Looking for the best new restaurants in Bali? You've come to the right place. Here we bring you the hottest new openings of 2019 (you're welcome!)
From epic breakfasts and never-ending brunches, to cool cafes and ultra-fine dining degustations – you could say we’re a little obsessed with food here at Honeycombers. And when it comes to the best new restaurants in Bali? We’re all over it.
From Ubud and Uluwatu, to Seminyak, Canggu and beyond, each month we hunt down Bali’s best new restaurants, cafes and bars that have opened throughout the year, keeping you in the loop with all the best places to eat across the island. And if you’re still hungry for more? Check out all of the best meals we ate in Bali in 2018, and our newest Hot New Tables roundup for 2020… Happy munching, Honeys!
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– December 2019 –
Alma Tapas Bar – Berawa
A neighbourhood tapas bar on the hip Berawa strip, Alma is described as a place to eat together, drink together and let time stand still. It’s where you can graze for hours on heart-warming shared plates and creative libations, whether it’s a wine, Sangria, artisan cocktail, infused gin & tonic, or in true Spanish style, a Vermouth on the rocks. Start with the cured and pickled nibbles, then move onto the morsels of seafood, meat and veggies, like the grilled chorizo with roasted apple and onion, or the succulent pork belly with a garlicky Canarian Mojo Picon sauce. Our fave? Try the Suquet de Pescado y Mariscos for some serious Spanish flavours, AKA, a tomato-based seafood stew with snapper, prawns, squid, clams and octopus. YUM.
Alma Tapas Bar, Jl Pantai Berawa No.c89, Canggu, p. +62 819 99105 888, e. [email protected] Open daily 5pm – 10pm.
Caravan – Seminyak
If there’s one thing we could do all day, every day – it’s brunch. Well, Caravan is Seminyak’s newest all-day brunch restaurant that lets us feast on all of our morning faves from dawn until mid-arvo – and our egg-loving appetites couldn’t be happier. All of those all-important brunch staples have made it to the menu, like smashed avo on toast, tropical chia pudding and even a tomato frittata – and the best bit is, this new dining destination is from the Sea Circus crew, so you know you’re in the best brunching hands here. And psst – soon to come is an Asian menu to take you through to lunch and dinner, and once you’ve finished feasting on Caravan’s creations, you can shop more than 50 designer brands at the onsite boutique too – with a cocktail in hand, naturally. Eat, drink and shop? Yes puh-lease.
Caravan, Jl Petitenget No.80, Seminyak, p. +62 813 3796 1135, e. [email protected] Open Tuesday – Sunday from 8am.
Samik Eating House & Bar – Seminyak
Samik Eating House & Bar is best described as merging a modern Australian vibe with influences from the Middle and Far East. Yet when it comes to the produce? The focus is on locally-sourced ingredients that let the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean accents truly shine. And fear not – this isn’t another fussy food concept with a menu that requires a dictionary. Instead, the food is unpretentious and approachable, with a daily display of salads and bakes too. Try the sweet potato gnocchi with harissa butter, labneh and spiced macadamia, and whatever you do, don’t miss the salt and pepper prawns with a black lime mayo for dipping. Delish.
Samik Eating House & Bar, Jl Seminyak No. 52, Seminyak, e. [email protected] Open daily from 7.30am.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– November 2019 –
Penny Lane – Canggu
Officially the place to see and be seen right now, Penny Lane has opened in Canggu with an absolute bang. Jaw-dropping architecture, insanely swish vibes and a delish tapas and cocktail menu – this is one for the hitlist. With its breezy interiors dripping in alternative art, indoor palms and vintage chandeliers, it’s no surprise that Canggu’s finest flock here on the daily to feast on nibbly plates to share, supercharged schnitzels, big burgers and loaded fries. You’ll also find superfood salads, gourmet brekkies and some local dishes too. Try the stuffed peppers, the gold-friend calamari and the burrata cheese & hummus to start, and finish with The Infamous Poutine Burger or Chicken Parmigiana. And don’t forget those cocktails…
Penny Lane, Jl Munduk Catu, Canggu, p. +62 852 3877 7786, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – midnight.
Café Del Mar – Canggu
While this so-hot-right-now beach club opened its Ibizan doors back in September, this month, Café Del Mar unveiled a sun-soaked Mediterranean fine dining restaurant beneath one if its iconic archways. Armed with a team of international culinary talent and alllll the white-and-blue sleek interiors you’d expect from this Ibiza-born brand, this restaurant is all about casual dining in an oh-so relaxed environment. As for the menu, expect new coastal Mediterranean and neo-Middle Eastern cuisine, made with the finest and freshest ingredients around. It’s playful, seasonally inspired, and in true European style, it’s designed to swap, share and sample over multiple hours and glasses of vino.
Café Del Mar, Jl Subak Sari, Canggu, p. +62 361 4471625. Open daily from 11am.
Fika – Seminyak
If (like us) you LOVE Sisterfields, Bikini and BOSS MAN, you’ll want to direct your next brunch or dinner date to Fika – the latest creation from the unstoppable 8 Degree Projects team. A brand new concept that’s all about clean and fresh food, Fika is an uber-stylish, modern and minimalistic cafe with a chef-driven menu, focusing on fresh ingredients with no need for excessive garnishes. Well, the same could be said for the interiors. The smart and precisely-lit design reflects the simple menu; modest and functional, with all of your fave local and international cafe creations from the legendary Executive Chef Jethro Vincent. Think gourmet toasts from Europe to spicy salads from Thailand, and banoffee pancakes from Bali. And it goes without saying that the avo on sourdough here is one of the best around (it comes slathered with a lemon-scented ricotta… YUM!).
Fika, Jl Raya Petitenget No.77X, Seminyak, p. +62 361 8974007, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Embers – Ubud
Mediterranean traditions are the heart, soul and foundation of Embers – a delish new restaurant at the brand new Villas at Bisma Eight. Unlike anything else in Ubud, Embers is all about celebrating The Med in all aspects of the dining experience, from the craft of fine cooking (and the drool-worthy menus to boot), to the company of good people in a stunningly contemporary space. And the kicker? The ingredients used are freshly harvested and grown earth-to-table on the restaurant’s very own organic farm, paired with locally-sourced meat and seafood and a fabulous drinks list. Try the pan-seared sea bass for lunch, and the juicy braised lamb shank with crispy eggplant, paprika, and asparagus for dinner.
Embers inside The Villas at Bisma Eight, Jl Bisma No. 97, Ubud, p. +62 361 9088 888, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Koral Restaurant – Nusa Dua
As Bali’s first (and only) aquatic dining experience, Koral Restaurant at The Apurva Kempinski Bali is a sight to be seen indeed. Set inside an aquarium with all sorts of sea creatures swimming around you, Koral takes you beneath the waves for an underwater feast – without getting your hair wet of course. Expect freshly barbecued seafood flavoured by local spices, alongside plenty of ingredients from both near and far from across the archipelago. Think Bedugul tomatoes from Bali’s highlands, and jumbo prawns with a spicy dabu-dabu sauce from Sulawesi. And FYI, the live cocktail station is worth a look too…
Koral Restaurant at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2288 ext. 8333, e. [email protected] Open daily 6pm – 10.30pm.
