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Phnom Penh – Pear of the Asia

Phnom Penh didn’t start life as a main defrayal until behind the Angkor time in which Angkor Wat plus the nearby cities grown to fame. King Ponhea Yat in the mid of 15th century escaped a Siamese attack in Angkor and established in a piece of what is nowadays Phnom Penh, ascertaining a palace.

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Take a Break at Coffee Shops

Coffee shop provides a space for friends to unite again after a long time, or for a new business deal to crack, or for the two hearts to meet and get to know each other better. So, travellers… business people… lovers… all come aboard for a cup of coffee!

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Glamping in Bali

Glamping is the newest way to disrupt your daily routine and shift your focus back to the things that matter. It is the way of celebrating a love of individualism, the nomadic life and being sustainable. After a short trip to the nature, you are expected to be more balanced and brimming with ideas due to the change in perspective!

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Bali’s International Culinary Journey

Over the years, Bali has evolved with each wave of visitors and is now truly a first-class dining destination, where the world’s most innovative and talented chefs can be found. You can choose to enjoy numerous International dishes with its authenticity and rustic charm right in place. The brunches are served in buffet-style with free-flowing healthy and fresh juices. The lunches and dinners are consisting of complex yet flavoursome dishes that will take you through a culinary journey altogether. Whether you are looking for a fine dining venue to celebrate a special evening as a couple, or looking to revel in a friendly place with friends and family, Bali gives you umpteen options to conclude your culinary journey with a sinful delight.

Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, or so they say. In a normal busy morning, it is easy to skip breakfast and put it in the next list of priorities. But, taking just a quick few bites can really make a difference to the rest of your day. In case you don’t have time to grab something before leaving the house, there are some breakfast spots you can put on a highly consideration.

In Ubud, Petani at Alaya Resort Ubud is dedicated their breakfast to help the local hardworking farming community who cultivate the land to provide a consistent food supply. The idea is to get organic ingredients directly from the local farmers. By doing so, they believe that everyone, including the rural landowners, gets the benefits from the tourism industry. As for the diners who enjoy the food, they will get a clear understanding of where the food is coming from while at the same time get an introduction of the best dishes that the island offers.

The signature breakfast at Petani includes Homemade Granolla, Egg Frittata, Melange Platter with tea, freshly fruit juices or gourmet coffee. Also available a Continental or American breakfast, and Silhouette breakfast accompanied with freshly squeezed juice, a seasonal fruit platter, tea and coffee. Petani has its own team of trained baristas to make sure every cup of coffee is perfectly brewed using the finest grade Arabica beans from the Indonesia archipelago. As for the juices, Petani only serves the range of tropical fruit that is locally available. To maintain its freshness, all items in a special pastry basket are baked every morning.

While Petani Restaurant is focusing breakfast to treat the local community, Sands Restaurant is having Sunday Brunch with the chef. Blessed with the best view of Indian Ocean, the restaurant is hiding inside the charming ambience of the Anvaya Beach Resort. The beachfront setting of Sands features the best angle of Kuta Beach with relaxing sound of morning waves, such a perfect spot for those who come to fulfil their taste buds and look for peace of mind.

Offering a new experience for a family weekend treat, the brunch concept is a combination of international buffet-style with a mix of a delightful local taste. Your kids can enjoy an interactive cooking experience under the guidance of highly skilled chefs. Let your loved ones explore their creativity by making pizza with the chefs. As the reward, or just to leave smile on your kids, they are entitled to bring home a Junior Chef Certificate.

30 minutes’ drive from Kuta, breakfast at Anarasa Restaurant features sushi and cheese bar, bakery corner with a selection of healthy juices. Established recently, this signature restaurant at Mövenpick Resort & Spa will boost your day with a scrumptious preference of Indonesian and international specialties, coming only from the best and freshest ingredients, cooked in the live cooking stations. For family treat, children under 16 get the chance to enjoy 50% off for this buffet breakfast.

In Nusa Dua, featuring compelling blends of French and local culinary traditions, Sofitel’s Kwee Zeen is announcing its new ‘De-Light’ menu for breakfast. The concept is simple, maximum pleasure with minimum calories. The philosophy of the menu is supplying primal, powerful, nourishing, healthy food with delightful taste according to Sofitel Quiberon principles. Offering a low-calorie gastronomic adventure, you can savour the exquisite gourmet cuisine without putting aside your healthy lifestyle. The nutritionally-balanced dishes featuring clean and fresh, seasonal ingredients, which makes the small touches of opulence more indulgent. Innovative culinary techniques and an unwavering commitment to refined tastes and textures have inspired low-calorie recipes that will enchant your palate and, at the same time, energize your soul to a healthy lifestyle.

