oneeighty°, The Edge, Bali

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oneeighty° lords over the landscape from its location on the cliff edge at Uluwatu. The restaurant is built around a series of cascading pools and a stunning glass-bottomed lagoon that is always full to the brim with bikini-clad Instagrammers who look like they should be ordering the steak frites or cliff burger rather than subsisting on air.

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All about transparency
The restaurant is so named because of those breathtaking 180° views and it really is an over-the-top celebration of the sophisticated Bali beach culture that Australians know and love. Gourmands, hotel guests, impossibly beautiful partygoers and aficionados of infinity pools all converge on the restaurant and pool area, which rises over the cliffs of Uluwatu like a layer cake.

Blast of heat
Gaze down upon the pool, where the action unfolds like a choreographed Insta-meet, while marvelling at a menu that is anchored to the ocean. Highlights here include coconut-grilled lobster, Baja tacos of crisp snapper fillets, cabbage, radish, onion, coriander, salsa verde and lime mayo and the Indonesian-style tuna ceviche, given zing with chilli, kaffir lime, basil and coconut oil.

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Canned laughter
Sit at one of the tables that curve around the counter at the restaurant, which has a compact and carefully edited menu of light, lovely dishes with Indonesian flavours. Ignore the trout pouts from the Instagrammers and pay special attention to the fresh tuna ceviche, which is presented in a quirky custom-made can that celebrates the light-hearted fun that pervades oneeighty°.

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Bowled over
Of course, the jaw-dropping glass floor in the infinity pool is the linchpin of oneeighty° at The Edge, which includes five-star accommodation, so count yourself lucky you can opt to go lightly and order the quinoa salad or Ulu bowl before swanning around in your high-cut bikini. Another favourite is the whole fish served with flavoured sauce spiked with chilli and umami-rich Asian flavours.

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Glass act

The restaurant is open to day-trippers who are desperate to be part of the #oneeightybali story and so reservations here are essential. If you’re a house guest, however, you can perch at the cliff-front bar – which also has a glass floor and vertical view of the waves crashing below – and enjoy a tropical cocktail or two.   oneeightybali.com/menu

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