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What to Eat in Bali

Bali's cuisine scene is heavily Indonesian, with Chinese and Indian influences. Most dishes include rice, vegetables, meat and fish – and plenty of spice. Many meals feature base gede – a spice paste that usually consists of garlic, red chili peppers, shallots, nutmeg, turmeric, coriander, ginger, shrimp paste, coconut oil and bay leaves. With that many ingredients, you can be sure that dishes featuring this spice blend are flavorful. Fish, chicken and pork are often rubbed or stuffed with the spice paste, cooked with coconut milk and served with rice and veggies.

There are several standout dishes that travelers should sample. Order babi guling (turning pig) and you'll get a plate of tender roasted meat that's also crispy and caramelized. Bebek betutu is a spice-rubbed, slow-roasted duck often cooked in banana leaves. The satay (or sate) in Bali includes strips of chicken, pork, fish or tofu placed on skewers and grilled over a hot flame; accompanying sauces vary, but peanut and shrimp paste-based sauces are common. When it comes to restaurants, experts and travelers recommend trying a variety. Many of the resorts feature upscale dining, the markets throughout Bali offer up fresh, local fare and the eateries along the coast dish out casual meals (with beautiful beach views).

There are hundreds of thousands of dining establishments spread across the island, in which travelers can sample the local cuisine, along with other cuisines from around the world. In Ubud, Abe Do earns high marks from travelers for its fresh juices and raw, organic plates. For a fine dining experience, consider Lamak Restaurant & Bar, a hit with past visitors for its steak dinners and inventive martinis. Another splurge-worthy restaurant in Ubud, Mozaic is an award-winning Asian restaurant with tasting menus that highlight the region's best ingredients, such as Indian Ocean octopus and Javanese pigeon, along with a bevy of local fruits, vegetables and herbs. Outside of Ubud, Warung Padang Kecag in Candidasa is popular for its seafood dishes while the trendy Mamasan  in Kerobokan is a hit for its blend of Asian cuisines and stunning decor.

Find the Best Restaurants in Bali

  • #1
    The Puhu Restaurant & Lounge by Padma Resort Ubud
    #1 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 135 reviewsTripAdvisor (135)
    $$ | European, Asian, Indonesian
    Padma Resort Ubud Banjar Carik Desa, Puhu, Payangan, Payangan Indonesia
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  • #2
    The Wijaya Kusuma Fine Dining Restaurant
    #2 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 54 reviewsTripAdvisor (54)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Indonesian
    Desa Melinggih Kelod, Banjar Begawan, Payangan Desa Melinggih Kelod, Banjar Begawan, Payangan 80572 Indonesia
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  • #3
    The Kelusa
    #3 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 18 reviewsTripAdvisor (18)
    $ - $$ | International, Asian, Indonesian, Contemporary, Fusion
    Banjar Ayah, Desa Kelusa, Payangan 80572 Indonesia
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  • #4
    Warung Bu Nani
    #4 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 14 reviewsTripAdvisor (14)
    $ | American, Asian, Indonesian
    Jl. Raya Semaon, Puhu, Payangan 80572 Indonesia
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  • #5
    Glow Restaurant
    #5 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 15 reviewsTripAdvisor (15)
    $$ | International, Asian, Healthy
    Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod COMO Shambhala Estate, Payangan 80571 Indonesia
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  • #6
    The Wilis Restaurant by Senetan
    #6 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 9 reviewsTripAdvisor (9)
    $ - $$ | International, Asian, Indonesian
    Ds. Payangan Br. Penginyahan, Ds. Puhu Senetan Villa, Payangan 80572 Indonesia
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  • #7
    Babi Guling Mertha Jati
    #7 of 7 Places to Eat in Payangan
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 3 reviewsTripAdvisor (3)
    $ | Fast Food
    Jl. Raya Payangan Pasar Senggol Payangan, Payangan 80572 Indonesia
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