BB52 – Berawa
Because one location simply isn’t enough for this epic burger joint, BB52 has recently opened up its second address, this time on the Berawa side of the Canggu shortcut. Bringing all of your fave BB52 burgers to the new location (meat and vegan versions included!), expect the same sultry vibes, those dripping dirty fries, and of course, BB52’s craft gins and Negronis. Oh, those Negronis… Yup, BB52 is slinging cocktails too, served up in a sleek space with a foodgasm-inducing menu of naughty but oh-so nice burgers and saucy sides, like wet corn with crispy pork, vegan chilli con carne and truffled parmesan chips…
BB52, Jl Raya Semat, Taman Tamora, p. +62 82147581606. Open daily 5pm – 11pm.
Simply Social – Ubud
A brand new eatery and bar on Ubud’s main strip, Simply Social is all about dishing up super fresh flavours from all over the world – in abundance and designed to share. Think Indonesian and Asian staples alongside internationally-inspired delicacies, like braised chorizo for brekkie, and tacos, ribeyes, and coconut-crusted chicken wings for lunch and dinner. And because this is Ubud after all, there’s plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too (try the Garden on a Plate with toasted sourdough, eggs, zucchini fritters, eggplant wedges, avocado and hummus) plus plenty of colourful smoothies and antioxidant juices alongside craft cocktails and liquors for a post-yoga tipple.
Simply Social, Jl Raya Ubud No. 14, Ubud, p. +62 823 592 88889. Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
SI JIN – Seminyak
Carnivores, this one’s for you. SI JIN is a modern steakhouse with Korean flair in central Seminyak, just off the main Petitenget strip. Here you’ll find some of the most exquisite selections of hand-selected steaks in Bali, with dishes that combine Korean flavours with wholesome local ingredients. The standouts are of course the Reserve Cuts, ranging from the Tokusen Striploin steak to the ultra-premium Hokkaido “Smow” Ichibo. For a taste of the best, go for the Omakase Premium Cuts – a special selection designed for four to share. And to join your fine spread of steaks? There’s an entire selection of delish starters and signature sides, like wild field mushrooms with confit garlic, and Wagyu beef tartare with seaweed and caviar…
SI JIN, Jl Lebak Sari No.18, Petitenget – Seminyak, p. +62 8123 871 3964, e. [email protected] Open daily 5pm – late.
Current – Ubud
A trendy new social club and kitchen, Current in Ubud is home to a thriving restaurant, cocktail space and co-working scene. Described as “a place for Ubud to get down with its casual-sexy self”, Current is where you can hang out, socialise and meet up over great food, unique cocktails and cool events. Think breakfast bowls and bao buns with house-cured bacon, alongside low-key movie nights, special guest DJs and gin & tonic happy hours. What’s more, the menu is all about using local and organic ingredients to put a twist on Western and Asian classics – try the Kintamani-coffee-braised pork ribs to really see what we mean.
Current, Jl Nyuh Bojog, Mas, Ubud. Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– October 2019 –
Uni Restaurant & Bar – Berawa
Foodies, drop everything – the trailblazing duo from Bali’s Mexicola Group have once again joined forces to bring us an innovative fine diner in buzzing Berawa, this time in the form of Uni Restaurant & Bar. Star chef Steven Skelly and drinks guru Nicolas Lento have created this sophisticated and design-savvy 70-seater ‘casual fine diner’, with eclectic artwork lining the walls and an amalgamation of Asian inspiration and contemporary techniques on the menu. Expect locally sourced seafood and vegetables served with Japanese and French influences, like savoury doughnuts with brandade and beetroot, decadent crab lasagna with soft herbs and a ginger emulsion, and even char sui lobster buns. Top tip: graze through the a la carte menu or go all out with the 5-course tasting menu, best shared and paired with the experimental cocktails, sake, natural wines and even a tea-pairing menu.
Uni Restaurant & Bar, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 99, p. +62 811 388 3371, e. [email protected] Open daily 6pm – 10.30pm.
Santorini Greek Restaurant – Canggu
After winning the hearts (and tummy’s) of Bali’s foodies with its authentic Greek flavours in Poppies Lane 1 (Kuta) and Echo Beach in Canggu, Santorini has brought its legendary Saganaki, tzatziki, baklava, and Moussaka to a third location on the island – just a hop, skip and plate-smashing jump from the Echo Beach address. You’ll find all the Big Fat Greek foodie names at this new Santorini (an enormous space compared to its cosy little sisters) all made from age-old family recipes and given the true Santorini touch. Try the baked and creamy Pastitsio, the made-to-order gyros that use the best olive oil around, and the Moussaka that sees layer-upon-layer of eggplant, potato, beef and béchamel. Nostimo!
Santorini Greek Restaurant, Jl Batu Mejan, Canggu, p. +62 8123 714 8680 e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 11pm.
Djournal Coffee – Seminyak
Brought to us by Indonesia’s unstoppable ISMAYA Group (the brains behind Manarai Beach House in Nusa Dua) Djournal Coffee comes to Bali from Jakarta, Bandung and Singaraja, marking the sixteenth Djournal address in Indonesia. Well, just like its predecessors, this new Seminyak location is all about bringing you the best cup of coffee using Indonesian-origin beans, with a wide-range of artisan brews ranging from espresso based coffees, to pour over, syphon and even cold drip. Not into caffeine? Try the cold-as-ice Nutella Blast, or the Green Tea Freeze, best paired with Djournal’s famous Eggs Benedict Batavia or Crispy Pork belly Bowl. All of this, overlooking one of Seminyak’s last remaining emerald rice paddies…
Djournal Coffee, Jl Petitenget (next to Ibis Styles Hotel), Seminyak, e. [email protected] Open daily.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– September 2019 –
Honey Kitchen – Pererenan
Not only do we love the name of this breezy new cafe in peaceful Pererenan, we’re also obsessed with the fresh fit-out. Laced in white and studded with gold and black accents, Honey Kitchen is simple but oh-so stylish. And of course, the same can be said about the menu. With a focus on ultra-fresh and organic ingredients, local and imported produce is given the Midas touch, creating standout brunch plates like the salmon and quinoa bowl, the coconut hot cakes, and the out-of-the-box sides like charred eggplant with pomegranate and a honey tahini. And FYI, their sweet potato fries are the best we’ve ever tasted…
Honey Kitchen, Jl Pantai Pererenan No. 132, e. [email protected] Open daily from 8am – 5pm.
