Indulgent beachfront dining in Bali
Soleil at The Mulia – Nusa Dua, Bali has all the right ingredients for a decadent yet leisurely dining experience. Known for its Mediterranean and pan-Asian delights and a particularly impressive Sunday brunch with free-flowing wine, this exquisite restaurant overlooking the white sand of Geger Beach in Bali is for those who prefer to have numerous options to sample and savor throughout their meal.
True to its name, Soleil fills its rich interior with the colors of the sun. Plush canary-yellow pillows fill the banquette seating and golden accents can be found throughout the dining room, from the wall decorations to the honeycomb-inspired placemats. Natural light pours in through the windows facing The Mulia’s iconic pool lined with towering statues of Balinese women carrying water (a symbol of well-being), while beyond lies white sand and the tranquil Indian Ocean.
In the evening, the diffused lighting, attentive service and sounds of Spanish guitar flowing from speakers make for a romantic and stylish dining experience ideal for couples or small and intimate groups. To match the sophisticated surroundings, patrons (who are a mix of both in-house and outside guests) are expected to dress in smart but casual attire.
While Soleil serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, its Sunday brunch is particularly notable due to the inherent quality of the products served, the elegant presentation and the value. Attention to detail is characteristic of The Mulia brand and this of course applies to Soleil, where every part of the tiered buffet display is so immaculately arranged that it seems almost a shame to disturb the order.
Help yourself to a superior selection that includes smoked salmon, foie gras mousse, cheeses, fresh oysters, tiny glass cups of Thai papaya salad and various other bite-sized Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai delights. At the same time, Soleil’s chefs prepare hand-passed delicacies served tableside as well as a small tasting menu brought to each table with a selection of signatures that complement the buffet. A table covered with mouthwatering cakes and pastries sits parallel to the savory options, and on top of that there is the à la carte menu. This is why it is best to enjoy Soleil at a leisurely pace.
Due to the popularity of the Bali restaurant’s Sunday brunch, a new weekend dinner program launched on Fridays and Saturdays. Similar to the brunch offer, the weekend dinners include a decadent buffet and the chef’s pass-around plates, followed by a first course of housemade pasta — two exquisite examples being hand-twisted fusilli with seven-hour pork rib or beef cheek ravioli — followed by a main course offering that includes Tuscan-style seafood stew and brasserie-style grilled Black Angus hanger steak with fourme d’ambert, the classic blue cheese from the Auvergne region in France.