As with every tourist destination, there seems to be a routine pattern where restaurants come and go on a whim. Fortunate for some, very sad for others, it’s always good to know about a successful venue that’s been around for years.
Located in Kuta, one of the oldest and most popular restaurants in all of Bali is Poppies. For over 30 years, Poppies has been feeding tourists and local alike. During their years in business, they’ve expanded into two other restaurant ventures – while maintaining their quality of food and great service – the Kopi Pot in north Kuta and Strawberry Hill near Bedugul.
Offering a combination of international, Asian, and Indonesian cuisine, Poppies has been operating in Kuta since 1973. Everyone should try a world-famous Poppies Pina Colada while enjoying a meal of fresh seafood, shishkebabs, or the delicious Rijsttafel (rice table) sampler. Don’t miss out on the Black Rice Pudding for dessert. The Balinese decor, beautiful statues, and tropical foliage are worth a visit alone. And for internet users, Poppies offers free Wi-Fi from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. plus you can also book a table online. Poppies is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
The Kopi Pot, also located in Kuta, follows the Poppies philosophy of providing tasty food at a great price. A popular dish is satay lilit ayam consisting of spicy minced chicken and coconut served with white rice and vegetables. The Kopi Pot is open daily from 8:00a.m. until midnight.
Near the cool mountain lake of Bedugul, you’ll find the quaint Strawberry Hill restaurant which is a frequent stop for tourists and tour buses along the way to visit Ulu Danu Temple, the volcanic crater lakes, and the botanical gardens. While the air can be chilly at times, Strawberry Hill boasts itself by having “Bali’s only real log fire.” Strawberry Hill is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Another staple that’s been around for years is a condiment you’ll find on almost every restaurant table in Bali including those at Poppies, ABC Kecap Manis. This thick, sweet, Indonesian soy sauce is used the way we use ketchup in North America. It’s also probable that you just may find this in your carry-on before you leave the island.