There aren’t many Indonesian restaurants in Korea, but the few that do exist are out-of-this-world! Introducing Bali in Mangwon, Seoul, where you can enjoy authentic Indonesian food and atmosphere.
A Warm Welcome with Beach Décor
Along with the delicious smell of food cooking, you will instantly fall in love with the beach theme on entry. Palm fronds, straw lamps and wicker furniture makes you feel like you’re really eating on a beach in Bali!
This is certainly a great place to come for some free interior design ideas!
Also these wooden supports on the ceiling are decorated with some more hand-made lamps and sea shell decorations and this just adds a nice touch to the overall laid-back, beachy vibe that this restaurant has going on.
Menu and Drinks
Bali in Mangwon is a great place to come with friends as they offer a huge variety of food. You can order authentic Indonesian curries and noodles, or go for classic fried rice.
The drinks menu features fresh juices and Bali milkshakes. There’s also alcohol for those who’d like a tipple.
I went for the Indonesian lychee drink, a popular convenience store beverage in Indonesia. It was so refreshing and paired well with the food too!
Indonesian Food for the Seoul
I had the chicken on rice which was grilled to perfection. The meat was juicy and tender and fell right off the bone. Moreover, it was really clever of the chefs to place the chicken over the rice, as the meat juices trickled down into it. The bean sprout and lime salad was a contrasting, zesty accompaniment that was a match made in heaven.
The tropical leaves make a beautiful presentation, as well as infusing some aromatic flavours into the meat.
Their signature dish, the Nasi Goreng, is not to be missed. It is a classic fried rice dish with grilled chicken, fried garlic and topped with plenty of scallions and cilantro*. The red chili slices also give it a kick alongside the gooey yolk of a fried egg. It is comfort food at its finest.
** If you don’t like cilantro it is available without!
Bali in Mangwon is quite simply, the perfect place to enjoy good food with good people. The restaurant serves up unbeatable Indonesian food with authentic Balinese flavours. The staff were warm and friendly and the atmosphere was like a vacation.
Location and Getting There
Address: 67 Poeun-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul Operating Hours: 11:30am - 9:00pm Mon-Sat (breaktime: 3:00pm - 5:00pm), closed Sun
Via Subway: Mangwon Station (Line 6) Exit 2. Turn right and walk straight, taking the left once you reach the crossroads. Continue straight until you reach another crossroads, then turn right. Walk straight again until you see the GS25 and Bali in Mangwon is next door.
Via Bus: Take Bus no. 7011 to Seoseoul Nonghyup stop. Bali in Mangwon is next door to the GS25.