Lunch

Please understand that working long hours without food is as the same as having no energy to function properly. Skipping this meal will only lead to the falls of work efficiency. Some say that lunch should be the heavier meal compared to dinner, and some say vice versa. Whatever you finally decide, you need a lunchbreak during work. Well… everyone does. It can be for the sake of the body or simply just for refreshing.

Offering jaw-dropping views of a tropical valley, Cascades Restaurant at Viceroy Ubud put a high standard for a luxury Ubud’s lunchbreak. The scenery over the Petanu River Valley is truly wondrous, making it as one of the world’s most beautiful restaurants. Carrying a vision to always keep up quality to the highest level, the restaurant has become one of the most essential fine dining establishment in Ubud. On the menu, the creative hands of its culinary team are highly dedicated in developing the uniqueness of the food. The menu has a modern European base with a bit of Asian twists involving influences from Japanese, Thai and Indonesia cuisine.

Driving to the east, Standing Stones treats you with a unique semi-alfresco dining experience of fresh home-style cooking in the middle of an ensemble of towering megalithic stones, viewing the exotic black sands of the eastern Bali’s coastline. Remains unseen inside The Royal Purnama Art Suites and Villas, you can savour the delights on the menu presented rich in taste and flavour at the restaurant’s infinity pool, focusing on Indonesian cuisine, as well as Asian and Continental, wrapped it up using Western cooking methods. As for the food ingredients, the restaurant keeps it fresh from their own backyard garden.

Down in the south, there has been a real explosion of top quality boutique restaurants, and all of them are in competition to be the best in the region. They offer a great range of cuisine in terms of region and sophistication, from Western to Eastern, fast food style, right through to contemporary Indonesian cuisine. Some of the restaurants feature unique locations with awe-inspiring views and artistic interiors.

Let’s start with the one that receive so many spotlights from the eyes of the world, including recognitions from the international foodies. Potato Head Beach Club is without a doubt remains to be one of the most happening hotspots in the busiest street of Seminyak. This place is a ‘must-do’ on any visitor’s itinerary. Famous for its ‘old teak wood window shutters’ trademark, the club is perfect for chilling and partying on its lawn beachfront. However, apart from the lively crowds that gather over the central lawn or around the main pool, you can go to Kaum on the first floor of the club to have a fancy lunch. Catering the authentic flavours of Indonesia, be amazed of the unusual local ingredients that will serve right before your eyes.

Slightly different but quite similar with Kaum that brings the taste of Indonesian to the table, Starfish Bloo at W Bali is presenting Slipper Lobster Rujak for lunch. It is the seas finest paired with the archipelago’s exotic Rujak seasoning, topped with tamarind, jicama, and pineapple for a tropical taste. Best to enjoy it by the beachfront on a bean bag or dreamy daybed, facing to the calmest waves on a coast of Seminyak Beach. Since the raining season has gone by now, you can embrace the gentle ocean breeze tinkling your face as your hand starts digging The Lobster Rujak for your palate.

Moving on from Indonesian delights, The Butchers Club Steakhouse offers high quality steaks prepared in a variety way. Steaks for lunch do sound yummy for your tummy, indeed! This is a casual restaurant with high quality taste. The entryway is marked by a butchery working on his steaks, seafood and charcuterie. The reason being, this area is multifunction as a full retail butcher’s shop that sells branded sausages, steaks, chickens, fish and homemade condiments. In the restaurant, the décor of the dining room is industrial-chic theme with repurposed items, steel tables and vintage chairs. As for the lunch menu, you can start up with Kale Caesar and go for BBQ chicken with side dish grill corn for the main.

Travelling around 30 minutes to Jimbaran, lunch at Sundara is reflecting Jimbaran’s heritage as a hundred-years-old fishing village. Meaning ‘beautiful’ in Sanskrit word, this restaurant is one of the most exclusive dining destinations in the area with the panoramic view of the exotic curve of Jimbaran Bay coastline. This area is very famous for its nightly ritual of fresh seafood dinners with coconut husk BBQs along the beach. If you are here for lunch, you may want to order Grilled King Prawns completed with Balinese spice, papaya salad, peanuts and nuac cham dressing.

Another alternative to go for lunch is Tamarind Restaurant in ITDC Nusa Dua. With all encompassing perspectives of the Lombok Straits and the Indian Ocean, this signature restaurant of Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa permits you to appreciate a world class stretch of white sandy shoreline in a rich setting outlined in impeccable concordance with nature. It additionally offers a delightful mix of culinary joys and wellbeing cognizance to guarantee the prosperity of their guests. The place has a provincial vibe and you will get an impression that you are about to eat in a tent-like shelter, to some degree exceptionally ‘back-to-nature-ish’. Go to sit upstairs to enjoy the ocean view while having lunch. Going through the menu, there is something for everyone, from light crisp and heavenly plates of mixed greens to new grilled fish and delectable side dishes. You can try Lamb Souvlaky Brochette, consists of Greek marinated lamb loin, tomatoes, onion, tzatziki sauce, served with mixed salad and French fries. Or go for something solid like 250g Australian Beef Tenderloin. Either way, both dishes are a pure bliss that one can’t resist!

