Ku De Ta Restaurant Bar
Known to regulars as simply “Ku,” this chic restaurant, bar, and beach club has become an iconic landing strip for Bali’s jet set. Cinematic in size, and outfitted with surround-sound speakers (KDT sells its own wildly popular mixed CDs,) the club is centered around a U-shaped, architectonic, dark-slated indoor dining pavilion, where Mediterranean dishes like saffron risotto with prawns, squid with cherry tomatoes, and beef carpaccio with parmesan mousse are served at white-clad tables that face the lawn and reflecting pool. The seafood plate of crab, scallops on lemongrass, barramundi fillet, baby lobster, and jumbo prawns is enormous and perfect for sharing. Three bars and two alfresco dining areas allow for plenty of space for both midnight ramblers and logo-clad socialites, who come to toast yet another hedonistic day in paradise.
Tip: Breakfast at Ku is a perfect morning idle. Go early, grab a day bed built for three, and exit before the day crowd rolls in.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.