The dining scene in Legian is a vibrant and ever changing one and arguably offers just as much variety as Kuta. There is plenty of choice in every price range, however you will be hard pushed to find the very bottom end prices that Kuta dining is famous for. Most places offer a broad menu of Western favourites, typical Indonesian dishes and perhaps a few Thai, Mexican and Chinese options.
Many Legian restaurants have live bands or Balinese dances in the evening. There is a huge Australian contingent in Legian, both visiting families and expat restaurant owners and many places cater for this with Aussie style BBQ nights. Elegant dining galore can be found in Legian Village while along the seafront at Blue Ocean beach are several trendy lounges which are always packed out in the early evening.
The very finest gourmet dining establishments are attached to Legian’s five star beach resorts, which typically offer glorious views and exquisite–if a little pricey–Mediterranean and modern Asian menus. Just like Kuta, you can simply stroll around Legian village looking for the perfect place to eat as there is bound to be a dozen or more restaurants and cafes on every street.
Recommended Legian restaurants
This cozy Legian restaurant has a pleasant family-friendly atmosphere and serves up home-cooked Indonesian and Western classics. The Balinese-Swedish owners are keen to make every guest feel welcome and the food is delicious as well.
Award winning design coupled with exquisite Asian fusion cuisine makes an unbeatable combination for discerning Legian diners. Service is top class and there is an impressive list of wines. A perfect spot for a romantic tryst.
Gosha Bar and Restaurant
Not the most enticing place on first appearance but this huge hangar-like restaurant is packed nightly on the strength of its sumptuous seafood barbecues which attract holidaymakers from all around the island. Tuck in to grilled marlin steaks, calamari and chili crabs among an extensive range of fishy delights. The atmosphere is full of hustle and bustle and there is often a long wait for a table in high season.
Poser’s Pub and Restaurant
An English style gastro-pub experience with hearty steak pies, gourmet sandwiches and even sauerkraut and schnitzel. It is a fairly lively expat hangout too with a well stocked bar and chatty bar staff. Excellent value dining in an intimate atmosphere. website: www.sendokbali.com.
With plain whitewashed walls and plastic seating, this forever popular budget café was never going to win any design awards. The food, however, is excellent and features spicy Javanese curries, saté and a few tasty Western dishes at ridiculously low prices for Legian standards. For many years the undisputed king of budget dining in Legian.
A long established designer bar and beachfront lounge with a loyal following among trendy locals and expats. Great pasta, chilled out DJ sounds and cool ocean breezes are the perfect cocktail for a memorable night out. The ideal place for a spot of nonchalant people watching while dining under a starry sky. website: www.zanzibarbali.com.