Restaurants in Kuta can offer you what ever you feel like at that specific moment. They have almost anything you can wish for, even the good old McDonald’s, KFC and not to forget the Starbucks. Ok, this isn’t officially a restaurant but I won’t be surprised if some consider it a great place to eat too…
The best thing about the restaurants here is besides the international cuisine, most restaurants have their own character with a laid-back atmosphere. Obviously the main goal of eating out in Kuta is that you enjoy the food while having a great time…
After many visits to Kuta I have discovered that I have become a regular at these following places:
Gabah Restaurant & Bar: This terrific restaurant is located in the Rama Hotel right on the corner of the street. It’s a semi-open building (meaning no walls) and has tables and lounge chairs throughout the place. The kitchen is also open, so you can actually see them tossing the pizza dough in the air, or grilling a delicious fish. Both these aspects create the right atmosphere of a place where wonderful food is served.
Besides Balinese dishes they serve all kinds of international dishes as well. Every dish is served beautifully and will have you taking a picture of it before trying it out.
Gabah is one of the restaurants in Kuta which is always packed, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So make reservations or just get there on time. It is however not the cheapest restaurant (but still cheap) compared to others in town, but trust me you’ll understand why once you have eaten here. Expect to pay USD 8-10 for an average main dish.
Nero: This restaurant is the trendiest restaurant of this “my top 5 restaurants in Kuta”. It has a modern interior and a pretty dark setting with candles. It looks more like a lounge-bar than a real restaurant but I guess it is both; the restaurant serves food till 1.30, while the bar serves drinks till late at night.
Anyway, this is the place to be for all kinds of food but mostly Mediterranean.
My favorites are definitely the Mezze platter as a starter and the Seafood Shish kebab for the main course. But there are other choices in grilled seafood or meat dishes. You can find Nero on Jalan Legian just before the Monument. The average price for a main course is about USD 5.
TJ’s: This place is popular with every kind of Bali traveller, from families, to couples and groups of friends. It is a colorful and inviting restaurant that serves mouth watering Mexican food with home made sauce. Besides the regular beef, chicken and vegetarian burrito’s and wraps, they have their own surprising combinations as well that are just great.
You must realize though, that once you tasted it and you love it, you can only find it here in Kuta and no where else. So no wonder I have become a regular. I always order the Moroccan Tagine Wrap which is filled with chunky tuna, nuts, and cranberry covered with terrific sauce.
Make sure you keep some room for dessert. On a blackboard just near the bar there is a long list of delicious cakes ranging from cheesecakes to thick creamy chocolate cakes.
I’m sure you’ll become a regular too. TJ’s is located in Poppies I and a main course is about 3 to 4 US dollars.
Ristaurante Italia: This restaurant is not officially located in Kuta but in Legian. If you are staying in Kuta you will soon discover you will not be able to distinguish both villages from each other anyway. So that’s why I believe this splendid Italian restaurant with view on the beach and sea is a must to visit.
It is located at Double Six in Legian and has a huge terrace under the trees. This restaurant is the place that serves the best Italian food in Bali (from all the restaurants I have eaten at least..) Everything I have ordered here made my taste buds go crazy, it was always assolutamente fantastico!
I can’t really say what my favourite dish is, but I highly recommend the gnocci pamadori balsimico or the different foccacia or pizza’s… Am I any help at all? Average price for a main course is USD 3.
Warung Indonesia: Last but not least of my favourite restaurants in Kuta is a typical Indonesian restaurant that serves their food the Indonesian way; cheap and in abundance. If you enter the restaurant, which is usually packed during lunch, just stroll straight to the back where there is a huge display of dozens of Indonesian dishes.
Check them all out first, because they look all really good but you can not eat them all of course. One of the staff members will scoop some rice on your plate and wait till you start pointing the dishes you want to go with it. It can range from meat dishes to vegetables in delicious coconut gravy.
At the end your plate will be one big mountain of food. You pay for each dish, so if you keep it modest with two kinds of meat dishes and two kinds of vegetables dishes it will be not more than USD 2. But if you can’t resist remember: you eventually pay exactly what you have eaten…
I hope I have given you great tips and that you have found at least one restaurant that you want to try out when happen to be in Kuta. Selamat Makan!
Matt Verbaan loves traveling through Bali and has experienced the things that make this island truly wonderful, which also includes the terrific food of course. Restaurants where he has had a great time, enjoyed the food and ambiance are posted on his own travel website. If you are going to Kuta check out the restaurants that Matt recommends on http://www.bali-travel-life.com/kuta.html Restaurants in other destination on Bali can be found in his Bali travel website too.