You may think going gluten-free is just another health fad, but it is actually a crucial dietary need for some some with coeliac disease. With this wheat allergy and gluten intolerance, one can have an immune reaction that leads to skin rash, irritable bowl, and or anemia.
But maintaining a gluten-free diet can feel pressuring, especially on a holiday. The good news is, you get to keep those worries at bay while vacationing in Bali as more and more restaurants readily and easily offer gluten-free options and products.
Here are eight restaurants offering gluten intolerant travellers from all parts of the world.
1. Seaside Restaurant
Located at the Seaside Suites at Legian beach, this beachfront restaurant promises you an incredible gluten-free dining experience with the vibrant sunset as your view. They provide a separate gluten-free menu with a wide array of delish options such as quinoa pasta, pizza, asparagus soup, roasted tuna and many more, including gluten-free desserts. On top of that, Seaside restaurant tests each dish from the gluten-free menu before it is served to ensure that no traces of contamination are found in the food.
Seaside Restaurant| Jl. Pantai Arjuna No.18, Double Six Beach, Legian| Contact: +62361 737 140
2. Bali Buda
Starting from humble beginnings with just a health shop and a café in 1994, Bali Buda has now been serving delicious wholesome, organic and gluten-free foods in a total of four outlets around the island, including Ubud, for over two decades. Everything here is homemade and cooked fresh daily using only organic and sustainable products. At Bali Buda, you get to experience wholesome gluten-free goodness from different cuisines at its best, from freshly baked gluten-free breads and muffins to eggplant almond enchiladas, cassava flour pancakes, gourmet burgers, Spanish potato pie and so much more.
Bali Buda| Ubud +62 361 976 324 • Sanur +62 361 288 732 • Bukit +62 361 701 980 • Kerobokan +62 361 8445 935 • Munggu +62 887 3808 763
Since opening its doors in 2012, Watercress Café is known to be one of the best health-conscious and organic cafes in Bali, serving hearty and healthy menu along with great coffee in two of its outlets – Kerobokan and Ubud. They offer a separate menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner, while most of their gluten-free dishes are available for dinner. Some of the unique gluten-free dishes they serve include crispy pork belly with cauliflower cream and salsa verde, pesto zucchini pasta and green seafood curry. They also provide freshly baked gluten-free cakes and breads.
Watercress| Kerobokan, Ubud, | Contact: +62 851 0280 8030
Housed in a 150 year-old teak Joglo house from East Java is an antique shop revamped to an incredible restaurant that serves traditional and modern Indonesian food. Along with a regular menu, they have a section dedicated to gluten-free options with plenty to choose from salads up to sweet treats. On top of that, Biku is the only restaurant in Bali that offers gluten-free high tea, so you could just as easily enjoy an afternoon tea with baked goods just as anyone else. The owners have a high understanding of avoiding cross contamination, thus all gluten-free dishes and/or products are prepared and stored separately from regular ones.
Biku| Jl Petitenget No.888 Seminyak, Kerobokan| Contact: +62851 0057 0888
5. Mama San
Here’s some good news for gluten-intolerant peeps craving for some tantalising Asian delights because Mama San, a popular fine dining restaurant in Seminyak, has got you covered! Not only do they have a separate gluten-free menu, they also have a chef appointed specially to cook dishes for guests with serious allergies and intolerances such as coeliac disease. Some of their best dishes include Laksa with shredded shrimp and chicken crispy tofu, Thai fish cake, salt and pepper squid and Indonesian curry, amongst many more. Be sure to make a reservation in advance to avoid having to queue for a table in this busy joint.
Mama San| Jl. Raya Kerobokan No.135, Kerobokan| Contact: 62 813 3942 3033
Here comes another great option for gluten-free Asian food lovers, providing you the best of Cambodian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Indonesian dishes, under one roof. Think – slow cooked short rib beef with kikil black nut, crispy chicken tangkap cooked with green chili, curry leaves and pandan leaves, slow cooked lamb curry with coriander, cumin, lemongrass and curry leaves, as well as crispy chili cassava, to name a few. While they offer a dedicated gluten-free menu, many of the regular dishes can also be modified to gluten-free. This award-winning restaurant also focuses on locally sourced produce from eco-friendly farmers.
Sarong| Jl. Petitenget No.19x, Kerobokan| Contact: +62812 3634 3386
7. Oka’s Bakery
One of the biggest craving that’s super difficult to satisfy for a gluten-free individual is bread, especially at foreign places. Well, Oka’s Bakery is here to satisfy those craving. From gluten-free loaves to muffins you can get all kinds of freshly baked, gluten-free goodies here.
Oka’s Bakery| Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong Street No. 27A, Canggu| Contact: +62 361 844 5357
8. Monsieur Spoon
This place is a dream come true for sweet tooth, gluten-free folks. This French Patisserie is famous for their wide range of mouthwatering desserts, sweets and candies, as well as high-quality handmade French pastries, cakes, artisan bread and savouries – with a sizeable range for all things gluten-free. Some of their must tries include the raspberry and almond tart and apple crumble with red berries. You could get your dessert fix in either one of their six outlets across the island – Canggu, Petitinget, Seminyak, Pererenan, Umalas and Ubud.
Monsieur Spoon| Contact: +62 878 6280 8859