Swiss owner Heinz von Holzen champions authentic Balinese cooking through his small empire of restaurants, accommodation and a popular cooking school in Tanjung Benoa, just by Nusa Dua. Diners at Bumbu Bali tuck into satays and salads, banana leaf-wrapped meats and glistening fresh seafood in a village-like setting of thatch-roofed pavilions or alfresco beneath scented frangipanis.
Sardine is a charming restaurant and while it’s in Petitenget next door to Seminyak the position is more in keeping with old Bali. Housed in a striking bamboo structure overlooking a vista of endless rice paddles.
This happening beachside restaurant – a Seminyak pioneer – is lovingly referred to as ‘La Looch’ and looks out onto one of the prettiest stretches of Seminyak beach. The new Italian chef offers classic Mediterranean fare with a touch of Asian spice.
Chez Gado Gado
No culinary exploration to Seminyak would be complete without a mention to Chez Gado gado. Beautiful setting on the beach and excellent French cuisine. After over thirty years, the restaurant has earned itself a long-standing legacy in what is usually only fifteen minutes of culinary fame.
The location of Mama San is where all roads meet to enter eat street and Oberoi road. Driving guests are offered valet parking, which is a bonus because anyone who regularly drives around the area understands how tricky it is to ﬁnd a park.