Life is good in Bali. The greatest pleasures seem to come by the dozen here; beautiful beaches, magical views, and some of the world’s grandest villas, not to mention the delicious cuisine.
On an island like Bali, where good times flow as freely as the ocean all hours of the day, a scheduled dinner seems unnecessary; why plan your evening when you are on a holiday? Well, we think an unforgettable holiday is incomplete without wonderful memories made around dining tables. Take a look at our recommendations; venues perfect for any occasions, whether a romantic dinner for two or a large social event with family and friends. And, you get exclusive benefits with the Elite Experience app. Even better.
Why we love it: For a truly memorable Indonesian fine-dining experience, look no further. Merah Putih’s main dining atrium is stunning; it features impressive eco-sustainable design over two levels. Imagine full floor-to-ceiling glass windows where tables are laid out among towering indoor palm trees. Luminous ornamental columns rise into high-vaulted ceilings, adding to its cathedral-like grandeur.
What to order: Dishes are meant to be shared here. Order large plates selections such as Suckling Pig, Ikan Bakar Jimbaran (whole chargrilled reef fish with zucchini and razor clams) or Padang Duck Breast (duck leg rendang, cassava and radicchio).
Exclusive Elite Experience benefit: one complimentary dessert per person, up to nine guests.
Cuisine: Modern Chinese
Why we love it: Decorations such as bright red Chinese lanterns, ceramic vases and giant laughing ‘Happy Chappy’ statue at the restaurant’s centre provide the right Shanghai vibe – with hip, modern touches. Both the indoor air-conditioned banquet hall and spacious outdoor dining area is ideal for families, friends and couples; the latter is ideal for enjoying Bali’s gorgeous evenings under the stars.
What to order: Duck & Foie Gras Wonton Soup to start, BBQ Pork Brisket “Char Siu”, Shanghai Braised Pork Belly and any of the Hong Kong-style fried rice for the main course and finish with Cantonese style egg tarts. The steamed dim sum platter is also ideal for sharing if you want to taste a little bit of everything.
Exclusive Elite Experience benefit: 5% discount on dining in and delivery.
MÉTIS Gallery and Restaurant
Cuisine: French Mediterranean
Why we love it: MÉTIS is the place to treat yourself to an entirely sensory experience. Stunning decor, elegant setting and flawless service make a memorable dining experience. Cosy up at the bar for pre-dinner aperitifs, chill at the lounge (which overlooks the lawned garden) or head straight to the open-air restaurant.
What to order: Carnivores must bite into their Cheek and Tongue (braised New Zealand beef cheek and ox tongue in red wine, glazed carrot, caramelised shallots, soft creamy polenta, shimeji mushrooms and cabernet sauce) or Slow-cooked Australian Lamb Shank (served with cannellini beans, kale leaves, semi dried tomatoes). Vegetarians will be delighted to sink their teeth into Pearl Barley Risotto (grilled portobello mushroom, sugar snow peas, artichoke, capsicum, semi dried tomato, basil and oregano). For dessert, it has to be the Assorted Sweet Temptation (millefeuille, creme brulee, strawberry pavlova, blackberry coconut tart and lemon sorbet).
Exclusive Elite Experience Benefit: 10% discount at Metis Lounge from 4pm – 2am.
Cuisine: Modern Spanish
Why we love it: The acclaimed Spanish restaurant group from Australia opened its first international venture, a collaboration with Potato Head Beach Club, Bali’s famous beach bar. Guests will enjoy MoVida’s modern Spanish food and cold beers served by a very personable crew, surrounded by furnishings made by local Balinese artisans; from handmade furniture to the hand-woven fabrics.
What to order: The menu includes unique ingredients such as gourmet conservas (preserved products) and cured meats imported directly from Spain and signature dishes recreated with local ingredients. Don’t leave without trying the Anchoa (cantabrian anchovy, crouton and smoked tomato sorbet) and dishes from the Josper oven such as Pescado (whole-baked halibut with a burnt butter sauce, hazelnuts and caper) and Cordero (Javanese suckling lamb with saffron potatoes).
Exclusive Elite Experience benefit: A complimentary cocktail at Akademi Bar with a confirmed dinner reservation.
Why we love it: The fabulous Italian restaurant, Settimo Cielo (Seventh Heaven), is situated at the front of The Layar luxury villas in Seminyak. The interior drips urban cool with concrete block walls softened by beautiful Italian marble and lighting from white shades worthy of appearing on Valentino’s catwalk.
What to order: Chef Nicolas Lazzaroni combines the very best of contemporary Italian dining with lovely rustic style and flavours. Choose from a selection of tantalising dishes such as Crab Pappardelle (with hand-picked crab ragu, mint, dill, pecorino, roasted cherry tomato and rucola pesto), Seared Red Snapper (with caponata, mint, fennel, rucola, parsley, basil and red radish) or mouth-watering Porchetta (slow roasted rolled pork belly, served with salsa verde, pâté cream sauce, lemon apple jam and fresh fennel salad).
Exclusive Elite Experience benefit: 20% lunch discount and 15% dinner discount.
Cuisine: Modern Vietnamese
Why we love it: Saigon Street opens under the direction of Aki Kotzamichalis, one of the co-founders of the world-famous Bali institution, Ku De Ta. The stunning casual urban interior created by award-winning Australian interior designer, Alex Zabotto-Bentley, provides a visual feast for the eyes. Vietnamese dishes presented in a fun, relaxed and psychedelic environment.
What to order: The menu pays homage to classic and regional Vietnamese dishes with an exciting spin. We recommend their Pork Belly simmered with caramel & black pepper in a claypot and Roast Pork & Prawn with sweet chilli Banh Xeo (crispy egg pancake and an assortment of fillings).
Exclusive Elite Experience benefit: A complimentary sharing dish with every two diners ordering lunch or dinner.
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