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The Anda Amed Resort (reservations recommended; sandwiches and wraps US$4-US$5, main courses US$4-US$8; MC, V; daily 7am-10pm) dining room looks out to sea and has a Mediterranean-inspired menu together with lots of local favorites. Their white gazpacho and salads are particularly good.

The restaurant at Blue Moon Villa, Komang John Café (reservations recommended; main courses US$5-US$10, set menu US$6-US$8; MC, V; daily 7:30am-10:30pm) attracts plenty of outside guests and has a fresh and eclectic menu. Their seared fresh tuna salad is exceptional as is their chocolate pudding cake. They have a good bar with cocktails, spirits, and wines. Most nights you'll catch Komang John and friends in the midst of a good old fashioned guitar jam session.

The tiny dining area of the Life in Amed (main courses start at US$4; AE, MC, V; daily 7am-11pm) offers some of the best food in the area. Their arugula salad with toasted pine nuts, feta cheese, and beetroot is especially good. Live Balinese traditional music and dances can be arranged upon request.

Arguably Amed's best restaurant, Sails, Jl. Raya Lean, Lean (tel. 0363/22006; reservations recommended during high season; main courses US$4-US$10; no credit cards; daily 11am-11pm), has fresh fish, New Zealand lamb chops, steak, very good mashed potatoes, and well-prepared local dishes.

The Santai, Bunutan (tel. 0363/23487; www.santaibali.com; reservations recommended; main courses US$6-US$15; MC, V; daily 7am-11pm), is a long-established small resort in Jemeluk and one of the few places that has a foreign chef -- from Norway no less. The menu features local grilled fish and Indonesian dishes. They also offer good espresso coffee and an impressive bar selection and wine list.

In the middle of Lipah, Warung Kadek (tel. 08/5237997885; main courses Rp10,000-Rp60,000; no credit cards; daily 8am-9pm) offers consistently good local food and some Chinese dishes. Their sweet and sour pork is worth a visit. Juices, drinks, and cold beer are readily available.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.