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Co-written by Kristyna Schonova, Cisca Lim
Booked your Valentine’s Day flights and romantic villas to Bali, but just not sure where to bring your date for that special meal?
We have come up with a list of the most romantic and unusual restaurants where you can dine at on Feb 14, at the very affordable prices of less than USD $15 per pax (USD $30 for two)!
Who says V-Day dates have to cost a bomb?
Now you can charm her and make your wallet happy at the same time!
PS: You can get a main course at restaurants on this list for less than $15 per pax! So bring a date, and have a simply fantastic time.
Note: All prices below are subject to government tax and service charge unless otherwise stated.
1. Inspired by an eternal love story: Rondji Restaurant, Ubud (From USD 23 for two)
What can be more romantic than dining in a restaurant inspired by the love story of a famous painter from Ubud?
This restaurant was named after Ni Rondji, a woman who managed to captivate the heart of Balinese painter Don Antonio Blanco. It is said that it was not only her exceptional beauty, but also her fantastic cooking skills, that made the painter fall head over heels in love with her.
The complex consists of Blanco Renaissance Museum and a beautiful restaurant where you get a chance to taste the art of cooking. They offer not only European cuisine with French and Italian influences, but also traditional Balinese dishes like Rondji Duck – delicious! There is also a wide selection of tapas and cocktails if you want something light.
The dining experience is not complete until you visit the museum, where there’s a collection of hundreds of Don Antonio Blanco´s paintings. Together, the museum and the restaurant are often considered to be symbols of two people who love each other.2. Test-drive a pirate’s life: Pirate Cruise (Prices start at USD 30 per couple for lunch)
Want to have one-of-a-kind romantic meal on a pirate cruise? Now you can do it in Bali!
Their “Lunch On Board” set is available from 9am to 4pm and it costs Rp. 200.000 (approximately US $15) per person. The crew on board will dress up as pirates while you dine with a romantic sea view.
If you don’t mind splurging more, try their “Pirate Dinner Cruise” at US $55 per person.
If you and your partner are a fun-loving pair who want to dress up as pirates and play games with the pirate crew, want live music and fire eating with your dinner, this is probably perfect for your V-Day date.
You’ll get to sail around Harbor Benoa as the sun sets and come back with lots of in-jokes.
What about food? You get chicken corn soup, caesar salad, potato salad, steak, prawn and squid kebabs, (appropriately named) pirate chicken and many more.
3. Beautiful hidden garden: L’Assiette Restaurant, Seminyak (From Rp300,000 for two)
Despite being located near the busy Sunset Road, you can still feel the cozy and intimate atmosphere in this hidden restaurant.
At first sight, L’Assiette may appear simple, but once you step inside, you will be amazed by the Bohemian-style dining room full of antique art objects.
And if you are looking for a more romantic atmosphere, you will love the backyard. There is a beautiful hidden garden with a few gazebos, perfect for couples in love to spend some private moments together while having dinner.
As you can tell by its name, this restaurant serves mainly French cuisine. You need to try their duck breast with orange sauce – perfect for your romantic dinner. As for dessert, try their chocolate cake. It’s delicious!
4. Floating on a lake: Resto Apung in Kintamani (Prices start at USD 12 for two)
Resto Apung is located on the shore of Lake Batur but you can choose (who wouldn’t?) to eat on the gazebo, which is built on a platform that skims the lake’s surface, connected to the restaurant by a walkway.
The most striking aspect of dining at Resto Apung is of course the unusual location – cool fresh air, the peaceful silence that cloaks the lake, Mount Batur rising over the world and the changing light over the water.
And the food is nothing to scoff at.
You can feast on Indonesian cuisine – the fried chicken and goreng pisang are divine, and fish is served up fresh from the lake itself.
5. Seated next to the King of the jungle: WANA Restaurant (Prices start at USD 30 for two)
If you’ve ever wanted to spend Valentine’s Day in a zoo this is your chance.
WANA restaurant is just next to an open-air lion’s habitat, so be assured your meal would be extra thrilling!
The place is suitably rustic-looking, the furniture is made from wood reclaimed from a traditional Indonesian Phinisi shop and the chandeliers have a past life as deer antlers (discarded ones, don’t feel so guilty).
So take your seat next to jungle royalty and listen to the sounds of the wild.
Recommended dishes include Thai beef salad, fried rice and the White Sangria.
6. Dine beside a waterfall – Lola Restaurant (Prices start at USD 28 for two)
Have you ever had a meal right beside a waterfall like this?
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Here at Lola Restaurant’s Love Corner, you can dine pretty with that special someone at the Love Table, with water cascading down into the indoor pool. What better way to spend a romantic night than in your own private space by the poolside?
