Seminyak has emerged as the foodie capital of Bali. Here, you can find everything from stalls selling street food to restaurants that give serious competition to any that have won a Michelin star. Following my recent visit, I’ve created a guide to help you find the best restaurants in Seminyak.
Jl. Petitenget no. 14 // +62 361 739233
Barbacoa was definitely the most see and be seen place I visited while in Seminyak. It somehow manages to simultaneously pull off being both trendy but not cliché and expansive yet still featuring cozy nooks. The leather banquets and dark wood featured throughout give the restaurant a classy feel without being pretentious.
When you walk in, you’re immediately impressed with the expansive layout. We were seated outside on a deck overlooking a bright green rice paddy. This is a great spot to meet for happy hour or sunset cocktails after a long day at the beach.
The Latin American eatery focuses on BBQ, charcoal, wood fire, and smoke dishes, and it does them all well.
My favorite dish of the night was the ultimate ham and cheese starter, which consists of fresh hot bread, a skillet of melty, spreadable Manchego, and a serving of salty Spanish ham. You combine the ingredients together yourself–this is not the ham and cheese sandwich from your childhood.
We also loved the roasted suckling pig with chimichurri sauce. The meat was incredibly tender and flavorful, and the sauce paired perfectly.
The jalapeño croquettes were also amazing–flavorful, but not overly spicy. And make sure to try the Corona beer battered fish tacos with a homemade mango chutney. These went really well with the jalapeño margarita that the bartender sent over.
For dessert, make sure to ask for the Toblerone ice cream. It’s prepared table side using dry ice. The ice cream itself is delicious, but watching the preparation is fun and is something I’ve never seen done anywhere else.
Jalan Drupadi No. 56 // +62 361 738514
Kreol Kitchen is definitely another place to put on your list of places to check out for breakfast while you’re in town. While I only had time to stop in once, the shakshouka was delicious, and every dish I saw delivered from the kitchen made me wish I had time to come back again. The corn fritters looked especially great.
Jalan Drupadi 18 // 821 44010888
I adore the creative burgers I found at Wacko. Corn chips, beetroot, guacamole, sour cream, bacon, pepper cream cheese, tomato chutney and many more toppings could be found on the menu.
My favorite was the OMG burger, which included not only a super spicy sambal (sauce) but also an entire fried chili.
This place was so good that I ended up there twice, even though it wasn’t the healthiest option I found during my trip. During my second visit, I enjoyed the Speedy Gonzalez, which was much milder but still creative and delicious.
Potato Head Beach Club, Jl. Petitenget 51B // +62 361 300 7990
Kaum is impressive because it features the best regional dishes from all of Indonesia in a single restaurant. Before the restaurant launched, the team behind the menu went on a culinary tour of the country and learned recipes and cooking methods from tribal communities.
Our server had so many amazing suggestions that we let her order for us, and we genuinely liked everything she chose. As she delivered dishes to the table, she explained both the dish and its region of origin.
Our favorite appetizer from the evening was easily the Gohu Ikan Tuna, which consisted of raw tuna with virgin coconut oil, lime, pomelo & toasted kenari nuts. This dish was so light but flavorful.
The runner up for best appetizer would be the batagor–fried fish & prawn dumplings tossed in spicy cashew nut sauce with sweet soy sauce. I could have eaten an entire second order of these. I love dumplings of any kind.
We left the restaurant still debating the best main course–it was too close to call. My vote was for the duck dish. It was fried and served with a green mango and red chili relish.
Jalan Kayu Aya Blok C No. 1-2 // +62 8510 1700078
Teatro means theater, and that’s exactly what diners are in when they visit- a production.
I joined the team at Teatro to sample their degustation menu. I honestly don’t have enough words to describe how great the experience was. The setting–gorgeous. The food–incredible. Drink pairings–perfect. The service–flawless. The entire experience was so incredible and the staff somehow makes it appear to happen with ease as one plate after another hits your table with precision timing.
The plates come to the table looking like one piece of edible art after another.
With so many dishes, it was difficult to choose one that stood out. I will say that throughout the evening I was especially impressed with the seafood dishes. The fish is locally sourced, and the ingredients that share the plate all highlight the fish well.
Jl. Drupadi no. 68, 80361 // +62 813-3919-6139
I found this great little breakfast spot one morning, and as usual, I wish I had been able to make it back to try more of the menu. The dish I tried, The Surfer, was excellent: poached eggs, bruschetta, sautéed spinach, and feta over sourdough toast. Make sure to try one of their fresh juices as well.
Jalan Kayu Cendana No.7 // +62 811 3860 507
Sisterfield’s is a local favorite, as evidenced by the line out the door and the queue to get in. But the meal is well worth the wait. On the day I visited, I tried the house made papparadelle with lamb neck ragu. You could tell the pasta was made in house because it’s texture was perfect, and the ragu had an intense flavor.
So, there you have it–the best restaurants in Seminyak. Which one looked best to you? Let me know in the comments below.
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