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High five: Bali’s top restaurants cook up a storm

Looking to send your clients off on a culinary journey through Bali?

Ayana Resort Rock bar and restaurant

Bridging the dining gap
Bridges, Ubud

Private rainforest enclaves, a chic wine bar, western-meets-Asian cuisine and cocktail lounges by the river are designed to spoil any foodie. Australian restaurant expat Nicolas Lazzaroni, made his debut here a few years ago, putting his personal flair on specialty dishes such as confit duck leg, fillet mignon and seared foie gras.


Sydney surfers enter Bali’s dining scene
The Temple of Enthusiam, Canggu
Spitting distance from Echo Beach, dedicated surfers from Australian company Deus ex Machina have pumped out their newest lovechild among the rice paddies of Canggu, delivering everything from Tacos-n-Tatts Tuesdays to Thai food and even sushi. Motorcycle enthusiasts flock to this thriving café for dabbles of braised pork belly, smoked trout salad and of course, its famous Deus beef burger. But it’s not just for bikies – Aussies from all over come to check out the artist studio, gallery, bar/restaurant and wax on at Balinese vanilla coconut pannacotta with mango and kaffir lime the surfboard-shaping bay.

A sensory experience
Metis, Kuta
Dubbed the ‘French chef’ duo, Nicolas “Doudou” Tourneville and Said Alem took their decade-long success at Kafe Warisan and injected it into a five-star dining experience that even the locals rave about. Ravenous tourists reprieve here with French Mediterranean dishes (take your pick from the Fois Gras menu) paired with the perfect tipple among Bali’s rice paddies to the sounds of smooth jazz.

Far flung Asian delights
Sarong, Kuta
Following a stint at Sydney’s Jimmy Liks, Portugal-born chef Will Meyrick wows the crowds again with twice-cooked lamb shanks and sumptuous Tandoori selections in lush open-air pavilions. With an informal 1920s feel, an outdoor cocktail lounge and adults-only policy, enjoy delectable dishes inspired from street vendors around Asia.

Streetside food haven
Naughty Nuris, Ubud & Batubelig
Clouded by a waft of barbecued-oozed smoke, blink and you’d miss Naughty Nuri’s Warung in Ubud, famed for its finger lickin’ ribs and New York martinis. With the menu sporting everything from meaty hot dogs to Nasi Goreng, this hole-in-the-wall joint is a must-see for tourists in search of a casual dining option.

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Published: 2 October 2012

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