The place serves authentic Indonesian cuisine for lunch and dinner, but if you fancy something more exquisite, ask the staff for a private menu (they have an extensive wine list too!)
For those who want to chill for the rest of the night, head on to the Luna Roof Bar – it offers a beautiful view overlooking the beach in the horizon.
7. Dine as You Float on Crystal Waters – Bambu Restaurant (Prices start at USD 20 for two)
Brought to life by the same people behind La Lucciola Bali – one of Bali’s pioneers in beachside restaurants, Bambu Restaurant is bound to deliver the same intense culinary wonder – if not more.
Ranked the #1 place to eat by visitors and argued to be the new best restaurant in Seminyak, Bambu takes place in a majestic pavilion that seemingly floats on platforms surrounded with crystal blue waters.
Fantastic view and stylish ambience aside, what really stands out is the top notch service from its staff, along with the extraordinary classic Indonesian cuisine with an elevated gourmet style.
Try out their chicken and prawn satay, dipped in special spicy sambal, just as you would at any local warung. Tender ribs are among the favorites along with dadar gulung as dessert.
Do book in advance for an unforgettable and romantic dining experience!
8. A view from the very top: Bali Tower Restaurant (Prices start at USD 30 for two)
Romance will find you at the Bali Tower Restaurant, located on an open-air platform on a tower that soars over the forest cover.
The restaurant is part of the lovely Menjangan resort, which is in the Bali Barat National Park.
As this is home to myriad wildlife, some endangered, you may come across deer (otherwise known as menjangan) and various birds along the way.
Surrounded by leaves and bathed in sunlight, you can gaze at mountains, valleys and beaches from on high – it will definitely be a Valentine’s Day to remember.
Our recommendation? Do try the wagyu beef burger.
9. Relax in traditional settings for a cosy authentic Balinese dinner – Warung Dandelion (Prices start at USD 20 for two)
Don’t be surprised if you feel right at home in Warung Dandelion. This is exactly what the owner Gani intended.
When he first sought to open his own restaurant, he wanted to create a place where guests could gather and experience themselves as the beautiful, unique individuals that they are.
Bearing that in mind, he sought to make his open-concept restaurant “a place with heart”. And it shows through his selection of the antique wooden furniture, the menus he carefully made using his typewriter, and even extends to the way he chooses his staff.
When you’re here, don’t forget their specialties – the vegetable kebabs and gado-gado! You should also try out the Djamu – a traditional Indonesian health drink made out of natural ingredients such as roots, leaves and fruit. (There are rabbits you can cuddle with too!)
But don’t let us tell you what you should or should not try, head on down to find out what’s good for yourself!
10. Nice Nice Rice – Terracotta Restaurant
Get away from the bustle of Ubud town and settle yourself in an expanse of emerald rice fields at the beautiful Terracotta Restaurant.
Rice is a crucial Balinese commodity, so being able to see these active paddy fields is an experience in itself. Watch the fields in various stages of growth and harvest yourself a grand view with the majestic Palms fringing the edges.
The restaurant is housed in a traditional open sided Bale – with the breeze and sounds of nature drifting across the restaurant adding to the already peaceful environment.
The authentic Indonesian cuisine at Terracotta is all beautifully presented and full of mouth-watering flavours.
Enjoy a romantic meal on the terrace as the sun sets across the fields, and feel at one with the nature around you. The Romantic Dinner set menu is a perfect way to spend the evening with a loved one.
Alternatively, why not try a romantic breakfast? Enjoy freshly prepared food and tropical juices as the sun rises over the fields. Watch the workers begin their day in the paddy fields and appreciate how hard the Balinese locals work.
It’s amazing to know that the rice on your plate came from those little rice plants! And for some reason, eating rice whilst surrounded by paddy fields makes it taste extra delicious.
11. A Classic Gem in Dining World – Jemme Jewellery & Dining (Prices start at USD 24 for two)
While running a fine jewellery store of the same brand, Jemme is a name quick to rise in the luxurious Seminyak dining scene.
Designed and furnished exquisitely in classic style, the interior decor of crystal chandeliers and classy wallpapers exudes an aura of elegance fit for royalty.
A giant glass window overlooking a spectacular view of lush paddy fields is also proportionately placed to give an extra oomph of scenery.
Complete with the flowing melodies from the pianist’s baby grand, the last thing that is a match of the overall tastefulness is the chef’s tantalizing creations.
Dominated with western style, and a touch of French cuisine such as Chicken Liver Pate and Foie Gras throughout its menu, Jemme also goes back to its Balinese root by serving pork dishes and Crispy Duck.
Remember to top off your classic evening with servings of mocktails or other alcohol beverages!
12. Cross over into Heaven – Bridges Bali (Prices start at USD 30 for two)
The name says it all; Bridges is situated at the end of the two Campuhan Bridges, nestled in the valley overlooking the River Wos.