Gooseberry Cafe & Boutique – Bingin
From the same babes who gave us Bali’s internationally-acclaimed lingerie & swimwear label, Gooseberry Intimates, the brand new Gooseberry Cafe & Boutique is as gorgeous as Isabelle Mathers in the new 2019 swim collection. Tucked away above Bingin Beach, the cafe is a tropical oasis of modern brunch cuisine, air-conditioned interiors and a sun-soaked pool for a post-brunch dip. Graze guilt-free on the cafe’s vegan and vegetarian options (hellooo smashed avo) or forget about the bikini bod and go all out with the French Toast, creamy burrata, or even the grilled pork Banh Mi burger…
Gooseberry Cafe & Boutique, Jl Buana Sari, Gg Melali, Bingin – Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4482 3166, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 6pm.
La Vela – Berawa
Born from a love of delish Mediterranean food, fresh local produce and Bali’s beautiful beaches, La Vela had us at smoked butterfish and sunset cocktails by the seaside. Yup, this brand new oceanfront venue right on Berawa beach is breezy, beautiful and a little bit bohemian, with awesome, fine dining food to match. It’s the perfect setting for cosy afternoons by the sea, with plenty of lolling spots to wine, dine and recline. Try the calamari with pumpkin, coconut and squid ink to share, as well as the carrot risotto and the Red Snapper with zucchini flower and ricotta.
La Vela, Jl Pemelisan Agung, Canggu, p. +62 8564 3171 703, e. [email protected] Open daily 4pm – midnight.
Eat Play & Love – Seminyak
This pinch-me-cute bistro cafe in central Seminyak is a real hidden gem – but it won’t remain a secret for much longer. Sitting directly opposite The Legian Bali (just footsteps from Seminyak Beach) Eat Play & Love is a rooftop nook with adorable interiors and a charming daytime menu to match. Think healthy brekkies, big wraps, fresh pastas and tropical salads, plus a lineup of sweet desserts that are as lovely as the pink and blue decor.
Eat Play & Love, Jl Kayu Aya No. 18A, Seminyak. Open daily 7.30am – 6pm.
St Tropez – Berawa
Bringing a taste of The Med to Berawa Beach, St Tropez is the latest destination to open within the fabulous grounds of Finns VIP Beach Club. And with its alfresco deck, cool and coastal ambience (sea views included) and fresh takes on classic French and Italian cuisine, here you can go from vibrant Canggu to chilled-out Southern France with just one bite of the Coq Au Vin. Talking of which, the menu showcases mini morsels to share (like the grilled prawn platter) as well as mouth-watering artisanal pastas and gourmet wood-fired pizzas – all with an accent toward nouvelle cuisine and ultra-fresh produce. Top it all off with St Tropez’s innovative and artistic signature cocktails, or stick to the classic tipples and top-shelf spirits and liqueurs. Bon appetit!
St Tropez at Finns Beach Club, Jl Pantai Berawa, Berawa, p. +62 361 844 6327, e. [email protected] Open daily.
KAZA – Seminyak
Described as an “inspirational dining experience” KAZA is the brand new signature restaurant at the stunning Kanvaz Village Resort in Seminyak. Residentially rooted into Mediterranean culture, KAZA dishes up family-style appetisers and the freshest line-caught seafood, cooked up on live, wood-burning grills in the gorgeously chic dining room. The Michelin-starred chef can be seen honing his craft in the picturesque walk-through kitchen, on hand to passionately attend to any request with both quality and fine detail. And to top it all off? The Cocktail Lounge is where you’ll find delicate pre- and post-dinner cocktails…
KAZA at Kanvaz Village Resort, Jl Petitenget No. 188, Seminyak, p +62 361 2090 818, e. [email protected] Open daily.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– August 2019 –
Essential – Canggu
A wholly vegan and sustainable tapas and cocktail bar that uses uber-healthy essential oils in its conconctions, Essential in Canggu takes guilt-free feasting to a whole other level. And that’s just the beginning of this game-changing, tropical nook. All of the plant-based produce here is local and dependant on the seasons, and the majority of the menu is gluten-free too. Try the tempeh croquettes, the Lombok stuffed peppers and the glazed fritters wrapped in banana leaf (a fabulous fusion of Spanish and Balinese cuisine) and wash it all down with alchemist style cocktails that use the purest essential oils on the planet, local fresh cold-pressed juices, probiotic Kombucha and high-quality imported spirits. Our fave? The Wasabi Martini with pressed lemon and lemongrass essential oil. Now that’s worth raising a glass to…
Essential, Jl Batu Bolong, Gg Nyepi No. 22, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
Bondi Bakehouse – Berawa
A brand new and breezy restaurant at the heart of Finns Beach Club, Bondi Bakehouse is where you can graze all day on gourmet summer platters and dishes designed to share, like pizzettas and burgers, satays and steak frites – all the best bites that go just right in the sunshine. Everything is made with the freshest local produce around, and the setting isn’t too shabby either, with sun-drenched views over Berawa’s black sands and crisp interiors laced in bright white.
Bondi Bakehouse at Finns Beach Club, Jl Pantai Berawa, Berawa, p. +62 361 844 6327, e. [email protected] Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Mumbai Kitchen – Berawa
Another newbie at Finns Beach Club, Mumbai Kitchen is an easy breezy Indian eatery with allll the rich and authentic flavours and fragrances from Mumbai. Fresh from the tandoor oven and prepared by the busy chefs in the open kitchen, expect Indian faves like butter chicken, Rogan Josh and homemade Tikka Paneer – all on the Berawa beachfront.
Mumbai Kitchen at Finns Beach Club, Jl Pantai Berawa, Berawa, p. +62 361 844 6327, e. [email protected] Open daily 11am – 10pm.
Monsieur Spoon – Pererenan
Just when we thought Bali life couldn’t get any sweeter, the island’s iconic French bakery announces its sixth location on the island – this time in Pererenan! Yup, Monsieur Spoon is where you’ll find Bali’s expats getting their coffee fix each morning, stocking up on the oh-so creamy eclairs and shatteringly crisp croissants before taking home a stick of freshly baked bread for later. And because Monsieur Spoon isn’t ‘just’ an artisanal bakery, you’ll also find an entire menu of delish cafe faves here, like salmon & eggs for brekkie, quiches and salads for lunch, and insanely indulgent tarts and mousses for dessert.
Monsieur Spoon, Jl Pantai Pererenan No.164, p. +62 859 6427 3632, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 9pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– July 2019 –
555 Thai – Canggu
Before we even mention the food at this epic new Canggu restaurant, can we just talk about that name for a minute? While it may look like an ad to some dodgy takeaway (“Call 5-5-5-T-H-A-I for delivery!”) the name actually refers to the way the Thai write “hahaha” in text speak – AKA, the Thai version of “LOL”. So what’s that got to do with a zesty Pad Thai, we hear you cry? Good times, good moods and good food from The Land of Smiles, that’s what. So, expect authentic and home-style Thai classic here that’ll have you grinning from ear to ear, like the signature Massaman curry, the spicy Tom Yum or the quintessential mango sticky rice for dessert – plus Thai-inspired cocktails to really have you roaring. All of this is then served up in crazy and kitsch Bangkok-style interiors (hellooooo leopard print seating!) and a floor that’s made out of ninety thousand bottle caps – OMG! And psst! If you’re still not convinced, this new joint is from the same peeps who gave us One Eyed Jack, La Finca and Ink, so it’s guaranteed to be a good’un. We love you long Thai, 555!
