One of the best meals that I had in Bali during my recent trip was at Merah Putih, a classy restaurant that serves traditional Indonesian cuisine for the purists, and at the same time, dedicating another column in the menu to providing options for Indonesian food with a modern interpretation.
Indonesian cuisine is a communal affair, and this is reflected in Merah Putih’s offerings of dishes in small and large plates. The dining concept is actually inspired by the local nasi padang, where you have an array of dishes to choose form – hence the small plates to share. The owner told us that he created the restaurant because whenever someone asked him where they could go for Indonesian food in a nice setting, he did not have an answer as there was not many options. So he created the answer by conceptualising and building Merah Putih where you can enjoy the classic dishes and also discover something new.
I am currently in Bali for two weeks, exploring great restaurants, staying at well-designed hotels and having the time of my life. There are so many fantastic restaurants in Bali which not only serve very good food, but also provide the complete dining experiences. Needless to say, I am eating very well here.
For July, we will be doing a special Bali feature where we bring to you comprehensive guides on the best restaurants to dine at, cafes to chill out at, spas for a relaxing break, and hotels for a much needed hideout.
Bali is only slightly less than 3 hours away from Singapore, and with cheap flights from airlines such as KLM and Qatar, there is really no reason to not come here for a getaway. I hope that with this feature, you will understand Bali on a whole new level and spark the travel desire in you.
We could always use an ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ holiday. Join us on our journey – on instagram, twitter and facebook – as we show you the best of what Bali has to offer.