Red Gunpowder - Indian Restaurant in Bali

Red Gunpowder: Bali’s Best Indian Cuisine & Romantic Escape

Updated 29 Apr 2024

Imagine a world of vibrant curries, their aromas intoxicating as they simmer with fragrant spices. Tender tandoori chicken with a touch of char, pillowy naan dipped in creamy raita. This is the magic of Indian cuisine.

Bali, the enchanting Indonesian island paradise, has long been a magnet for tourists seeking pristine beaches, breathtaking landscapes, and a taste of peace. But among the serenity, a new craving is rising in recent times – the desire for authentic Indian food. With a growing number of Indian visitors and adventurous palates, the demand for a true taste of India is on the rise.

However, navigating the world of Indian restaurants in Bali can be a delicious dilemma. Preferences range from fiery vindaloos to delicate butter chicken, and location plays a big role. Fear not, fellow curry connoisseurs! This article is your culinary compass, guiding you towards the perfect Indian dining experience in Bali. Brace yourselves for an explosion of flavor – we’re setting sail for Red Gunpowder!

Step Inside Red Gunpowder’s Enchanting Embrace

Red Gunpowder isn’t just a restaurant, it’s a culinary journey to India with a Balinese twist. Located in the heart of Pererenan, the very setting is a delightful fusion. Reclaimed wood whispers stories of a bygone era, creating a warm and rustic ambiance that perfectly complements the fiery spirit of Indian cuisine. But our restaurant doesn’t stop at tradition, Carefully curated decor adds a touch of modern elegance, a testament to our commitment to a harmonious blend.

Imagine the warm glow of candlelight dancing on red accents, weaving a romantic atmosphere that sets the stage for an unforgettable evening. Dine in style with beautiful, exotic tableware – every detail designed to elevate your experience.

And for those seeking an extra touch of magic, we regularly hold special Sitar Nights on select days. Immerse yourself in the enchanting melody of the sitar, a traditional Indian string instrument, as you savor the finest Indian cuisine on the island. It’s a feast for all senses, a promise of an evening unlike any other.

Our Favourite Dishes at Red Gunpowder

At Red Gunpowder, our menu is a celebration of authentic Indian flavors, each dish crafted with the freshest ingredients and traditional techniques. To help you decide between all the delicious options, we’ve curated a selection of our most recommended dishes.

1. Barramundi Tandoor Saag


This dish is a delightful ode to the fusion spirit of Red Gunpowder. Imagine succulent Barramundi, a prized local fish, marinated in a vibrant tikka saag yogurt. The yogurt tenderizes the fish while infusing it with the earthy notes of spinach and aromatic spices. Cooked to perfection in the tandoor oven, the Barramundi takes on a smoky char, adding another layer of complexity.

The magic doesn’t stop there. Red Gunpowder pairs this masterpiece with strained spiced labneh, a tangy yogurt dip, and a rich spinach sauce It’s a wonderful balance of textures and flavors, a true testament to the culinary artistry at Red Gunpowder.

2. Rogan Josh

For meat lovers, Red Gunpowder’s Rogan Josh is a must-try. This classic Kashmiri dish features slow-roasted lamb shank, a melt-in-your-mouth experience. The true star of the show, however, is the gravy. A rich blend of spices, it features Kashmiri red chilli powder for a hint of warmth, cloves for a touch of depth, turmeric for a vibrant hue, fennel powder for a distinctive aroma, garam masala for a complex warmth, and cinnamon for a touch of sweetness. Every bite is an explosion of flavor, transporting you straight to the heart of India.

3. Vindaloo

For those who crave a fiery adventure, Red Gunpowder’s house Vindaloo is a culinary dare. This dish isn’t for the faint of heart – the gravy is a potent blend of black cardamom for a smoky depth, green cardamom for a touch of citrus, Kashmiri chilli powder for a fiery kick, and dry red chillies that add an extra layer of heat. Ginger and garlic peek through, offering a welcome balance to the inferno of flavor.

But we take the Vindaloo a step further. Here, the slow-cooked and pressed pork belly takes center stage. The rich, melt-in-your-mouth pork belly provides a textural contrast to the fiery gravy, creating an unforgettable culinary experience.

4. Lamb Biryani

No Indian culinary exploration is complete without a fragrant Biryani, and our Lamb Biryani is a masterpiece. Imagine golden basmati rice, each grain infused with the rich flavor of lamb stock. This luxurious base is then layered with slow-roasted lamb shank, offering tender bites of succulent meat. Kashmiri red chilli powder adds a subtle warmth, while softened onions provide a touch of sweetness. Garam masala’s complex warmth and the earthy notes of cumin and coriander complete the aromatic symphony. Every spoonful of this Biryani is a celebration of Indian cuisine, a perfect ending to your culinary adventure at Red Gunpowder.

5. Tandoor Octopus


For those seeking an adventurous exploration of the ocean depths, Red Gunpowder’s Tandoor Octopus is a must-try. This dish is a testament to our commitment to fresh, local ingredients. The octopus is slow-cooked in a spiced stock, ensuring it becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender. After this initial bath of flavor, it’s then marinated in a vibrant spiced ginger masala, infusing it with aromatic warmth. Finally, we lovingly cook it in the tandoor oven, where it acquires a smoky char and a touch of crispy perfection.

To complement the richness of the octopus, we serve it with a refreshing pineapple chutney. The sweet and tangy notes cut through the richness, creating a delightful textural and flavor contrast.

6. Cauliflower Tikka


Vegetarians don’t need to fear missing out on delicious food at Red Gunpowder. Our Cauliflower Tikka is a vegetarian masterpiece. Florets of cauliflower are roasted in the oven with fragrant spices, coaxing out their natural sweetness. Next, we embark on an eight-hour odyssey in a bath of tikka masala, absorbing the rich and creamy sauce. Finally, we take a trip to the tandoor, emerging with a touch of smoky char and a tantalizing aroma. The dish is served with a cooling coriander and mint raita, offering a perfect balance of flavors and textures.

7. Tandoor Duck Confit


This dish is a delightful fusion of French culinary technique and Indian spices. Imagine a succulent duck leg, slow-cooked confit style in Red Gunpowder’s secret blend of spices. The result? Fall-off-the-bone tender meat imbued with layers of aromatic warmth. But our journey doesn’t end there. The chefs then brush the duck leg with a fragrant ginger and garlic paste, adding another dimension of flavor. Finally, it takes a trip to the tandoor, where it acquires a smoky char and a touch of crispy perfection.

The true star of the show, however, might be the unexpected accompaniment – a vibrant strawberry chutney. The sweet and tangy notes of the chutney perfectly complement the richness of the duck, creating an explosion of flavor and texture in every bite.

Here, the vibrant flavors of India meet the breathtaking beauty of Bali, creating an unforgettable dining experience for every guest. Whether you crave the fiery passion of a Vindaloo, the comforting embrace of a Lamb Biryani, or the innovative twist of a Tandoor Duck Confit, Red Gunpowder has something to treat your taste buds.

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Ready to embark on your own culinary adventure in paradise? Red Gunpowder awaits! Imagine yourself relaxing in our vibrant yet intimate setting, bathed in the warm glow of candlelight. As you savor the magic of Bali and the explosion of authentic Indian flavors, you’ll understand why Red Gunpowder is considered the best Indian restaurant on the Island of the Gods.

Reserve your table today and experience the magic for yourself!



Journeying through life with a camera in hand, Rifka Setia Arianti is a passionate explorer of the world's diverse landscapes. Currently settled in Bali as a web designer, her lens captures the essence of her travels, weaving together a tapestry of stories that encapsulate her love for both photography and adventure.

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