555 Thai, Jl Raya Semat, Canggu, p. +62 878 8778 7555, e. [email protected] Open daily 5pm – 10.30pm.
Izakaya by OKU – Nusa Dua
When The Apurva Kempinski first opened its doors in Nusa Dua earlier this year, they dangled a few gourmet carrots to keep us on our hungry toes: the promise of multiple and exceptional restaurants opening throughout the year. Well, Izakaya by OKU is one of those carrots, and boy, it has not disappointed. An outpost of the award-winning OKU Japanese Restaurant in Jakarta, Izakaya by OKU brings all of the flagship’s finest creations to the island, this time served up in a dynamic and casual atmosphere that reinvents a typical izakaya. With its bistro-chic setting and fab open-kitchen taking centre stage, feast on Aburi Salmon Rolls, Teriyaki Chicken and truffled Gyūdon. Or, for a super spesh experience, go for the Chef’s five- or seven-course “Okukase” degustation menu.
Izakaya by OKU at The Apurva Kempinski, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2288, e. [email protected] Open daily 6pm – 10.30pm.
Black Sand Brewery – Canggu
So, a man walks into a bar… and guess what? The rest ain’t no joke. Set to be a ‘Gu game-changer, Black Sand Brewery is ready to change the face of beer drinking in Bali – by bringing properly-brewed craft beer to the bar top. Inspired by beers from faraway lands, Black Sand Brewery will soon be slinging its very own IPA, a cool and crisp German Kölsch brew, a Blonde Ale and even a Belgian Pale Ale. But that’s not all. With great beer must come epic food, so the kitchen here will also be sending out bistro-style bites to wash it all down. Designed to share, expect wholegrain pizzettas, quality meats, succulent seafood (hello miso-glazed prawns and black chilli mussels!) and plenty of tasty greens – all of this with rice field views and an easy breezy beer garden with a Balinese vibe. Not only a place to knock back quality beer, Black Sand Brewery is ready to become a community melting pot for like-minded beer enthusiasts, foodies and lovers of life. Brewing very soon!
Black Sand Brewery, Jl Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. +62 812 37542129, e. [email protected] Opening soon!
Kyoka Japanese Kitchen – Ubud
If, like us, you regularly find yourself at IBU SUSU in Ubud, then get ready to add another name to your major-love list. Kyoka Japanese Kitchen is the newest destination from the IBU SUSU team, this time dishing up modern, Kyoto favourites and home-style comfort food. Think sticky chicken yakitori, crunchy tempura, and ocean-fresh sashimi, or the signature Nabeyaki Udon & Soba Noodle salad with a sesame dressing. And with family connections to Japan for over 40 years, you can expect plenty of nods to Japanese art and culture here, from the antique and vintage Japanese interiors, to the artisanal ceramics that the food is served in. And to really transport you to the bars and buzz of Kyoto, the cocktail list, sake and Japanese whiskey selection is just as sensational. Kanpai!
Kyoka Japanese Kitchen, Jl Dewi Sita, Ubud, p. +62 361 971056, e. [email protected] Open daily 11am – 11.30pm.
KLYF Club – Nusa Ceningan
Just when we thought our weekend getaways couldn’t get any more glamorous, KLYF Club on Nusa Ceningan swung open its spectacular clifftop doors. Perched directly above a kaleidoscope of cobalt overlooking the Blue Lagoon on the untouched island of Nusa Ceningan (the little sister to Nusa Lembongan, accessible by that ever-Instagrammable yellow bridge) KLYF has officially taken the island’s cliff club scene to a whole other level (literally). With a stunning infinity pool, sophisticated daybeds, a DJ booth and a world class bar and restaurant, you’ll want to settle in for a serious feast here. Bringing refined, modern-Asian and Mediterranean cuisine to the clifftops, the menu has been curated by Chef Kieran Morland of Merah Putih and Sangsaka in Bali, and he’s all about using light, clean and freshly prepared local ingredients to perfectly compliment the stunning ocean views.
KLYF Club at Blue Lagoon Avia Villas, Jl Sarang Burung, Nusa Ceningan. Open daily.
Boheme Restaurant & Bar – Pererenan
A brand new and modern eatery at the stunning Shore Amora hotel in Pererenan, Boheme serves up fresh and flavoursome Western cuisine with a unique and healthy twist. The carefully curated menu is heavily influenced by local and sustainably-sourced ingredients, designed to support Bali’s farming community and celebrate seasonal produce. The result? Boheme is sooo much more than just another dining venue – it’s already become a social hub where people can connect over good food, creative drinks and flowing conversation, all in a comfy atmo of mismatched table settings, hanging sofas, high-back rattan chairs and poolside cabanas. Hea-ven!
Boheme Restaurant & Bar at Shore Amora, Jl Pantai Pererenan, Pererenan, p. +62 361 9091 773, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Cibo! – Berawa
The latest Italian restaurant to grace the island, Cibo! in Berawa dishes up signature staples done right – with a keen focus on quality produce and home-style dining. An Italian-inspired restaurant, deli and gelateria all in one, Cibo! is lead by Italian Chef Diego Martinelli. Try his pork ragout pappardelle, his 12 hour slow-cooked beef lasagne, and make sure you have plenty of antipastos and share plates peppering the table, like the artisanal cheeses, selection of salumi, and flash-seared tuna. Delizioso!
Cibo!, Jl Subak Sari No. 8, Canggu – Berawa, p. +62 81 236 715 490, e. [email protected] Open Mon – Sat 11.30am – 10pm.
Bali Bowls & Smoothies – Pererenan
Bowls, bowls and more bowls! We already love the original Bali Bowls & Smoothies in Berawa for its brekkie bowls, Buddha bowls, salad bowls and poke bowls, and now, we have one more reason to go bowl-istic over this nutritious and delicious Canggu legend: a brand new location in sleepy Pererenan. Bringing all of our faves to this quiet little village on the outskirts of the ‘Gu, expect allllll the crater-sized signatures here, like the Plantation Bowl with eggplant, avocado, quinoa, and kale, and our fave, the Mahi-Mahi Poke Bowl with mango, papaya, and cayenne – yum!
Bali Bowls & Smoothies, Jl Segara Perancak, p. +62 361 3350092. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
Remix – Pererenan
As one of the island’s OG cold-pressed juice creators, Remix Juice is still going strong today, stronger than their turmeric and cinnamon jamu (that’s strong AF, FYI). And proving exactly that, they’ve just opened up a brand new location in Pererenan, bringing their epic cleanses, delish juice collection and legendary almond milks to the quieter side of Canggu.
