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“Highlight of our trip!”

Bali Asli Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 119 Restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Asian, Indonesian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Berkeley, California
1 review
“Highlight of our trip!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

My mom and I have been to Bali many times, and hands down, our Bali Asli adventure was the absolute highlight of our trip this time! We booked the Day in the Life of a Balinese Fisherman followed by the Campur lunch, and it far exceeded our expectations! Penny Williams, owner/chef extraordinaire provides a rare peek into the life the Balinese, through the culinary adventures and dining experience at Bali Asli. We saw parts of the island that only locals know how to find, and we were able to feast on authentic Balinese food that is prepared with care and love. Bali Asli restaurant and cooking school is an artistic masterpiece in and of itself, with locally sourced materials, spectacular views, and gorgeous landscaping. All the ingredients used and the cooking technique on wood burning stoves are authentic. The vast assortment of hand made krupuk, my favorite, were delicious! Bali Asli is an elegant retreat from the hustle bustle of popular Bali destinations, reminiscent of old Bali: peaceful, serene and magical.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Jennifer S
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“#1 for a number of reasons”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

After having a great time at Tirta Gangga, we decided to give this place a try after reading positive reviews and getting reccomendation from a friend who had been to Bali Asli just a few months back.

So amazed by the the stunning view from the restaurant: the rice fields and mount Agung (although the sky was not so clear).

The staff and owner were so passionate about Balinese food and its historical/cultural background. They change their menu depending on whatever good stuff they can find in the local market. We tried their signature set menu "megibung" which offered various great tasting items ( soup, veggies, chicken and sate lilit/minced meat satay). The soup which had spinach and black beans (grown in their garden) was simple but flavorful. My other most favorite is the grilled chicken.

Bali Asli is the place to enjoy true Balinese food in a magnificent setting surrounded by amazing people with passion to maintain Balinese legacy.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Donny S
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Bali, Indonesia
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“It's that good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2013

Just had lunch at Bali Asli. This place deserves every accolade and award it is given.
We were thoroughly impressed. The chef/owner is super talented and really loves her job.
Her enthusiasm and energy reflect in every aspect of this wonderful restaurant. By far the best meal we have had in Bali. Local traditional Balinese food made with care, attention and a deep understanding of ingredients and technique. It is that good!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Virginia E
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Toulon-sur-Allier, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2013

We highly recommend dining at Bali Asli, without question it is our favourite place to eat thus far in Bali. The staff were really lovely and the cocktails are great value, and the food just was delicious. We visited twice during our short stay, and thoroughly enjoyed both occasions.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Charles H
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“massively underwhelming”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2013

Looking at other reviews posted, I really wonder if I was at the same place. True, the views are fabulous and yes, the staff are great (but very few places in Bali don't have great staff). However, for such a great location and building, the menu (lfor unch anyway) is limited and the meal we had, mainly campur and sides, was uninspiring. It was not the worst campur I have had but would be in the top five.

It is a shame. A magnificent building taking in glorious views, let down by what seems to be a level of arrogance from the kitchen.

  • Visited January 2013
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BaliAslirestaurant, Owner at Bali Asli Restaurant, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Epicurian Sydney,
It distresses me to hear that your experience at Bali Asli was below your expectations. Perhaps you may like to share with me where you where lucky enough to enjoy traditional Balinese food that was at a higher standard and with better flavours, I would greatly appreciate the insights and any suggested traditional Balinese eateries A mature seasoned traveller such as your self would care to share with me. Mainly so I can learn and gain a better understanding of where I have gone so terribly wrong with the cuisine at Bali Asli.
Kind regards and many thanks for your honesty,
Penelope Williams
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