The effect of tourism on the island of Bali has given rise to an evolving culinary scene that rivals most major cities around the world. Gone are the days of banana pancakes and fried rice, Bali is now home to a growing number of iconic restaurants serving seriously good food. Renowned chefs have flocked to the island in recent years leaving no stone unturned when it comes to taste and innovation.
A growing trend for farm to table cuisine has seen many dining venues work directly with Balinese farmers to ensure the freshest possible ingredients. The slow food movement is another concept that entails preserving authentic flavours and traditional recipes using organically grown produce and locally sourced seafood.
For health conscious eaters, Ubud and Canggu both cater to specific dietary needs with the availability of vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and raw food options. Bali also has an abundance of tropical fruits and seasonal delicacies that can be blended into refreshing juices. Smoothie bowls are currently all the rage where fruit, coconut water, yoghurt, seeds, nuts and cereals are mixed together for an amazing breakfast packed with nutrition.
Visitors to the island of Bali can expect to find familiar cuisines that transcend international borders stretching from India to Italy and beyond. There are Spanish tapas bars, Japanese sushi counters, Mexican canteens, Brazilian BBQ’s and even a dedicated German restaurant serving home-made sausages. The choice is extensive and guaranteed to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters.
Bali has its own unique dining culture where food is sold from carts and street-front stalls. Small eateries called warungs serve simple dishes cooked to order as well as different items on display in glass-fronted cabinets. These places are where locals prefer to eat and an inexpensive meal of steamed white rice, small portions of meat and vegetables with a dollop of spicy sambal can cost just a few dollars.
Essentially, the island of Bali caters to the culinary needs and budget restraints of just about everyone. From fine dining restaurants to healthy cafes and local eateries serving authentic fare, Bali’s food scene is now on par with the rest of the world.