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“A must for foodies!”

Bali Asli Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 147 Restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Indonesian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, 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.
Reviewed January 4, 2013 via mobile

Bali Asli has given us a unique experience of Balinese food and culture. Penny is a delight and very informative. She is very passionate about her business and it rubs of. We all enjoyed her tuition and the lunch in what must be one of the best dining room on this planet ( I have seen a few stunners) Thank you all so much for a memorable day.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

We booked the cooking class at Bali Asli through Asia Trails and despite having to get up at 5am during our otherwise lazy honeymoon (!) we had the best day of our holiday. We were greeted by the very friendly staff with a gorgeous drink and cold towel. The view from the balcony was breathtaking. We were lucky to be there on a beautifully clear and sunny day and the rice fields with the volcano in the background was a perfect setting. We then met Penny, the chef and executive director who is an inspiring lady. She quite obviously loves Bali, the people and especially the food. She took us on a trek to the local village and we had the rare opportunity to meet real villagers in their day to day lives. It was humbling to see the way they live off the land making use of everything around them and they were so very welcoming. During the trek, Penny showed us the vegetables, herbs and fruits of the fields which set the scene brilliantly for our cooking class. The class was great fun - It was well paced, extremely informative and of course the best bit was getting to eat the fruits of our labour! I would wholeheartedly recommend a day at Bali Asli, either simply to sample the menu or a cooking class. I think the trek before the class adds a unique flavour to the day which you certainly wouldn’t get anywhere else. I also think the toilets are the best I’ve ever been to! 100% at one with nature!

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Bali Asli is a restaurant and culinary/cultural experience centre in Gelumpang village, near the town of Amlapura, on the East side of Bali. Offering a restaurant and cooking school, surrounded by its unique and scenic location, Bali Asli is the product of Chef and Executive Director Penelope Williams’ many dreams. While there are many cooking classes available in Bali, we chose Bali Asli due to its scenic location, the reviews, and the itinerary, and we were not disapointed!

As we were staying in Nusa Dua, we new it would take about 2.5-3 hours to reach Bali Asli, so we only signed-up for the cooking class in order to get there by 10:00. In addition, you can also sign up for an experience that teaches you about traditional Balinese practices; farming, market, fishing, and more. We were thankful though that the other participant selected “A Day in the Life of the Balinese Lady”, as we were greeted with a selection of sweets from the market upon our arrival. I love the sweet taste and glutinous texture of these desserts made with coconut milk and palm sugar; they remind me a little of mochi.
Sweets from the market

The class begins with an introduction to the Balinese ritual of making offerings due to their religious beliefs, and a blessing. I really enjoyed this part of the class, as it taught me about the patience, love, significance, and gratitude that goes into each offering made. The blessing was also unique and special, even for the non-religious or those who practice another faith.
The balance between calm and chaos, in the form of an offering

Next, we were introduced to all the ingredients we would be using, and their particularities through how they looked, felt, and smelled. This exercise was helpful for us to understand the ingredients, how they were part of the dishes we would be making, and how we could substitute them, if needed back home. It was really interesting to taste the flavour profiles of limes and lemon; Balinese lime is a lot sweeter than other types.
Our kitchen/work space

The cooking class was very hands-on, and Penelope took the time to assist with your technique and to teach you tricks. Of all the mortars and pestles, I have ever used, the Balinese one, made of porous volcanic rock was the easiest to use. We used it to make a number of spice pastes, the most commonly used is called “bumbu Bali”. We worked our way through a number of dishes: nasi goreng, fish steamed in banana leaf, tofu steamed in banana leaf, Balinese salad, sates, peanut sauce, and bumbu Bali.
Balinese mortar and pestle to make bumbu Bali

About 3/4 of the way through the class, you can quench your thirst with a drink from their menu; there is a variety of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to choose from, which are added to your bill (water is complimentary during the class). While this was a nice touch, the selection was varied, and some of the drinks were unique, the prices were pretty high; similar to what you would pay at a fancier hotel. While we found the class to be decent value for the amount of time spent, the ingredients used, and the quality of the food during our lunch, we felt the price of the drinks could have been more reasonable and less of an up-sale strategy.
Satays over the charcoal grill

After the cooking class is done, the food is presented, beautifully, to a table so that you can enjoy the food you prepared, in the company of the fellow students, while surrounded by the stunning views. The Bali Asli cooking class is a unique experience that I will remember and cherish fondly.

As you are ready to leave, around 14:00, you settle up the bill; the only payment accepted is Indonesian Rupiah, even if the deposit is paid in US Dollars via banking transfer. Please note this in your invoice at the time of booking. As we only did the cooking class, we paid 660,000 Rupiah each. We left with our aprons, a certificate, and an apron.

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

We were picked up from our hotel in Candidasa and enjoyed the short scenic drive over the hill to the most beautiful Bali Asli to a warm and very welcome greeting from Penny and her skilled staff. Our experience was titled A day in the Life of a Balinese Woman and began with us making an offering to the gods. The introduction and orientation to all the dry and wet ingredients we would use during our lesson was done with the right balance of information and at a great pace for discussion and learning.

The staff were helpful, Penny comfortable and relaxed in the teaching mode and our participation was balanced to allow for learning and experience without slowing down the time frame to get through everything we had to.

We all sat and enjoyed our lunch together overlooking the breathtaking views from Bali Asli and agreed it was a highlight of our holiday and a memory we will cherish.

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Reviewed December 12, 2012

3 years ago we met Australian Cheff Penny Williams (owner of Bali Asli) as she organised our wedding in Alila Candidasa Bali.
Her professionalism and customer service exceeded our expectations. Since then she has opened her own Restaurant “Bali Asli” which we have visited several times when in Bali. (just came back from a fabulous 2 weeks holidays in magic Bali)
Bali Asli is the epitome of good taste and Balinese gourmet experience.
The Balinese food that Penny offers is a magical experience to our senses.
Bali Asli also offers the opportunity of cooking classes where you enjoy eating what you have created.
Encrusted in the hills of Gelumpang Village in Amlapura , only 30 minutes from Candidasa is a must stop for anyone wanting to experience the real Bali.
The views to the valley and Mt Agung are breathtaking!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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