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Indonesia Restaurants

Ary's Warung
Main Street
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975 053
www.dekco.com/aryswarung/

Right in the center of Ubud, Ary's is kitty-corner to Ubud Palace and directly across the street from the rehearsal hall of the court gamelan—the traditional Malay percussion orchestra—which frequently serenades diners. The cuisine is contemporary Asian, with creative (but not contrived) specialties such as lobster wonton, tuna parfait with caviar and wasabi cream, tataki loin of venison, and rack of lamb with chili-mint sauce; there's also a good choice of vegetarian dishes. The five-course tasting menu for under $30 is a great value. Desserts are excellent: If you've never been brave enough to try durian, Asia's famous stinky fruit, Ary's silky durian crème brûlée is a good way to test the waters.

Biku
Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 857 0888
www.bikubali.com

You may not have come to Bali for high tea, but after a stop at Biku, you just might build your day around it. Run by members of the royal family of Ubud, the restaurant occupies a 150-year-old hand-carved wooden house from Java. Lunch and dinner feature a satisfying choice of Indonesian classics and hearty Western fare, plus scrumptious Aussie meat pies. The tea menu, created by the owner's son/tea master Tjok Gede, is an education in local and international leaves. The brew is served with Ritz-worthy finesse and is accompanied by strawberries and cream, scones, finger sandwiches, and homemade cakes and pies. A corner of the restaurant is occupied by Ganesha Bookshop, which has a fine selection of antiquarian books, new publications about the region, and page-turners for the beach.—Jamie James

Indus
Jalan Sangginan
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 977 684
www.casalunabali.com/indus-restaurant/

Set on a steep bluff surrounded by rice fields and overlooking an oxbow bend on the Campuan River, this relaxed international restaurant has a spacious terrace for taking in the views. Janet de Neefe (who also happens to run the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival) created a menu here that's eclectic, unpretentious, and healthy. Choices range from Balinese-style tapas to Middle Eastern mezze; there's spicy Thai tom yum and hearty roasted-tomato soup, pizza and Indonesian fried rice, and a delicious Balinese smoked duck feast for two (a bargain at around $10). For dessert, try the homemade ice cream in flavors like ginger and marquisa (Indonesia's version of passion fruit). There's a free shuttle service to and from the center of town.

Ku De Ta
9 Jalan Laksmana
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 736 969
www.kudeta.net

Since it opened in 2000, this classy contemporary Australian restaurant has maintained its status as the island's most glamorous. Its wide beachfront site—which includes a dramatically spotlighted bar, private pavilions, terraces, waterside deck, and cigar menu filled with choice Cuban stogies—feels like a swanky private club. The dishes here focus on exotic Aussie specialties, such as grilled yabbies (small freshwater crayfish), oysters, farmed venison, and succulent lamb. There's also a good selection of sashimi and sushi rolls. The wine list is one of the most interesting in Bali, with a good selection from California, Chile, France, Italy, and New Zealand to complement the Australian vintages. A lower-priced bistro-style menu is served at lunch, but if you want to people-watch while you eat, wait till nighttime, when the blondest, tannest crowd west of the Santa Monica Pier gathers.

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Métis
6 Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 737 888
metisbali.com

In 2010, French restaurateurs Said Alem and Doudou Tourneville, the duo behind the legendary Kafe Warisan, opened Métis at the top of Jalan Petitenget. It quickly became Seminyak's place to see and be seen. The dining rooms are spacious and open to the sky. Dishes on the unapologetically international menu—prosciutto-wrapped barramundi with white-truffle hollandaise sauce; scallops and prawns Provençal garnished with asparagus and shimeji mushrooms; hefty Australian Black Angus rib eye steak—would hold their own in Sydney, Hong Kong, or Paris. Jazz on Thursdays and lounge music on Fridays attract the Bali beautifuls.—Jamie James

Mozaic
Jalan Sangginan
Ubud , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 975 768
www.mozaic-bali.com

The brainchild of Chris Salans, an American chef who studied in France and honed his skills at (among others) the legendary French Laundry, Mozaic has the reputation for being the best Western restaurant in Bali. It's certainly one of the most romantic, with candlelit tables tucked away in a luxuriant tropical garden. The menu is innovative and constantly changing but always matches exotic local ingredients with the finest imported foodstuffs: Past entrées have included boneless Australian quail baked in phyllo pastry with foie gras and Moroccan spices, and honey-soy suckling pig garnished with mushrooms, fruits, and walnuts. Choose between a seven-course tasting menu (matched with wines, if you like) or three courses à la carte.

Closed Mondays.

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Sardine
21 Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 738 202
sardinebali.com

A leisurely lunch at Sardine feels like a visit to a farmhouse in Tuscany, except that there are rice fields outside instead of olive orchards. The menu is contemporary Continental with an emphasis on ingredients from Bali's amazing fish markets. Wolfgang Puck–trained chef Michael Shaheen's signature dish of diver scallops garnished with mushroom ravioli sets the standard for superb seafood cuisine in Bali. Desserts are also excellent, from a classic Valrhona Guanaja chocolate mousse to a black-pepper ice cream with a slow, sweet burn, served with fresh strawberries, kiwi, and a crunchy cacao florentine.—Jamie James

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Sarong
19X Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 737 809
www.sarongbali.com

Sarong serves up a culinary rarity: a pan-Asian menu where authentic Indian, Chinese, Thai, and Indonesian cuisines peacefully coexist. Vividly flavorful appetizers include salt-and-pepper fried squid rings, naan stuffed with lamb and yogurt, and Thai roasted duck salad. Crispy pork belly is lightened by the tang of mandarin orange; the prawns with black bean sauce, snow peas, mushrooms, and asparagus is a masterpiece of classic Chinese cookery. The lively garden deck and main dining room, where sheer curtains flutter in the balmy breeze, are a welcome antidote to the beige rectangles of corporate Zen creeping through Bali. Reservations are essential.—Jamie James

Village
47 Jalan Danau Tamblingan
Sanur , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 285 025

This relaxed, chic, inexpensive restaurant has long been Bali's best choice for traditional Italian cooking—so the fact that it's stayed off the radar of the tourist hordes is something of a mystery. Right on the main drag in Sanur with the area's best shops and art galleries, the Village offers a choice between an elegant air-conditioned dining room and a street-side terrace for people-watching. The dishes here are classic, and blessedly free of innovation: tender calamari encased in fluffy batter, delicate veal scalloppine, crusty pizzas, and fabulous fresh fish.

Warung Sulawesi
Jalan Petitenget
Seminyak , Bali
Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 746 3052

This traditional café, or warung, serves authentic Indonesian cooking in a canopy-shaded garden of orchids and flowering trees. At lunchtime, locals, business folk, and employees from the luxury hotels on Petitenget line up at the bountiful glassed-in buffet for Sulawesi-style grilled snapper, Sumatran beef rendang (an aromatic curry with coconut milk), quick-fried free-range chicken quarters, and organic greens from the family farm in West Bali. Warung Sulawesi is famed for its large selection of sambal, Indonesian salsa with a full kick of chile pepper fire. There are plenty of fresh tropical juices on offer, but the restaurant does not serve alcohol.—Jamie James

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.