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Bali Asli

Jalan Gelumpang | Gelumpang Village, Karangasem, Bali 80870, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 72 restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Bali offers many cooking classes but none compare to the Bali Asli experience. Chef Penelope Williams makes magic happen. I experienced the 'Day in the Life of a Balinese Lady' in order to travel to the morning market in nearby Amlapura with Penny. She is an expert on local ingredients and local recipes and clearly understands the traditions, culture and... More

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Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great food and wine. Well-trained staffs. Food was decilious and tasty in all ways. We definitely come back in our next vacation to Bali.

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Perth, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We stopped in after touring around the beautiful areas of Sideman and Tirtagangga - off the main drag and along a small road, the views from this place completed the day. It was a quiet day, and Penny the Australian exec chef spent a bit of time with us explaining the background of the restaurant. She loves being able to... More

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014 via mobile

A real treasure. We wrote back and forth with Penny ahead of our trip to Bali, as we were making an 'amazing race' type trip for extended family. Penny was wonderful planning a day for us - a scavenger hunt for the drive from Sanur, a trip to the market with a guide to gather ingredients, and then a morning... More

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8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Overall this is very wonderful view, poor food, craving juice. I can say quite a bad timing we went there, windless day. I think because around 3.10pm, there are starting to close. The waiter all look tired and low energy, still try to serve us with smile less. So fortunate we got chance talk with penny, the owner, which I... More

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BaliAslirestaurant, Owner at Bali Asli, responded to this review

Dear Louiss L, Im very sad and surprised to hear that your experience at Bali Asli a few days ago was not up to your expectations. It had indeed been a very busy day, however that is no reason for the waiters to look tired and for the food to be unsatisfactory. I can assure you that you for you... More

Duisburg, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Our guide Made had the idea of bringing us to this wonderful restaurant. The view and the food is amazing and we will certainly come back for cooking classes.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

We travelled from our hotel in Nusa Dua to have lunch at Bali Asli and it was well worth the two hour car trip. The food was beautifully presented, flavoursome, fresh and delicious. We both agreed it is one of the best meals we have had in Bali, and will definitely return to this beautiful place. The restaurant has a... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Featuring a terrific view (even on a cloudy day), this is a very special place for lunch. The staff was very attentive with welcome drinks ready within minutes of our arrival. The tasting platter was plenty for two and contained many different authentic dishes.

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Ouddorp, The Netherlands
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

My husband and I visited Bali Asli today!Although we've visited a lot of restaurants in Bali,this was farmost the best!This was not just a restaurant visit,this was a great experience.The view was breathtaking the food utmost delicious.I can predict that I come back!

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Boulder, Colorado
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Based on a recommendation from a friend, we decided to have lunch at Bali Asli which is conveniently located near Villa Seraya where we are staying. The directions were easy and it would be a nice stop for those driving through Amlapura. The location and views are stunning. Even on a cloudy day, Agung looked amazing rising steeply from the... More

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