Living abroad has made me realise how much I actually appreciate really well done, home-comfort style food. Seminyak was literally foodie heaven as all I wanted to do was eat all the food I have missed! Here is my tried and tested list of the best restaurants in Seminyak, in fact probably the best restaurants in Bali... we didn't have a bad meal in a week so it was tough to narrow it down.
1. Motel Mexicola
This was the first restaurant we tried in Seminyak and we were so excited to finally get there after seeing it all over Instagram! Believe me it was well worth the wait. Everything on the menu sounds amazing and we couldn't decide so went for the 'feed me' set menu. It was fun not knowing what was going to come out next and we got so many different courses. The highlights had to be their nachos with the best guacamole I've ever tried and the fish tacos. It's a very fun, busy place with loud music and a party atmosphere. You can be seated on sharing tables so might not be for everyone but if you are looking for a lively place with fantastic food it is perfect!
This is a little randomly located but it is totally worth visiting for a lovely breakfast. I had a smoothie bowl from their sister company 'Nalu bowls' downstairs and it was amazing although very sweet! The hot egg-based breakfasts also looked delicious and the coffee was lovely and strong. Hands down our favourite breakfast in Bali and such beautiful décor as well.
This Italian restaurant was opposite our hotel so had to give it a go. A little more affordable than the other restaurants we visited, it was pretty authentic and really nice comfort food. We both had steaks and tiramisu for desert - all lovely and one of those easy places where you just know the food will be nice every time. It gets very busy but there's a nice bar to wait at and sip their delicious frozen margaritas!
4. Sea Circus
Another Mexican-type restaurant for the list but there are plenty of other options on their varied menu and they also do a good breakfast worth checking out if your accommodation is room only. We had a lovely chilled meal here, trying their chicken tacos and the fish and chips. It was all beautiful and the cocktails looked amazing as well.
This place is tucked down a side street just off Jalan Kalu Aya (nicknamed 'eat street' as there are so many good restaurants on it!) but is WELL worth a stop for coffee or food. We had salads here and they were lovely, the coffee was great quality and they do nice milkshakes as well.
If I had to choose a favourite from this list it would probably be Sardine. It is a seafood restaurant with a really fresh and tasty menu. Both dishes we had were just amazing and unusual. Mine had a grapefruit salad with it which was so deliciously different and really complimented my white fish. The surroundings are stunning with a working rice field and a pond with ducks in it. The restaurant itself has been decorated so beautifully and feels very traditionally Balinese. We went during the day but I can tell it would be really atmospheric at night as well.
We nearly missed this restaurant as we were going to eat at the hotel but I am so glad we visited on our last evening. It was very busy so I would recommend booking a table. We managed to get a seat outside which was still nice but I think indoors is best. This was in Indian restaurant that serves traditional food with a twist. We had an amazing naan bread stuffed with lamb to start followed by Sri Lankan apple aubergine curry which was outstanding and a beautiful butter chicken. Highly recommend this place for Indian food lovers!
8. The Avocado Factory
This one is a little bit of a cheat as it is in Canggu but is definitely worth a trip! The clue is in the name... most dishes contain the freshest avocado I've ever tasted. I had my first avocado smoothie here which I was unsure about but it was totally delicious. Another place with gorgeous rice field surroundings, this gets a 10/10 for aesthetics as well as having a beautiful menu (and an avocado-shaped sink in the ladies - how cute!)
I hope this has given those of you lucky enough to be visiting Seminyak some food ideas. I hope to visit again soon and add to this list. Please let me know any other restaurants you have loved in Seminyak in the comments!