Our team share their favourite establishments on the Island of the Gods
After five months’ worth of flying back and forth to Bali, we finally managed to compile a comprehensive catalogue of our favourite joints on the island – and a top ten list in the process. It involved hard work and a lot of eating – we even had to visit each place twice to ensure that it was worthy of a place in the top ten. There are some familiar names here, mind you, but we’ve also included a new joint that caught our attention. Questions may be asked of the inclusion of a Pie Susu shop, but we believe that the reasons behind it will justify its involvement. Now, without further ado, here is our very first top ten list of establishments that will make you want to return to Bali again and again.
Babi Guling Candra
We tried at least seven Babi Guling joints during our time in Bali, and none of them come close to Babi Guling Candra. We’ve visited the place countless of times, and it never ceased to amaze us. Here, the Babi Guling is meticulously prepared every day. It represents the true flavour of Balinese cuisine: savoury, spicy, and rich in seasoning.
Sate Plecing Arjuna
Located on Jalan Arjuna, this joint specialises in Sate Plecing, which is offered with two types of sauces: sweet and spicy. Its succulent and tender pork satay kept us coming back for more whenever we were in Bali, and judging by the crowd that always packed the place, we believe that they also share the same opinion as us on Sate Plecing Arjuna.
Sate Babi Bawah Pohon
At first, our online editor had reservations about this eatery. So much so, she ended up pushing it down to the bottom of her list. Her perception changed after one visit. Served dry and sauce-less, Sate Babi Bawah Pohon’s pork satay features a combination of sweet and spicy flavours that will pamper your taste buds.
According to our managing director, visiting Ubud without dropping by Naughty Nuri’s is akin to committing a sin. It is the only franchise eatery on our list, which is a testament to the quality of its food. Case in point is its sweet-and-spicy barbeque ribs, featuring tender and juicy meat that melts in your mouth. Amongst all of its branches, its flagship outlet in Ubud still reigns supreme.
The new kid on the block, Warung Cahaya’s Babi Goreng Sambal Matah stole our hearts and tummies. It delivers a great balance between the traditional and the contemporary in terms of its method of preparation. The Sambal Matah (Balinese raw chilli made from shallots, lime juice, and bird’s eye chillies) lends a refreshing flavour to the deep-fried pork meat.