Best Restaurants in Seminyak

by Jack Cheng

On Seminyak’s famous “Eat Street” (Jalan Kayu Aya) and “Walking Street” (Jalan Petitenget), you’ll find modern and dynamic fine-dining venues steps away from hip gourmet burger joints and traditional Warungs. From European, Asian, Australian-inspired fusion cuisines to authentic Balinese and Indonesian staples, dining out in Seminyak is a lot like embarking on a culinary journey across continents.

Although disappointments are few and far between, why take chances? Here’s our list of the best restaurants in Seminyak:

Fine-dining

Merah Putih (Balinese and Indonesian fusion, Vegan Options)

Address: Jl. Petitenget No.100X, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Set inside a two-story-tall glass atrium with geometric-shaped pillars, palm trees, and teakwood dining pods, this Balinese and Indonesian fusion restaurant resembles an art deco greenhouse more than a fine-dining venue. But beneath all that grandeur is a carefully constructed eco-dining room, with the pillars doubling as rain catchers for recycling natural water and heat filtering walls for reducing indoor energy use. Much of the same practicality can be found in Merah Putih’s menu, which features two styles of Balinese and Indonesian cuisine: contemporary and traditional. Along with organically made house cocktails, you can expect classics like beef rendang, Bebek rice dishes, and gulai done to perfection.

Must try: Kayu Rempah cocktail, Soerabi Rendang, Cilok Bebek, Gulai Kambing

Bikini (International, Asian, Australian)

Address: Jl. Kayu Cendana, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia

With a name like Bikini, it’s anyone’s guess what is actually being served inside this modern restaurant and bar. From the outside, the restaurant flashes the pink glow of its oversized neon sign, “U look hot in a bikini”, onto diners venturing beyond its art gallery-like façade. Its designer dining room, complete with a fuchsia mural created by Australian artist, Ash Keating, holds a different kind of surprise: large and small shared plate degustation menus with wildly inventive dishes like wagyu rendang empanada with sambal Hijau and coconut, foie gras doughnut with fruit paste, and Dutch smoked eel with potatoes, apples, white chocolate and cultured dressing. If everything seems like a mouthful, try the “feed me” degustation option and let head chef Jethro Vincent and his team roll out their best dishes for the rest of the evening.

Must try: “Feed Me” degustation option, small plates, house cocktails, desserts

Sarong (Indian, Asian, Thai, Indonesian, Sri Lankan, Vegan Options)

Address: Jl. Petitenget No.19x, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Street food and haute cuisine seem like polar opposites, much like a traditional Joglo house and a fine-dining restaurant. But somehow, Sarong managed to tip the scale of convention with a venue that serves refined Southeast Asian roadside kitchen fare inside a Javanese villa. Within its palatial dining hall, fully furnished with plush sofas, chandeliers, artisan wood carvings and handicraft, diners can expect organic tropical fruit cocktails served alongside Balinese and Indian classic recipes like prawn and jackfruit lawar with sambal, and Goan slow cooked pork belly with liver simmered in tamarind and red chilli. Old school satay skewers and Balinese banana leaf wrapped duck and rice recipe, Bebek betutu, have also found their way onto the menu, but come with a polished modern presentation.  

Must try: Sarong Smash cocktail, kandar beef rendang, Bekbek Madura and betutu, tandoori and curries.

Teatro Gastroteque (French, European, Vegan Options)

Address: Jl. Kayu Aya Blok C No.1-2, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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Hidden in plain sight, this boutique fine-dining restaurant is located on Seminyak’s eat street, Kayu Aya, and has an unassuming storefront tucked between souvenir shops and clothing stores. Although quite invisible during the day, its small but efficient kitchen can be seen from the streets through the window walls at night. Inside, the restaurant’s candle-lit, brick and velvet décor quietly complement its diverse repertoire of French and European-style entrees and desserts. From daintily sculpted amuse bouche made with Asia-inspired ingredients like daikon, sambal, and kombu, to elegant meat dishes like duck with artichoke puree, red beans, and fermented shallots, Teatro’s complex menu tells the tale of two continents.

Must try: Daikon and squid amuse bouche, ravioli, lamb rack, and duck palate cleansers. Chocolate dessert.

Mid-range

AYA Street (Peruvian, Latin, Fusion, Vegan Options)

Address: Jl. Petitenget No.99 A, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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It’s not enough for AYA Street to be the first Peruvian restaurant in Bali, it’s also got to be the first to have a street art gallery in its dining room. Located in the heart of Petitenget, AYA Street captures the whimsy of Lima’s Barranco District in a sleek, postmodern lounge and dining room gallery. Food and art are both prominently on display in the main dining hall. Here, chef Marco Cueva showcases his signature fusion dishes at the chef’s table – an “L” shaped teppanyaki-style show bar – and serves up Peruvian-Asian entrees with dabs of influences from indigenous Inca and Eastern Asia. Expect classic ceviche made from the catch of the day, served in custom-made shell-shaped bowls and Barramundi Novoandino served with prawns, quinotto, and smoked with rosemary vapours.

Must try: Barramundi Novoandino, ceviche, grilled octopus, Leche de tigre, salmon trio sashimi.

