Best 7 Japanese Restaurants in Bali

By Putri, 04.12.2023

The Japanese know their stuff when it comes to fine dining! Did you know that Tokyo holds the title of the city with the greatest number of Michelin restaurants? Well, now you know. The best chefs bring their secrets from the island to every corner of the world, and Bali is no exception. Now, everyone can enjoy the exquisite Japanese culture and traditions (and delicious food!) without flying to Japan.

Below, you will find the top 7 Japanese diners we have carefully selected and tested. These options will guide you in choosing the best recommendations for your dining plan!

Sushi, ramen and other Japanese food on the table

1. Hamabe by Westin Nusa Dua

Hamabe is a place to choose if you feel like joining a genuine Japanese feast. Are you in the mood for something deliciously Japanese? Then, you will definitely enjoy your dinner here, but warning: the place might leave you wanting more! The spot sets a high bar for every other Japanese restaurant nearby, and once you visit the place, you’ll understand why.

This wonderful dining experience can be found right in the heart of Bali’s culinary scene. The guests can choose from a fantastic variety of dishes, including the well-loved seafood (like sushi rolls and sashimi) to nourishing ramen noodles and less-known but not less tasty teppanyaki. You may wonder what makes this spot so special. Well, I think it’s all about the “open kitchen” concept, as visitors can watch how their meals are being cooked right in front of them. There are different stations, each responsible for its own dish. So, choose your delicious destination, untighten your seatbelts (so there is some space in your tummy) and get ready for exceptional food.

On top of amazing food options, Hamabe can also boast a terrific ocean view. Isn’t it a perfect setting for a romantic dinner or any other special occasion? It’s up to you to decide.

Details

💸Average price: US $25

⭐Reviews: 9/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, takeaways, delivery

🕙Opening hours: 11.30 am–late

📍Location: BTDC, Kawasan Pariwisata, Jl. Nusa Dua No. 3, Benoa, South Kuta, Bali 80363

✍🏽Bookings: https://www.hamabe-bali.com/

2. Nampu Nusa Dua

With its rural Izakaya vibes and rich contribution to the manicured gardens of Terrific Hyatt Bali in Nusa Dua, Nampu isn’t your commonplace Japanese eatery. Step into this upscale temple, and you have the choice of three distinctive eating experiences: dine beside the intelligent sushi bar within the primary eating room, sit front-row at the teppanyaki barbecue for a showy eight-course appearance of fire and Japanese flavours, or, on the off chance that you’re eating in a group, there are indeed private Tatami eating rooms that will suffice. Whichever you select, you’ll devour authentic Japanese dishes that remain genuine to the nation’s famous culinary conventions. All dishes are the work of the best food artisans, fastidiously arranged and served by gifted chefs. Begin with the Sashimi Moriawase platter, then move on to the charcoal-grilled Sumiyaki meat, and wrap up with the smooth tofu cheesecake.

The menu at Nampu is vast but not overwhelming, with new dishes being added each month to keep things interesting.

Details

💸Average price: US $20

⭐Reviews: 9/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, takeaways

🕙Opening hours: 07.00 am–10.00 pm

📍Location: Grand Hyatt Bali Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua BTDC, Benoa, South Kuta, Bali 80363

✍🏽Bookings: https://www.hyatt.com/

3. One-Eyed Jack

 

One-Eyed Jack is a Japanese izakaya and sake bar that is definitely a culinary underdog. Although its tasteful atmosphere implies a casual approach within a cool and vibey setting, make no mistake, One-Eyed Jack has wide appeal. The menu is the work of a Noma-trained chef, serving up a blend of conventional and cutting-edge combinations, like hot fish nibbles on firm rice with wealthy beads of eel sauce. Combine it with shochu and douse up the in-vogue moderate vibe of Japanese cuisine. Most people who have been eating at One-Eyed Jack will never get enough of one dish. It’s never enough!

Details

💸Average price: US $20

⭐Reviews: 9/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery

🕙Opening hours: 3.00 pm–late

📍Location: Jl. Pantai Berawa No. c89, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali

✍🏽Bookings: http://oneeyedjackbali.com/

4. Tyger Sushi Canggu

This is probably Bali’s most innovative sushi bar. It nestles in a hidden spot along Canggu; the area implies that you have to book a table in advance. All the dishes here are made by hand, and it’s the place to go for fresh ingredients, top-notch gyoza, delicious nori rolls and next-level sushi plates. Tradition and innovation blend here, but the finest possible dining experience is guaranteed. Music is great, too; with a great ambiance inside and out, it’s the perfect spot for lunch or dinner, whether you’re dining alone or with friends!