Dinner

Dinnertime provides a rare opportunity for one to gather with family and light talks about the day. It builds a strong family bond that the young ones can lean on for the rest of their lives. Therefore, whether you take your family out for dinner in a modern, super expensive restaurant, in a humble eatery at the side of the road, or in a recommended restaurant consisting of complex yet flavoursome dishes that will take you through a culinary journey altogether, what’s important is the people sitting next or around you. However, the dishes served on the table before you are where the magic and mystery lies. It is what triggers a long, good quality table talk.

If you are fancy for steak or any kind of meat for dinner, the list is endless. However, if you are around Jimbaran or Pecatu, you can swing by at Banyan Tree Resort in Ungasan. Its fine-dine restaurant, Ju-Ma-Na, offers the best angle of Indian Ocean and the possibility to forget all the stress of the day. Nestled on the cliff, you will get the sensation of dining on the giant ark while floating over the ocean. The evening is indeed the best time to dine, when the lighting in the restaurant blends together with the lights from the boats below the oceanwide. Truly magical! Either you finally decide to sit inside or outside the restaurant, you will have the perfect angle of the ocean. And while embracing the moment, you may want to have a plate of Grilled Kobe Beef. This signature dish of Ju-Ma-Na offers the finest beef quality in the market, Kobe Beef. It comes from Wagyu cows that have been massaged with sake-fed grain fodder and given one beer a day. This makes the beef tender, tangy and wonderfully marbled. It is served with pumpkin ginger puree, spring vegetables, potato croquette and winter truffle jus.

Travel down from Ungasan to Jimbaran, Ayana’s newest restaurant Dava Steak & Seafood Restaurant brings Bali’s seafood grill and steak house experience to a new chapter of satisfaction. Taking full advantage by overlooking Jimbaran’s sunset coast, you are bound to sit and relax while the culinary team work their magic in the kitchen. Waiting for the main served on the table, you can try Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar. Very fresh from the Indian Ocean by Jimbaran’s famous fishermen, this dish is accompanied by local avocado, crispy shallots and a soy citrus dressing. The Grill Menu section features satisfying culinary works of art such as the grain-fed, 200-day aged Stockyard Gold Striploin, a perfectly marbled Stockyard Silver Label Wagyu Tenderloin, Australian Lamb Chops, and Canadian Lobster. Each dish may be complemented by an extensive selection of side dishes including Truffle Mash Potato, Double Baked Cheese Potato, Creamy Spinach with Parmesan and Tempura Onion Rings.

Still in Jimbaran, Balique is to be considered as a cosy and homey restaurant for tourists. The interior mix of French and African style blends perfectly with the location of the restaurant among the outstanding world-class resorts and villas. Looking humble under its whirring fan-open style roof with high-ceilinged open space, you can feast your eyes to the antiques and artefacts sourced from around the Indonesian archipelago. As for the dinner menu, you can ask for Rijstafel to get the local taste.

And if you happen to be in around Legian, you can have this Rijstafel menu in Poppies Restaurant. In case you are not familiar with this type of food, it is a truly magnificent feast that comes in small tasty portions of Indonesian delights from all around the archipelago. Historical-wise, this was the colonial Dutch way to sample the best food of Indonesia. In Poppies Restaurant, this dish comes with a selection of satay, including Sate Lilit, more than enough soup options you can think of, and, of course, with some spicy elements in it.

In Seminyak, precisely on Jalan Raya Petitenget, Jemme Restaurant has prepared special meats for Wednesdays and Sundays. The Roast Beef is served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, creamy cauliflower cheese, green peas and baby carrots, sautéed green beans and roast almond, roast beetroot and cabbage, crunchy creamy leeks with bacon and horseradish sauce. If you are a fan of pork, you can try the Roast Pork, consists of crackling, roast potatoes, creamy cauliflower cheese, green peas and baby carrots, sautéed green beans and roast almond, roast beetroot and cabbage, crunchy creamy leeks with bacon and apple sauce. This delectable Wednesday & Sunday Roasts have a reputation on the island, and therefore an advanced booking is advised on these days.

