Written by Junanto Xu
Co-written by Nadia Crowe, Beverley Lennon and Sara Cao
Come on foodies, after a long day of exploring the Islands of the Gods, don’t you just feel extra famished and wish you have a table filled with unlimited food in front of you? Enter all-you-can-eat buffets, the saviour of your always-hungry stomach.
But wait, don’t we sort of need to have unlimited money to access those unlimited food? Usually that is the case, but not in Bali.
We’ve found several hidden gems on the island that not only serve unlimited food but are also wallet-friendly and satisfying at the same time! Be it Chinese Dimsum, BBQ, seafood, or healthy options, you can have a huge variety of delicacies to choose from and eat as much as you want!
So what are you waiting for? Time to feast!
Note: All prices listed below are before tax and service charges unless otherwise stated.
1. Wondrous BBQ night by the pool: Rooftop Pool (Atanaya Hotel)
Imagine: At dinnertime, you have a big plate of grilled goodness in your hand while soaking yourself in a rooftop pool, overlooking the sparkling city lights. This is what we call enjoying life to the fullest!
Every Friday, it’s time to head to the Rooftop Pool at Atanaya Hotel, where you can not only party to DJ performances but enjoy unlimited BBQ buffet! Hear the sizzle of the grilling meat and indulge in those sweetmeats. The night is extra gorgeous with the city view of Kuta spread out before your eyes.
To complement the chillax ambiance, the DJs will drop the beat to lighten the mood and get your body moving to the groove.
And after you’re finally full, you just need to jump into the infinity pool to burn all the calories you’ve consumed! What a perfect way to end your day on paradise island, no?2. Cultural immersion, spectacular views and good vibes – Jalak Restaurant at The Nest Bali
Is there anything better than unlimited food and a sunset view that’s hard to beat? I don’t think so! If you’re lucky enough to be in Bali on a Wednesday, or Friday, then you NEED to head down to The Nest by Danapati. Featuring a rooftop restaurant that has unrivalled views of the beautiful Bali skyline, enjoy your unlimited barbeque with good music, good vibes, and good company.
For a deeper insight into Balinese culture, head down on a Wednesday, where they’ll spoil you with a special Balinese style barbeque, and you can take a journey through Bali’s rich history with your taste buds! If you’re keen on something a little more familiar, and a little more universal, Friday’s sky nest barbeque is the perfect option for you!
Once you’re satisfied with how much you’ve eaten, head over to the gorgeous terrace opposite the restaurant for some drinks, or even take a dip in their rooftop pool to cool off and do a little stargazing!
3. Fresh unlimited seafood on a Friday night – Waroeng D’Carik
You would think a seafood buffet is necessarily near the sea, at a noisy warung or restaurant by the beach or in the city.
But no, this warung overlooks beautiful rice paddy fields, dimly lit with lanterns that lead you to your dining table – isn’t it simply romantic?
And seafood lovers, here’s where you need to bring your buddies or sweetheart who loves the taste of creatures of the sea as much as you do. On Friday nights, drop your anchor at this warung for their “All you can eat seafood dinner” for that ultimate feast!
Harvested from the ocean moments before it’s on your plate, favourites include shrimps and clams but most also rave about their tastiest catch – squids!
Waroeng D’Carik exudes Balinese comfort influenced by personal, traditional, and new ongoing recipes. Flavors are heavily influenced to match Asians’ palates but a hint of Mediterranean can be tasted.
Best part of the experience? No matter how many turns you take, you will still pay the same affordable price of Rp. 95,000 for everything a seafood lover would love to have!
4. Experience a true Aussie Barbie! – Brazillian Aussie BBQ
Sometimes you want a healthy buffet, an experience where you can indulge on foods without feeling so much of the guilt. Other times you couldn’t care less, you just want the best of the best, and you want it now!
Brazillian Aussie BBQ aims to deliver just that, making use of over 10 different meat cuts (can you say #zerowaste?!) and featuring over a dozen different BBQ items, this is the definition of a meat lover’s paradise. I’m talking beef, lamb, pork, chicken, sausages, all marinated to perfection in an array of different barbeque flavours. Your mouth will thank you for the experience, and your stomach will hate you for being so stuffed!
The staff here is praised for being super attentive, they almost never let your plate go empty! You choose how much you eat, and they only stop when told, so make sure you go with an empty stomach or you’ll seriously regret not being able to get your money’s worth!
