Review: Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2023

It’s always exciting to see the ‘Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines list’, which for the year 2023 was revealed in November 2023. These wines were judged based on quality, value, availability and ‘excitement’. Wine Spectator is an American magazine that specialises in wine, wine culture and wine ratings, founded in 1976 by Marvin R. Shanken.

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Why ‘Going Local’ is Important for Bali’s Top Restaurateurs

For a long time in the dining industry, imported goods have always been something to boast about, with premium ingredients from abroad a way of signalling high quality and finesse. Now, the tides have turned, and restaurants have shifted their gaze inwards, choosing to uplift locally produced goods to their patrons. In Bali there is


Golden Monkey Serves Up Authentic Chinese Food in Ubud 

Chinese cuisine is often a craving, a guilty pleasure. Rich meats like succulent roast pork and duck, piled baskets of dim sum, all enjoyed alongside steaming fried rice. This is what urged owners Anthony and Dewi to open Golden Monkey back in 2017, the first authentic Chinese restaurant in Ubud — because they had a

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Fiery Skies and Flavours at Akasa: A Cliffside Restaurant & Bar

Enjoying what is perhaps the perfect spot to watch the setting sun, Akasa treats the sky and sea like a stage, providing premium box seats to the island’s most popular show. Complimenting the fiery sunset views is a menu of flame-grilled delights, which together make this cliffside restaurant and bar a destination worth visiting. Set above

Tapas and Tipples at L’Atelier by Cyril Kongo

Perched atop The Apurva Kempinski Bali, on the 17th floor, is an electrifying art-inspired haven for sunset soirées that promises an unforgettable dining experience. L’Atelier by Cyril Kongo, a rooftop gem, invites you to savour Mediterranean delights and sip artisanal cocktails while gazing out over the breathtaking expanse of the ocean. Internationally acclaimed graffiti artist


Good Wines, Good Times – Good Karma!

NOW! Bali’s wine columnist and expert, Widya, heads to the cliffs of Uluwatu to review the own-branded wines of the renowned Karma Group, settling into Karma Kandara resort’s di Mare Restaurant with Chef Joseph Antonishek. It took me a moment to fully appreciate the spectacular clifftop views, high above the Indian Ocean, when I arrived

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Indulge in a Spread of Mediterranean Delights at Sateria Beachside Restaurant

Nestled on the tranquil coastline of Nusa Dua, experience a dining experience overlooking the ocean where Meliá Bali’s signature Sateria Beachside Restaurant invites island foodies to indulge in its Mediterranean-inspired culinary offerings. Sateria Beachside Restaurant is the resort’s crown jewel when it comes to exquisite dining. With tables lined up on the beachfront deck, under

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A Beachfront Izakaya at SugarSand

SugarSand, the vibrant beachfront eatery that has been a beloved Seminyak destination since its inception in 2018, has recently undergone a remarkable conceptual transformation. Under the helm of the new head chef, Syamsul Rizal, the venue now offers an exhilarating dining experience that still carries the same suave atmosphere but with new bites and fresh

5 Best Places to Eat at the Bali Airport

Really uplifting the quality of restaurants and cafés at the Bali Airport is HMSHost, an Autogrill Company, that manages renowned international brands, as well as also their own curated dining venues. The company operates in more than 120 airports around the world, making them a world leader in travel dining. Their goal here in Bali


Earth-Friendly Food at DUMBO and The Elephant

Tied by a shared earth-loving ethos, DUMBO and The Elephant are two-sides of the same coin. One, a hotspot of pizza, music and cocktails; the other a cool and calm al-fresco café; these distinct venues strive to showcase an environmentally-friendly experience for all who visit. Though sister properties, both vegetarian and vegan, founded by well-known

Honey & Smoke: Modern Australian Dining Gets an ‘Asian Flare’

For fans of Will Meyrick, Honey & Smoke will be a welcome surprise, as the Australian chef and restaurateur ventures away from his renowned Southeast Asian cuisine and presents a superbly original menu at this new wood-fired bistro. Honey & Smoke sits on Ubud’s central Monkey Forest Road, now bustling with life again. This cosy,

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