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Luxury Escapes, TV show
The first episode of the new Luxury Escapes TV show featured Penelope and Bali Asli.
There are 3 clips you may like to view just click on the links:
At Bali Asli
The Vespa Adventure
The Trip to the Temple and picnic lunch
Review Jan 2017 in Swedish press for all our Swedish language friends
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Culture Trip Review December 2016
From the culinary treats of Ubud to the high-class resorts of Jimbaran Bay, Bali is a foodie haven which can surprise even veteran travellers. The island’s thriving restaurant scene embodies the best elements of Balinese culture – Indonesian traditions, Western and Australian influences and an endless party atmosphere, whilst using the fruits of this tropical paradise to create unique culinary creations. Here are 10 of the best restaurants you should visit when in town.
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Destinations Magazine October 2016
Bali Asli a Taste of the Real Bali
We do not speak the same language, but the genuine warmth radiating from the older woman’s wide, open smile, reaching upwards to the corners of her eyes, requires no translation.
We cannot help but beam back. The smiles stay on our faces as we leave this traditional Balinese compound home and follow Penelope Williams, executive chef and owner of Bali Asli, on the rest of our trek through the village, Gelumpang, that neighbours her cooking school and restaurant.
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Bali and Beyond Review October 2016
ALILA VILLAS Uluwatu
A day trip to Bali’s lush hinterland is always a good idea, especially when a tasty meal and scenic views are involved. And so we find ourselves at Bali Asli, in the north-east of the island, not far from the evocative water palace of Tirta Gangga. With a stunning setting high on a ridge, we are treated to an idyllic tropical panorama while enjoying a feast of authentic Balinese food. Picturesque rice paddies and thick tropical forests spread out before us, ducks waddle around the fields, cows rest in the shade of papaya groves, and Mount Agung makes a majestic backdrop.
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Treasured Island: Bali
From almost any vantage point along the east-coast of Karangasem, the towering profile of Bali’s largest volcano is visible, looming imperiously over the surrounding rice terraces.
Back in 1985 when I last visited Bali as a young backpacker, it was on the cusp of change. The tranquil cultural centre of Ubud was little more than a single street with a few shops and even fewer cars.
The beach resort area of Kuta, although a hotspot for travellers, felt like a small village.
Today, those centres are awash with luxury hotels, villas and boutique shops, and the roads are often gridlocked. Even though I’ve changed too, I can’t help wondering: whatever happened to the Bali of yesteryear?
Thankfully, the answer is that it’s still there. The east-coast Karangasem area has hardly been touched, mainly due to the narrow, mountainous roads impassable for big coaches, and the black volcanic sand beaches that put off many sun-seeking tourists.
Read the full review about the Real Bali in Karangasem Regency
A restaurant and cooking school surrounded by green, green and more green.
“On-site produce, traditional cooking techniques (woodfire) and deliciously authentic Balinese cuisine.
With a name (asli) that literally means to create something authentically Balinese, I knew that I was in for a real treat when visiting Penelope’s slice of heaven”.
Read the full review on her site right here
It’s also featured in Part Three of her Bali guide.
BaliAsli goes International!
Bali Asli visitors and guests come from literally all over the world and not least of all from the Netherlands.
This article just shows how international Bali Asli is and was spotted in a Dutch newspaper by a
friend of Bali Asli.
It says, “Bali Asli is a wonderful restaurant and the host, Penelope Williams, is very friendly”.
“Expat Restaurateurs in Asia, Penelope Williams from Mosman NSW”
On TripAdvisor you can read hundreds of rave reviews about Bali Asli and their cheerful executive chef Penelope Williams. Among the few critics is an expat who has lived in Bali for several years. She describes the restaurant as a place for naive tourists and her advice is to get far less expensive but good Balinese food at a local warung. There’s no accounting for taste and it’s certainly not cheap, so why would you go to Bali Asli? Let’s find out!
Add a new life experience to your Bali bucket list
Join Penny’s cooking class and you could add a new life experience to your Bali bucket list, because you will not only learn
about Balinese cooking but also about the local way of life that makes Bali so special.
Plus the view from the restaurant is simply stunning!
Hirochan Group, February 2014
“Off the Beaten Track”
Jetstar Inflight Magazine, February 2014
Paradise Island: Bali’s 10 Best Cultural Restaurants
The Culture Trip, November 2013
From the culinary treats of Ubud to the high class resorts of Jimbaran Bay, Bali is a foodie haven which can surprise even veteran travellers. The island’s thriving restaurant scene embodies the best elements of Balinese culture; Indonesian traditions, Western and Australian influences and an endless party atmosphere, whilst using the fruits of this tropical paradise to create unique culinary creations.
THE BUD Magazine Bali
Tucked away in the highlands of east Bali is a scenic gem that is
conserving the Balinese culinary tradition. Text: Stephanie Mee.
Photos: Lucky 8.
FOR over a year now, whispers have been circulating about an almost
mythical restaurant hidden in the foothills of Mount Agung halfway
between Candi Dasa and Amed. According to those in the know, the
views from the restaurant are unrivalled in Bali, the owner is a worldclass
chef with a CV that boasts some of the top restaurants in London
and Sydney, and the food is superbly fresh and authentically
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The Age 22 May 2013
Jl Raya Gelumpang
Gelumpang Village Amlapura Karangasem
NOTE: Open for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Take a detour before or after to see the fabulous Tirta Gangga, water palace built in 1946.
Bali’s top 10 secrets
www.smh.com.au 29 April 2013
Here are Bali’s top 10 secrets, as revealed in Bali Secrets from Deck of Secrets.
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Exploring East Bali by Danielle Rossetti
The highlight for many of us was the day we spent at Bali Asli with Australian chef Penny Williams, a former head chef at Alila Manggis. She now runs a small restaurant and cooking school with more amazing views of Mount Agung. Her classes are themed “A day in the life of…”. We did “A Balinese woman”, going with Penny to Amlapura market to help her buy supplies, and returning to make the daily temple offerings of flowers. Then we all made a selection of dishes that we ate for lunch, learning a lot about the history, culture and food of the island along the way. I highly recommend it and wish we could have gone back for another meal! The few days we stayed at Villa Gils felt longer, as everything flowed so well. Extensive emails with lists of ideas for activities were communicated before we left Singapore, and after a short chat to Wayan each morning, our days were filled with a balanced mix of day trips and a quiet dinner in the villa, or relaxing by the pool and more formal dinners out. I did feel quite envious of the Australian couple who lived permanently next door. We could see them each morning on their balcony, having breakfast to the sound of crashing waves while men shimmied up the trees to cut down branches and coconuts. There is so much more to explore there.
South China Morning Post October 2012
But you won’t find bumbu being used in most of the tourist restaurants around the island, warns our teacher, swiss chef Heinz von Holzen, who brushes off our guesses at what Bali’s indigenous dishes might be. Forget gado gado – mixed vegetables with peanut sauce, originally a Javanese dish. Nasi goreng and mie goreng – fried rice and fried noodles – are a Chinese import. And some form of satay, meat on a stick, is pretty much found in every major global cuisine.
Though as with many cuisines it’s about getting four flavours in the right balance – sweet, salty, sour and hot – Bali’s cuisine is different and if you don’t know what you’re looking for, how are you going to find it? A cooking class is a good first foray into the world of fresh spices that Balinese food blooms from.