Remix Juice, Jl Pantai Pererenan No, 78, Pererenan, e. [email protected] Open daily 8.30am – 4.30pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– June 2019 –
Opeum Bistro – Legian
Opeum has only just opened on the Double Six strip, and we’re already addicted. Helmed by MasterChef Singapore finalist, Sharon Gonzago, this new bistro is dedicated to preserving lost recipes from near and far, using fresh local ingredients that Chef Gonzago herself has sourced by exploring Bali’s terraces on a bike and scouring local markets. The results? Contemporary interpretations of heritage cuisine, like the Grilled Sambal Bajak Prawns, the Nasi Goreng Embe, and our fave, the Pesan Be Pasih – grilled silver snapper wrapped in banana leaves and powerfully flavoured by a Balinese sambal. All of this hidden beneath a luscious canopy of trees in a peaceful “secret garden” courtyard…
Opeum Bistro at Lloyd’s Inn Bali, Jl Arjuna (Double Six), Seminyak, p. +62 361 934 6969, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
Ona Eatery – Canggu
Ona Eatery is Canggu’s first ever Provencal-influenced restaurant, and if you ask us, it’s also one of the prettiest. You see, unlike Canggu’s typical gaggle of compact cafes on Batu Bolong or the bustling Berawa strip, Ona Eatery sits on the peaceful outskirts of Canggu with a sprawling expanse of spectacular architecture, its very own vegetable garden, an open-air dining area and even a glorious rooftop that’s just begging for sultry sundowners. But that’s not all. By day, Ona Eatery is a totally casual spot to graze the day away on brunch staples in the sunshine (helloooo Smashed Avo) but by night, Ona Eatery transforms into an enchanting, low-lit setting with a broody atmo and ultra-chill tunes – topped off by specialty cocktails, fine wines, draft and imported beers, and a menu of date-night must-trys. Go for the Burrata & Prosciutto to start, followed by the Clam Linguine and Textures of Passionfruit to finish. YUM!
Ona Canggu, Jl Subak Sari No. 13, Canggu, p. +62 859 3513 1836, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 11pm.
The Pontiac Stardust – Seminyak
Described as a cosmic road trip through 1950s/60s Palm Springs, The Pontiac Stardust is a progressive cocktail bar inspired by the art and energy of mid-century modern Palm Springs. A culture not a concept, this wild and wonderful new bar is helmed by award-winning bartender, Beckaly Franks – the first female mixologist to win the prestigious 42 Below Cocktail World Cup, and owner of the multi award-winning Pontiac in Hong Kong. It goes without saying then, that the cocktails here are second to none (try the P.O.G. Daiquiri or the Snake in the Grass if you don’t believe us) and the bar food is equally as epic. Inspired by food truck fare from California, Miami, Seattle and New York, expect to see a big Burger, the kielbasa sausage Dog, the Personal Pizza and Fries, loaded with Sriracha mayonnaise and parmesan. And did we mention, there’s also a vintage photo booth here, a transcendent soundtrack of desert rock meets upbeat bpm, and even a fairy-lit Teepee under the stars on the patio where the occasional reiki and tarot reading takes place. Welcome to The Pontiac Stardust.
The Pontiac Stardust, Jl Taman Ganesha No.9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 4471192, e. [email protected] Open daily 4.30pm – 2am.
Flat Stanley Pizza – Seminyak
Situated directly next door to The Pontiac Stardust (above) at the ever-fabulous Alila Seminyak, Flat Stanley Pizza takes you to vintage California and the Pacific West Coast with its hand-pulled sourdough flatbread pizzas – generously loaded with local Balinese produce for the freshest flavours. Helmed by Chef Matt White, a self-proclaimed “Dough Head” who started Alt. Pizza and Extra Virgin Pizza in Singapore, the lineup alongside the pizzas at Flat Stanley sees a selection of sharing boards, small plates, vegetables, salads, and a range of meats and seafood from the grill. It’s a hip yet approachable day-to-night venue with something for everyone.
Flat Stanley at Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Bali. p. +62 361 3021 888, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant – Nusa Dua
If a laidback and authentic Izakaya is your kinda thing (AKA, Japan’s version of a gastropub) then Nagisa Japanese Restaurant at Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach will be right up your eating alley. Nagisa is the newest drinking and dining hotspot in Nusa Dua, helmed by Head Japanese Chef, Katsumi Goda, who has 44 years of experience spanning 7 different countries under his hat. In true Izakaya style, his menu is uncomplicated, reasonably priced, and designed for nibbling and grazing, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. And to add to the authenticity, the restaurant observes “omotenashi” – the Japanese principle of sincere and wholehearted service. The highlights? Try the Robatayaki, the Teppanyaki and the sushi rolls, all best enjoyed with the carefully curated selection of sake, shochu, Japanese whisky and beer. Oishi!
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant at Hotel Nikko Bali, Jl Pratama 68X, Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 773 577. Open Tues – Sun from 5pm.
HATCH – Uluwatu
Think that Uluwatu is only epic surf, pristine bays and bohemian stays? Think again. Brought to us by a bunch of colourful old hippies, Hatch has officially upped the Bukit’s drinking and dining scene with a restaurant-cum-wild-party spot that we’ve fallen head-over-flip-flops for. With its ramshackle-cool design and hopping party vibes, Hatch is on a mission to feed your soul with enormous platters and Mexican bites, before shaking things up with late-night dancing and the best music money can’t buy – all of this amidst the most psychedelic interiors around. Unsurprisingly so, Hatch has been bringing in the coolest crowds since day one of opening…
Hatch, Jl Labuansait No.54, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4596 2583, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – midnight.
Warung Chickpea – Seminyak
An Ottolenghi-inspired Middle Eastern restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Seminyak, Warung Chickpea ain’t your typical Indonesian warung. For starters, this fresh, healthy and downright delicious lunch spot is helmed by Australian chef Nick Philips, and this kitchen genius uses local produce, spices and charcoal grilling to whip up a spread of dishes designed to pick and choose from Nasi Campur-style. You won’t find any rich Rendang or oily Nasi Goreng here however. Instead, expect light and zesty marinated pomelo, a chilli, cauliflower & chickpea salad, charred broccoli & lemon tahini, and Turkish-style lamb kofta with pomegranate molasses. You’ll want to arrive early too, as lunches starts at 11.30am and lasts only until everything is sold out…
Warung Chickpea, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gang Keraton No.6C (next to Bintang Supermarket), Seminyak. Open Tues – Sunday.
Brunch Club – Legian
If (like us) you’re a sucker for a great brunch, well, welcome to the club. Brunch Club in Legian is where fellow pancake and coffee connoisseurs can gather to graze on all-time brunch favourites: Melbourne-style eggs, fluffy waffles, fruity smoothie bowls and smashed avo, alongside lunch staples like big burgers, toasted sarnies, loaded salads and pizzas. To really make the most of this munching marathon, the restaurant is a large, two-floor building dressed in traditional Balinese temple brick, concealing a Melbourne-style café downstairs. Wall murals are as colourful as the cocktails they serve, while a full length, spray-cooled roof terrace features a separate pizza kitchen for all-day grazing. And because no brunch is complete without great coffee, at Brunch Club you’ll also find carefully selected blends that have been expertly roasted on the island, served exactly as you take it.
