I think we can all agree that one of the best things about travelling is trying new food. Southeast Asia is known for its fantastic cuisine, but with so many options, where do you even begin? As founder and CEO of leading luxury villa booking portal TheLuxeNomad.com, as well as a self-proclaimed foodie, Stephanie Chai has tracked down all the best restaurants in Southeast Asia so that you don't have to. Below you will find her exclusive guide from cheap eats to fine dining, and everything in between.
This week, we kick it off with Bali.
$: Warung Kultur
No trip to Seminyak is complete without stopping by Kultur, a casual family-owned cafe with the most delicious Indonesian food. Despite their rave reviews on Tripadvisor, the restaurant remains a hidden gem as they don't advertise and are not very fancy - just great food and great service!
Jalan Pangkung Sari 30, Seminyak, Bali, warungkulturbali.wordpress.com
My go-to spot for a special occasion, Bambu has the best atmosphere in Seminyak. You walk in on a floating bridge over a koi pond and sit in a tranquil pavilion surrounded by lovely pools. The chef has an eye for presentation and the dishes are distinctively Indonesian despite the upscale setting.
Jalan Pratama, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua, Bali, balifoods.com
I always go here for my birthday dinner in Bali and am never disappointed. The seating overlooks gorgeous rice paddies, or you can book the private cellar for groups where you are surrounded by wine-lined walls. The French cuisine is divine!
Jalan Petitenget no.6 Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta, metisbali.com
$$: Shiro Sushi / Sake at One Eleven
The best sushi bar in Bali, Shiro Sushi at One Eleven is 'Japanese fine dining' with a fab selection of sake and a minimalist chic setting. The restaurant is headed by the legendary Chef Shiro San, a longtime Bali resident from Japan, so you know the quality is top-notch. Book in advance because tables are limited!
#3 Pangkung Sari, Seminyak, 111resorts.com/shiro-sushi-sake