Not far from Jemme, Frestro offers the premium international cuisine, crafted with passion, presented in high-quality style with the island’s spirit. While Jemme serves roast beef or pork, this artisan gourmet cuisine restaurant has Roasted free range half chicken that comes with Mizuna, confit vegetables and rosemary juice. Opening until late hour, you can have a great time with good food and drinks.

A bit of walking effort to Jalan Batu Beliq will take you to Hog Wild with Chef Bruno. The inconsistency in using the brand name doesn’t change the fact that it is still dubbed as the best ribs in Bali. Legendary with its rack of barbecued pork spare ribs, or known as ‘Wicked Ribs’, this is a street-style smoky barbecue eatery. So, wipe away the image of a typical chic and stylish Seminyak restaurant. Chef Bruno is a magician when he is working on a slab of ribs. The succulent rib meat smoothly falls off right to the bone, covered in an additively sticky BBQ sauce with enough amount of burning on the outside to give the ribs a delightful smoky flavour.

If you want to have all kind of meet in one plate, you can consider Romeos Bar & Grillery for dinner. Situated in one of Legian’s hippest boutique hotels, this restaurant offers a-top-quality-gastronomic-cuisine experience with dynamic street-front views. Adding more culinary value to the tourists in Legian, this is one of the hotspots to meet up or unwind while enjoying a plate full of meat. A combination of Ribs eye, Pork Ribs, Sausage, Chicken Wings and Lamb Chop comes in a single plate with tasty sauces and side dishes. As their philosophy, Romeos serves with hearty fare and never lets anyone leave hungry! They are, indeed!

Enough with the meat! Now, seafood lovers can have a serious dinner treat in The Seminyak Beach Resort & Spa. Among many restaurants inside the property, Sanje Beach Front Restaurant stands out as the best one for a fancy dinner. Featuring ocean views in the glamorous spot of Seminyak Beach, you can go for an elegant sunset by the pool before dinnertime. Lay cosy on the lounge chairs and get yourself excited to watch live performance DJ tries to build up a cool vibe to the place. Serving grilled seafood, fresh from the great Indian Ocean to your table, and a large selection of light Mediterranean Cuisine, as well as a multiple course meal, Sanje will please any appetite and make one breezy afternoon notable.

Still around Seminyak, Alila Seminyak’s restaurant offers bistro-style setting of communal tables fronted by ocean views. The dinner setting takes place in the open kitchen, featuring an Asian Noodle Bar and a Grill & Rotisserie, presenting adventures into authentic and favourite flavours to anyone. The Chef’s Table introduces a new 5-course culinary journey through a unique Western gastronomic experience deliciously paired with a selection of creative cocktails. You can expect the freshest seasonal ingredients and local produce combined with perfectly complementing cocktails to create a distinctive and memorable experience.

Going the same line with Alila Seminyak that introduces its new culinary journey, The Restaurant at The Legian Bali is proudly presented the ‘Discovery Menu’. This dinner menu is a collection of the Executive Chef, Luke Macleod’s signature dishes, pared down to its quintessential elements in the pursuit of balancing simplicity and complexity using the fresh and local ingredients. You are about to be pampered with a six-course degustation menu accompanied by Wine Spectator’s award winning list. The dining place is spacious, opens out onto a poolside terrace and facing to the shimmering Indian Ocean.

Now, moving on to Sanur. This area has long been known for its beautiful sunrise, white sandy beach and iconic rock jetty along the shore. But not many know that the beachfront is also sparked with some of the most exquisite dining options in Bali. Nestled conveniently at Segara Village beachfront, Byrdhouse Beach Club is the first beach club in Sanur, providing diversified selection of international cuisine and vivid cocktails. With a semi-al fresco dining venue, the beach club orchestrates three different kitchens with distinguished dining area and menu specialties

In Ubud, Kubu brings you a fine Mediterranean-European cuisine in a tropical breeze and intimate space of private cocoons overlooking the Ayung river. One of Kubu’s highlight is their Tuna Crudo served with burrata pugliese, smoked lettuce and tomato essence. The Executive Chef, Maurizio Bombini, created this excellent dish to remind him of his hometown Apulia, in Italy. The main ingredients are the Yellow Fin tuna & Burrata cheese – one of Italy’s greatest cheeses but made in Bali by an Italian cheese maker, which remains as his preferred fresh cheese up to this day. This dish is also known as Italian Sashimi. The tuna is served raw, or ‘crudo’ in Italian, and it is seasoned with some orange essence. The burrata is served just as is, giving a slight acidity to the tuna. The sweet taste comes from the onion confit and tomato, and a slight bitter touch from the smoked lettuce. Tuna Crudo is best to serve as a fresh dish, light and easy. It is a perfect selection for the hot/humid weather of Bali, while at the same time keeping the Mediterranean flavour as the main concept of the dish.