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Penelope Williams Masterclass at the UBUD food festival 28 April


25 Best Things to do in Bali Indonesia


As the most popular island in the entire Indonesian archipelago, Bali is full of surprises and besides the promise of sunshine and tropical waters a visit to Bali Asli in East Bali is a must.

Vacationidea has the full story.

Bali Rubbish SMH

Mount Agung Article Australian

Travelwire Asia
These days, there seems a growing awareness about local produce and a general curiosity among tourists about the regional foods of Indonesia.
There’s also hope in some of greater Bali’s operations and restaurants that plug local produce, promote sustainability and empower local communities along the way.
Bali Asli is one of those restaurants that serves only traditional East Balinese cuisine.
Read more at Travelwire Asia



Singapore Airline magazine says for a perfect photo opportunity visit Bali Asli
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“Bali: Food for the GODS”
There is more to Bali than sun, surf and shopping.
This article takes you on a culinary journey into the islands heartland to discover the real flavour of Bali.
Open PDF here to read the article


Flight Centre new Inspirations Magazine
Article on Bali Asli

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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

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




Bali Asli, a “Back to Roots” Epicurean Experience by Chef Penelope Williams
9 April 2016

The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu invites gourmands on a flavourful journey back to South Bali’s culinary roots hosted by guest chef in residence Penelope Williams, creator and Executive Chef of Bali Asli restaurant.

“Asli” means real, true and authentic, and it is the heart of Chef Penelope’s cooking. Her restaurant, Bali Asli, lies nestled in the foothills of sacred Mount Agung, in Gelumpang village, Karangasem regency, in northeast Bali, an inspiring environment surrounded by nothing but lush rice fields. Delivering “real culinary adventures”, Bali Asli promotes Balinese cuisine and culture, embracing the local community and paying homage to the amazing produce that is farmed, fished and foraged from the surrounding land and waters.

Penelope’s menus revolve around authentic Balinese food using a traditional Balinese-style kitchen featuring wood-fired, mud brick stoves that allow the real flavours of Bali to shine, particularly the flavours unique to Karangasem. Indeed, it is this region of Bali that has captured Penelope’s heart and inspired her on this culinary path.

Born in England, Penelope immigrated to Australia with her parents at the age of 7. After finishing high school in Australia, she travelled for six months though Southeast Asia, India and Nepal. She then headed to England where she became an apprentice chef at the Savoy Hotel, building up an invaluable foundation of skills.

Upon returning to Sydney four years later, Penelope continued her career in restaurants such as Bayswater Brasserie, Restaurant 41, The Boathouse, Bather’s Pavilion and Danks Street Depot. In 2007, she was sought out by Alila Manggis in East Bali, where her time as Executive Chef opened the door to a new chapter in her life and fuelled a newfound passion for authenticity, inspired by East Bali’s rich variety of fresh, natural produce. Bali Asli is the culmination of this passion, captivating guests with a slice of Bali that is a little out of the ordinary.

In Bali, food is very regional with many variations on a theme. Celebrating this variety, Penelope will tailor the Bali Asli concept to The Warung’s southern Bali setting. Join us on a journey of rediscovery as Chef Penelope enraptures you with original dishes unique to the areas of Uluwatu and Jimbaran that have become lost amid the influx of international flavours. Rediscover the beauty and vibrancy of southern Balinese cuisine in this enthralling dining experience. Secure your seat now!
For more information or reservations please email

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Authentically Asli

Hello Bali Magazine

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

Virgin Australia Travel

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.

Nadia Felsch visit to Bali Asli posted 18 November 2015

“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.