Top 3 new restaurants in Bali that’s worth a visit

Barbacoa’s suckling pig sizzling on the roast

Barbacoa’s suckling pig sizzling on the roast

You may have been to Kudeta in Bali or had seafood on the beach in Jimbaran. Time for new discoveries! Bali is one of Asia’s top dining destinations

By Shareen Wong

Chic accommodation, stylish boutiques and a never-ending array of affordable new restaurants. For a ‘travel-holic’ foodie like me, it’s paradise.

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On my recent trip to Bali, I was determined to eat only at new establishments, which was really tough as I have many old favourites. I’m glad I did, because many more fabulous eateries have popped up and here’s my pick for the Top 3.

Barbacoa

This place is so new, its website is still under construction but it is already getting rave reviews!

If you enjoy a spot of barbecue and love your meats, head to Barbacoa and try their suckling pig and slow-roasted pork.

The grill is a sight to behold and the place has a great vibe. Call ahead for reservations. It is only open for dinner.

Babi Guling for lunch

Babi Guling for lunch

Merah Putih

This is a breath of fresh air – a restaurant that offers Indonesian food in a gorgeous setting.

From the outside, you would never guess that a stunning dining room awaits. Walk in and your attention is drawn to the white columns and high ceilings, which give the restaurant a really spacious feel. I felt like I was in a big greenhouse!

The menu is separated into two sections. One that offers traditional dishes, and the other with modern interpretations. Lunch is a good time to sample the Babi Guling (Balinese suckling pig) menu.

The three-course set lunch from 95,000++ Rupiah (about S$10) is a real steal!

Teatro Gastroteque

The name, “Teatro Gastroteque”, means a theatre where the culinary team shows its finest cooking techniques. This is very apt, considering I discovered this restaurant quite by accident.

Every time I walked past that row of shops, the open concept kitchen with its busy chefs captivated me. Teatro is one of the latest additions to the vibrant restaurant scene in Bali and the first to offer a casual “fine dining” experience. I think that means you’ll eat well but you can still dress down.

Choose from the set menus with wine pairing or from the a la carte menu. Either way, be prepared to be impressed. The Coral Trout and Black More Wagyu were standout dishes, and the service was excellent.

The best part is, it’s helmed by an award-winning Indonesian chef. Teatro Gastroteque is highly recommended for special occasions.

Shareen relaxing by the poolside in Bali

Shareen relaxing by the poolside in Bali

Catch Shareen Wong on the only travel show on local radio, “Getaways”, on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm, on Power 98FM.

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