If you’re staying at a Bali resort and want to try the best Balinese food without leaving your room, you can use GrabFood and GoFood for food delivery. These two platforms make it easy to enjoy authentic Balinese cuisine from the comfort of your hotel. In this blog post, I’ll talk about the benefits of using food delivery services and recommend some great restaurants in the Nusa Dua area, where we are staying.
Why order delivery?
Ordering food delivery, especially when staying in a hotel, has many benefits. First, it’s convenient because you don’t have to leave your room or the hotel to eat. Second, it can be cheaper than dining out since many delivery services offer discounts and deals that restaurants don’t. Third, you can try different types of food. When you order delivery, you have more options and can choose from a variety of restaurants and cuisines, instead of being limited to what’s nearby.
GrabFood and GoFood
GrabFood (through Grab) and GoFood (through Gojek) are two well-known food delivery services in Bali. They have a large selection of restaurants to choose from and can deliver to most places in Nusa Dua. You can download their mobile apps, which work on both iOS and Android devices, to easily use their services.
Recommended restaurants in Nusa Dua
If you want to order food delivery in Bali, you have plenty of excellent choices available on both GrabFood and GoFood. The prices are typically reasonable, and the delivery fees are also affordable.
Here are the restaurants we ordered food delivery from during our week-long stay at Grand Hyatt Bali in Nusa Dua:
Warung Babi Guling Sari Dewi
This is one of the most famous places in Nusa Dua that serves babi guling, a Balinese roasted pig dish. We ordered two portions of babi guling with rice and eight satay sticks. The rice came with many side dishes like roasted pig skin, fried pork rind, pork meat, lawar, vegetables, and satay. We especially enjoyed the crispy pork rind, which was very addictive, and the pork meat, which had a lovely aroma due to the spices in the marinade. The chilli was very spicy, but overall, the dish had a lot of flavours and textures that made it enjoyable. If you go to Bali, you must try babi guling!
The satay was also delicious, with a smoky flavour, and each stick came with a piece of sinful yet delicious pork fat.
The Nasi Ayam Betutu had a strong lemongrass flavour that tasted a bit weird at first but gradually gave a more refreshing feel. The fried peanuts gave a good crunch, but the dish had too much rice and not enough ingredients. The keropok or prawn crackers made a sizzling sound when dipped in the sauce – must be freshly fried! We also tried the Gado Gado, which had a nutty and salty taste and was more saucy. It had the same ingredients as the Tipak Cantok but with cucumber. The Tipak Cantok had lontong, kangkong, beansprouts, and tau kwa and was like a drier version of the Gado Gado. We preferred this as it was less salty. The Tahu Tek had lontong, beansprouts, cucumbers, and fried omeletet that tasted like chye poh egg. Overall, the Gado Gado, Tipak Cantok, and Tahu Tek tasted very similar, so it may not be necessary to order all three dishes.
Warung Bebek Raja
The Bebek Goreng is a dish that resembles Ayam Penyet, but instead of using chicken, it is made with duck. The duck has crispy skin but tastes quite gamey. The chilli that comes with the dish is good, but overall, we still prefer an Ayam Penyet over Bebek Goreng. We wanted to order Ayam Bakar, but it was not available, so we followed the restaurant’s suggestion and replaced with Mie Udang instead. The shrimp noodles were well-seasoned and had crunchy shrimps. The Gurame Nyat-Nyat was surprisingly delicious, and although the fish was small, it was perfect for 1-2 people. The freshwater fish didn’t have a fishy or muddy taste and had flavourful meat. The sauce enhanced the taste with a refreshing flavour of galangal and lemongrass.
Mie Ayam Bakso Pak Doel
The Bakso Sapi consisted of normal-sized beef balls, one very big beef ball, glass noodles and instant noodles that resembled Indomie. The soup was flavourful, comforting, and not too salty. The Mie Ayam Bakso Sapi was a dish of dry noodles served with a side of soup, beef balls, shredded chicken meat, and vegetables. Before eating, we mixed everything together with the provided chili and kecap manis sauce. The noodles were soft but not soggy. The Mie Ayam Special was similar, but it came with chicken balls instead of beef balls. Overall, the beef balls tasted better due to their meatier flavour. By the way, the balls here were the squishy and dense kind, not the springy type.
