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“Deluxe Bali Cooking Class” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bali Asli restaurant

Bali Asli restaurant
Jalan Gelumpang | Gelumpang Village, Karangasem 80870, Indonesia
62822369215
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Ranked #1 of 108 Restaurants in Karangasem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff
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.
Perth, Australia
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“Deluxe Bali Cooking Class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

This was probably one of the best cooking trek/classes I have ever attended. I can't rate it highly enough. The fabulous owner and super chef Penny has set up the most spectacular cooking school, which is over-looking a tropical, misty valley. From the spicy, snake fruit welcome drink, the slightly arduous but fabulous trek to an authentic village, back to cooking class and delicious lunch, it was all just top notch. I managed the walk in my white placky beach sandals but I would recommend sneakers for those interested as it can be steep and rocky in parts. I feel like we got to see authentic Bali when we visited a hidden little village for morning tea. It was complete with smiling families, woven huts, smoky cooking fires, dogs, chooks and a wee fat piglet.

Penny's staff are beautifully relaxed, friendly people and our guide Dewar was a sweetie. The restaurant is gorgeous. I particularly loved the hand moulded bricks on the kitchen wall and the glam open air loo with a view.

My daughter and I really enjoyed the tasting and identifying of the various ingredients of Bumbu Bali and making dishes like Nasi Goreng.

Thank you, Penny! We'll be back and we'll recommend you to all our friends.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Simply Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Or Stunningly Simple - Either way well worth a visit. Awesome atmosphere, Amazing Views and and a must do on any trip to Bali

  • Visited June 2013
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“Sensational!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013 via mobile

What an amazing restaurant! First, the view - Mt Agung in all it's glory. We were lucky enough to have a clear day so that we could see the entire outline of Mt Agung with fleeting clouds and with the rice paddies as a vista in the foreground. The food - scrumptious! We were served krupuk ( crackers of varied flavours and textures) and three sambals and roasted peanuts. We both had Nasi Campur (which changes almost daily). A mound of delicious rice with purple taro and sweet potato (I think) with fish satays, a very tasty vegetable soup with broad beans and spinach and delicate spices, a chicken curry that was subtle and sophisticated at the same time and a coconut tempeh that was really very good. My hubby enjoyed the same dishes except he opted for the banana flower salad over the soup. To drink we had home made pineapple beer - what a taste sensation! We also tried the jackfruit beer - never thought I would see hubby drinking fruit beer but he pronounced them both delicious. Penny the owner and chef is an amazing lady who had a dream and has made it a reality. One of the best meals I have indulged in in a very long time.

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful restaurant, cooking class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

We had planned to do a cooking class in Legian later in our holiday. We saw a recommendation for Bali Asli and decided to go their for lunch. I did a bit of research and when I saw photos of the location and read about Penny we decided that this was the place for a cooking class.
After going to the morning market to buy ingredients we went back to Bali Asli and started the class. Penny was so informative and knowledgable about everything Bali! Asli means genuine or real and this was Asli sekali!
I couldn't recommend this higher as a "must see" on a Bali holiday. Do yourself a favour :)

  • Visited May 2013
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“Live & Learn Love - Bali Asli”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

I feel a bit guilty for not posting a glowing review of our village tour & cooking school experience from last year which we did enjoy so much. So here goes now.. the first part of the trek was pretty strenuous with uphill challenges ( wear comfy footwear) however you are rewarded with interesting village experiences and have your cameras fully charged for spectacular scenery. After whatever experience you have chosen, Penny spends a largish part of the class taking students through an amazing culinary journey, tasting sniffing and much learning about Balinese ingredients and culture prior to an easy paced enjoyable lesson, as the eager staff happily keep you supplied with delicious drinks.You may never take a sate for granted again ...

There has been much written about the beautiful building that Penny had built to house the restaurant and cooking school and the magnificent views - words can’t do it justice you must come here and see for yourself.
This visit we came just for the meal and again it was worth the drive. This is locally grown & freshly picked and prepared food at its best.

From experience I would definitely recommend staying close by at one of the recommended stays on the Bali Asli website ( I think if it's close by Penny provides a pickup service) both times we have been to Bali Asli the traffic from both Ubud and Seminyak was horrible and getting anxious about being late for a class or a meal is not the best start to enjoy it. Ensure too that you print out a good map for your driver beforehand to find Bali Asli, they say they know where it is - and sometimes they don’t!!!

  • Visited March 2013
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