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Bali Asli

Jalan Gelumpang | Gelumpang Village, Karangasem, Bali 80870, Indonesia
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Ranked #1 of 74 restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Restaurant details
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW 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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Perth, Australia
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16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Recently visited Bali Asli as part of a week long cooking tour of Bali. Firstly, we trekked through the surrounding area to see some flora and fauna and meet some locals who were kind enough to allow us to visit their homes. This was followed by a hands on cooking lesson under the tutelage of the owner, Penny. Great way... More

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Adelaide, Australia
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

We were recommend Bali Asli by an Australian living in Bali and we sure are glad we made the effort and went. Our driver Made was unsure of where it was so rang the restaurant, got directions and booked us in. What a wonderful place set peacefully on its own on top of a hill, the views were outstanding, including... More

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25 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Had lunch here after a trek. The atmosphere was peaceful, calm, with beautiful and amazing views over the paddy fields to the mountains. Even the view from the loo was amazing and different, with one side completely open to the elements but completely private. The food was the best by far that I tasted in Indonesia and beautifully explained by... More

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Bali, Indonesia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

be surprised by the view of East Bali very amazed. I had the opportunity to do cooking class here, the staff are friendly, passionate cooks experience, Bali Asli provide an experience which brings me and my friend to explore the local market, making offerings to prayer and started in the stage of cooking class ...really !!!! it was great. thank... More

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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Everything about Bali Asli is fabulous. The food, the homemade beer, the service and the view….especially the from the bathroom. Thanks to Penny and her staff for providing us with one of the best meals we experienced in Bali .

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Were staying in the Candidasa area as part of a scuba diving holiday, and heard about the wonderful experiences offered at Bali Asli. Signed up via phone about 48 hours before our visit. Penelope led our group of 6 on a 2-hour trek through small rural villages, pointing our local spices, nuts, beans, and other crops along the way. Visited... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014 via mobile

It was an early pick up from Sanur @ 6:30am, but an interesting drive out to Bali Asli - great driver arranged by them. We then were driven to the market in Amalpura which was interesting, with a great insight to daily life of a Balinese Woman who would do this everyday. Then back to Bali Asli and made the... More

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My sister Andrea and I joined the Day in the Life of a Fisherman tour by Penny at Asli. Fabulous! Penny arranged transport for us from Umalas (near Seminyak). It took 2 hrs to get to White Sand Beach but it went quick as we enjoyed the views along the way and chatted to our driver who was really informative... More

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3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This was our first outing/activity during our recent trip to Bali - and what a start to a great trip. My husband and I took part in the "Day in the life of a Balinese lady" and both really enjoyed it. It's a great introduction to the real Bali and their daily life. We learned so much during our class... More

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