Brunch Club, Jl Raya Legian No.457, Legian, p. +62 819 5247 4063, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 10pm.
The Place With No Name – Uluwatu
Sure, this one’s gunna be hard to direct your taxi driver to, but trust us, it’s worth the challenge. The Place With No Name is Uluwatu’s newest modern and stylish destination for plant and fish-based food just footsteps from Padang Padang beach. The vegetarian and pescetarian plates here have been inspired by different locations around the world, from the Hawaiian Tuna Poke Bowl (including a veggie version), enormous Californian burritos with either Ahi, Shrimp or Tempeh (perfect for a post-surf refuel) served up with a secret sauce infused with both Mexican and Indonesian spices – yum! There’s also plenty of appetisers and small bites to nibble on, like truffle fries, spicy edamame, falafel and hummus. Look out for the cute botanical dining area out front if your taxi driver really is lost.
The Place With No Name, Jl Labuansait No. 72, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4687 3229, e. [email protected] Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
Dear Lucy – Dewi Sri
A coffee house, patisserie and Bali’s first Keto-friendly café all rolled into one, Dear Lucy on Dewi Sri is where diet-conscious folk from all walks of life can come together in a super cute space. Both Keto and vegan-friendly, here you’ll find big bowls like the Keto Bowl (with smoked salmon, mixed greens and a jalapeno ranch dressing) and vegan tempe burgers with a bonsoy latte on the side. And did we mention, it’s dog friendly too for good boys and girls?! Puppy play dates have never looked so scrumptious…
Dear Lucy, Jl Dewi Sri No. 9, Legian. Open daily 12pm – 8pm.
Barbapopa – Ubud
Cotton candy. Candy floss. Fairy floss. Whatever you call it, Barbapopa is the first place in Bali to open up a shop that’s totally dedicated to this technicolored, cloud-like treat – plus a selection of cool drinks to wash it all down with. Sitting in central Ubud in all its pink-and-baby-blue glory, Barbapopa is where you can relive your childhood memories with cotton candy in abundance.
Barbapopa, Jl Pengosekan, Ubud. Open daily 11am – 10.30pm.
EXPAT Roasters – Beachwalk
Breaking outta Seminyak and into the hustle and bustle of Kuta’s Beachwalk shopping mall, EXPAT. Roasters (our fave island brewers) have recently opened a second location on the island – this time a brew bar for Bali’s shopaholics. Loved in Seminyak (and across the island) for its specialty coffee that’s made its way into Bali’s coolest cafes and restaurants, all of EXPAT’s favourite brews can be found at this new address, including their freshly baked banana bread…
EXPAT. Roasters at Beachwalk Shopping Centre – Level 3, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta. Open Sun – Thurs 10.30am – 10.30pm & Fri – Sat 10am – 12am.
Clear Cafe – Canggu
From Ubud to Canggu with love. Clear Cafe is everyone’s favourite Ubud eatery that’s just opened a second address in the ‘Gu. Bringing all of your Ubud favourites to this new three-storey venue (complete with a curly-wurly slide from the top to the bottom) expect Clear Café’s signature fresh and healthy plates in all their glory, like the gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes, the collection of egg staples, the vegan Love Burger, the raw & macro menu, and of course, allll of Clear’s famous juices and elixirs.
Clear Cafe Canggu, Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu, p. +62 821 4681 2567. Open daily.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– May 2019 –
Ninetyone – Canggu
Destined to become one of Canggu’s hottest cocktail-fuelled dinner spots, Ninetyone is a brand new and modern casual dining restaurant inspired by the spices of The East. The food here is like nothing we’ve ever seen before in the ‘Gu – think Middle Eastern favourites seamlessly fused with modern cooking techniques, like spicy caramelised peach alongside a lightly charred halloumi, or honey-roasted baby carrots with Lebanese spices – best enjoyed he organic Lebanese Muscat wine (yes, you read that right!). All of this is then dished up family-style – designed to swap and share – within a beautifully converted villa space that makes you feel right at home. And did we mention, there’s plenty of vegan options here, too? Yup, we’re betting all of our Rupiah that Ninetyone is gunna be Canggu’s next big thang…
Ninetyone, Jl Batu Bolong No.91, Canggu, p. +62 821 9888 9191. Open daily for dinner.
Coffee Cartel – Legian
With a name like Coffee Cartel, we knew these bean buffs meant serious business back when they opened in Seminyak in 2017. And now, after dominating Petitenget’s boutique cafe and coffee scene with their signature pink hues and cute potted cacti, these top dogs are opening a second location on the island, this time in Legian. Expect all of your fave Coffee Cartel staples here, like the top quality cappuccinos, the subtle Mexican aesthetics and the adorbs golden cutlery, not to mention the mean cafe menu of poke bowls, burgers, loaded fries and vegan smak hotcakes with candy floss, mixed berries and pink strawberry coco over custard. Yum!
Coffee Cartel, Jl Werkudara No.8, Legian, p. +62 812 4601 0515. Open daily.
The Back Room at Mason – Canggu
Just when we thought the Mason crew couldn’t get any cooler, they open the doors to reveal this underground and obscenely suave bar and lounge space hidden at the back of the restaurant, complete with leather booths, low sofas and even lower lighting. Totally air-conditioned, The Back Room is a welcome reprieve from the balmy Bali air in Mason’s al fresco courtyard and dining area, making it the perfect spot to linger until late with a post-feast tipple or two (the Negronis here are the best around, FYI). Unsurprisingly so, this is the new spot to see and be seen, flocked by Canggu’s coolest crowds every night of the week.
The Back Room at Mason, Jl Batu Bolong No. 83, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open nightly ‘til 2am.
GRAIN at Hilton Bali – Nusa Dua
Joining the collection of delicious dining destinations at Hilton Bali, GRAIN is the scrumptious new addition to this Nusa Dua resort’s restaurant scene. An all-day venue on the lower lobby level with extensive indoor and outdoor seating, GRAIN is where you’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites, cooked up right in front of you from the open kitchen. There’s even a live juicing station, where health-conscious holidaymakers can get their fill of fresh fruits and veggies…
GRAIN at Hilton Bali Resort, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 773 377, e. [email protected]
Xich Lo – Canggu
Xich Lo was once one of our best kept secrets – our fave rice field warung on the outskirts of Kerobokan serving the most authentic Vietnamese food we’ve found in Bali. But now, the secret is officially out, ever since this second location popped up in Canggu. Still with epic emerald views and Vietnamese cuisine done right, Xich Lo in Canggu is where you’ll find authentic and aromatic Phở, Cơm Thit Nuong (grilled meat and rice) and our lunchtime go-to, Banh Mi (Vietnamese style baguettes). And with its open-air, breezy seating area scattered with natural and locally-sourced furniture, home-cooked Vietnamese food has never tasted so good… Top tip: swing by on the regular for weekly specials, art sessions and documentary screenings.
Xich Lo, Jl Padang Linjong No.1, Canggu, p. +62 8123 659 4939.
