THE GREAT ESCAPE, FEB 2018
CRAFTED WITH LOVE BY SECRET ESCAPES
Sampling the length and breadth of Balinese cuisine is no easy feat – babi guling, satay, betutu, ayam bakar and grilled corn barely scratch the surface of the island’s culinary landscape. But there are times when even the most thorough gourmands might crave something different.
Enter Bali’s international food scene: a vibrant one born of the province’s diverse expat population. From tacos to tapas, sushi to ceviche, you’ll find no shortage of restaurants specialising in global gastronomy – many helmed by native chefs. Here’s our pick of the best.
Pasta is hardly a difficult dish to come by in Bali, but if you’re after the real deal, pay a visit to Zibiru in Seminyak. Holding court in this trattoria’s kitchen is head chef Andrea Torelli, whom you might recognise from his appearance in the fifth season of MasterChef Italy. Along with founder and executive chef Luigi Calcagno, the pair has created a farm-to-table concept that takes full advantage of Bali’s abundant seasonal produce.
The homemade pastas like the pillowy soft gnocchi with homemade sausage are undoubtedly the highlight here. For more meat-focused dining, opt for dishes like the oven-baked lamb with a white wine reduction or the slow-cooked pork shank with roasted potatoes.
Adding to the restaurant’s charm are live jazz performances on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday – head down on Thursday to enjoy live opera instead. If you prefer a more intimate evening with your beau, a private dining experience can be arranged.