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by Sarah Says (subscribe)
I am a marketing and communications consultant and freelance writer. Living on the Gold Coast in Australia. Check out my website or follow on Twitter @WENGoldCoast
Published July 12th 2012
I recently visited Bali and this restaurant was by far one of the highlights of the holiday, and a memory I will always treasure. Its an absolute must see for anyone travelling to Bali; offering the most stunning views, traditional Balinese dancing, exquisite food and wonderful service.

The restaurant is located in Jimbaran Bay, a small village about 30 minutes drive south from Kuta. The restaurant offers a free shuttle service to come and collect and return you from your hotel or villa, so you don't have to worry about transport and its well worth the journey.

Often the term "Beachfront restaurant" is exaggerated slightly but here they have a number of tables and chairs actually on the beach. It's amazing to feel the sand between your toes when sipping wine and eating some of the best food I have ever tasted.

Stunning Views
Amazing view from our table

If you time your booking right, you can be just finishing off your meal as the sunsets and it is a truly spectacular sight. I have been lucky enough to see quite a few sunsets on my recent travels and this was by far one of my favourites, the combination of the restaurant, the company of my wonderful friends and the beautiful views will stay with me forever. That's what life is about right?

Stunning Views
The stunning view from our table!

The food was delicious and they cater for pretty much every need and budget, but they do, due to the location, specialise in seafood. Now I am not really a fan of seafood but my friends assure me that their seafood platter was the best they have ever had. Plus the food is so reasonably priced you almost feel bad (but not that bad) about tucking in to the huge portions.

During the evening the restaurant also provides entertainment in the form of traditional legong Balinese dancing; the routines and style are fascinating and I really enjoyed seeing a bit of local culture. Plus later on a friendly local band walked from table to table playing requests (they even had a drum kit which they moved, now that's dedication). It was an amazing atmosphere and a brilliant night.

Traditional Balinese Dancers
Traditional Balinese Dancers

It was such an excellent find, and I recommend everyone travelling to that part of the world to give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
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When: Daily 12:00-22:00
Phone: (0361) 216 8521
Where: Bawang Merah Beachfront Restaurant, Kelan, Jimbaran Bay, Bali 80361
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