landscape. For guests who come from highly urbanised cities, feasting on superb dining in such an unspoiled terrain is a perfect opportunity to relieve them from the stress.
With nature literally at your doorstep and the beauty of the views purportedly unparalleled, Ayung Valley Restaurant is the place to go to for the gastronomic experience of your lifetime. International dishes served at Ayung Valley Restaurant, outperform culinary boundaries to soothe the appetites of the guests. Using only the best ingredients and cooked by professional chefs, the quality of the food is guaranteed, ensuring that your meal will be a satisfying one. 

The Royal Pita Maha
Kedewatan Village, Ubud
+62 361 980022
www.royalpitamaha-bali.com

Bali Asli
Located in a secluded spot in the north-eastern part of the island, Bali Asli Restaurant offers majestic views of Mount Agung. Surrounded by rice fields, the setting is idyllic and one that is imbued with a sense of serenity. Bali Asli serves authentic Balinese home-style cuisine with traditional methods of cooking, like mortars, pestles, and wood-fired mud brick stoves. The freshest ingredients are only sourced from their own garden or the local market, bringing classical Balinese delicacies to satiate the taste buds of even the most discerning foodies.
The exterior of the restaurant is a stone wall with a carving of Saraswati, the goddess of knowledge and art. Then, a set of stairs leads you to a conventional Balinese doorway with intricately carved wooden doors, where you will find a traditional open-concept kitchen and circular with polished wood floors.
If you would like to opt for a set lunch, you get to choose from a four course or six course tasting menu with every dish freshly made from scratch. These dishes are carefully prepared by Executive Chef Penelope Williams, who apprenticed at world-renowned The Savoy in London. With stunning views of Mount Agung, Bali Asli promises an absolute divine Balinese culinary experience that will make you reminisce the good old times while you revel in tasty Balinese food!
Jalan Raya Tengading, Gelumpang Village, Amlapura
www.baliasli.com.au

Bali Tower Resto
Located in West Bali National Park, Bali Tower Resto provides a rare opportunity to have a fancy dining from above ground and being surrounded by bountiful nature. The restaurant has an extraordinary and unique structure made from five huge logs, each 33 meters long and 80 centimetres in diameter. Perched on the second and third floor of tower logs, Bali Tower Resto offers sweeping views of the verdant valleys and the blue ocean surrounding it. The top floor viewing platform reaches over 30 metres in height, which make it the best restaurant to bear witness the magnificent Bali’s sunrise and sunset.
Specialising in Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine, with vegetarian options available, Bali Tower Resto does not have a very large variety of appetisers and main courses to choose from, but it is primarily the atmosphere that wins the hearts of the diners. The venue accentuates the importance of having a natural and relaxed getaway as a respite from the stresses of urban dwellers, while working in harmony with nature.
While tucking into dishes, gaze out of the window for the finest view of lush vegetation to please your eyes. You may watch the deer on the move in the woods and hear the occasional chirping of birds in the forest. You will luxuriate in the pleasant surroundings which seem so much like a natural paradise. Relaxing your minds amidst the beautiful and pristine environment, Bali Tower Resto welcomes you to a gastronomic experience like no other. A photo opportunity, especially at sunset, would also make the trip to this restaurant worth it.
The Menjangan
Jalan Raya Gilimanuk Singaraja, Pajarakan Village, West Bali National Park
+62 362 94700
www.themenjangan.com

The View
Nothing can be more enchanting than a view of dense forests, rice paddies and manicured gardens right under your nose. Roosted in the picturesque and tranquil valley of Pengosekan, overlooking lush rice paddies, The View Restaurant offers a picturesque dining experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. The ambience instantly brings a sense of tranquillity and peace, away from the hustle bustle of life. The venue is designed to make you feel an integral part of the nature.
This signature restaurant of Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa has made its mark as a creative culinary experience in Ubud, and caters an excellent local Balinese as well as international cuisine. Get closer to the nature, guests can choose to dine at the outdoor wooden deck dining area for a more relaxed and warm ambience. Embellished with beautiful gardens, you can soak in the serene atmosphere as you dine.
The location of the venue will also provide an experience that is somewhat the best of both worlds: to experience the calmness of the back deck with its spectacular views, and simultaneously, the hustle and bustle of Ubud Centre. The View in Plataran Ubud Hotel & Spa promises a dining experience that you will want to come back for, particularly with its congenial surroundings and its noteworthy food. After all, that is why the restaurant is aptly named “The View”, as it is primarily the spectacular view that draws diners to this place – one that is just so alluring.
Plataran Ubud Hotel & SpaJalan Hanoman Pengosekan, Ubud
+62 361 978340
www.plataran.com

