On the West Coast of Bali is Seminyak, the culturally diverse and popular town that is both sophisticated and laid-back. There is an abundance of delightful outdoor restaurants in the area. Here are some of the best that you should check out when you’re visiting:
This restaurant brings together the best of old Bali in a relaxed and charming setting. You’ll sit beneath a rustic bamboo structure and enjoy views of vast rice paddy fields. The owners wanted to use a material that was environmentally friendly and beautiful, hence the bamboo structure, which makes for a breezy and effortless atmosphere – it is both dramatic and earthy.
Before you take your seat, have a drink at the bar. This section of the restaurant brings together sleek elegance with a hearty dose of fun. Take your pick from old favourites or try something more exotic. The Arak Madu with honey and lime is traditionally Balinese and is a popular choice.
The menu is designed to be delicious and will keep you feeling light and refreshed in the heat of the climate. It also changes each day to take into account what fresh seafood and produce is on hand. The owners and chef work together with local fishermen, and grow their own vegetables, herbs and salads in an organic vegetable garden. For dessert, try some of their homemade sorbet or decadent ice cream. Visit the restaurant as the sun goes down for a truly magical experience.
Starfish Bloo is part of W Retreat and Spa Bali and is a spectacular outdoor restaurant in Seminyak. Here you’ll enjoy pan-Asian cuisine in a casual but absolutely stylish atmosphere. The menu is just as stellar as the ambiance. The dishes have been created with top quality ingredients, including local meat, seafood and spices.
The chefs are unafraid to experiment with flavours, combining Eastern and Western taste delights with their impressive skills and experience. Choose from the tasting menu, the nibbles or brunch. The restaurant is known for its beef carpaccio, crispy oysters, duck breast smoked with green tea and rice, and a true star, the soy and mirin braised pork belly with black truffle lobster congee and crisp parsnips. The Vietnamese Rice Paper Sushi Rolls, from the Raw, Rare and Naked menu, are rolled as you order and are fresh and delicious.
You’ll dine right on the beach, with the stars floating above, surrounded by gorgeous aquamarine pillars.
Ever since it opened in 1991, Warisan has been a popular choice for those looking for a delicious meal in Seminyak. Locals, visitors, and even recognisable faces such as Yoko Ono all head over to the restaurant to dine in luxury and style. The al fresco dining experience is perfect for the location as you can enjoy the warm nights in the open air courtyard surrounded by frangipani trees.
The menu has been carefully created by the expert chef, and is inspired by French and Mediterranean cuisine. There are a number of menus to choose from, including tapas, lunch, dining, high tea and a menu for those trying to stay healthy when on holiday. The homemade pasta and risotto is decadent and a must-try, while the foie gras ravioli is cooked with truffle sauce with red wine apple and is a taste experience.
Chez Gado Gado
For something bold but chic, classy but casual, head to Chez Gado Gado. This restaurant has been in the business for more than 30 years and has earned a reputation for serving up amazing meals in a wonderful setting.
The menu is the creation of the Dutch chef and the dishes are primarily pan-Mediterranean. A new addition to the menu, Sunset Bites, is a perfect addition to your evening. Try a refreshing mojito along with some nibbles. The prawns in garlic butter, chicken liver parfait with chutney and grilled bread and cheese board are simple and delicious combinations that will make your night special.
Each of these restaurants combine atmosphere with delectable dishes that make for a truly special dining experience to make your trip to Seminyak all the more memorable.