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Bali Asli

Jalan Gelumpang | Gelumpang Village, Karangasem, Bali 80870, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 75 Restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Delivery
Description: Bali Asli is located in Gelumpang village, near the town of Amlapura, the capital of Karangasem regency, in the North East of Bali. About 2 hours drive from the airport, and 30minutes from Candidasa village, and 30minutes from Amed village. Nestled in the foot hills of Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain, surrounded by rice fields, there is not a building to be seen. Bali Asli promotes Balinese cuisine and culture without exploiting it or it’s people. We embrace our community, supporting those who fish, farm and forage in the near by fields, ocean and jungle. Our menu offers authentic Balinese food using a traditional Balinese style kitchen, cooking on wood-fired, mud brick stoves, allowing the real flavours of Bali to shine. Most of our ingredients are either grown in our garden, in our neighbour’s garden or purchased from the local market The cooking school runs unique classes themed on “a day in the life of...” every class includes an adventure into local areas off the beaten track. Weather it is learning how to plant rice or plough with a cow, fishing in a jukung canoe and cooking on an open fire or making cocktails from cashew nut wine, our students always leave with fond memories and new skills to experiment with when they get home.
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Arcata, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Our group of four was most appreciative and impressed by the extraordinary authentic and delicious Balinese cuisine, stunningly beautiful location and building, and excellent service. Truly a unique and wonderful experience.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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120 reviews 120 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Of course the location is great, with gorgeous views on Mt. Agung. But to say this place is nr. 1 on Bali, not for us. A lot of smoke from the kitchen, staff was just serving us, but not really friendly. We decided to have only some drinks, because we didn't want to order the rather expensive menu. We came... More

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Sydney, Australia
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We had a wonderful cooking class with Penny. We did the Day in the village class. it was wonderful. a full day of trekking and seeing where the food that we were cooking came from was great. We arrived a little early (7.45am for our 8.30am start) and we were greeted with smiles and coffee. the cooking class was great... More

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Coorabell, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

A must when in Bali, to visit this fantastic restaurant, it has fabulous views of Mount Agung and fantastic authentic Balinese food. A well run restaurant and lunch was great , the food was A1! There is also a cooking school we we did not attend.

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Elwood, Victoria, Australia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Penny and Bali Asli have a formidable reputation, and every detail of the 'Day in the Village' experience reinforces the fact that that reputation is so well deserved. The warmth, generosity, passion and commitment that Penny and her team impart throughout the trek and the cooking lesson is exceptional. I loved the small class size, the attention to detail and... More

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Munich, Germany
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

... is sometimes not so easy to find on Bali but with BaliAsli we experienced an incredible time... the market visit, the food, the restaurant, the staff and especially Penny are just incredible. For us the cooking class was the highlight of the trip and we went back the next day for lunch also because we could not stop dreaming... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a must do when your in East Bali. This amazing restaurant and culinary school was created from scratch by Penny Williams (who is the most fantastic host, teacher and amazing chef). From the moment we arrived for our 'Day in the Village' culinary experience we felt so at home. The staff had drinks in our hands immediately and... More

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Canberra, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Penny Williams should be congratulated on creating a wonderful restaurant and cooking school (with views to die for) which gives visitors the opportunity for an authentic Balinese culinary adventure. "The day in the life of a Balinese Village" cooking class starts with a 2 hour trek through surrounding hills learning about traditional herbs,spices, fruits and vegetables along the way. We... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Go here - this place is inspirational...!!! I don't particularly like Balinese cuisine but the food here is very special as is Penny, the extraordinary Aussie gal who has set this place up. Very traditional, super fresh cooked Balinese food & very reasonably priced. Adequate wine list & all the Bintang you could desire. Make sure you use the restrooms... More

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Top Contributor
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43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

I still don't know if this is authentic Bali cooking but I don't mind. The Australian owner's take on the local Megibung (communal meal) is enough for me. The ingredients are sourced out the back door and the resulting shared meal is a revelation of flavours and textures. I think it represents good value for the work and resources involved... More

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