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Bali’s Best Eats Awards Announced

FoodieS Magazine and AQUA Reflections proudly announced the Top 40 winners of the inaugural Bali’s Best Eats Awards at the Awards Gala on 29 November 2018 at Ayana Resort & Spa, Jimbaran, Bali

Recognizing the large manifestation of quality restaurants in Bali and the rise of a foodie-driven culture in locals and tourists alike, FoodieS Magazine together with the leading mineral water in the country, AQUA Reflections, expands the Best Eats concept and launched the first reputable search for world-class dining venues on the Island of Gods, Bali. Bali’s Best Eats Award provides an expert eye to inform local and international diners and travelers alike about the creative talents behind Bali’s lucrative culinary industry and inspire chefs and restaurateurs to continuously develop world-class dining experiences.

Encouraging A World-Class Dining Scene

Prominent international awards have taken on nearby cities like Bangkok, Seoul, and Singapore, giving chefs there a chance to bask in the international spotlight. It’s time for the hard working and aspiring local chefs in Bali to receive similar recognition.

Jed Doble, the Publisher of FoodieS Magazine said, “We wanted to create an award system not only as a guide for diners to choose the best dining venues in Bali but also to show visitors to Bali all the great work that chefs on the island have been doing and what truly sets one restaurant apart from another. Bali’s Best Eats Awards will encourage culinary creativity and excellence, drive the local scene to even greater heights and help ensure that every night is fully booked at the restaurants.”


Manifestation of “Reflections of You” in Culinary Industry

Reflections of You, a campaign by AQUA Reflections that continuously appreciates Indonesian inspirational figures who dedicate themselves in lifestyle, art, fashion, as well as culinary industry. Working together with FoodieS Magazine allows AQUA Reflections to give appreciation to culinary industry talents who are constantly progressing the industry by raising the quality of their offerings, actively stepping up industry standards, and being able to compete by international standards.

“We are taking a tangible step to show our commitment as AQUA Reflections in contributing to lift–up the standard in quality for Indonesia’s culinary industry through Bali’s Best Eats. In addition, we hope that Bali’s Best Eats will trigger more local culinary talents to keep on progressing and innovating to achieve excellence in the Bali culinary industry”, said Flora Tobing, AQUA Reflections Brand Manager.

Bali’s Best Eats Judging

Bali’s Best Eats has assembled a panel of reputable industry experts from diverse backgrounds and specialties, to ensure a credible, honest and ethical judging process. The judging panel included:

  • Yuda Bustara – Celebrity Chef
  • Janet de Neefe – Founder, Ubud Food Festival
  • Sandra Djohan – Chef & Hotelier
  • Jed Doble – Publisher, FoodieS Magazine
  • Guillaume Epinette – Sommelier & Hotelier
  • Pierre Lang – Gourmand and member Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Baillage Bali
  • Rinrin Marinka – Celebrity Chef
  • Corine Tap – President Director PT. Tirta Investama (Danone AQUA)
  • Simon Ward – Founder, Bali Food Safari

Restaurants were segmented and competed in one of three categories:
Fine Dining – venues making an illustrious effort in the pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement. Upscale Dining – venues going the extra mile to provide foodies with a smart, conceptual dining in an inviting ambience. Casual Dining – venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, lively and straightforward food and beverage experiences.

The establishments were judged on the following criteria:

50% – Cuisine, based on taste, creativity and execution

20% – Quality of service

20% – Drinks menu or wine list

10% – Interior design or character


Each judge can only vote for a restaurant if they had eaten at the restaurant in the last 12 months. All past visits to the restaurants were made without identifying themselves as part of the jury. Further, the award organizers, sponsors, short- listed restaurants and jury members kept the restaurant selection and deliberation process confidential before the awards night. They also certified that they had not been offered nor had they received any incentives as part of the judging process.


List of Winners:

Restaurant of the Year




Chef of the Year


Bar of the Year – Presented by Johnnie Walker



Fine Dining

Venues making an illustrious effort in their pursuit of perfection in taste, presentation, creativity, service and table arrangement.

  1. Blanco par Mandif
  2. CasCades
  3. CUCA
  4. Kayuputi
  5. Kubu
  6. Locavore
  7. Metis
  8. Mozaic
  9. Salon Bali
  10. Teatro Gastroteque


Upscale Dining 

Venues going the extra mile to provide Jakarta’s foodies with the best in smart dining, regardless of size.

  1. Above Eleven
  2. Barbacoa
  3. Bikini
  4. DaMaria
  5. Dava
  6. Hujan Locale
  7. Indigo
  8. Ji Terrace
  9. Kaum
  10. Kayu Bakar
  11. Kilo Kitchen
  12. MamaSan
  13. Manarai Beach House
  14. Merah Putih
  15. Nusantara
  16. Sake No Hana
  17. Sangsaka
  18. Seasalt
  19. Sundara
  20. The Sayan House


Casual Dining

Venues that rose above many other establishments, offering relaxed, livelier and straightforward food-and-beverage experiences.

  1. Biku
  2. BO$$ MAN
  3. Full Circle
  4. Ginger Moon
  5. Mason
  6. Sisterfields
  7. Soul on the Beach
  8. Tropicola
  9. Ulekan
  10. Watercress

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