Selamat makan! Good Eating in Bali

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When you travel to Bali, there’s a ton of exploring to do and myriad colourful landscapes to enjoy, both of which will make you work up an appetite. Fortunately, Bali has a reputation for fine and diverse culinary experiences – with meals that are a little spicy but very affordable and appetising.

homestyle-eating at Oma's Kitchen

From gourmet fare to local organic produce dishes and raw food masterpieces, there’s plenty to please the five senses. Little warungs where the locals eat are a solid choice for authentic flavours of the Spice Island. Traditional tastes that will charm all your senses.

2 dudes at Jimbaran bay

The local cuisine choices range from the traditional satay to the ever-so-delicious duck dishes. And white, brown and red rice, of course.

Here are a few things you should definitely try.

  • Jus Alpukat – traditional savory Indonesian style avocado shake with ice and chocolate
  • Gado-Gado – a vegetable salad with a heavenly tasting peanut dressing
  • Bebek Betutu – juicy roast duck dish done in banana leafs (this food is considered a ceremonial dish in Bali, so you must try it!)
  • Babi Guling – roast pork (the whole pig)
  • Nasi Goreng – fried rice with chili and tamarind
  • Pisang Goreng – delicious fried bananas seasoned with cinnamon

Tip: There is also street food – cheap from a cart – but it’s your belly. If not travelling with preventative pills, it is wise to avoid. Except for the grilled corn on the cob for a buck that is ubiquitous at most beaches and village markets.

soup cart jimbaran beach
The Rainbow Rambler’s top recommendations for gay grazing include these gay-owned and friendly establishments.

  • Oma’s Kitchen in Seminyak – local warung with recreations of Grandma’s secret recipes.
  • Warung Mendez in Ubud – Jakarta spiced dishes and nightly specials.
  • Round Bar Cafe in Ubud – Rainbow Sangria + gourmet pizza = nirvana
  • Biku Restaurant in Seminyak – blends together a tea lounge, restaurant, bakery and book store; top rated by locals for food and occasional live musi, opoosite the ever-so-hip Potatohead Beach Club which is tops at the moment with tourist trendsetters.
  • La Luciola Restaurant in Petitenget – this long-time waterfront establishment is the perfect sanctuary for cuisine and observing the sunset with stylish drinks.

Dee & Boys

There are hundreds of great eating places around Bali. Stay tuned for wine and food reviews of restaurants and bars that serve more than Bintang coming as time – and waistline – permit. –The Rainbow Rambler.

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