Gaze out across the valley or enjoy your meal down by the riverside, there are 7 distinctive levels of Bridges for you to choose from. And when you’re settled and relaxed on the terraces surrounded by tranquil greenery, watch as the outside world continues on the bridges above you.
Whether you are stopping for a quick drink, a bite of lunch or a luxurious meal – Bridges caters for everything.
We were blown away by the seafood-carrot veloute and it’s hard to believe, but it tastes even better than it looks.
Bridges prides itself on its extensive selection of imported wines. Divine hour (everyday 4 to 7pm) is like happy hour – except you can enjoy your favourite tipple in absolute paradise.
Indonesian cuisine is varied and delicious but you will struggle to find cheese on most menus. If you are missing this dairy treat then you are in luck. Bridges also offers a fantastic range of imported cheese.
We think Bridges is the perfect place for a little self-indulgence. Enjoy an evening of wine and cheese in a picturesque valley? Sounds like heaven to us.
Go on – treat yourself!
13. On top of the world – The Kampung Café (Prices start at USD 24 for two)
Eating at Kampung Café will make you feel like you are on top of the world.
The multi-level raised restaurant affords a spectacular view over the treetops, across the planted rice hillside and amazing gardens.
You can see it all from up here, the Sapat River Valley, and acres of beautifully landscaped private gardens.
Kampung Café is part of the Kampung Villas Resort – a private sanctuary of peace and beauty. Owned by a trained Japanese Chef and master woodcarver, his fondness for beautiful wood is obvious.
The Japanese influence can also be seen in the menu – the Tuna Tataki and rice paper rolls are to die for.
There is something for everyone on the Kampung Menu, authentic Indonesian, a touch of Mexican and even some European classics.
The Kampung Café prides itself on great affordable food served with a smile. With a restaurant so clean and simple, all you need to focus on are the amazing views.
The sympathetic and authentically Balinese villas in the resort will also make it feel like you are dining above a real Balinese village.
Exquisite Japanese in a traditional Balinese setting? It’s one crazy combination that surprisingly enough, works perfectly together!
14. It’s all about the duck – Bebek Tepi Sawah (Prices start at USD 16 for two)
From the second you arrive at the tropical garden entrance, you will realise that this restaurant is all about the Bebek – the duck!
Statues of ducks, live ducks and the delicious crispy duck on your plate make it clear – as does the name of this fantastic restaurant!
Situated at the corner of a paddy field, you can gaze out across the rows of little rice plants and listen to the gentle buzz of the surrounding nature.
The odd duck quack will add to this authentic experience as the ducks splash around their pond and enjoy basking in the sunshine.
Once the sun starts to set across the field on a friday evening, the view from this restaurant focuses on the traditional stage. Classical Legong dancers and gamelan musicians will entertain you in the most authentic of Balinese shows.
The menu is a mixture of Indonesian, Western, Asian and other International dishes. All freshly prepared, reasonably priced and of course, truly delicious.
Aside from the view, we think that the star of the show is the amazing range of juices, smoothies and mocktails that Bebek Tepu Sawah offers. Stick to a refreshing virgin colada smoothie or star fruit juice, or even something more adventurous – we dare you to try the soursop juice!
We have two Special Mentions for you. Though they are pricier than our above mentioned budget options, they provide such unique experiences that we felt you would love them!
15. Swoony décor for your inner Euro: Balique in Jimbaran (Prices start at USD 30 for two)
Balique is almost too hip to be real.
Housed in a large open-sided joglo, its neighbours are motorbike repair and helmet stores.
Enter and be completely astounded by its vintage style – European-style armchairs, antique cashier machine and candy jars, hanging glass lamps.
Every inch of Balique is ornate, thoughtful and beautiful, you might even suspect it’s a plot to distract you from (bad) food.
But that’s not true.
The menu is as eclectic as the décor, featuring tastes from Morocco, France and around Asia.
And now that you’ve admired the furniture, it’s time to feast your eyes on the Moroccan chicken kebabs and rare tuna salad!
Special mention 1: Let sparks fly: Private Bamboo Gazebo (Prices start at USD 52 per pax)
Imagine tucking in to a romantic candlelit dinner with your significant other in a private bamboo gazebo, decorated with fairy lights and surrounded by lush greenery, with the Ayung river just beyond.
You can be assured of privacy here – as the gazebo is located on a luxurious privately-owned property, tucked away in a super-secret address 30 minutes from Ubud.
Isn’t it the perfect setting for a fairytale?
You can choose from six menu options, from Balinese to Italian cuisine to steamboat.
Just remember to place your reservation at least two days in advance!
You can even choose to stay overnight at the beautiful guest house on the property, for an additional US$195/night (including breakfast for two and tax).
Photo via Voyagin