Bali Asli, restaurant and cooking school, is located in Gelumpang village, near the town of Amlapura, Karangasem regency, in north east Bali. It is about two hours’ drive from the airport and 30 minutes from Candidasa village. Nestled at the foothills of Mount Agung, Bali’s most sacred mountain, it is surrounded by rice fields.
The restaurant promotes Balinese cuisine and culture without exploiting it or its people. Instead it embraces the community, supporting those who fish, farm and forage in the near by fields, ocean and jungle.
Bali Asli’s menu offers authentic Balinese food cooked in a traditional Balinese style kitchen. The food is cooked on wood-fired, mud brick stoves, allowing the real flavours of Bali to shine. Most of the food’s ingredients are either grown in restaurant’s own garden, in its neighbour’s garden or purchased from the local market.
The cooking school runs unique classes themed on “a day in the life of…”. Every class includes an adventure into local areas off the beaten track. Whether it is learning how to plant rice or plough the fields with a cow, fishing in a jukung canoe, cooking over an open fire or making cocktails from cashew nut wine, its students always leave with fond memories and new skills to experiment with when they get home.