After an eventful 2016, it’s time to let loose and welcome the New Year with style. Join in the festive revelries at the ever-popular Kuta Beach or Seminyak with other trendy partygoers, and finish the night with a stunning fireworks display. Or perhaps you’d prefer a quiet, romantic evening at tranquil Jimbaran Bay, where you can enjoy a moonlit stroll with a loved one. No matter what you choose, Bali’s limitless selection of restaurants and cuisine ensure you’ll be spoilt for gastronomic choice to match the festivities.
To help you with your year-end celebratory decisions, we’ve compiled a list of what Bali has to offer so you can end your 2016 with a bang!
1. Ginger Moon
Located at the heart of Bali’s famous Eat Street, Ginger Moon offers a unique and modern spin on famous Asian dishes with a Balinese-inspired menu. Round up some close friends after a hard day’s shopping and share a platter of Shanghai Style Dumplings with Chili Garlic Oil, or enjoy crispy slices of thin-crust Beef Rendang Pizza (you have to taste it to believe it). Don’t forget to pair them with a specialty Lychee Cocktail or a Ginger Martini before heading off to join the celebrations at Seminyak!
Dishes We Love: Shanghai Style Jiaozi, Bali Nachos, My Mother-in-law’s Chicken Curry, Salt n’ Pepper Squid, Babi Guling
Find it at Jalan Oberoi/Laksmana 7, Seminyak
Book a table at Ginger Moon.
With its wide selection of fish and shellfish, seafood lovers will get a kick out of Urchin Bali’s dinner menu; we couldn’t get enough of their tender Yellowfin Tuna Tartare with Soy and Mirin at the ‘Raw Bar’! Vegetarians and pasta-lovers will dig their signature Urchin Fettucini with handmade pasta noodles, and those truly ravenous carnivores can spring for a main course of a luscious Duck Leg Confit or a juicy Beef Onglet Steak instead.
Dishes We Love: Coral Trout Carpaccio with Fennel Pollen, Tuna Tartare with Soy and Mirin, Crispy Barramundi, Signature Urchin Fettucine, Beef Onglet Steak
Find it at Jalan Laksmana 22, The Colony Hotel, Seminyak
Book a table at Urchin Grill and Raw Bar.
End your 2016 with a sizzle by treating yourself to Barbocoa’s many fiery Latin American barbeque dishes. Start strong with some Pulled Pork Tacos or Grilled Corn Tapas to share, and then indulge in succulent Lamb Cutlets with Sauté Carrot and Salsa Verde, or a juicy rack of Pork Spare Ribs in a Chipotle & Wild Bush Honey Glaze – sounds amazing, right? Just don’t forget to save room for the sweet stuff, cause Barbocoa’s special Chocolate-Ancho Chilli Truffles will surpass all of your wildest dessert dreams.
Dishes We Love: Lamb Cutlets with Sauté Carrot and Salsa Verde, Pulled Pork Tacos, Chocolate-Ancho Chilli Truffles, Pork Spare Ribs in a Chipotle & Wild Bush Honey Glaze, Blueberry Cheese Cake
Find it at Jalan Petitenget No. 14, Kerobokan
Book a table at Barbocoa.
Forget the diet and unwind at Hog Wild with Chef Bruno, a casual steakhouse eatery in Seminyak. We went (hog) wild for the Beef Ribs and Black Angus Rib-Eye Steak, but other popular main courses include the grilled, sashimi-grade Tuna Steak, or Homemade Gourmet Sausages. If you ask nicely, or order a cocktail, the Marilyn Monroe inspired mascot Miss Hog Wild might just perform her wacky-martini-shake-dance for you (join in if you dare!).
Dishes We Love: Beef Ribs, Pork Ribs, Black Angus Rib-Eye Steak, Tuna Steak, Homemade Gourmet Sausages, Bebek Goreng, Beef Skewers
Find it at Jalan Batu Belig No.41,
Book a table at Hog Wild with Chef Bruno.
Located between the party hot spots of Kuta Beach and Seminyak, Bale Udang allows you to enjoy the evening’s festivities from cozy, traditional Indonesian bale-bale huts without missing out on the fun. The restaurant’s crowd-pleasing menu of local dishes and kid-friendly facilities makes it a popular choice for families, but couples can request for a private seating area for a quiet, romantic night out. Bale Udang is well known for its signature Indonesian prawn dishes, and if you’re like us and can’t make up your mind, try the popular Hurang Ageung: it contains a selection of honey roasted, deep fried, and steamed prawns. Bliss!
Dishes We Love: Hurang Ageung, Udang Bakar Madu, Iga Bakar BBQ, Cumi Bakar Madu
Find it at Jalan Nakula No. 88,
Book a table at Bale Udang.
A rising star in Bali’s culinary scene, Cuca promises a casual dining experience without compromising on food quality. Even while using the finest and freshest ingredients sourced entirely from Indonesia, Cuca manages to keep its prices affordable while boasting a varied Western menu. Order from a selection of yummy tapas like the Smoked Butterfish with Beetroot Yoghurt and watch them prepare the dishes right in front of you! We also loved the Baked Scallops with Mashed Cauliflower, a perfectly scrumptious treat to ring in 2017.
Dishes We Love: Baked Scallops with Mashed Cauliflower, Smoked Butterfish with Beetroot Yoghurt, Marinated Pulled Pork, Mushroom Fritters
Find it at Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran
Click here for more info on Cuca.
Positioned on the cliffs of Uluwatu, El Kabron Spanish Restaurant and Cliff Club offers diners a jaw-dropping view of the Indian Ocean as they graze on Spanish culinary gems. With its secluded locale and spectacular scenery, El Kabron is the perfect New Year’s Eve getaway for couples that wish to usher in 2017 with style. What could be better than watching the last sunset of 2016 disappear behind the horizon while eating a delicious Spanish Cured Ibérico Paprika Chorizo or a Traditional Seafood Paella? Cap off your NYE with a glass of champagne by the pool area for maximum romantic impact!
Dishes We Love: Cured Ibérico Paprika Chorizo, Traditional Seafood Paella, Fine Clams, Smoked Codfish
Find it at Jalan Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu
Book a table at El Kabron.