Bridges Bali is one of Ubud’s most famous and scenic dining spots, overlooking the Campuhan River. As one of the best restaurants in Ubud, the multiple-level venue features a dedicated wine bar upfront, and inside you will enjoy a cosy and elegant setting with spaces that also double as an art gallery featuring regular painting, sculpture and artistic photographic exhibits. Bridges Bali serves casual lunches and romantic candlelit dinners with Asian and Western delicacies. There are many seating options, and although you will find romantic settings throughout, most lovebirds will fall for the few smaller nooks at the corners of the upper dining hall, which offer intimate spaces and unique viewpoints over the valley. These mezzanine-like corners also overlook most of the terrace and the other open candlelit tables. Must-tries include pan-fried barramundi, and preludes to the meals include a small amuse bouche topped with pungent blue cheese mousse and slice of prosciutto.
The restaurant is in traditional Balinese style, with intricately carved wooden doors and sandstone wall borders. European touches are apparent in the large standing lampposts placed at various points throughout its dining spaces. The surrounding walls are lined with artwork from current exhibitions, such as photography depicting traditional Balinese life and costumed dancers by Ubud resident photographer Jayesh Madhoo, together with traditional wooden masks by Balinese craftsman, I Wayan Muka.
There are two ways in. First is the main entrance that leads you straight towards the casual dining room, where a central spiralling stairway takes you to the upper fine dining level with higher valley views. The second takes you into the Divine Wine Bar and Shop. Divine is either where you start or end your culinary journey, and where wine connoisseurs can enjoy a vast collection of fine French and New World wines every evening, especially during their wine tasting and canapé ‘divine hour’ from 16:00 to 19:00.