Martabak Terang Bulan Siligita
We ordered one sweet and one savoury pancake from here. The Komplit Pandan had peanut, cheese, condensed milk, banana and chocolate rice. The mix of flavours was excellent, with a good balance of sweet, salty (likely from butter), nutty, and chocolatey tastes that went well together. The pancake itself was also very good, with a springy texture when bitten into. We also tried the Istimewah (Telor 3). The inside was very eggy, similar to an omelette, and the chicken was nicely seasoned. It was fried to perfection and tasted delicious when dipped into sweet chilli sauce. The portions were also generous.
Bubur Ayam Cirebon Teh Euis
Ordered food from here as I was craving for something hot, like porridge. The Bubur Ayam Komplit Special was really comforting, like something you would eat at home. The porridge was thick and not too wet, and it had lots of toppings, including braised chicken liver. We also had the Soto Ayam which had glass noodles, boiled eggs, shredded chicken, tomatoes, and lots of crunchy vegetables. When I added some lime to it, it tasted really refreshing. I was also surprised by the taste of the Somay Ayam and Somay Ikan, which were different from the Chinese version of siu mai. The chicken one was soft, meaty, and had a lot of flavour, while the fish one was a little fishy, like a steamed fish cake. Both had a similar texture and tasted good when paired with the thick and creamy peanut sauce.
Warung Nasi Jinggo Niangrai
Out of all the restaurants that we ordered delivery from, we liked this one the most because their Nasi Jinggo was really tasty. In fact, it was the best dish we’ve had so far in Bali. Nasi Jinggo is a ready-to-eat Balinese street food that comes in small portions. It’s similar to the pre-packed nasi lemak that we have in Singapore.
We ordered three different flavours of Nasi Jinggo – Ayam Plalah (fried chicken), Babi Kecap (pork braised in soy sauce), and Ayam Sambel Bongkot (chili chicken). They all came with the same side dishes, but the meat was different. There were thinly sliced tempeh, chillies, and rice vermicelli, and every bite was a burst of different flavours and textures in your mouth. We also ordered the Samsam Babi Crispy, which was super crispy and flavourful. It came with sambal matah with red onions. The portion size was a bit small and expensive for the number of pieces, but it was really delicious.
Babi Guling Bull007
We loved babi guling so much that we decided to try it from a different place. We ordered the Nasi Babi Guling Campur, which came with blood sausage. Unfortunately, there was a piece of black-coloured lung or liver that was too hard for me to bite into, but aside from that, the meat was really tasty. The pig skin was not as crispy as the one we had before, but it was still good when combined with the other side dishes. We also ordered an extra portion of Daging Babi Guling Campur, which was the same as the Nasi Babi Guling Campur but without rice, and it came with an extra stick of sate. The sate lilit was made of minced pork and it was quite nice. It was well-seasoned, had a meaty texture, but was slightly on the sweet side. Overall, it was a pretty good meal.
How to collect your order?
For security and privacy reasons, hotels generally do not allow delivery riders to bring orders directly to your hotel room. Furthermore, you may not want to reveal your room number to strangers.
At Grand Hyatt Bali, there is a designated area for GrabFood and GoFood riders to park their motorcycles so we opted to meet them there for convenience.
If you are unsure whether your hotel has a similar meeting point, you can check with the front desk to find out the usual procedure, such as meeting at the lobby. You just need to communicate the agreed-upon meeting point to the driver so that they know where to meet you.
In conclusion, my experience with GrabFood and GoFood for Bali food delivery was very convenient and satisfying. I enjoyed the wide variety of food options available for delivery, as well as the ease of placing orders through the mobile apps. The delivery process was also efficient, with the food arriving in a timely manner and still hot and fresh. Overall, I would highly recommend using these services for anyone looking for a convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy delicious food in Bali. 🙂