The NOW! Bali Best Restaurant, Bar & Café Awards 2017 came to an official close at the competition’s official Gala Night on Thursday, 5 October 2017. The winners of this 2-month long online campaign were finally announced, setting the new title holders for Bali’s best dining establishments in the coming year.
Started over 4 years ago, the Bali Best Restaurant Bar & Café Awards (BRBCA) was launched to fill a large gap; the island’s restaurant and bar scene was growing quickly with no one singling out the best of them in a fair, transparent manner. So we at NOW! Bali launched an open platform allowing any legitimate restaurant to join and any guest or diner to vote freely for their favourite establishments – this is to avoid any bias in the resulsts, leaving real guests to decide. Now matured, the awards are a trusted source, both for the industry and consumers. The awards are split into three sections:
The Readers Choice Awards is an online competition (best.nowbali.co.id) where venues register in specific categories (e.g. Best Café, Best Fine Dining Restaurant, Best Sports Bar, etc) and fight to win the votes of guests and diners.
The Editor’s Choice Awards sees NOW! Bali Magazine’s editor handpick 6 venues noted for unique traits and triumphs that patrons will love or find particularly interesting.
Finally, the Industry Choice Awards, where 100 selected food and beverage experts and professionals choose for their top 3 venues in Bali. Results are then weighted (first choice, 3 points; second choice, 2 points; third choice 1 point) and the venue with the largest amount of points wins, with first, second and third place being announced.
This year, both the Bali and Jakarta BRBCA competitions had the strong support of American Express, dubbed the official card of the BRBCA. With that, in Bali 175 establishments joined the Readers Choice Awards, competing in one of 18 different titles/categories. The campaign garnered over 70,000 live votes and over 1,000,000 page views on the voting website. It was an electric race to the finish.
New in 2017 are the Sustainable Restaurant Awards, this is NOW! Bali’s initiative to reward venues making a conscious effort in creating a business that is environmentally friendly – a growing need on the island. For this, we partnered with 2 eco companies, Avani and Eco-Bali Recycling, to give their professional input.
The Gala Night
The BRBCA always ends in a glamorous Gala Night, where the winners are announced on stage during a full night of food, drinks and entertainment.
This year’s Gala Night was held at the Mangupura Hall of the Bali International Convention Centre, hosting 270 prestigious guests from Bali’s food and beverage community. Warm welcomes were given by NOW! Publisher, Mr. Alistair Speirs; the General Manager of the Westin Resort Nus Dua, Mr. Bipan Kapur; and guest presenter for the evening, Mrs. Wina Bisset, a celebrated Indonesian cookbook writer based out of Jakarta. Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner prepared by resident Executive Chef Manoj Rawat, and many libations from Stark Beer, Plaga Wine, Emporium Gin, Iceland Vodka and a special Nitro Martini from Bootstrap Coffee.
Of course the focus of the evening was the announcement of the winners and runners up, who received their distinguished trophy plates, made by leading tableware company Royal Doulton. Between awards and dinner, guests enjoyed entertainment by the El Salvadore Band and a unique dance called “Mie and You”, an original piece by group Kita Poleng inspired by Indonesia’s “mie ayam”. The event could not have been possible without the support of Focus Productions and AVB Media.
To finish, NOW! Publisher Mr. Alistair Speirs announced the start of a brand new platform called NOW! Eat, a directory of Bali’s top restaurants, which he informed all guests that everyone’s businesses would be invited to take part in this new online venture. Thus, another year of the Bali Best Restaurant Bar and Café Awards finishes, before the campaign begins again next July 2018 for winners to hold their titles and newcomers to fight up the Bali F&B ladder.
THE WINNERS OF BALI BRBCA 2017 ARE AS FOLLOWS:
All results can be seen www.best.nowbali.co.id with full addresses and contact numbers
BEST FINE DINING RESTAURANT
1st Kubu Restaurant
2nd Restaurant : Kayuputi Restaurant
3rd Copper Kitchen & Bar
BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT
3rd SIP Wine Bar
BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT
1st : Cucina
2nd Prego Italian Restaurant
3rd Da Maria
BEST SPANISH RESTAURANT
1st La Finca
2nd Breezes Tapas Lounge and Bar
3rd Velada Tapas Bar & Kitchen
BEST MEDITERRANEAN RESTAURANT
2nd The Pool Cafe & Bar
3rd Sands Restaurant
BEST MEXICAN AND LATIN RESTAURANT
1st Unique Rooftop Bar & Restaurant
2nd What the Truck!
3rd Motel Mexico
BEST INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT
1st Tamarind Mediterranean Brasserie
2nd The Restaurant
3rd Sateria Beachside Restaurant
BEST PAN-ASIAN RESTAURANT
1st Kwee Zeen
2ndThe Tao Bali
3rd Ginger Moon Canteen
BEST BALINESE/INDONESIAN RESTAURANT
1st Bale Agung
2nd Raja’s Balinese Restaurant
3rd Bejana Indonesian Restaurant
BEST JAPANESE RESTAURANT
1st Ji at Bale Sutra & Ji Terrace by the Beach
2nd One Eyed Jack Bali
3rd Hamabe Japanese Restaurant
BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT
1st Ah Yat Abalone & Seafood Restaurant
2nd Chopstick Chinese Restaurant
BEST INDIAN RESTAURANT
1st Queen’s of India
2nd Queen’s Tandoor
BEST STEAK AND GRILL RESTAURANT
1st Wahaha Restaurant
3rd Hog Wild with Chef Bruno
1st Kafe Ubud
3rd Herb Library by Alaya Resort Jembawan
BEST BEACH CLUB
1st Sakala Beach Club
2nd Sunset On Seminyak (S.O.S), Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort
3rd S.K.A.I. Beach Club, Padma Resort Legian
1st The Harbour Cook & Brew
2nd Folk Pool & Gardens
3rd Mövenpick Café
BEST COCKTAIL AND WINE LOUNGE
1st Above Rooftop, Lounge & Bar
2nd The 18th Rooftop Bar
3rd Frestro & Bar
BEST PUB AND SPORTS BAR
1st Nu Lazer
2nd The Best Brew
CASCADES RESTAURANT Viceroy Bali – Outstanding Kitchen Collaboration
RU YI CHINESE RESTAURANT Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa – Intimate Oriental Setting
THE SAYAN HOUSE Excellent Fusion
BLOW BAR BALI Original Concept
SUNDARA Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay – Inspiring Mixology
BIKINI RESTAURANT BALI Innovative Food Creation
MOST SUSTAINABLE RESTAURANT
SEASALT, Alila Seminyak Bali