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“Something truly Balinese....and more”

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: 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.
Elwood, Victoria, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Something truly Balinese....and more”
Reviewed August 13, 2014

Penny and Bali Asli have a formidable reputation, and every detail of the 'Day in the Village' experience reinforces the fact that that reputation is so well deserved. The warmth, generosity, passion and commitment that Penny and her team impart throughout the trek and the cooking lesson is exceptional.
I loved the small class size, the attention to detail and the laid-back atmosphere.
Thanks so much Penny!

BTW: the first thing I did when I returned home was to make a batch of Bumbu Bali. My guess is I'll be back soon to Bali Asli - maybe with somewhat sturdier shoes xxx

  • Visited July 2014
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4 Thank Sound-arc
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Munich, Germany
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“The Real Bali...”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

... is sometimes not so easy to find on Bali but with BaliAsli we experienced an incredible time...
the market visit, the food, the restaurant, the staff and especially Penny are just incredible.

For us the cooking class was the highlight of the trip and we went back the next day for lunch also because we could not stop dreaming about this place.

THX again for this wonderful time... Hope to see you one day again...


  • Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Tbe68
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A culinary experience to remember for ever”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a must do when your in East Bali. This amazing restaurant and culinary school was created from scratch by Penny Williams (who is the most fantastic host, teacher and amazing chef).
From the moment we arrived for our 'Day in the Village' culinary experience we felt so at home. The staff had drinks in our hands immediately and then it all began. Firstly we were off trekking up into the local area and all the villages, Penny's knowledge is just amazing and we all learnt so much about local village life, culture and of course food and where it all comes from and how it is used in daily life. The trek is 2 hours so a good pair of trekking shoes is a must.
Once we returned to Bali Asli we went straight into our cooking class and with a delicious fruity cocktail (with a kick) in our hands we managed to produce 5 dishes for our lunch. Penny is such a great teacher and made everyone feel so relaxed even when we made a few mistakes.
Put this place on your list even if you just want to have lunch and experience the most breathtaking view of the rice fields and the ever dominant Mt Agung in the distance.
Thank you bali Asli we will be back next year.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Bill S
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Sydney, Australia
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“A true culinary adventure”
Reviewed August 3, 2014

Penny Williams should be congratulated on creating a wonderful restaurant and cooking school (with views to die for) which gives visitors the opportunity for an authentic Balinese culinary adventure. "The day in the life of a Balinese Village" cooking class starts with a 2 hour trek through surrounding hills learning about traditional herbs,spices, fruits and vegetables along the way. We visited a Balinese coffee growing family village high up in the hills, saw coconuts being harvested, tasted fresh coconut juice and young coconut fruit amongst other delights. This was all befor we returned to the restaurant for a highly insightful coking class where we ground spices and cooked up a storm under Penny's excellent tuition. For those who just want a beautiful Balinese lunch, morning or afternoon tea - Bali Asli comes very highly recommended.

  • Visited August 2014
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3 Thank shanthini41
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Tathra, Australia
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“Genuine Balinese Magic”
Reviewed July 29, 2014

Go here - this place is inspirational...!!!

I don't particularly like Balinese cuisine but the food here is very special as is Penny, the extraordinary Aussie gal who has set this place up.

Very traditional, super fresh cooked Balinese food & very reasonably priced. Adequate wine list & all the Bintang you could desire. Make sure you use the restrooms - an amazing place to do life's necessities.

Wheelchair access - problematic. Lots of steps at the entry OR the goods-in ramp whose slope is terrifying. At 54 yrs old & 85kgs I needed 2 mates to help get me up there (& back down safely again) - real pity this was not sorted out in Penny's planning as this place is a gem & everyone should be able to enjoy it. The toilets were OK for me in my 15.5" seat width TiLite chair with minimal camber but only just. If you are a wheelie, I reckon you should book a couple of keen young Balinese helpers & go there.

This place is great & a must see if you are nearby.

  • Visited July 2014
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4 Thank CrippAdvisor
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