Bali has become one of Manila’s top travel destinations for its amazing food scene.
Seminyak holds a concentration of the most talked about and frequented hotspots on the island of Bali. Whatever cuisine or cocktail you’re craving, this area has a plethora of bars and restaurants to offer. In no particular order (we absolutely love them all!), here are Sassy’s top 10 picks:
This hip restaurant is named after a traditional Mexican meat dish that’s slow-cooked in spices in open fire for hours until it’s fall-off-the-bones tender. Did that just make your mouth water? We assure you that everything else on the menu will, too, especially when paired with one of their delicious bottles of reds!
Barbacoa, Jl. Petitenget No.15, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 8123 9999 825, www.barbacoabali.com
A girl’s night out in Bali isn’t incomplete without hitting this joint! The Instagram-worthy open-air courtyard decorated with thousands of mosaic tiles and Mexican memorabilia is the perfect venue to celebrate any occasion. Oh, and did we mention they have the best and strongest margaritas in la ciudad?
Motel Mexicola, Jl. Kayujati No. 9X, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 736 688, www.motelmexicolabali.com
Fondly called ‘La Looch’ by locals and frequenters, this beachside Italian restaurant offers one of the best al fresco dining experiences in Seminyak. We love having long and lazy brunches here while being serenaded by the soothing sounds of waves crashing.
La Lucciola, Jl. Kayu Aya | Petitenget Beach, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 730 838
Shopping isn’t exactly counted as exercise (although we beg to differ) but a whole day of boutique hopping can leave a lady tired and famished. Head on over to Sisterfields to reenergize with their amazing assortment of soulful Australian dishes in generous portions. Order the burgers and milkshakes for maximum satisfaction!
Sisterfields, Jl. Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 811 3860 507, www.sisterfieldsbali.com
If you’re in the mood for wholesome organic fare that’s healthy and hearty, this place is for you. Their fresh salads, cold-pressed juices, and home-baked pastries are made daily with only the best ingredients.
Watercress, Jl. Batubelig No. 21A, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 851 0280 8030, www.watercressbali.com
A trip to Bali is not complete without trying their famous crispy duck. Look no further as Café Degan is the place to have it along with a multitude of traditional Balinese dishes available on their extensive menu.
Café Degan, Jalan Petitenget No. 09, Kerobokan, Bali, Indonesia, +62 813 3728 1281, www.facebook.com/Cafe-Degan-181261119428
One of the most sought-after Asian restaurants in Bali, Sarong’s romantic and relaxed ambience is the perfect setting for an intimate dinner with the girls. Remember to book ahead to get the best table in the house.
Sarong, Jl. Petitenget No. 19X, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 473 7809, www.sarongbali.com
Not known to many, Hog Wild is a franchise of the über popular restaurant ‘Naughty Nuri’ located in Ubud. Now you don’t have to travel two hours to have the best ribs in town! For added entertainment, order any of their potent martinis and get ready to witness your bartender perform their original ‘SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE’ dance.
Hog Wild, No., Jl. Batu Belig No.41, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 847 6722, www.hogwildinbali.com
This chic and industrial warehouse-looking space boasts of high ceilings and plush leather seats that are conducive to lounging and dining. Take the sweeping flight of stairs to the second floor that leads to the spacious bar. Order one of their refreshing signature mojitos après-dinner for the perfect nightcap.
Mama San, Jl. Raya Kerobokan No. 135, Banjartaman, Kuta, Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 730 436, www.mamasanbali.com
Literally translating to ‘Red White’ in English that represents the Indonesian flag, Merah Putih is one of the most architecturally beautiful restaurants in Bali. Get ready for a modern dining experience using traditional Balinese ingredients served family style for everyone to enjoy.
Merah Putih, Jalan Petitenget No. 100x, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 846 5950, www.merahputihbali.com