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22 Responsible Restaurants
& Bars Driving Positive Change in Bali

Bali's culinary scene offers a diverse selection of flavors, from traditional Balinese delicacies to international fusion cuisine, showcasing the island's rich cultural heritage. With an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and innovative cooking techniques, Bali has become a haven for food enthusiasts seeking memorable dining adventures. The Punch features a curated selection of Bali's top responsible restaurants and bars, chosen for their excellence, eco-conscious practices, and ethical principles, ensuring each meal supports both the environment and local communities. Whether you're drawn to authentic Balinese dishes or farm-to-table offerings, indulge in Bali's finest responsible dining experiences.

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Updated May 2024 • By The Punch Editors

1. LOCAVORE NXT

Think of Locavore NXT as a mother tree. A leading example in the hospitality industry, showcasing a new way to operate a culinary company. By introducing a fresh concept to destination dining and designing from the ground up, it highlights sustainability and innovation. The property itself inspires the actions and lifestyles of individuals, local neighborhoods, and global communities. Locavore NXT adopts a holistic approach to sustainability, focusing on minimizing environmental impact through the use of local ingredients, waste reduction, and the promotion of sustainable farming practices. The establishment also features an organic wellness center that serves as a hub for composting and recycling efforts. Solar panels, closed-loop water systems, and comprehensive composting initiatives complete the restaurant’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint.

Sustainability Management | Sustainable Building & Design | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | No Single Use Plastic | Energy Conservation | 1Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Water Conservation | Community Support | Guest Awareness

2. LULU BISTROT

Lulu Bistrot offers an unforgettable dining experience that pays homage to the grand cafés of Paris. With a commitment to simplicity and a deep reverence for the culinary traditions of France, you’ll be transported to timeless elegance, where the flavors of carefully curated dishes fill the air. The interior design is an ode to both New York’s brasserie culture and the elegance of modern French Style. With a creative energy and a relaxed atmosphere, it manages to feel old school and contemporary, refined and rowdy at once. With a dedication to empowering its local talents by employing exclusively local staff in both the kitchen and floor, Lulu not only create jobs opportunities but also strengthens its connection to the community.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Waste Management | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement

3. APERITIF

Apéritif introduces guests to a dining concept that seamlessly fuses the timeless European tradition of indulging in a pre-dinner drink and canapés. As guests enter the restaurant, they are enveloped in an atmosphere reminiscent of a bygone era, evoking the spirit of the roaring twenties. The dining experience unfolds as a captivating journey, inviting guests to savor each moment without haste. Through an eclectic degustation menu showcasing modern global cuisine, diners embark on a culinary adventure that transcends borders and tantalizes the palate with diverse flavors and textures. Apéritif adopts a comprehensive approach to managing its kitchen and operations, promoting tools and techniques that align with sustainable industry practices. By using the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and sourcing from exceptional local suppliers whenever possible, Apéritif aims to deliver an unparalleled dining experience in Bali.

Sustainability Management | Sustainable Building & Design | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | No Single Use Plastic | Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Energy Conservation | Water Conservation | Biodiversity Conservation | Community Support | Guest Awareness | Accessible For All

4. SKOOL KITCHEN

Skool Restaurant provides a curated modern culinary experience set between a line of fire and the Indian Ocean. Located in Canggu’s Batu Bolong beach, the restaurant is an intimate space where guests can share their passion for good times, food, drinks, and culture. Skool delivers a modern menu with a fiery twist, as every item is touched by flames from natural wood and charcoal embers. Embracing primitive cooking methods, it uses a variety of woods to fuel their kitchen and relies on minimal ingredients, focusing on what’s available each day. Partnering with local line-caught fishermen and suppliers, the restaurant reflects island living by using the freshest and best possible sources.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness | Sustainable Building & Design | Sustainability Management

5. COPPER KITCHEN & BAR

Discover the essence of Ubud like never before at Copper Kitchen, Bar & Rooftop. Reflecting the unparalleled charm of this unique destination, the dining experience is a seamless blend of authentic flavors and inspired culinary innovation, meticulously crafted with locally sourced, ethically produced ingredients. From the rich variety of International-Asian culinary traditions to the skillful use of local ingredients, every dish at Copper reflects their commitment to ethical sourcing and culinary excellence.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness | Sustainable Building & Design | Sustainability Management

6. MAMASAN

Transport yourself to colonial Britain in Shanghai during the 1920s at MamaSan, a unique dining venue designed to evoke the ambiance of that bygone era. The space is adorned with colorful displays of retro-inspired flowers, towering up to vintage clocks and a Chinese-patterned mirror. One notable feature is the pair of staircases flanking a service bar, climbing a brick wall to the second level. Beyond its captivating interior, MamaSan is committed to supporting local farmers by collaborating with them to produce consistent crop cycles and secure better incomes. MamaSan cultivates its own vegetables on a farm, alongside raising cows and goats.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness | Sustainable Building & Design

