Five best eateries in Umalas - a foodie enclave in Seminyak

Famous for its rice fields and laidback village feel, the area has retained some of that charm amid its fast-developing surroundings.

It is also gaining a reputation for having some of the best small independent eateries around.

Cafe Cous Cous

Chickpea salad at Cafe Cous Cous: Everything here is freshly made and light on the palate. 

A new breezy cafe with modern Moroccan interiors and cuisine has opened up on Jl. Bumbak and is fast becoming a firm favourite in the area.

Serving a great selection of fresh salads and dips as well as full breakfasts and a la carte, this is an easy breezy place to pass a few hours over really the most amazingly fresh hummus.

Everything here is freshly made and light on the palate. Breakfasts stick with the Middle Eastern theme with wonderfully healthy choices peppered with avocado and feta and tomatoes.

The avocado toast with haloumi cheese and poached eggs is a perfect and healthy way to set you up for the day. Great coffee and smoothies compliment the healthy choices and it makes a quiet relaxing start to the day.

However, lunches here are a real treat. Fresh salads such as tabouleh, a gluten free tabouleh with quinoa, or chickpea and red rice and avocado are some of the wonderful and ever changing salads on offer.

Complimented by your favourite dips as well such as hummus, babaganoush or tzatziki this is a godsend of rich and authentic flavors for fans of Moroccan food.

The wraps are easy meals on with the wholemeal falafel being the best bursting with hummus and delicious salad.

This is a relaxed and worthwhile place to stop and enjoy the wonderful food, decor and setting in the heart of Umalas.

Nook Warung

Sandwich at Nook Warung: It is the relaxed and subtly elegant open-air decor that makes this place so appealing.

In a much-used short cut and mere minutes from the busy Jl. Pettitenget is a gorgeous green hued warung in the rice fields.

A tranquil spot that you will now find packed at lunchtime and in the evenings with people coming for the laidback atmosphere and extensive menu.

There is a wide array of choices here from local specialties, barbeque and international cuisine.

A counter serves up nasi campur, rice with an assortment of dishes, either a la carte or in vegetarian and non - vegetarian choices.

Other great choices are the fish & chips, Toulouse sausages and grilled fish barbeque. It also serves reasonably priced wine and cocktails in the evenings.

It is the relaxed and subtly elegant open-air decor that makes this place so appealing. Feeling the breeze blow through and being in the rice fields with farmers cutting or the children flying kites, it has a strong Bali feel that is fast fading in many establishments in the area.

Habitual Quench & Feed

Brunch at Habitual: A wide selection of eggs, pancakes and hash is also available to make this a definite head to brunch place.

Just across from Nook on Jl. Umalas 1 in a little atmospheric cafe are the best breakfasts and burgers in Bali. Many lay claim to this but this not-so-secret place is leagues ahead of the rest.

Breakfasts are meals unto themselves and the special steak hash brown must be seen and savoured to be fully admired and appreciated.

A wonderful plate heaped full of goodness, a bottom of crispy potato hash brown with shaved steak, spinach and an egg in one of the most magnificent brunches you will ever experience. A wide selection of eggs, pancakes and hash is also available to make this a definite head to brunch place.

The main attraction, however, are the burgers. Unpretentious straight up great burgers are flipped and served straight from the grill. The classic is exactly that and oozing with succulence and flavor.

The green chili burger is amazing for the brave. Stacked with chili and cheese this really explodes with taste in the mouth. For vegetarians the walnut burger is also a nutrient rich and tasty treat for the vegetarians.

Definitely the best burgers in Bali and a relaxed little spot. Word of warning - it closes at 6 p.m. and earlier if they run out early so best to make sure you get in early.

Seki Tei

Kappa maki: A small-dedicated sushi bar serves expertly cut tuna, salmon, squid and much traditional roles such as kappa maki (cucumber roll).

A small bamboo structure on Jl. Bumbak is home to some of the best sushi in Bali.

A relaxed little Zen space with traditional Japanese interiors this is a lovely quiet place to enjoy carefully prepared Japanese food.

A small sushi bar and little private room with floor seating complete this enclave of authenticity.

Owned by a Japanese Bali resident it was built as a place for family and friends to enjoy simple, authentic and well-cooked food.

There is a large menu that covers traditional favorites like sushi and tempura, but also extends to vegetarian options and Japanese curries.

A small-dedicated sushi bar serves expertly cut tuna, salmon, squid and much more. Traditional roles such as kappa maki (cucumber roll) and the succulent ebi tempura maki (tempura roll) made with king prawns.

The main Mixed Tempura comes in plates for two to eight people and is perfectly battered with an array of fresh prawns, fish and vegetables.

Teriyaki dishes come in the popular chicken as well as glazed salmon steaks.

Sizzling wagyu steaks and meat Yakitori or skewers are also available for those who prefer an alternative to fish. The food is beautifully prepared and presented and comes in generous portions, including the sashimi and sushi, that is sometimes lacking in the better-known chains in Bali.

This is a small peaceful little restaurant in Umalas that is fast gaining a reputation as being one of the best and most casual Japanese spots in town.

La Casetta

Mixed seafood at La Casetta: This is a well-known haunt of the local Italian community yearning for a taste of home.

Another well-known spot on Jl. Bumbak is La Casetta, an easy little Italian trattoria serving home cooked Italian food.

It is in a light and airy little shop house that is home to true Italian food.

From the perfect rosemary focaccia served on arrival to the extensive menu, this is a well-known haunt of the local Italian community yearning for a taste of home.

Start with a delicious juicy tomato bruschetta della casa, or creamy mushroom crostini ai funghi.

First course pasta dishes cover something for everyone, from traditional Spaghetti al pomodoro e basilico and lasagna to more complex and mouth watering creations, such as ravioli di cernia - grouper stuffed ravioli in a prawn, cherry tomato and white wine sauce - a truly delicious combination that makes the most of the fresh seafood available on the island.

There is also a huge selection of pizzas using real mozzarella and freshly made in a traditional pizza oven.

Main courses cover mixed meat or seafood grills, the excellent cotoletta di pollo (breadcrumbed chicken) comes with sauteed potatoes and vegetables and is just as it would be in Italy.

Finish of with classic favorites such as tiramisu and pannacotta for a truly satisfying, homey dining experience away from the hustle and bustle of busy Seminyak.

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