Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tummy Guide to Bali

I don't think it's physically possible to cover all the new cafes that has opened in Seminyak over the last couple of months. We really tried to eat as much as we could but haha! the stomaches do have their limits. =) 

Here's a sample list of the few dining establishments and one homeware store that we have gone to! I'm sure the next time we are back, we would have more places to explore. Enjoy!

Jl. Petitenget No. 21 Benoa Kuta Badung Bali, Indonesia
Phone:+62 361 738202
If you are looking at dining with a view, you look no further than Sardine. Behind the high walls facade, lies a serene view of a large rice padi field. If you dine at a certain period of the year, you will get to see it in all of its crowing glory. Unfortunately, both times we were there, the rice has already been harvested.
Sardine serves mostly seafood that has been freshly caught earlier in the day. The food is prepared simply and certainly it showcases the freshness of its produce. The boys had the udon which was simple but had an umami effect. I love ordering the grilled fish, which is always served with a side of sambal and a bowl of coconut rice. It's an absolute bliss dining there.
I would totally recommend going either for lunch of an early booking for dinner. And don't forget to make ressies. They do get rather busy for dinner.

Jl. Petitenget No.40X 
Seminyak, Bali
We used to patronise The CornerStore, which stocked the cutest kids clothes, that had burnt down and so the owner set up a new cafe called Petitenget. Now it a gorgeously set up cafe with a mod french decor. Mostly outdoors seating, it sits at the corner of Jln Petitenget, just across the Living room. I found it really easy to lose myself having brekkie there. It's kinda like being in Paris but with pocket friendly prices. 

Order the banana pancakes, paired with a side of palm sugar syrup and it was heaven. Yum! I loved the fruit platter too. Balinese fruits are always sweet! The dinner menu looks enticing but pity we didn't have time to head back to explore.

Potato Head Beach Club
Jln. Petitenget
Seminyak, Bali 80361


Now it's a no brainer that Potato Head is the must go destination for the kids. The drinks (both mock and cocktails) are excellent. And we love love love their food. Often the kids would spend all day in the pool and when they feel like a drink, there is a pool bar in the pool where you can order one. It's quite a fun experience for them, as it makes them feel like a little adult.

It's always good to arrive early to secure a bed. We were quite slackers and so it was a hit and miss for us but it's almost guaranteed to grab one if you arrive when they open. The menu changes quite a bit so I can't really recommend what to eat BUT I always order an insane amount of NOJITOs, a non alcoholic mojito. Yum!

Revolver Espresso at Gang 51
Jalan Kayu Aya No 3, Oberoi
Seminyak, Bali
Tel: 0361 788 4968

Revolver Espresso, a hole in the wall coffee joint. Hidden at a gang, you would totally miss it, had you not seen the sign that was hung at the front of the alleyway. I loved the vibe of the place. I thought the coffee was one of the better ones in Bali. Dark roasted under the 5 senses blend, it offered a good robust texture when served in the form of a latte. (And not burnt!) The breakfast was honest to goodness. It was fresh produce done really simply. We were quite pleased with our poached eggs on toast. 

If you ever wanna visit, it's directly opposite Bali Clinic. You can see a sign at the corner of the alley way.  Follow that sign. A guy would normally open the door for you.

Sea Circus
22 Jalan Kayu Aya [Oberoi Rd],
Seminyak, Bali
Phone: +62 361 738 667

Sea circus was a surprise hit for me. I've read rather mixed reviews online and the morning we rocked up for brekkie, they wowed me with their version of corn fritters. It was delish and in an odd color of green. The taste was divine and spot on. Coffee was ok. But service was top notch and have you seen their decor? Those rainbow hued windows in a house that could easily be on any gorgeous coast in the world. I forgot I was in Bali for a moment. So how could you resist stepping in for a cuppa or some juice. 

Next time we visit, we hop in for their shared plates and dinner. Oh! Do check out their toilets too!

Biku Restaurant 
Jl. Raya Petitenget 888 Ph. +62 361 8570888

Biku didn't have me at Hello. In fact, I was a little skeptical about the raving reviews I read online. Lol! It was all excellent but staring at the traditional balinese house in front of me, I was going HUH?! so loudly in my head. Thankfully, the food turned the most cynical thought in my head to a yes yes yes.

We ordered the bircher muesli which was very decent in my books, it was nicely crunchy and rather tasty that I kept scooping mouthfuls in but the stand out dish was the mexican breakfast for me. It had a bowl of retried beans with 2 sunny side ups above it and you get to wrap everything up in a nice burrito before devouring it. Comfort food IMO.

W Seminyak
Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak, KerobokanSeminyak, Bali 80361
+62 361 4738106

A visit to W Seminyak is no brainer. We'd hung out there the last time with our friends and everyone, both the babies and adults, had a good time soaking in their pool. Brunch at the Starfish Bloo was not too bad but the cabanas that were the main attraction for us. 

Just note that the rules for visitors who are not their guests are now subject to a pool usage fee of USD$30 per pax. So in order to avoid that, it's best to go on a Sunday for brunch and then they would let you use the pool with compliments.


Hotel Mexicola
Jl Kayujati No 9X Petitenget Beach, Seminyak Denpasar, Bali – Indonesia+62 361 736688. Open daily 11am-1am. 

Hotel Mexicola is new to the scene. It totally makes you feel like you are in Mexico. Almost all their fit out was purchased from the mother land itself. We were there for dinner on the first night and the food was pretty good. We were a little late so we missed out on the guacamole but the service was good and the drinks were potent. I'd say go during the day to enjoy the interiors. It's beautiful! Next time I head back, I'd grab a lounge at either the spacious courtyard or if it's just me and the hubs, at the bar for a frozen magaritha.

Carga is a place where they sell some gorgeous home decor stuff. It's probably pricier than most of the other decor stores but it's worth a visit as the items are quite intriguing and carries a lot of balinese essence in the modern way. These dolls were sewed by the cottage industries at the villages and sold as a source of income for the women. I did enjoy walking through the store and looking through the knick knacks


  1. wow I love the colour and vibe at the eating places you listed! I've never been to Bali before too but it's on my list of places-to-visit ;) will bookmark this page. thanks for sharing!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    1. Think you will love bali, babe! Very kid friendly and lots of food choices!

  2. Pam, this is such a cool guide to Bali -- through the tummy! My husband and I love Bali - been there 3 times but we're not quite the foodie so rarely do we venture to these interesting cafes. We did visit La Lucciola and the Ultimo this trip though...would definitely bookmark your recommendations for our next trips! Thanks for sharing - love the pics too!

    1. We always stay in Seminyak because the kids like to do things around there. =) Check these places out next time.

  3. This is a great guide Pam! You mentioned u stayed at Alu Lima the last time right? Was it good?

    1. It's very central to the places that we visit! But it has an open living area that we didn't make use of. =( but the villa is really clean and has a good care taker. =)

  4. Anonymous3:25 PM

    Mei referred me to your blog.. great info there! I was pretty clueless as to what to do in Bali .. :)

    btw, what is the mode of transport around bali? should i book a driver or taxi is fine?

    i am travelling w my family (1yo kiddo, 4yo and hubb).. TIA!

    1. Hi babes, we travel around by taxis a lot cause they are really cheap! If you are planning to do a long distance day trip (like from seminyak to ubud), I'd suggest booking a car for a whole day or even a cab and make sure you bargain for a fixed price. But for getting around, I'd highly recommend taking blue bird taxis. The last trip we encountered a lot of dodgy drivers so make sure you ask them if they are going to switch on the meter before entering the cab. Hope that helps!


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