7. SHELTER

Step into Shelter Pererenan, where Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavors take center stage in a contemporary culinary journey. This restaurant is a fusion of authenticity and innovation, offering a fresh take on classic dishes inspired by the rich traditions of these regions. With a focus on natural elements and sourcing sustainable produce from local suppliers, every aspect of the venue is designed to minimize environmental impact while maximizing flavor.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | No Single Use Plastic | Equal & Local Employment | Sustainable Building & Design

8. HUJAN LOCALE

Hujan Locale celebrates a culinary ethos that focuses on the essence of cuisine, guided by a "found and foraged" philosophy. Inspired by the diverse ingredients and flavors of the Indonesian archipelago, Hujan Locale reflects Chef Will Meyrick's extensive travels throughout the country. The vision is rooted in creating intimate dining experiences centered around slow-cooked food, with a nod to the kitchen's origins and iconic street food style. Hujan Locale is a responsible dining destination committed to environmental responsibility and community support.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Biodiversity Conservation | Energy Conservation | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Sourcing | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness | Sustainable Building & Design

9. ULEKAN

Ulekan celebrates beautiful Indonesian recipes passed down through generations, now shared in an elevated dining atmosphere. Beloved dishes from across the archipelago are selected and served with all the flavors the regions are known for. Made with love, each traditional dish takes you on an aromatic journey through clove, turmeric, and ginger. Committed to cultivating community bonds, the restaurant exclusively employs local staff, many of whom have been integral members since its establishment in 2016. The team undergoes continuous training akin to a culinary academy, nurturing both personal and professional development.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | biodiversity Conservation | Water Conservation | Energy Conservation | Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Sustainability Management

10. MASON

The text is mostly correct but could use some slight refinements for clarity and consistency. Here is a revised version: Mason is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant dedicated to making everything from scratch, by hand. Group Chef Benjamin Cross employs timeless cooking techniques like smoking and wood fire grilling to coax maximum flavor from minimal ingredients. Constructed with natural elements like stone and wood, Mason respects the local culture and provides employment opportunities to residents, prioritizing them for staff and management positions. Committed to environmental responsibility, Mason avoids single-use plastics, uses biodegradable paper delivery boxes, and partners with suppliers that manage biodiversity efficiently.

Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Biodiversity Conservation | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Accessible For All | Equal & Local Employment | Guest Awareness | Sustainable Building & Design

11. WOODS

Woods presents a blend of rustic and farmhouse aesthetics paired with refined culinary techniques, promising a distinct dining affair. Embracing a seasonal, fresh, and local philosophy, their dishes feature vibrant hues and delicate flavors. Their menu showcases a diverse array of options, catering to vegans, vegetarians, seafood enthusiasts, and meat lovers alike. The restaurant's interior design pays homage to nature, with reclaimed wood structures and a preserved tree at its center. Guided by a commitment to highlight the island's culinary offerings in a unique manner, Woods strives to create memorable dining experiences that marry familiarity with innovation.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Water Conservation | Energy Conservation | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Sustainable Building & Design | Sustainability Management

12. BAR SOUVENIR

Berawa's drinking space, Souvenir, embraces the idea that good things often come in small packages. Inspired by the cozy neighborhood bars found throughout Japan, this bar accommodates just 12 seats, offering an intimate setting for guests to unwind and enjoy their evening. The owners wanted to create an experience of going out for a drink - whether it be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, even just popping by after work - to be the focus of the experience. Souvenir strives to maximize the use of fruits and vegetables in cocktails by incorporating all parts of the produce, further reducing waste.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Biodiversity Conservation | Energy Conservation | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Sustainable Building & Design | Sustainable Management

13. BARTOLO

Located in Uluwatu, Bartolo is a sophisticated neighborhood bistro offering a delightful variety of small, unexpected share plates infused with European flavors. This elegant restaurant and bar prides itself on sourcing locally and seasonally, ensuring each dish bursts with freshness and flavor. Bartolo is committed to empowering local talents and operating responsibly, showcasing zero-waste cocktails and an exceptional selection of wines to complement its culinary creations.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Waste Management | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness

14. KAUM

Kaum, an authentic Indonesian restaurant under the Desa Potato Head Family, was born from a deep appreciation for Indonesia's diverse cultures and flavors. Before opening its outlets in Hong Kong and Bali, the Kaum team embarked on a culinary expedition across the archipelago to immerse themselves in the indigenous cooking methods, exotic ingredients, and authentic flavors of Indonesia's tribal communities. Embracing sustainability as a core value, Kaum believes it can offer exceptional experiences without compromising its commitment to the environment. By focusing on three key areas—product, education, and action—Kaum strives to follow a zero-waste philosophy. Through partnerships with local and global changemakers, the restaurant is leading the way in creating a more sustainable future for the culinary industry.