Yogurt Republick – Legian
We’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like frozen yoghurt, and Bali’s best fro-yo spot does this creamy treat some serious justice, now with a brand new location in Legian. All-natural, fresh, healthy and gluten-free (with a few vegan options to boot!) Yogurt Republick is where you’ll find create-your-own fro-yo with alllll the tasty toppings. Nuts, fruits, honey and sprinkles, these guys are froyo aficionados. There’s also waffles, smoothies and brekkie bowls to fill up on, and our fave, FroyoPops on a stick. Fro-yo on-the-go? You had us at hello!
Yogurt Republick, Jl Raya Legian 119, Legian, e. [email protected] Open daily 9.30am – midnight.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– April 2019 –
BOTANICA – Seminyak
Brought to us by the island’s wine experts, BOTANICA is the brand new flagship restaurant from the VIN+ team, tucked away behind the bustling Seminyak streets. Just as its name suggests, this tropical spot is blooming in botanicals – a rainforest-like oasis with a bright and breezy courtyard, bar and dining room. The modern Australian menu here is the work of award-winning Executive Chef Brenton Banner, marrying the best ethically-sourced Balinese and Indonesian ingredients with Australian staples. Think fresh local oysters, prawn toast and snapper ceviche to start, and chicken gnocchi, swordfish fillets and slow-cooked lamb shoulder for mains – perfect with a full bodied Merlot from the curated VIN+ wine cellars. It’s the perfect spot to take a break from Seminyak’s boutiques, hopping beach clubs and luxe spas, with cosy nooks tucked beneath swaying palms…. heaven!
BOTANICA, Jl Kayu Jati No 1, Seminyak, p. +62 361 4732377, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 11.30pm.
Rollies – Canggu
This super cute neighbourhood cafe comes with epic views for sipping on your morning matcha latte. Facing out over Canggu’s rice fields with uninterrupted views of the emerald horizon, this teeny tiny cafe nook is as pretty as a picture – and the food is just as lovely. Graze on tropical bowls and chia seed puddings, and brighten up your day with a kaleidoscope of colourful lattes. There’s smashed avo, croissants, pancakes and eggs aplenty, all wrapped up in a cosy little space, topped off by those views.
Rollies Canggu, Jl Padang Linjong, Canggu. Open daily 7am – 4pm.
Blue Matcha Kitchen & Art Dining
A brand new hidden gem within Seminyak’s stunning Blue Karma Oasis resort, Blue Matcha Kitchen & Art Dining dishes up exactly that: a matcha-inspired menu with culinary art and impeccable presentation as the focus. The concept has been inspired by Asia and beyond, where east meets west across five signature set courses. Expect scrummy creations like the 45 Degree Salmon, the Tender Flaming Wagyu that’s quite literally on fire, and an oh-so creamy chocolate terrine to finish.
Blue Matcha Kitchen & Art Dining, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gang Bima No.2, Seminyak, p. +62 361 737 898, Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
Bella by Sage – Ubud
From the same people who gave us Sage in Ubud, Bella brings all of the same clean, vegan eats that we’ve come to love from the Sage original, yet this time the menu has taken an Italian turn. Expect pizza, pasta and everything Italian in between, made from fresh produce sourced from the Sage farm. All of the sauces, toppings, batters, breads and more have been made from scratch, and all of the pastas, cakes and donuts are gluten-free! Our faves? Try the coconut flour-crusted onion rings and the creamy Mac & Cheese – you’ll hardly believe these are vegan!
Bella by Sage, Jl Penestanan Kelod, Ubud. Soft opened for lunch only.
The Sasak Bistro & Bar – Gili Trawangan
Sleek interiors, level-up cuisine and the only infinity pool on the island – The Sasak Bistro & Bar is taking Gili Trawangan’s dining scene up a notch. Breaking away from the typical warungs and casual beach shack vibes, The Sasak brings a menu of refined international and local plates to the beachfront, wrapped up in contemporary architecture and subtle nods to Lombok’s Sasak culture. By day, come here for the full and hearty breakfasts and bistro-style grilled chicken sandwiches, and by night, you’ll find amazing cocktails, ocean-fresh seafood and the best collection of wines around, wrapped up in a warm and stylish ambiance.
The Sasak Bistro & Bar, Gili Trawangan, Lombok, p. +62 370 6198555. Open daily.
Avenue A – Berawa
Berawa is packed to the brim with Australian-style cafes and European cuisine, but one thing this hip little ‘hood has been missing is a good ol’ American gastropub. You won’t find any alfalfa sprouts here, nor any turmeric lattes or spirulina infusions. Instead, Avenue A is all about no-frills good food – a modern nostalgic menu that’s designed to curb your naughtier cravings. Think crispy house-cured pork belly, Wagyu beef sliders and lemongrass spiced calamari – dished up alongside craft cocktails, beers, and rock & roll vibes.
Avenue A, Jl. Pemelisan Agung No. 8, Berawa – Canggu, p. +62 361 3003 438. Open Tues – Sun 5pm – midnight.
Backyard Seminyak – Seminyak
Asian fusion food with a casual and homely vibe, Backyard Seminyak is the kind of place you can kick back in the garden with cold beers and friends, round up the family for a shared feast, or bring bae for date night with plenty of cocktails, wine and good vibes. Start with the Trio of Crostinis to share (loaded with tomato, avocado and zucchini) then move onto the signature Fillet Mignon with mushroom and cheese, served with Bordelaise sauce and herb-roasted baby potatoes. Want something lighter? Try the Asian-style Prawn & Pomelo salad with a tamarillo dressing. YUM.
Backyard Seminyak, Jl Camplung Tanduk 15X, Seminyak, p. +62 898 3180 000, e. [email protected]
Dream Coffee – Canggu
A daily buffet breakfast of fresh tropical fruits, smoothies, pancakes and eggs, laid out alongside juices and coffee that comes with cute little inspirational notes – this new Canggu cafe is seriously dreamy. Laced in bright all-white interiors with Instagrammable swings hanging from the ceiling, this small little space already has a big thumbs up from us. Come for the brekkie buffet (every day from 8-10am), stay for the daytime a la carte options, and come back for those dream coffees and delish dinners.
Dream Coffee, Jl Nelayan, Canggu. Open daily from 7:30am – 8pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– March 2019 –
Billy Ho – Canggu
They say that three’s the magic number, but for Will Meyrick, Asia’s unstoppable Street Food Chef, why stop at three when you can dominate Bali’s food scene with an entire empire of Asian-inspired eateries? Well, this masterchef has just opened his sixth masterpiece on the island, joining foodie favourites Sarong, Mama San, Tiger Palm, Hujan Locale and SOM CHAI. This time breaking into Canggu, Billy Ho brings the comfort food of Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to our dinner tables, with all the gourmet tricks we’ve come to know and love from Chef Will. You’ll want to begin with a banquet of starters (the tuna sashimi with smoked chilli ginger flower is our fave) before moving onto the roasted meats served with mandarin pancakes or steamed baos. But don’t stop there. The twice cooked short rib beef with tamarind and homemade shrimp paste glaze is a must for a main, as is the grilled red miso grouper served with pickled red cabbage, green chilli cashew nuts and white miso crustacean sauce. And going by previous performances propping up Will’s bar-tops, it goes without saying that the cocktails here are top-notch too. Alas, the Will Meyrick reign continues….