5. Unlimited dim sum baskets of happiness: Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant, Bali Dynasty Resort
How can you be satisfied with just a basket or two of Siomai (shrimp dumpling)? And why order by basket while you can feast on unlimited dim sum here at Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant?
Dig into the numerous dim sum baskets, fried or steamed, sweet or salty, you can find almost everything! This restaurant dishes out 50 varieties of traditional Chinese dim sum to spoil your palate, so if you love having lots of dim sum at affordable prices, this has to be your go-to. We recommend the delicious chicken feet, and don’t miss the Beef Saigon too!
As you sip on your Chinese tea, the classic Chinese decor with dominating red and gold here will make you question if you’re still in Indonesia. Wait, is this Bali or Shanghai?
P.S. Try their Szechuan Salmon set – it includes diced salmon in Szechuan vegetables with fresh baby greens and 4 different sauces, served with two different choices for mains (either Char Siew Salmon on Hokkien Noodle or Steamed Salmon with baby vegetables, edamame and rice), only available from July to September 2018!
6. Different themed buffets daily, made with love: Lupe Canggu
Who says buffets must be BBQ or unhealthy dinners? Dine in bliss with the extensive healthy and scrumptious food from Lupe Canggu.
Serving exquisite delicacies made from fresh local ingredients, Lupe Canggu provides you with a simple, clean, and relaxing dining experience, sprinkled with love. Here’s how quality food should be made.
If you have a picky tongue, you will love their different daily menus! From Tuesday’s Seafood, Wednesday’s Vegetarian, Thursday’s Thai Food, Friday’s Greek Eats, to Saturday’s Mexican food and Sunday’s Roast, you’ll find something you like. And the best part? All of them are unlimited all-you-can-eat buffets that cost only Rp.79,000 onwards (approximately USD 7)!
7. A night in an enchanted garden: Sector Restaurant at Bali Beach Golf Course
Lavish golf venue by day and romantic dining spot by night, Sector Restaurant located in Bali Beach Golf Course is the spot to go if you crave for that juicy big chunk of beef.
When night falls on Thursdays, chefs will bring out the well-marinated meat and grill it on the fire, accompanied by appetizing side dishes as you queue for your turn. Don’t shy away from devouring those juicy meats plate by plate, it’s all-you-can-eat and no stopping till you’ve eaten your fill of three dinners (or till your stomach can accommodate no more)!
With the view of the vast golf course dimly lit by the romantic lights with the nighttime breeze, it’s a Thursday night well spent.
8. Heat up the night with scrumptious BBQ: Height Bar & Restaurant at J4 Hotels Legian
At only Rp.100,000 (approximately USD 7) per person, the buffet BBQ dinners in Height Bar & Restaurant is a total steal for its mouthwatering food and awe-inspiring view.
Located on the rooftop of J4 Hotels Legian, the restaurant offers an upmarket yet relaxing ambience for you to indulge in unlimited meats and seafood while chilling by the stunning infinity pool that overlooks the night cityscape of Kuta.
No one will limit your portion since this all-you-can-meat buffet is made to fulfill your hard-to-satisfy stomach.
In between your meal (or after if you are not full from all the BBQ, which we doubt!), if you’re feeling active (or want to burn some calories after a guilty meal), dance to the beat as the DJ warms up the mood. This deal is simply made to please!
9. Hola! It’s Mexican night: Aribar at Bali Garden Beach
In a mood for Mexican food in Bali? Consider yourself lucky, here in the heart of Kuta, true Mexican spirit can be found and ready to serve you some jalapenos, nachos, and tacos.
Finding this restaurant will be an easy task, as a giant red chili can be spotted from afar. Step inside and a joyful ambience will welcome you, complete with well-trained staff in colourful uniform ready to entertain.
But of course, the real star here is the food! Aside from its impressive daily a la carte menu, you’ll have a reason to love Mondays as they offer taco buffet with extensive fillings and sauces that are ready to explode on your tastebuds and leave you satisfied to the fullest!
Come on Saturday too and join the salsa dance class – it’s time to take your Mexican experience up to the next level!
10. Themed dining available here! – Swiss Café Restaurant, Swiss-Belhotel Tuban (USD $8.47 tax inclusive)
With themed dining available 3 days in a week – unravel an array of mouth-watering International and Indonesian dishes over at Swiss-Belhotel Tuban’s Swiss Café restaurant.
Balinese buffet spread is served on Wednesdays
Asian cuisine on Thursdays
BBQ on Saturdays