Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ultimate culinary indulgence on the beachside

There is something special about dining next to the beach or by the sea. A backdrop view of the ocean is definitely a perfect treat that will tantalize your taste buds. Be it seafood grill, Pan Asian cuisine, home-made local favourites, or even with a mix of Middle Eastern flavours, anything served on the table will promptly awake the palates of both young and old with the coastal vibe of the island. Now, with your appetite well and truly whet, ease yourself into the gourmet marathon ahead.

Beach Bar & Grill 
Spend your day by the beach gazing at the gorgeous Indian Ocean, feel the breeze and watch the sun sets in the west of the horizon. A perfect place for family, couples and a group of friends, Beach Bar & Grill at The Sofitel is blessed with a strategic location on the prettiest calm beach of Nusa Dua, offering a niche atmosphere of a day on the beach. Take your time sitting under a shaded spot with views of the resort’s beachfront coconut grove, regain your unconditional love with the island. Serving live barbeque snacks and a long-list of cocktails, you can only wish if the day would last longer.
Having a warm and intimate ambiance, capturing the smell of sea breeze, Eight Degrees South at Conrad Bali will remind that you are in the paradise. Offering romantic beachfront dining with a dazzling backdrop of Tanjung Benoa’s stretching sands and water sport activities, this restaurant delivers a first-class culinary journey with a dynamic reflection of Bali's coastal life. Be tempted by fresh seafood and classic grilled dishes that served with a contemporary presentation, transform it into a memorable tropical-dining adventure. Choose your best wine to pair with the food, while watching the reddish sun about to fall beneath the glittering horizon of the sea, to take your day to an epic end. 

Cooling by a soft ocean breeze along the prettiest white sand beach of Nusa Dua, the iconic restaurant of Lagoona introduces a formal fine dining next to the beach within the Ayodya Resort. With a seating capacity of more than 100, the contemporary décor of the restaurant showcases wooden chairs and tables with glass windows facing out the ocean and pool view. To greet the evening, the restaurant transforms into a more private and romantic environment, prompted by the rich engraved woodwork and the cool glow of the rising moon. Browsing the menu, the venue bears a classic vibe of the magical island by serving a variety of grilled item as well as a good selection of steak and seafood that will seduce the palate of all ages. While you are admiring the glistening tableware and the familiar surroundings, you will feel at home with professionals serving you.

Nelayan Restaurant
Off to a busy road and turn on a narrow lane in Jimbaran area, Nelayan sits elegantly by the beach of the renowned Jimbaran Bay. Facing to the friendly waves of the ocean and the giant-size pool, the venue is perfectly dedicated for guest with little kids. Stroll along the shore to find the local fishermen in action and continue to the traditional fish market where you can buy fresh seafood. Nelayan itself only serves an extensive range of freshly caught fish and delicious Mediterranean-style cuisine, combining Western techniques with Indonesian spices. With a flawless 360-degree view, the culinary team of Nelayan will cater you to the beginning of a very memorable culinary adventure.

Paon Doeloe
Sitting by the sea within the large complex of Taman Bhagawan, Paon Doeloe is an authentic Javanese Joglo beachfront restaurant located on a vast stretch of Tanjung Benoa's white sand beach. Showcasing elegant colonial-style table settings and pleasurable sofas for a low-key evening, this semi open-air venue is steeped in history and highly appreciates the traditions of the past. Traditional ornaments from Java specifically and vintage décor of the place will travel you back in time while at the same time embrace your present life. Paon Doeloe serves exotic flavours of Indonesian and Asian cuisine in the cosy indoors or under the shades of tree with impressive views of the ocean and a luxurious garden. The beach, garden and culture – such a perfect combination to get all at once.
Providing impeccable service in luxury experiences of Tanjung Benoa’s coastal life, Sakala ’s poolside and beachfront features a dramatic design with high ceilings and A 30-meter crystal clear infinity pool as the centerpiece. Soak in the sun on the lounges spreading around the main area or chill at a sunken swim up bar sipping a fresh ingredients of delicious cocktail, while be prepared for the spectacular sunset on the sky deck or sea terrace. Once the sun has left its reddish mark on the sky, indulge yourself to delight in the fine delicacies prepared by well-trained chefs. Serving contemporary cuisine as modern art, Sakala’s dining experience focuses on fresh seafood from local fishermen, bright and vibrantly flavored – a true ode to the sea. Spare some room for other mouthwatering dishes that promise to dazzle your taste buds.

