Bali is the quintessential paradise that seems to have a little something for everyone. There are killer waves for the surfers, romantic hideaways for the couples and hours of fun for the kiddos, too.
After visiting the Mulia Bali in Nusa Dua (the beachy paradise in Bali), we’re definitely adding foodies to that list of happy campers as well.
Located in the luxe neighborhood of Nusa Dua, Mulia Bali is a gorgeous five-star resort where the restaurants will seriously tempt your taste buds.
From fresh sushi to endless dim sum and an entire room dedicated just to desserts – Mulia is guaranteed to deliver you into a heavenly food coma.
If you’re like us and love feasting your way through an incredible (and super instagrammable) vacation…
Bring your appetite and don’t forget your camera – besides treating you to culinary perfection, these delicious venues offer some seriously mouthwatering photo-ops.
1. Have you heard of its iconic Sunday Brunch? – Soleil
When it comes to wrapping up the week in style, the Sunday Brunch at Soleil is the stuff of legends.
Soleil sits perfectly positioned facing Mulia Bali’s iconic oceanfront pool and specialises in Mediterranean and Pan Asian cuisine. (Though we think it might be easier to list what this royal weekend feast doesn’t include than what is actually available!)
The beautifully laid out buffet spread is so extensive that it’s a good idea to make a game plan beforehand – so you get a chance to sample a little bit of everything.
What to expect?
Next it was time to sample some Mediterranean favourites – nothing like starting your Sunday with a bit of foie gras and ravioli. Raiding the sushi and sashimi table is an absolute must, while the grilled seafood was simply to die for too!
As if the buffet spread and the live cooking stations weren’t enough, at regular intervals, one of the Chef’s daily selections was delivered to our table. This added a fun element of surprise into our epic dining experience.
After seeing all the food on offer, you might think you’re all set, but pace yourself – there’s still the dessert section to get through!
Desserts available too!
Take your pick from a heavenly assortment of sweet things ranging from strawberry tart to cupcakes and from rainbow layer cake to crème brûlée.
The real showstopper here is the nitrogen frozen ice cream which is made to order in a real show of smoke and mirrors and finally topped off with fresh fruit!
Video by mrs_nanalu_2. Indulge in high-tea heaven – Mulia Deli, The Bar
Nothing says luxurious leisure quite like enjoying a personalised tea service at a five-star resort complete with five-star views.
Tea time at Mulia has been carefully designed to delight all five senses.
Take your pick from the epic desserts available at the adorable Mulia Deli and head to Mulia Lake, where you can enjoy your sweet snacks with the gorgeously decadent view.
Or go full throttle by opting for the decadent afternoon tea available at the lavish Bar.
2-a) Sample sweet treats like never before – Mulia Deli
Stepping through the doors of the pastel-hued Mulia Deli feels like stumbling into a chic Parisian patisserie with exquisite desserts to match the powder-pink walls.
Simply put: if like us, you have been diagnosed with an insatiable sweet tooth, you will love this place.
Nothing but dainty confections
There are dainty confections, juicy donuts and ice cream in countless flavours. We were particularly charmed by the pink guava cheesecake, which offers a refreshingly tropical take on the classic dessert.
One for the macaroon lovers!
After careful consideration, we chose honeydew, peanut butter and salty caramel as our favourites of the bunch.
Somewhere in between the chocolate sponge cake and the black forest coupe, we spotted some designer handbags that made us do a double take – at closer inspection they turned out to be cakes!
PS: Iconic Chanel and Hermes bags are already on display, but if you want to stand out from the crowd – choose your own favourite it-bag and have it transformed into a custom-made cake as well.
2-b) Tea time is every Instagrammer’s dream! – The Bar
The decadent afternoon tea at The Bar is every Instagrammer’s dream come true. Served on a classic three-tiered cake stand, the tea service has some serious Alice in Wonderland appeal, and we just couldn’t stop snapping photos!
Our lavish afternoon tea was served in a chill lounge overlooking Mulia’s freshwater lake – a setting that feels about a million miles away from the hectic traffic of central Bali.
Photo by Esnoraine
What to expect?
The tea service includes free-flow tea, coffee or hot chocolate, a choice between a classic and Indonesian tea service, some savory tapas and last but not least, unlimited access to The Cafe’s legendary Dessert Room!
