(SPOT.ph) Known as Bali’s stylish beach resort area, Seminyak is a destination that appeals to both adventure-seeking sea lovers and laid-back vacationers. With surf spots, gorgeous resort villas, quaint shops, and hip restaurants to discover, it’s no wonder why more people are putting this on their travel bucket lists. Let us help you plan your trip with this roundup of 10 food spots worth trying in Seminyak.
Warung Babi Guling Pak Malen
Jl. Sunset Road No.554, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
If we Pinoys have lechon, Indonesians have Babi Guling or suckling pig, which is cooked different ways. The crispy skin, the chicharon, and fat are all fried to crunchy perfection, and is served with pork satay, veggies, and rice. If you can’t take the heat, wash it down with a bottle of ice cold Bintang or teh botol (sweetened iced tea).
Jalan Kayu Jati No. 9X, Kerobokan Kelod
With colorful walls and furniture taking center stage in daylight and neon lights being the star of the night, Motel Mexicola is clearly bait for people looking to get double-taps on their photos. But don’t just take it at face value, they’ve got a pretty impressive menu. Their De Pollo Taco, crispy chicken confit with tamarind mole and toasted sesame seeds, may seem small in serving but makes up for it in taste. If you’re going strictly veg, they have the Vegetariano, a pumpkin tempura with avocado salsa and toasted peanuts. Pair your food with Manuela’s Mojito, a secret rum blend with organic mint, lime, and house-pressed sugar cane. If you’ve got room for dessert, order the Pingüino, a chocolate cake with warm chocolate mousse and vanilla ice cream.
Jalan Kayu Cendana No. 7, Seminyak
For those looking for Aussie fare, this beautifully designed resto is your best bet. Marble bars, wooden tables, and mismatched steel chairs adorn this cafe. Start your day with the Sisterfields Big Breakfast, a plate laden with eggs your way, bacon, mushroom, roasted tomato, potato rosti, hollandaise, sourdough. Pair it with their Cold Drip, if you want coffee that’s creamy, sweet, and fruity. Heading here after dinner? The Salted Chocolate Tart would go well with red wine or coffee.
U Look Hot In A Bikini
JL. Kayu Cendana No.6 Seminyak, Bali
You can’t miss the cheeky neon lights outside this resto. It flickers and catches your eye just as you’re about to cross the street. Fans of truffle can go for their potato croquette with truffle gravy and whipped ricotta or their potato gnocchi with soft egg and truffle. And don’t forget to take a photo of the storefront before you leave to remind you that yes, U Look Hot In A Bikini.
Good Mantra Cafe in Kosta Hostel
Jalan Dewi Saraswati 3, No.77 Kunti 2, Seminyak
Housed in a hostel that has “beds for nomads,” Good Mantra Cafe has what they call “soul food with a healthy twist.” The Avo Eggs Sourdough Toast is anything but basic—it has poached eggs, smashed avocado, wild rocket, quinoa, tomato and feta salad. But if you’re looking to try something local, have the Nasi Goreng and wash it down with fresh juice, coffee, or tea.
Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Located along one of the busy streets of Seminyak, Cafe Bali has a mix of local and international cuisine. Want to indulge in some Dutch fare? Drop by Cafe Bali for some Butterballen (Dutch meatballs) and cocktails. You can sit alfresco and people watch while you enjoy your meal.
Potato Head Beach Club
Jl. Petitenget No. 51 Seminyak
If you can make a reservation, book an early dinner at Potato Head for the best sunset view this side of Seminyak. It’s packed with the beach crowd lounging on the grass, by the infinity pool, and the daybeds circling the restaurant. For starters, order the Tuna Loin Fire Seared Salad, a Papuaian coffee-rubbed tuna loin with snake bean, quail egg, tomato, anchovy, potato, smoked olives, and radish shoots drizzled with basil vinaigrette. Follow it up with their Baked Homemade Rotolo, a pasta dish with Bali-Alm ricotta cheese, zucchini, spinach, handmade tomato sauce, basil, and peppered parmesan; or the Altitude Farms Pork Belly, roasted pork belly with sweet corn puree, cob corn, east Bali cashew nut butter and coriander. You can split orders between two to three people if you want to try more dishes.
Potato Head Beach Club, Jl. Petitenget 51B, Seminyak
After dinner, head to Kaum for some drinks at the bar which overlooks the ocean. Go for Potato Head favorites like the Rosella Margarita, a Rosella-infused tequila with orange curaçao, rosella syrup, and lime or choose a bottle from their extensive wine selection.
Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak
Once you walk in, you’ll be immediately drawn to the foliage on the walls, the lovely lattice work on the ceiling, and the gorgeous patterns scattered all over the place. While you’re there, have some Thai Chicken Cashew Nuts and Seafood Curry Risotto and pair it with a Peach or Passion Fruit Mojito. Cap off the meal with Dadar Gulung for dessert—coconut-filled Balinese crepes served with vanilla ice cream.
Jalan Laksmana no. 10A
Literally on a corner, this restaurant (with a bar on the second floor) has some serious Penny Dreadful meets Westworld vibes, with its wrought iron staircase railings and exposed tiled walls. Sample the Scallop in Shell and the Tuna Tartare with the best guacamole ever. It’s the perfect spot to unwind when you’ve spent the whole afternoon traversing the busy streets.