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“Superb views - even from the bathrooms!”

Bali Asli Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 121 Restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, 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 30 minutes from Candidasa village, and 30 minutes 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.
Paris, France
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160 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Superb views - even from the bathrooms!”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Apparently the Bali Asli is only open from dinner once a month so we were incredible lucky. We hiked down through the rice terraces for a couple of hours and worked up an appetite for dinner. We sat sipping cocktails (which were expensive- but the views and location were unique)watching the sunset behind Gunung Agung, thinking how the villagers below the volcano lived, with the constant towering threat every day. Dinner was a buffet with an enormous range of dishes - freshly cooked in front of us and cooked perfectly. It was a perfect end to a great stay in Bali.

  • Visited July 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unlucky experience”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

My Family and I went on a weekend with high expectations because of the good reviews - and got dissapointed. The view was absolutely amazing, but unfortunately the food was dried and expensive. Service staff was friendly as stated in the previous reviews but no management around. We can't agree with all the previous reviews.

  • Visited August 2012
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BaliAslirestaurant, Owner at Bali Asli Restaurant, responded to this review, September 9, 2012
Dear Hiro h,
It both saddens and distressed me to hear that you and your family had an unenjoyable experience at Bali Asli. As you said it was definitely an unlucky and unfortunate experience.
You can be rest-a-sured that your review will be discussed in length with the team at Bali Asli and taken very seriously.
I am also sorry that I did not get the opportunity to meet you in person.
kind regards,
Penelope
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London, England
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“Mind blowing food and venue: true Bali”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

This place is a true gem and it would be a real shame to leave Bali without having seen and eaten at Bali Asli. I repeat it, please don't miss this experience: it was one of our highlights in Bali.
It is located in a real nice and peaceful part of Bali, the North East close to Candidasa. The restaurant is in true Balinese style and the views are breathtaking! A little piece of heaven with the stunning Mount Agung surrounded by rice fields.
Then we were treated with delicious traditional Balinese food prepared on wood-fired stoves. Penny, the Australian chef and owner, explained us that the menu changes every day depending on what she finds in the morning on the market and all products used are local. She was previously the Chef at Alila Manggis where we stayed and Bali Asli provided us with a shuttle service.
Not al lot of places offer you wonderful food with stunning views.
An unforgettable experience!

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank avLondon
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Bali
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Incredible”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Love Bali Asli's philosophy- local food only bought if the Chef can see where it comes from with her eyes, a deep respect and love for Balinese cuisine, and a true commitment to real travel experiences- not just mass tourism. The food is amazing and the view even better. It makes the perfect day trip just for lunch and probably even better combined with one of the classes.

  • Visited August 2012
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Thank indobb
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Phillip Island, Australia
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“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Bali Asli. After reading about it in a newspaper we decided it was well worth a trip. We hired a wonderful driver and set off from Candi Dasa, the views are breathtaking and arriving at the restaurant we were greeted with a lovely cool drink, It is a beautiful place and we thoroughly enjoyed the food and its presentation. Staff are courteous and allow you the space to enjoy the food and surroundings. Would happily visit again when visiting Bali

Trish A - Melbourne

  • Visited May 2012
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