Starfish Bloo
This W Bali’s signature restaurant offers a non-formal but fancy seaside dining destination on a calm coast of the island. Taking a bold concept from the sea, Starfish Bloo showcases a one-of-a-kind semi open-air private tables with a long banquet table surrounded by giant blue pillars and jellyfish-shaped lamps, facing to the hypnotizing view of Seminyak Beach. Take your time relaxing on a colourful bean bag or dreamy daybed while feeling the gentle ocean breeze tinkling your skin, before have much a treat for your palate. Offering Pan Asian cuisine with light Western essences, Starfish Bloo’s culinary team will seduce the palates of both young and old, providing the best dining by the sea experience imaginable.

Stand for its name, meaning “beautiful” in Sanskrit word, Sundara is Jimbaran’s most exclusive dining destinations wrapped in panoramic ocean views across Bali's southern coastline. Spend your day by the sea on sun lounges viewing the exotic curve of Jimbaran Bay in the afternoon, or lounge on daybeds by the 57-meter infinity pool. Get a few sips of Sundara’s crave-worthy cocktails at the Sundara bar in the ground level beachfront area, while making an intimate attachment your surroundings in a relaxing seaside vibe. After the sun has taken its leave for the day, the fire pits on the beach are lit and transforming Sundara to be more elegant, a perfect time for a fancy dinner. Offering customized dining of Asian dishes, mixing with classic Middle Eastern, Spanish and Australian flavours, have your dinner in individual portions or sharing with a group. End your perfect day with a perfect dessert that will wow your taste buds instantly.

Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge
With all encompassing perspectives of the Lombok Straits and the Indian Ocean, this newest addition to the exquisite dining experiences offered by the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is grasping the way of life and relishing the flavors to imitate the wealth of nature. Cover up to 150 people under the spectacular thatched roof Bamboo structure pavilion, Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge offers a delightful mix of culinary joys, cognizance to guarantee the prosperity of their recognized guests. Check out the ocean view at the lower and upper level floors, while choosing your home-made favourites, from light, crisp and heavenly plates of mixed greens to new grilled fish and delectable side dishes – all seasoned with hand-picked local herbs.

Tepan Noodle
Making the most of its prime location of the legendary Kuta Beach, Tepan Noodle guarantees a remarkable oceanfront view with the warm breeze of the southern island and the sound of the calm waves. Presented nicely under the palms and plum trees, the restaurant serves up Japanese delights with international cooking styles to create Pan-Asian flavours. Located next to the main pool of Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, you will be treated with the best Teppanyaki, Sushi and Sashimi in the outdoor terrace seating on the beach. A number of smoky, barbecued hot plates and sizzling tempura variations are also an available treat for your eyes as well as your taste buds. Complete your al fresco experience with live performance on the Theme Nights Dinners every Tuesday to Saturday.

The Shore Restaurant and Bar
Offering a rare semi fine dining set up inside Grand Nikko Nusa Dua’s resort, The Shore promises a cool spot to lounge with friends and romantic treat for your loved one. Choose your seat at the Aqua Mezzanine in the second level to get more formal dining experience, on the Marina Deck at the front row seating to experience the island’s tropical lifestyle, or even sit casually on the beach to feel a gentle touch of sea breeze – any spot in the restaurant deserves an equal breathtaking view of the glittering pool and Indian Ocean. Go unwind and satisfy your palate with Asian dishes and The Shore's signature smoothies by day, while some fresh seafood, imported meats and a long list of wine is ready to savour your dinner time. BBQ by the beach is also available every Wednesday to cater your late night euphoria under the stars.  

This article is published on the July issue of NOW! Bali Magazine