The Jakarta Post
The Maybank Bali Marathon (MBM) is getting closer. Whether you are a participant or a spectator, your tummy needs to be prepared. Bali may be a small island it does not lack in food options. As the top tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali has a wide variety of culinary selections. Here is where you can load carbs on each day of #MBM2018.
Enjoy pre-race carbo-loading meals at the Race Pack Collection (RPC), a beachside festival at Taman Bhawagan. There will be plenty of food merchants who will fuel up your gut. Indonesian cuisine that is heavy in carbs yet savory can be found at renowned vendors Nasi Tempong Indra, Taliwang Bersaudara and Arem-arem Semarang while pasta dishes are a staple of Warung Itali and Sand Beach Resto. For healthy smoothies, try TB Smoothies Bar and for frozen sorbet, Paletas Wey and Massimo Gelato have you covered. You can drink Prost beer or get your daily dose of coffee at the Pison Coffee booth.
After enjoying meals and beach vibes at RPC, the next day brings the long run.
Bali Safari and Marine Park (./.)
As in the previous year, Bali Safari and Marine Park is the official venue for the annual Bali Marathon. It is where the race starts and finishes. Runners will explore the Bali countryside, passing local residents who will cheer you on. Inside the Bali Safari and Marine Park, there is a unique fine-dining restaurant named the Tsavo Lion. It is the first African-themed restaurant in Asia that offers you an unforgettable dining experience; dine with lions! Indeed, the restaurant is located next to a lion exhibit, separated only by safety glass panels that extend to the restrooms. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, highlighting Balinese food such as tuna steak and crispy duck.
Another restaurant inside the race venue is Uma Restaurant– a spacious all-dining venue serving Asian and Western fusion in a buffet style.
How does one get to the race venue? If you are staying at MBM’s hotel hosts, they provide free shuttles to the venue. If you are staying far from the race venue, the best way to get there is to hire a local driver the day before.
If you are hungry after the run, you need a restaurant near the venue to rebuild your energy or to just hang out with your running buddies.
Wyndham Hotel (./.)
The Wyndham Hotel is located only 10 minutes by car from Bali Safari and Marine Park. It is not only the perfect location for you to relax, the food is outstanding. The Wyndam Hotel offers a taste of Bali with its signature dishes such as Tipat Kuah Klungkung or Sate Lilit. It also offers you a scenic beachside garden with unique Balinese architecture.
Other restaurants located close to the venue are Koko Bambu Restaurant, Yanies and Sareng-Sareng Restaurant. Use your Maybank credit card to get a discount of up to 20 percent. For more info, head to the website www.maybank.co.id/Bali.
On day three, the race day will have passed, but it very well may be that you still want to celebrate and try more Balinese cuisine. The following are some places where you can celebrate your accomplishments. Make sure you have your Maybank credit card at the ready for special deals.
Café Batu Jimbar
To chill in a relaxing environment, visit Café Batu Jimbar, a prominent restaurant in Sanur best known for Indonesian food and vegetarian or vegan-friendly options. Its home-made Gelato is to die for. Café Batu Jimbar is one of the Bali Marathon merchants, so make sure they know that you are a participant.
Hongkong Garden Restaurant
Located strategically on Bypass Ngurah Rai, only 20 minutes from Bali Safari and Marine Park, the restaurant is also one of the Bali Marathon’s merchants.
Pison Coffee (./.)
Seminyak is known for its unique and stylish restaurants. Pison Coffee, situated on Jl. Petitenget, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of Pison’s famous drinks is the Espresso Avocado, a affogato with a tropical touch. Its food is mostly Asian-Western fusion, such as crispy pork belly with fried basil.
L Hotel (./.)
Enjoy post-race celebrations with your marathon buddies at L Hotel Seminyak. The design of the hotel is chic and Instagrammable. Enjoy cocktails at the rooftop bar with a private butler or eat its delightful foods.
Biku in Seminyak
Biku Seminyak (./.)
Biku Seminyak on Jl. Petitenget has a wide selection of tea. Biku’s signatures include both western dishes and Indonesian classics such as nasi campur, which comes with rice and vegetables, spicy chicken or beef rending, satay lilit, tofu or tempe and chili sauce.
Another spot in Seminyak that you cannot miss out on is Chez Gado-Gado on Jl. Camplung Tanduk. It provides cocktails and tapas by the sea.