Jl. Uluwatu No.89, Jimbaran, Badung Regency, Bali, Indonesia
Embark on a culinary journey through the Indonesian archipelago at Balique, home to some of Bali’s most authentic Indonesian flavours. The restaurant invites guests to indulge in traditional taste sensations with a European touch.
Owners, Zohra Boukhari and Blaise Samoy, settled on the name in homage to their first Bali-born daughter, Balquisse. Given that the name is a French twist on the Indonesian term ‘balik’, meaning ‘to return,’ it’s a fitting moniker for a place you will want to come back to time and time again.
Zohra and Blaise have called Bali home for over 20 years and bring with them extensive international hospitality experience. Together, the pair have established restaurants, hotels, a furniture production company and have accomplished a multitude of award-winning interior design projects. Twenty years ago, their first assignment was opening the doors of a Kuta-based restaurant. Since then, the pair has been unstoppable. Their portfolio includes the BALQUISSE Heritage Hotel and multiple restaurants including Asam Garam and The Bistrot.
Zohra’s vision for Balique was brought to life in an Indonesian joglo – a traditional house – the perfect setting to enjoy authentic cuisine. Taking inspiration from the local seaside village of Jimbaran, the space features splashes of turquoise and antiques from around the archipelago as well as the glow of Zohra’s signature vintage lamps. Similarly, the menu pays tribute to the pair’s European background with a mix of Western and Balinese offerings.
When it comes to cuisine, you’re in the delicate hands of Head Chef, Ibu Made, who has lived in the area for more than 40 years and is renowned for producing some of the finest gourmet Indonesian food.
Every dish on the menu is created using fresh local ingredients, in line with Blaise and Zohra’s desire to support the surrounding communities and reduce their environmental impact. Seafood is bought from Jimbaran, while the vegetables are sourced from the island’s central mountains of Bedugul and fresh organic fruits purchased from local markets.
Upon visiting Balique, you’ll find it difficult to resist the ever-popular Rijsttafel – an Indonesian specialty that has been brought back to its roots by Ibu Made. Literally translated as ‘rice table,’ this meal is made up of a number of hearty side dishes that have an array of distinctly Indonesian textures and aromas. Try the Balinese classic nasi campur, or travel further afield by sampling the Middle Eastern-inspired marinated beef kebabs with tabbouleh and homemade harissa.
The fresh flavours of the cocktail list make a perfect accompaniment to any meal. Each and every drink is blended from slow-pressed juices, is free of refined sugars and packed with wonderful ingredients. Balique’s signature original mojito is created with freshly pressed sugar cane juice and fresh organic mint – the ideal refreshment to cut through the Balinese heat. If it’s wine that you’re after, the friendly waitstaff will be more than happy to help you pick a delicious drop from European, Chilean or Australian vineyards.
Balique combines a splendid selection of Balinese and Western elements in both its decor and menu to present a comprehensive fusion of cultures – perfect for both a Bali first timer or a seasoned visitor.