6 Awesome Places For Traditional Indonesian Cuisine In Bali

June 02, 2017

Thanks to its size and diversity, Indonesia is a country that comes with a plethora of beautiful culture, history and heritage. Each province comes with its own culture and beliefs, and this is translated into signature dishes that are unique to every district in the country. Did you know, there are more than a hundred different types of traditional Indonesian foods that you can taste while you are visiting Indonesia?

While it may be quite impossible to taste every single authentic Indonesian dish, you could explore a wide range right here from the mesmerizing island of Bali that is the gateway to traditional Indonesian cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants these days that offer the authentic tastes of the Indonesian archipelago; simply make a reservation and choose signature dishes from any region that you like.

This week, we've put together some of the finest dining establishments in Bali that you can visit to try Balinese and Indonesian cuisine that are second to none.

Kunyit Restaurant

Located at The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali, Kunyit Restaurant is the ideal introduction to traditional delicacies of Bali and Indonesia, providing a sensory dining experience that specializes in authentic Balinese and Indonesian cuisine.

This is the perfect place to experience a traditional Balinese dining culture called "Megibung". It is a way of sharing your food with others in one plate. Bring the whole family to enjoy this uniquely authentic moment that will surely be the highlight of your family Bali holiday!

Paon Bali Resto & Bar

Enjoy a wide selection of authentic Balinese cuisine including the renowned Babi Guling (Suckling Pig) here at the Hilton Bali Resort's Balinese restaurant. Alongside this local dish, you can also select items from the a la carte menu including starters, soups, mains and sweets; which include favorites such as the Lawar Kacang PanjangIkan Bakar Kakap Bali, Batis Kambing and Indonesia's classic dessert, Es Lilin.

Located on the lower lobby level, Paon Bali Resto and Bar features an indoor and semi-outdoor seating with an open kitchen concept, ideal for lunch, dinner and supper.

Petani Restaurant

Located on Jalan Hanoman in Ubud, and minutes away from the Ubud Monkey Forest, Petani at Alaya Resort Ubud is the perfect setting to enjoy the diverse flavours of the Indonesian archipelago, with a menu driven by island-fresh produce and seasonal specialties.

Here you can experience live music every evening performed by Bali's finest musical talents. Every Friday, enjoy music by Balawan that starts from 7.30 PM. Free admission, happy hour everyday from 7 PM to 8 PM (Buy 2 get 1 free for alcoholic drinks).

Manisan Bali

Located in a rice field adjacent to Alaya Resort Ubud, Manisan Bali is a 128-seater eatery in a 350-year old joglo (traditional Javanese house) from Central Java; disassembled then reassembled and expertly refurbished by Grounds Kent with interior by Made Wijaya.

Once you’re settled in for the night in Ubud, it’s time to dine at Manisan Bali with time-honored recipes from across the Indonesian archipelago. This is the perfect exotic backdrop to a glorious meal designed by culinary legend, William Wongso. For the more adventurous, there are entire pages of Sates, Mains, Grilled Options, Sambals, Sides and Desserts to satisfy all cravings.

Uma Restaurant 

Located in Gianyar regency at Bali Safari & Marine Park, Uma Restaurant is a good place to taste the exquisite representations of the Balinese traditional recipe. Enjoy your day at a wild African Safari right here in Bali and then head on down to Uma Restaurant for lunch or dinner after your adventure in the wild.

At Uma Restaurant, favourites include the homemade "Nasi Goreng " and the thin crust pizza cooked over firewood. After lunch, its time to continue your journey with the animals at the Bali Safari & Marine Park. 

HOMAYA at Inaya Putri Bali

HOMAYA at Inaya Putri Bali literally means “Home at Inaya” and this is exactly what families can expect when they head on over to the resort’s HOMAYA Restaurant to indulge in some of the most exquisite and tantalizing Indonesian delicacies yet. The portions at HOMAYA are large enough for a family to share and the Menu features selections from across the Indonesian archipelago.

Well, the above are only some of our recommendations for a taste of Indonesia's impeccable traditional foods. We hope you've found this post useful! Do share your family holiday snaps, stories and videos with us. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and tag us for a chance to be featured!