The classic tea service offers all the decadent staples of high tea: scones with whipped cream, fluffy cream puffs, chic cake pops and sophisticated canapés. We were completely won over by the whimsical sugar-frosted cookies shaped like handbags and high heels!
The Indonesian option, on the other hand, is a good way to sample some local delicacies and to enjoy a bit more of the savoury stuff, with treats ranging from lumpia to lemper ayam all the way to the deliciously layered kue lapis, all artfully wrapped in banana leaf.
Don’t forget The Dessert Room!
After we had finished eating our way through all three tiers of both stands and snacked on some spicy tapas, it was time for a trip to the Dessert Room!
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3. Experience an incredible Chinese tea ceremony – Table8
At the opulent Table8, it’s all about having a dinner and a show! Serving fine Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine, the restaurant excels in bringing you an authentic taste of China.
This is reflected in the décor as well with porcelain pagodas and dramatic partition walls creating a stylish sense of drama.
What to expect?
It was a real treat to be able to order a steaming pot of sapo only to have the hearty clay pot delivered to our table, prepared specially for us.
The staff guided us through the many varieties of noodles and fresh seafood on offer. We felt particularly grateful that they suggested we try the succulent black pepper beef cubes, which simply melt in your mouth.
There’s Dim Sum too!
You could easily fill up on the restaurant’s delicious dim sum alone, as there are a whopping 15 different varieties to choose from.
After feasting on fine Chinese cuisine, it was to finish the meal with something sweet and luckily, we still had a little room left! The buffet includes a matching dessert section with light, sweet treats including coconut pudding, ice cream and sunflower pudding.
4. Experience live cooking at the Teppanyaki Buffet – Edogin
Sample a taste of Japan at the sleek and sophisticated Edogin. The restaurant offers a mouthwatering variety of sushi and sashimi – and you can be sure that it’s fresh-as-can-be as new ingredients are imported daily.
The reason most people flock to Edogin is the elaborate Teppanyaki buffet which is available every week from Thursday to Saturday.
What to expect?
Teppanyaki cuisine is all about the pizzas: the sizzle of the woks, the tempting fragrances rising from the pans, the elaborate movements of the chefs, the feast of flavours on your plate… and of course, fine meats.
Will you opt for the live Canadian lobster or relish the Japanese Wagyu beef instead?
Try the Waterfall Somen Noodles!
Besides the Teppanyaki extravaganza, Edogin’s waterfall somen noodles are not to be missed – these cascading noodles are as pretty as they are delicious. Wash it all down with the restaurant’s signature sake mojito!
5. Mouthwatering seafood or delectable desserts? – The Cafe, Dessert Room
The Cafe and the Dessert Room are a match made in foodie heaven. The two sister venues offer sweet and savory treats from across the globe.
Fresh ingredients, impeccable presentation and service with a smile make this one of the most sought-after buffets in Bali.
After you’ve had enough of the fresh sushi, spicy gado-gado and everything in between at The Cafe, head over to the legendary Dessert Room and satisfy your sweet tooth for good!
5-a) Enjoy a cosmopolitan seafood extravaganza – The Cafe
Get ready to dine your way across the globe! The buffet at The Cafe will take you on a culinary journey covering some of the most delicious foods on the planet.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Cafe is the perfect place for indulging in all of your favourite foods, all in one go!
Cuisines: Japanese, European, Indian and more!
Next, we headed over to Europe, where we opted for Hungarian beef tenderloin and fresh water prawns with herb garlic butter.
The spicy Indian food including lamb kadai and chicken masala was delicious, but for us, the show was stolen by the mouth-wateringly cheesy naan bread, which comes with a side of condensed milk. We just couldn’t get enough of this dish!
Though it’s a buffet, many of the dishes are made to order at live cooking stations. You can watch yummy Korean barbeque being prepared right before your eyes.
Our favourite display was the Indonesian gado-gado, where the rich peanut sauce was prepared from scratch in a giant mortar.
5-b) It’s a sweet tooth paradise! – Dessert Room
To sum up a visit to the Dessert Room: You’ll think you’ve died and gone to dessert heaven. The place really is just what the name suggests – an entire room dedicated to the sweet stuff. And it’s all yours for the taking!
Who can resist a chocolate waterfall?
Try your luck at the ice cream wheel of fortune – spin the wheel and pick your favourite from the daily selection of tempting flavours. Maybe a little mango passion fruit sorbet with a side of salted caramel brownie?