Bored of chicken nuggets with chips for the kids? We feel you. That’s why we asked the lifestyle experts at Honeycombers Bali for their recommendations for the best places to eat with traveling with kids on Indonesia’s favourite isle. Once the tykes try the resident menus of finger-lickin’ ribs, mouth-watering pizzas and freshly grilled fish, they’ll never ask for frozen food ever again. But the best thing about dining with kids in Bali is there are oodles of space to run around and burn off energy, leaving just enough room for an ice-cream (or another cocktail for the parents!).
Family-friendly restaurants in Bali have perfected the brunch and, for our money, you can’t beat Ku De Ta on a Sunday morning. Kids will be entertained all morning with art and craft activities so all you have to do is kick back and enjoy a delicious breakfast overlooking the ocean.
Just down the road is Potato Head, a great venue for kids during the day with a big swimming pool and a lawn the size of a football field. It’s also the ultimate spot for parents to watch the sunset over the ocean with a cocktail in hand. Cocoon at Double Six is another venue with a swimming pool that caters perfectly to both adults and kids. They have a fab kids’ menu with yummy bites like homemade gnocchi with beef ragout and grilled fish of the day.
Finn’s Beach Club in Uluwatu is a hot fave with the kids for the inclinator ride down to the white sandy beach. They can spend their time playing with the beach toys (courtesy of Finn’s), snorkelling, kayaking or trying their hand at stand-up paddle boarding. Once they’ve worked up an appetite they can feast on spaghetti with meatballs, hamburgers or fish and chips. (Note: there is an entry fee which is redeemable on food.)
If it’s fresh fish you’re after then any of the warungs that line the beach at Jimbaran are worth visiting, especially at sunset. They will grill the fresh catch of the day which you can enjoy at a table on the sand. When the kids are done eating they can build sandcastles. We like Menega Café near the Four Seasons Hotel.
For a meal with a bit of giddy up need then take the kids directly to the Bali Equestrian Centre and dine at the Aravina Restaurant. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as offer sunset platters from 5pm served with divine wines from the well-stocked cellar. Not only can the kids enjoy a pony or horse ride, there is also a swimming pool, a huge grassy area with cubby house and children’s play equipment. You could easily while away a day here.
Over in Canggu, the best beachside venue is the newly opened Old Man’s. Plenty of space for the kids to run around, a perfect spot for the adults to kick back and enjoy the sea breezes and undeniably good food. It’s also worth going down to have a look at the fantastic wall mural.
Sushi is always a fresh and healthy option for kids. Visit the enormous two-storey Sushi Tei on Sunset Road and let the kids go wild at the sushi train or visit any of the Ryoshi chains for good value Japanese food.
For authentic and deliciously tasty ribs head to the original Naughty Nuri’s Warung in Ubud. Kids will love watching the chefs throw them on the smoking barbequ, which is actually located on the footpath. Mums and dads be warned…they also do lethal martinis. If you’re wanting something a bit more sanitary, the new Batu Belig offshoot is just as tasty and fun.
When in Ubud, definitely make a visit to Murni’s Warung for some authentic Balinese and Indonesian cuisine. It has very reasonable prices and the team will be a hit with kids. If you’re craving something healthy, make a beeline for Clear Café for delicious juices, tonics, smoothies, salad, wraps and food from around the world. Little ones will love the kids’ menu for the homestyle favourites – mac and cheese, fish fingers and quesadillas.
Taco fever has swept the island but we think the best value, most delicious and definitely most kid-friendly is Taco Casa. Fresh food with lots of homemade ingredients and fast, friendly service. There are branches in Seminyak and Ubud.
Is there anyone in the world that doesn’t love pizza? It’s a definite family favourite. Il Giardino and Pizza Bagus are the top picks in Ubud and they also do great pastas. Warung Italia in Seminyak and Kerobokan make delicious, authentic pizza and the Trattoria restaurants are well priced and family friendly.
The grand dame of high tea in Bali is undoubtedly Biku. Kids will squeal with delight when the gorgeous three-tiered tray arrives bearing all sorts of goodies including cupcakes, scones and fairy bread. If you don’t want any tears, book ahead as it does get busy.
No lowdown on family dining is complete without a mention of ice creams and our favourites are Gusto in Umalas (about ten minutes from Seminyak), Gaya Gelato in Ubud and the brand new kid on the block, Lello Lello in Seminyak.
It is not safe to drink the water from the tap in Indonesia. Only use bottled water for drinking and brushing teeth and be wary of children drinking water in the shower or the bath.