The Asia Collective is a social butterfly and foodie at heart – we’re always out and about in town to discover the best spots you need to add to your to-do-list! Indulge in the finest dishes from all over the world in the trendiest hotspots while enjoying some of the world’s finest cocktails – you can thank us later!
We are spilling the secret of our 20 favourite eateries and PLACES-TO-BE-AND-BE-SEEN in Seminyak.
As soon as you step into this large warehouse space, you will be inspired by its mosaic tiled floors and loft-style setting. BARBACOA specialises in BBQ wood fired and charcoal meats with a Mexican influence. The trendy setting also has a bar in the middle, creating the perfect atmosphere for a group dinner and pre-party drinks.
When you walk into the dimly lit setting you will be unexpectedly wowed by its 2 storey high roof and architecturally European inspired columns – designed to funnel rain water – creating a grand and sophisticated ambience. MERAH PUTIH’S experimental Indonesian fusion dishes are served with a traditional and modern twist, designed for “sharing” and exploring different spices and flavours.
Bringing the Amalfi Coast to Bali, Seminyak’s new hotspot, DA MARIA is the latest brainchild of Maurice Terzini who has created some of Australia’s most iconic dining venues including the famed Bondi Icebergs. The hyped Italian Osteria attracts a hip crowd and has quickly evolved into the latest place to see and be seen. Escape to Italy with an authentic Italian food and wine experience all set within captivating interiors featuring that Capri feeling in the heart of Seminyak. Join the crowds at their busy bar and enjoy La Dolce Vita with Da Maria’s Campari-based blends for a buzzing night out.
You cannot go past this Seminyak institution with its brightly coloured, captivating and quirky interiors and its mouth-watering day-to-night food offerings. You’ll have a hard time choosing a menu favourite from the restaurant, cocktail bar and coffee den, as SEA CIRCUS simply has one of the tastiest selections in town for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bring the family in for an addictive breakfast experience or stop by with your love for a non-pretentious dining experience under the glittering fairy lights.
Seminyak’s latest hot-spot SAIGON STREET has become the place to “be seen” in Bali, serving Vietnamese with a western twist. The healthy and light “sharing” dishes will excite your taste buds whilst you soak up the 80s vibe surrounded by the familiar settings of the bright Saigon lights.
A lush oasis in the heart of Seminyak, Mrs Sippy Bali is the newest hotspot to join the island’s vibrant culinary scene. The huge turquoise pool with dramatic diving boards, the open-air restaurant and stylish bars is where you’ll spend your days swimming, tanning and dancing from day to night. As soon as you have worked up an appetite, MRS SIPPY’S team of international chefs will take good care of you. Enjoy their fresh salads, succulent seafood and pizzas courtesy of the the open-air kitchen, with its wood-fire grills and pizza ovens.
This minimalistic designed restaurant is tucked away behind Oberoi and could possibly be Seminyak’s best kept secret! KILO boasts polished concrete floors and walls, floor to ceiling glass windows, but still a homely vibe. The food is beautifully styled on your plate and some of the best Japanese we’ve tasted on the island.
Set sail at this maritime-themed restaurant and bar in downtown Petitenget – your Hawaiian shirt has never looked better and more in place when dining, drinking and partying! Their extensive food menu with Mediterranean tapas and nautical classics such as fish and chips leaves almost no culinary wish for young and old unfulfilled. Whether you enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail at their boat bar, settle down in a beach hut with your friends or dine under the night sky in their ‘Rum Jungle’ palm tree area, Sea Vu Play offers plenty of choice for the perfect fun afternoon turned-dinner turned-party!
This glamorous rooftop restaurant and bar MOONLITE is starting to get the reputation for having the best dining view in Seminyak. Early cocktails are a must to capture your perfect sunset photo, before retreating to your table to enjoy its Asian delights.
This upstairs downstairs restaurant lounge bar will have you entertained for the entire night. MAMASAN which reflects old and new world is another place to “be seen” in Bali, with its social dining setting and buzzing upstairs bar. Rich in every Asian flavour but with a predominant Thai influence, the “sharing” menu will send your taste buds into a sensory overload.
Step out of your beach attire and into your nicest high heels before stepping into SARONG’S classy restaurant and bar. Refresh yourself with one of its superb cocktails before residing to your table to enjoy the award winning flavours and spices inspired by Asian street food vendors, predominantly in India.
This little cousin to Mamasan has roared onto the Seminyak restaurant scene with its Penang street food inspired “sharing” dishes. With TIGER PALM’S elegant electic decor combined vintage Malay and Tiki-pop highlights, you’ll experience a small taste of Malaysia in the heart of the busy shopping district.
Expect to find yourself dancing on tables and shotting tequila in Seminyak’s liveliest restaurant. MOTEL MEXICOLA’S vibrant and colourful venue turned makeshift dance club is the place to go if you’re prepared for your night to escalate quickly. Its delicious fish tacos and other Mexican tapas will perfectly compliment your margheritas, while you fiesta into the night.
Spanish at heart? Well known by Australian comidistas (span. foodies), MOVIDA, located within the recently opened Katamama Hotel (Potato Head’s first!), satisfies all your cravings español. The menu offers unique dishes featuring cured meats directly imported from Spain paired with locally-grown Spanish-native foods. Enjoy a tasty cocktail at the 15-metre polished green stone bar to finish the day.
Step into METIS and you won’t believe you’re in Bali. In possibly the island’s most sophisticated setting, you’re surrounded by elegant open air interiors as you dine in its terrace lounge over looking rice fields. The innovative and fresh French dishes are a culinary delight as your savour in the seductive surrounds.
Splash out for a special occasion at PLANTATION GRILL above Double Six Hotel, with twenties-style luxury and glass walls overlooking the ocean. Indulge in the high-quality imported meat and line-caught sustainable seafood cooked on coal, wood grill, and wood-fired ovens. After dinner, climb its spiral staircase for a cocktail in its ‘The Great Gatsby meets Hemingway’ Sling Bar.
Occupying a new wing above Ku De Ta, MEJEKAWI is a tasting kitchen, where Ku De Ta’s talented chefs get to showcase their skills in a more intimate and peronalised setting. With an open kitchen setting and glass walls giving a birds-eye view over Seminyak Beach, you can choose between their exquisite 5 and 12 course tasting menus and perfectly curated wine pairing.
Walking into this enchanted open air restaurant you will be impressed by its traditional take on Bali. Set under a gorgeous thatched bamboo roof, SARDINE has a stunning outlook over the illuminated rice paddy fields and lily ponds. The produce is equally impressive with daily seafood caught by the local fisherman and organic vegetables from its own vegetable garden.
With a choice of 3 restaurants and 2 bars, POTATO HEAD’S beach club has everyone covered. A must-see dining destination for everyone visiting Bali, with its killer sunset photo opp, and food as sexy as the beach babes walking past you.
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