The L’ Altitude
If you love dining while getting to view nature’s ethereal beauty, you may want to consider heading to L’Altitude Restaurant in Tabanan. Just recently opened its door to the public, The L’Altitude serves both local and international cuisine using in-house grown herbs and spices from on-site rooftop garden, and locally sourced vegetables, presented in a market style display so guests can observe the preparation in the open kitchen. The restaurant combines exemplary service with fresh and organic produce sourced daily to deliver guests a quality and pleasant dining journey.
The theme of sustainability is emphasised in the restaurant’s goal to minimise harm to the environment and benefit local communities. The team of experienced chefs is led by Executive Chef Michael Deutsch, a Canadian who has a vast experience of working and using organic and sustainable produce to cook. The health-conscious will also delight in knowing that most foods here are gluten-free and low in fats, so the true essence of the flavours are naturally pure and not hidden by the use of commercial salts or refined sugar.
However, it is not only the taste and the views that should be the main reason drawing you to dine here. Rice fields, mountains, natural spring pools and Hindu temples encircle you, as you are greeted with gorgeous and picturesque views all round emblematic of rural Balinese villages.
Royal Tulip Saranam Resort & SpaJalan Raya Baturiti, Pacung, Tabanan
+62 368 21038
www.royaltulipsaranam.com 

Tsavo Lion
Imagine dining just metres away from the king of the jungle. Tsavo Lion offers a very unique adventure dining experience, which allows you to have such a close encounter with real wildlife. Situated in Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar, this first African-themed restaurant in Asia surrounds you with lions as you feast on your meal, with only a thick glass wall separating you from their den.
Lying beneath a thatched roof top with Mount Agung visible in the distance, the restaurant’s architecture imitates that from a Kenyan lodge. With African-style interior design and music, plus brilliant lighting effects, you will feel like dining amongst the African savanna. The lions are fed not far away from the glass wall, allowing diners to view them eating and at the same time offering a rare photo opportunity.
The restaurant serves a variety of cuisine from around the globe, cooked by an experienced chef, Chef Mahadi, who has a wealth of experience from his years of work in luxury hotels in Bali and Dubai. If you opt for the standard set menu, you will enjoy roasted Foie Gras, Tasmanian salmon and lamb, accompanied with pumpkin soup and a dessert known as Sake Pasu Panacotta. However, one dish that stands out is the Crispy Duck. While dining with a glass wall separating you from lions may not come near to the authentic experience of dining in a safari camp in the open-air African savannah, it surely is a great experience and one that does not cost much. After all, you are bound to have the greatest adventurous meal of your life.
Bali Safari Marine & Park Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar
+62 361 950000
www.balisafarimarinepark.com

Waka Bar & Restaurant
Perched on the edge of a hill and encircled by the black sand beach, deep blue ocean as well as rice paddy fields, dining at Waka Bar & Restaurant will surely take your breath away with its stunningly scenic natural and unspoiled landscape. As you tuck into delicious Indonesian and Western dishes, you are bound to experience an inner peace – something that is hard to describe in words as you engage your senses with your surroundings. With your eyes taking in panoramic views, your ears hearing the waves crash onto the shore, your face and body feeling the freshness of the ocean air, your nose and tongue smelling and tasting all the mouth-watering food, dining there is simply magical.
If you plan to come at dinner time, consider having a live lobster candle-lit dinner specially prepared by the Corporate Executive Chef, Putu Yudana, which you need to reserve one day in advance. The restaurant also provides a vast menu of vegetarian items as well as an exclusive wine menu to choose from. To make your night more special, the mouth-watering food is served along with live music. Waka Bar & Restaurant will tantalise your taste buds and captivates you with nature’s beauty as you engage your five senses while dining in the peaceful environment.
Waka GanggaJalan Yeh Gangga, Sudimara Village, Tanah Lot, Tabanan
+62 361 484085
www.wakahotelsandresorts.com 

This article is published in NOW! Bali Magazine August issue