Though Tyger Sushi primarily specialises in well-known dishes, such as sashimi, nigiri, and maki, an extensive menu with plenty of options for vegetarians is also available. The place has 30+ hand rolls on offer, with recipes being carefully picked from around the world.

Details

💸Average price: US $40

⭐Reviews: 8/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, kerbside pick-up, delivery

🕙Opening hours: 11.00 am–late

📍Location: Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong No. 55, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali 80351

✍🏽Bookings: http://tygrsushi.com/

5. Ramen Dake

Ramen Dake is the most recent Japanese eatery to gain attention in Bali. Found in a fancy district of Seminyak, close to the Potato Head Beach Club, it offers a wide selection of ramen options at reasonable prices. Their specialty dish is Tantan Ramen, which are essentially spicy ramen noodles that are served with an assortment of toppings like spring onions, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, and other vegetables. You can likewise get some additional protein, such as chicken, pork or beef. Though the place is known for its ramen art, its menu includes some other common Japanese dishes like miso soup and edamame as well.

Even so, they’re best known for their ramen aesthetics because they use homemade noodles instead of the typical instant noodles found at many Japanese restaurants.

Additionally, they have a couple of different kinds of sake as well as a few alternative cocktails if you’re seeking a change to just beer or wine.

Details

💸Average price: US $15

⭐Reviews: 9/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, takeaway, delivery

🕙Opening hours: 11.00 am–late

📍Location: Jl. Bumbak No. 76, Kerobokan, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali 80361

✍🏽Bookings: 0811344641

6. Ji Terrace by the Sea

This beautiful restaurant and bar is ideally located on a cliff overlooking the ocean in Canggu. It’s a sophisticated Asian-fusion eatery with a boho-chic vibe.

The menu here is filled with simple, delicious dishes that make up the best Japanese cuisine in Bali. Try the signature Mythical Serpent of Ji sushi roll (a chopstick treat of fresh ebi tempura, smooth avocado cuts, and a velvety, somewhat hot sauce) and the perfectly burned Fish Tataki. You’ll also need to taste the smokin’ Coco Sexo (propelled by the volcanoes of Indonesia) and – our top pick – the Gin & Tea, consisting of Javanese tea and herb-infused gin.

The vibe here is chilled out yet social – you can come here alone or with friends and meet new people while sipping your drinks. The service is exceptional, too, so if you have any questions about your meal or want to know more about their menu offerings, just ask!

Details

💸Average price: US $25

⭐Reviews: 9/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, takeaway

🕙Opening hours: noon–late

📍Location: Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Bali 80361

✍🏽Bookings: http://www.jirestaurantbali.com/

7. Kenji Canggu

Menya Kenji is a Japanese restaurant in Canggu, Bali that specialises in ramen. The word menya means ‘noodle shop’, and the word Kenji can be translated to mean ‘soup’, which is precisely what you’ll get here.

The chefs at Menya Kenji know that the mystery of awesome ramen is in the broth, so obviously, the broth here is on another level. The group of chefs from Fukuoka whips up a signature chicken and pork broth in four diverse ramen varieties: the Kenji Signature Ramen, including their signature mix; the Curry Ramen, inspired by a conventional Japanese curry; the Dan Dan Men, for sample addicts; and the Kara Kara Men, which comes with a sample fish. Each bowl is topped off with a gooey, delicate, bubbled egg and all the yummy fixings.

Tip: This ramen eatery also serves as an Izakaya-inspired bar, serving cocktails utilising Balinese arak and also bar snacks like chicken karaage and gyozas. They also have an amazing Japanese ice cream variant that is worth trying. The most popular is red rice ice cream.

Details

💸Average price: US $40

⭐Reviews: 8/10

🚘Service: Dine-in, takeaway

🕙Opening hours: 11.00 am–late

📍Location: Jl. Pantai Berawa No. 13B, Tibubeneng, Kec. Kuta Utara, Bali 80361

✍🏽Bookings: 08119525857

Expert opinion

As a person who has been living in Bali for ten years and also grew up in a Japanese family, Bali did not disappoint me with the cuisine and desserts available from Japanese restaurants! In fact, it has blown my mind how the quality of the food is as close to authentic as what we have in Japan!

So, here are my three best selections of Japanese restaurants in Bali:

Ji Terrace by the Sea, Ramen Dake, Kenji.

My reasons for picking them as my favourites are the quality of the food and service, the level of freshness, the staff and prompt service, and the cleanliness. Their Japanese dessert is something that I cannot forget and I am always willing to come back!

Japan has a cold climate in comparison, so you will have a unique experience eating Japanese cuisine served on this beautiful island of Bali!

Putri tastes traditional Japanese food

Putri

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Date of Last Update: February 13, 2024