Barbacoa Bali (Barbecue, Spanish, Argentinean, Latin)

Address: Jl. Petitenget No.14, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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A touch of Andalusia in a remodelled warehouse, Barbacoa features Spanish wood fire barbecue pork and Latin fusion dishes in a loft-style dining hall, complete with vintage arabesque pattern tiles, rustic wood and sandstone walls, and retro leather banquettes. Only a few things from the kitchen can top the warm candle-lit ambience: A whole marinated pig roasting over an Asado grill and the savoury scent of smoked meat and charcoal wafting into the dining room. Start the evening off with tapas, ceviches, and pork sliders before moving on to Barbacoa’s notorious 8-hour woodfired Asado pork, grilled Angus beef sirloin, or chorizo with red pepper jam or green chimichurri. Finish the meal with a 3-hour Flan de Leche or order liquid nitrogen ice cream and watch it prepared at your tableside.

Must try: 8 hours wood fired Asado pork, Charcoal Grilled Black Angus Beef Sirloin, 3 Hours Flan de Leche, Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream.

The Bistrot (Asian, French, European, International, Vegan Options)

Address: Jalan Kayu Aya No.117, Seminyak, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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With a turn of the century Parisian-style industrial décor and antique houseware mounted on brick walls, this vintage factory themed café offers all-day dining near the west end of Eat Street. Lavishly decorated with chandeliers, Tiffany lamps, brass cash registers, and various curios collected from across Indonesia, the café’s menu complements the retro-chic dining room with classic European, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asian dishes. From bouillabaisse to red curry, to Ile Flottante and frappés, Bistrot is restaurant, bar, and café all rolled into one.

Must try: frappés, tapas, farm-raised chicken breasts, Bistrot Style dishes, desserts.

Jemme (European, British, Asian, International)

Address: Jalan Petitenget No. 28, Seminyak, Kuta, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Who would’ve thought diamonds are also a restaurateur’s best friend. Inside the boutique jewellery shop, Jemme, customers can browse trinkets and decide if they want truffle mushroom or chilli prawn risotto for lunch. This unlikely combination of fine jewellery and European cuisine is the brainchild of acclaimed London Jeweler, Luke Stockley, who cleverly bridged his artisan jewellery showroom with a dining hall that is equally posh, and fully furnished with white and lilac furniture, chandeliers, gold-framed mirrors and display cases with pendants and necklaces. Here, diners can expect rustic European homestyle mains like roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, served alongside vegetable medley and boneless oven-roasted chicken served with cauliflower cream and three types of gravy. Along with a selection of classic soups, the menu also offers pasta and seafood dishes.

Must try: risottos, oven-roasted meat dishes, pasta, and in-house martinis.

Cheap Eats

Bo$$ Man (Gourmet fast food, Australian, Vegan Options)  

Address: Jl. Kayu Cendana No.8B, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

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Craving for a burger at 3 a.m. in Seminyak? Maybe it’s time to seek out an audience with the Bo$$ Man. This no-nonsense Australian-style burger joint opens from 11. a.m. to 4 a.m. and serves up premium gourmet burgers for only 90-95K IDR. With a small white-tiled seating room that fills up quickly, Bo$$ Man is perfect for late night burger runs or grabbing quick lunches. The menu pays homage to mob bosses and history’s head honchos with six signature burgers. From the bombastic, Notorious P.I.G., stacked with 18-hour pork belly, Asian slaw, and candied chilli, to its one-of-a-kind sunflower seed patty burger with edamame and quinoa called, The Gandhi, you can be sure to eat like a boss. Hoping to flirt with danger? Try its fried chicken kimchi burger, the Kim ‘Chi’ Un with a fiery gochujang mayo to ignite the taste buds.

Must try: Six unique, badass signature burgers, loaded fries, Truffle, porcini and parmesan fries.

Street Boi (Fast food, Asian fusion burgers, Vegan Options)

Address: Jl. Petitenget No.18AA, Kerobokan Kelod, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia

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What do steam buns, homemade soda, and Chuck Norris have in common? a bao burger joint on Petitenget, apparently. At Street Boi, diners can shake off the shackles of traditional sesame bun burgers and pick up a satisfying, pillowy steam bun burger. Inspired by traditional Taiwanese hamburger, Gua Bao, which are usually filled with succulent slow-cooked pork bellies, bao burgers come with Asian fusion toppings. With six signature burgers listed under “Fats”, you’ll find Chuck’s Bao, a classic American beef patty and smoked cheddar burger with Street Boi sauce, and K-Chicken Bao, a Korean-style deep-fried chicken burger with red cabbage and kimchi mayo. Try the baos with Street Boi’s homemade soda or squash, all together for only around 100K IDR.

Must try: Chuck’s Bao, Beef & Wasabi Bao, K-Chicken Bao, Ice Cream Bao, homemade soda and squash, salted caramel milkshake.

Warung Nia (Asian, Balinese, Indonesian)

Address: Kayu Aya Square, No. 19-21., Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Bali, 80361, Indonesia

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Located inside Flea Market Seminyak, this authentic Balinese eatery also doubles as a cooking school. With a simple and straightforward menu, it’s hard to go wrong with its selection of Balinese Rijsttafel platters, which comes with chicken and pork sate, curry, grilled pork, rice, salad, sauces, and side dishes. With a casual and laidback open-air dining room, Warung Nia offers a relaxed dining experience with a full range of house specialties, including marinated barbecue pork ribs, grilled meat skewers, and classic Indonesian rice dishes.

Must try: skewers, Balinese Rijsttafel, barbecue pork ribs

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