Bali, Indonesia, is a place that attracts people from all walks of life. People are always wanting to visit the extraordinary island for its culture, its tropical and beach atmosphere and its fun party scene. But there is another reason to visit Bali; the food. The island boasts an amazing cuisine, from traditional Indonesian food to delicious Thai and Indian food. However, it can be difficult for vegans to visit a place that is often so dominated by food that features animal by-product, but thankfully there are restaurants that cater to vegans and serve amazing food.
1. Divine Earth
Divine Earth is a little cafe located off a busy street in Seminyak, with an adjacent fitness shop as well as a cinema upstairs that show films almost every evening – free entry with anything off the menu! It has soft cushioned chairs and benches and an extensive menu. I had the opportunity to try a vegan lasagna and a seitan steak made from substitute meat, both of which extremely surprised me, as they were delicious! They also have a long list of delicious smoothies and sweet desserts to accompany your meal. I’d suggest ordering 3 or 4 dishes between you (or more depending on how many people are in your party) to share and taste just a fraction of the cuisine on offer. Location: Jalan Raya Basangkasa No.1200A, Kuta, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
2. Earth Cafe
Earth Cafe is a mere mile away from Divine Earth, with the two having a close relationship through their cinema ventures. Earth Cafe offers a market, adjacent to the restaurant, selling fully vegan ingredients and dishes. All of these things are available to try in their restaurant. It’s a great place to eat breakfast, as they sell acai bowls, pancakes and porridge, all of which are delicious and 100% vegan. These dishes would appeal to vegans and non-vegans alike – even if just for the Instagram. Earth Cafe also has a branch in Ubud, up in the north of Bali. Both branches offer delivery via the famous Go-Jek app, that connects restaurants to individual delivery drivers – think of Uber but for food. Location 1: Jl. Kayu Aya No.99, Seminyak, Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia Location 2: Jl. Goutama Sel., Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
3. Taco Beach Grill
Taco Beach Grill isn’t actually vegan. Or, more accurately, it isn’t completely vegan. So, if like in my group of friends, you are composed of both vegans and non-vegans, this is the perfect place to eat at – no argument necessary! They offer both meat and vegan options, both equally delicious and prepared in separate environments to avoid cross-contamination. If you’re worried about any dish, simply ask the staff and they will accommodate you as best as they can, just as they did for me and my friends. Mexican food is always a must (in my personal opinion) and it’s rare to find a place that offers vegan options, in any place, let alone somewhere like Bali where meat is often considered a staple. Thankfully, Taco Beach Grill is here to provide. Taco beach grill also offer delivery, which is great for those lazy holiday evenings. But I must advocate for the wonderful outdoor atmosphere of the restaurant, filled with quirky decorations and funny quotes and drawings covering the blackboards. Location: Jl. Kunti I No.8, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Lemongrass is another non-vegan restaurant that offers vegan options. They specialise in Thai cuisine, with some Indonesian dishes mixed in, so head there for an amazing blend of Asian cuisines. It is two blocks from Kuta beach, making it a perfect lunch destination before a lovely day out at the seaside. Their curries are vegetarian (not vegan as they use fish sauce) but they offer many stir fry tofu dishes as well as a vegan pad thai that more than make up for it, particularly when its paired with a lemongrass iced tea. The open air feel of the restaurant and the friendly staff add to the lovely atmosphere and I highly recommend Lemongrass for both lunch and dinner. Location: Jl. Melasti, Legian, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia So, next time you’re headed to Bali, whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a meat-eater, I suggest trying any one of these restaurants. You won’t be disappointed.