Sustainability Management | Sustainable Building & Design | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | No Single Use Plastic | Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Energy Conservation | Water Conservation | Biodiversity Conservation | Community Support | Guest Awareness | Accessible For All

15. MANA ULUWATU

Yes, the text is correct. Here is the revised version with a slight improvement for better flow: Mana offers a refined yet laid-back setting where guests can savor eclectic, nourishing cuisine from local land and sea, all while enjoying spectacular ocean views and an infinity pool suspended over the jungle. Visitors can relish cold coconuts, cocktails, and hyper-fresh fare from the comfort of shaded lounge chairs and daybeds, hand-carved from reclaimed Java teak by in-house artisans. Mana co-founded Project Clean Uluwatu, which designs, builds, and implements wastewater management and water gardens to keep Uluwatu beaches clean and safe.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Biodiversity Conservation | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Sustainable Building & Design | Sustainability Management

16. RIVIERA BISTRO

Riviera Bistro, a lively Mediterranean seafood bistro and bar, opened its doors in Berawa in 2020, quickly becoming a vibrant culinary destination. Led by Chef Emilio, Riviera captures the essence of the French Riviera with its exquisite cuisine, expertly crafted cocktails, and carefully curated wine selection. Whether guests are seeking an intimate dinner for two or a lively celebration with friends, Riviera offers an unforgettable dining experience for every occasion. With its chic ambiance and delectable fare, Riviera invites guests to savor the taste of the French Riviera and create lasting memories. Riviera also recently opened a new venue in Cemagi, further expanding its reach.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Accessible For All | Equal & Local Employment

17. CAFÉ BALI

Strategically located in Seminyak, Café Bali is perfect for all-day dining, offering a relaxing and enjoyable culinary experience. The restaurant provides a sense of comfort and serenity, allowing guests to escape the city's chaos. With hearty food and warm hospitality, Café Bali creates a home-like ambiance inspired by eclectic and bohemian concepts. Guests are greeted with vibrant colors, ethnic, hippie, and vintage styles, complemented by traditional Balinese decorations.

Sustainability Management | Sustainable Building & Design | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | No Single Use Plastic | Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Energy Conservation | Water Conservation | Biodiversity Conservation | Community Support | Guest Awareness | Accessible For All

18. ZALI

Inspired by a profound love for cuisine and the belief that sharing meals is synonymous with sharing stories and joy, Zali captures the essence of Lebanese hospitality, bringing the warm and traditional flavors of Beirut to its guests. Rooted in core values of responsibility, local sourcing, and community engagement, the restaurant seeks to not only satisfy taste buds but also foster a sense of connection and well-being among its guests. The restaurant offers many vegan-friendly dishes to celebrate the variety of fresh and local produce available on the island.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Biodiversity Conservation | Water Conservation | Energy Conservation | Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness

19. WARUNG LOCAL

Launched in June 2019, Warung Local quickly became an iconic Indonesian culinary hotspot, offering a tempting daily buffet of over 40 dishes. Guests can curate their own meals, enjoying a diverse array of Indonesian flavors. As a locally owned restaurant, Warung Local reflects the essence of the region's culinary heritage, providing exceptional cuisine, impeccable cleanliness, and a welcoming ambiance, all highlighted by Balinese warmth and hospitality.

Sustainability Management | Sustainable Building & Design | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | No Single Use Plastic | Waste Management | Sustainable Packaging | Energy Conservation | Community Support | Guest Awareness

20. SMOKE

Experience Smoke, where the art of low and slow BBQ cooking is perfected. The restaurant isn't just about food—it's about creating memorable experiences that bring people together. Enjoy juicy, melt-in-your-mouth meats slow-cooked for up to 18 hours, infused with rich flavors from quality ingredients sourced from local island suppliers.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | Water Conservation | Energy Conservation | Waste Management | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Accessible For All | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement | Guest Awareness | Sustainable Building & Design | Sustainability Management

21. ARTE

Yes, the text is correct, but it can be slightly refined for clarity and flow. Here's a revised version: Located in the Pererenan area, Arte is not just a pizza place. Here, guests can savor the mouthwatering flavors of wood-fired oven pizzas and homemade Italian cuisine in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. What sets Arte apart is its unique integration of art and culture, with walls adorned with local artwork and shelves filled with books from their collaborative library project. As diners enjoy authentic Italian dishes, they are surrounded by creativity in an environment that stimulates artistic minds and encourages creative thinking.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Cultural Interaction & Heritage | No Single Use Plastic | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Sustainable Building & Design

22. MUDA BY SUKA

From bold, aromatic dishes to intriguing fusion creations, Muda by Suka offers a contemporary twist on traditional Asian cuisine, complemented by expertly crafted cocktails, making it perfect for sharing memorable moments with friends. Drawing inspiration from the culinary landscapes of East and Southeast Asia, the restaurant seamlessly blends Asian flavors with Western influences and innovative ingredient combinations, resulting in an unforgettable dining experience.

Sustainable & Local Sourcing | Community Support | Sustainable Packaging | Equal & Local Employment | Staff Engagement

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