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Spice and Everything Nice - Indonesian and International Food in Bali

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Learning all about Indonesian food is one of the highlights of any visit to Kuta. You can get a real Southeast Asian flavor experience by sampling satay, nasi campur, or a spicy stew at one of the many street stalls. Or try the chef's recommendations in a local restaurant. If you prefer international-style dining, there are plenty of other global cuisines on offer.

Typical dishes

 

Balinese specialties include babi guling, roast suckling pig infused with spices, and bebek betutu, slow-cooked duck. Vegetarians will also find meat-free versions of nasi and mee goreng: fried rice and noodles.

Street food to savor

 

Strolling around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, look to see where the locals are eating, and you're bound to find authentic Balinese and Indonesian fare. Jalan Pantai Kuta is packed with small eateries known as warung. At the nearby night market you can try kambing (goat) and babi (pork) in stews and grills. Warung Nasi Bebek Bu Rima on Jalan Raya Kuta is a popular spot for fried chicken (ayam), duck (bebek), and catfish (lele). Most dishes have a spicy kick, but you can ask your chef for something on the milder side.

 

  • Warung Nasi Bebek Bu Rima, Jalan Raya Kuta

 

International cuisines of Kuta

 

Jalan Pantai Kuta and Poppies Lane are lined with restaurants where you can sip a cocktail or share a bottle of wine in lush tropical surroundings. Ever-popular Made's Warung serves Balinese specialties like babi guling, and bebek betutu, as well as Western and Asian dishes and some quality vegetarian options. Central Kuta also has plenty of international restaurants, from pizza and burger joints to long-standing institutions like TJ's on Poppies Lane. This local favorite has been serving up frosty margaritas and modern Mexican dishes since 1989. For some with a Balinese-Mexican fusion try the nasi campur).

 

  • Made's Warung, Br. Pande Mas, Kuta, Bali, Indonesia; Tel: + 62 361 755 297; Website: Made's Warung
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  • TJ's Mexican Restaurant, Poppies lane 1 No 24, Kuta; Tel: +62 361 751 093; Website: TJ's Mexican Restaurant

 

Dining by Legian beach

 

Legian is another popular dining spot, with some great eateries in every price category. Cheap-as-anything fast-food burger joints rub shoulders with wallet-wilting 5-star restaurants, and everything in between. Famished foodies will find plenty of choices strung out along beachside Jalan Pantai Arjuna, and there are many more on Jalan Legian. Long-running Blue Ocean Bali, on Legian Beach, serves up ultra-fresh seafood with organic vegetables, as you relax and watch the sun set. And at Kopi Pot, on Jalan Legian, you can enjoy local gado gado in a Balinese garden setting, and finish off your meal with homemade cheesecake and coffee.

 

  • Blue Ocean Bali, Jalan Pantai Arjuna / Double Six, Legian Kaja, Kuta; Tel: +62 361 747 2308; Website: Blue Ocean Bali
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  • Kopi Pot, Jalan Legian, Kuta; Tel: +62 361 752 614; Website: Kopi Pot

 

Chic eats in Seminyak

 

Some of the world's top chefs - from Frenchman Nicolas Tourneville to Aussie Matthew McCool - have restaurants in Seminyak, and many places come with free sea and sunset views. Jalan Laksmana in particular has earned such a reputation for fine dining it's known locally as "Eat Street". Elsewhere, at Mejekawi Ku De Ta, chef Will Goldfarb cooks up high-tech twists on Indonesian classics. Or travel further up the coast, along Jalan Petitenget to Sardine. Here you can look out across the rice paddies as you select your fresh fish and homegrown organic vegetables from the daily changing menu.

 

  • Mejekawi Ku De Ta, Jalan Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak; Tel: +62 361 736 969; Website: Mejekawi Ku De Ta
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  • Sardine, Jalan Petitenget 21, Kerobokan; Tel: +62 811 397 8111; Website: Sardine