Bali is home to some of the best cafes and restaurants in the world. I should know. After all, I spent one full day checking out some of the island’s popular spots in Seminyak and Canggu. One thing though that doesn’t really come to mind when I think of Bali is fine dining. Bali, to me, is all about the relaxed atmosphere. So when Opia Bali invited me, my husband and my best friend to experience their dinner menu for my birthday, I was super excited and also curious to see how this dining destination is fitting in with Bali’s island vibes.
Nestled among some of the finest hotels in Bali, the restaurant is situated on a hilltop overlooking Jimbaran bay. Getting there was a bit of a drive from Seminyak but only because of the traffic caused by the construction near the airport. After getting past the chaos, we found ourselves in the quieter side of Bali, beyond relieved we made it just in time before sunset. The more we drove uphill, the calmer it got. It was refreshing to hear nothing but the leaves rustling in the wind.
We walked inside through the double doors, which opened up to a bright and modern lobby. I love how they kept the decor to a minimum but still having a touch of Balinese design. We were greeted by a staff member who then made us some delicious mocktails. With drinks in hand, we went on a small tour of the property with the lovely Patricia, the manager of Opia Bali.
The Wedding Venue:
What I love about Opia is that it doubles as a wedding venue complete with a quaint glass chapel, a gorgeous open aisle and spacious bride and groom dressing rooms. If I had a destination wedding, I could see myself doing it here. Everything was so well kept and the attention to detail is just amazing. My favorite part is the aisle leading up to the chapel that is surrounded by a large garden pool. Check me out just casually twirling away. 🙂
One piece swimsuit worn as top from: Summersalt
Skirt from: Morning Lavender
As if the wedding venue wasn’t beautiful enough, the restaurant was quite the stunner as well! I’m obsessed with the twinkling lights they have stretched out across the whole restaurant. They sure know how to set the mood! Before we made our way to our table, we couldn’t help but gape over the sweeping views of Jimbaran below. There really is no shortage of beautiful photo spots in Opia. As you can already tell from my photos.
The first order of business, selecting our drinks. Of course we had to go for the fun drinks with the coolest names: Green Lantern, Furious Fairy and The Hulk. I tried all of them and they were all so yummy! After guzzling down our drinks, we were more than ready to sample the dinner menu. And since we were feeling a little adventurous that night, we asked Patricia to order our food for us and I must say she has some major skills because we devoured everything she selected for us.
For starters we had crackers and canape with a side of rice paper rolls. Shortly after that the appetizers arrived and they were absolutely delicious! The Beef Rendang Dumplings made with slow cooked beef in coconut lemongrass and balinese sauce were very tasty but I have to say my favorite out of the two would be the Homemade Pork Buns. I couldn’t get enough of it that I may or may not have stolen some from my husband’s plate. Oops!
Counter clockwise: The Hulk, Furious Fairy and Green Lantern
Beef rendang dumplings & Homemade pork buns
Just as we were finishing our appetizers, the main dishes arrived one by one. Our main dishes consisted of Opia Pork Belly (crackly pork belly, sesame glaze, tempeh fennel salad, shimoji mushrooms and house made bbq sauce), Black Pasta & Crab (homemade black pasta, whole crab, mixed seafood in fragrant pesto parmesan sauce) and Nasi Campur Opia (organic rice, egg balado, minced fish satay, shredded chicken, fried peanuts, balinese salad, candied tempeh and prawn crackers) – all three were absolutely delectable! If you know me well, I love me some pork belly but surprisingly the black pasta was my favorite out of the three. It was unique and had rich flavors that I’ve never tasted before.
We were so stuffed after eating all the food that we forgot about dessert! I wasn’t able to take pictures of the Ubud Coconut & Pandan Crepe and Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream because we quickly consumed them without any hesitation. But I can definitely assure you guys that both were utterly delicious!
I know casual and fine dining doesn’t really go hand in hand but what I like about Opia Bali is how they seamlessly brought the two together. They have the ambiance and menu that comes with a fine dining restaurant but at the same time, it felt very relaxed. Thank you Opia Bali for a wonderful evening, dining under the stars. We had such an incredible time! The views were spectacular, the food was delicious and the ambiance was perfect. It really is the ideal setting for a romantic dinner, private event or even just a casual hang with friends and family. Make sure you guys check them out when you visit Bali.
Disclaimer: We were hosted by Opia Bali in exchange for a review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are honest and of course, my own.
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