Billy Ho, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. +62 81353 873 272, e. [email protected] Open daily 5pm – midnight.
Rebenga Lounge & Kitchen – Kerobokan
Described as “nightlife destination for the elite” Rebenga Lounge & Kitchen is Bali’s latest late-night venue that’s given the island’s partying glitterati exactly what they’ve always wanted: a distinguished South American style dinner spot that comes alive post-feast with great music, craft cocktails, bottle services and VIP sofa reservations. But back to that South American feast… the flavour of the menu is all about top quality traditional staples, like Frijoles Negros with an Avocado purèe; tuna & minced lobster taquitos; and gourmet tacos with Calamari deep-fried to a crisp. All of this is best paired with one of Rebenga’s sublime libations, like the Cartel Bees Knees with Bombay Sapphire, elderflower, agave, lime and an egg white froth.
Rebenga Lounge and Kitchen, p. +62 819 1642 1224, e. [email protected] Open Wednesday – Saturday, 7pm – 1am.
Funky Pancakes – Canggu
Funky pancakes, need we say more? Forget meat and two veg for brunch or dinner, if you’re all about satisfying that sweet tooth with stacks upon stacks of saucy, sticky, syrupy naughtiness, then this new pancake-everything Canggu cafe is where you can succumb to those cravings. And the best bit? You don’t need to feel *too* bad about digging deep into the doughy goodness here, because the pancake bases are 100% vegan, made with different plant-based ingredients. They’re then topped with everything sweet, savoury and salty under the Bali sun. Our pick is the house signature Funky Pancake rainbow stack with red dragon fruit, banana, granola and popcorn. YUM.
Funky Pancakes, Jl Padang Linjong No.80, Canggu, p. +62 822 3647 3115 e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 5pm.
Cactus Cafe – Pererenan
From the same peeps who gave us Canteen Cafe in Canggu (our hangover go-to and one of the first cafes on the Canggu block) Cactus Cafe has brought those epic scrambled eggs and brekkie staples to the quieter ‘hood of Pererenan. But unlike its edgy older sister, Cactus Cafe comes with a slightly healthier twist, and of course, a cute cactus concept that we can’t get enough of. The eggs are just as gooey and the bacon is just as crispy as you’ve come to expect from these guys – they’ve just been loaded with lashings of the good stuff like avocado, quinoa and turmeric chais on the side. For that healthy kick, try one of the fruity smoothie bowls, or for some Canteen-hangover nostalgia, go for the the cactus-shaped hash brown with scrambled eggs, a bean reduction, oh-so crispy bacon and a tomato chilli sambal.
Cactus Cafe, Jl Pantai Pererenan No.78, p. +62 812 3996 8792, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 3pm.
NOAA Social Dining – Seminyak
Sitting in the heart of Seminyak’s eat street, right next door to the newest address for Spice Mantraa, NOAA Social Dining dishes up soul-satisfying contemporary comfort cuisine from both Asia and Europe. Encouraging great conversation in a vibrant atmosphere (you’ll spot the stunning interiors before you even step inside) the menu is made up of grazing plates designed to share, alongside sushi rolls, dim-sum, hand-tossed pizzas, salads and larger meaty plates. Try the red snapper ceviche, the salmon sliders and the grilled Lombok lobster laksa, and whatever you do, you’ll want to sip your way through the impressive wine list too.
NOAA Social Dining, Jl Petitenget No.2000X, Seminyak, p. +62 361 934 3112, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 11.30pm.
A coffee shop, cafe and restaurant combo, Eighteen grams is all about celebrating Indonesia’s local beans alongside a great taste for rustic, home-style bites. This botanical-cool new spot sits at the base of the trendy Koa D’Surfer Hotel, brewing up specialty coffee alongside a solid menu of brunch and lunch staples. Think still-warm croissants, tropical smoothie bowls, stacks of pancakes, generously-loaded gourmet pizzas, and of course, epic lattes, cappuccinos and espressos.
Eighteen Grams, Jl Sri Khayangan No.88 (at Koa D’ Surfer Hotel), Berawa, p. +62 361 474 1328. Open all day every day.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– February 2019 –
Sensorium Bali – Canggu
Don’t let the minimalistic interiors of Sensorium Bali fool you, because this Canggu newbie is a multi-sensory restaurant that’s designed to activate, challenge and satisfy all five senses, not just your taste buds. We won’t spoil the full experience for you here, but expect modern Australian cuisine with an Asian twist, with boundary-pushing creations like the Textural of Mushrooms (sautéed & fried wild mushrooms, seaweed paste, fried Gai-Lan & rye bread), a brunch ramen with 62-degree sous vide egg, and the signature Korean-style Bulgogi BBQ Beef Burger, loaded with homemade pickled daikon, spring onion, coriander and charred lime. This avante-garde new eatery has officially taken Canggu’s restaurant repertoire up a notch.
Sensorium Bali, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No.31a, Canggu, p. +62 361 9070293, e. [email protected] Open Mon – Sat 9am – 8pm.
Pala Restaurant & Rooftop Bar – Nusa Dua
Like a floating palazzo, Pala Restaurant & Rooftop Bar is the first wining and dining outlet to open at The Apurva Kempinski Bali – a brand new luxury resort in Nusa Dua. Sitting in the middle of a long pool within the main gardens of the resort, Pala Restaurant & Rooftop Bar is a stunning sight to be seen. Live cooking stations fringe the breezy dining room, with an impressive array of both local and international cuisines. Head upstairs to the second floor and you’ll find the sophisticated rooftop bar – the perfect spot to while away a sunshiney day, or capture a picture-perfect Bali sunset. By nightfall, you can dine beneath the stars on this gorgeous open-air space – no better place for an extra <special date night…
Pala Restaurant & Rooftop Bar at The Apurva Kempinski Bali, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 209 2288, e. [email protected] Open daily 6.30am – 10pm.
Synkonah – Berawa
The inspiration behind this new Berawa dinner spot is pretty much exactly what we look for in a mate: must love gin, the Mediterranean and Picasso. And just like meeting the love of your life, Synkonah will give you butterflies – or at least, a rumbling in your tummy from browsing the Mediterranean-inspired menu full of small and stunning tapas plates… all best enjoyed with a G&T or two. Our faves? Try allllll of the charcuterie, graze your way through the cheeses, the crispy eggplant, the steamed cockles, and round it all off with a hunky chunk of chargrilled sirloin – or the veggie tagine if you’re sans-meat. Whatever you feast on, finish up with a round of gins – there’s over 18 different boutique bottles to choose from, sourced from almost every corner of the globe…
Synkonah, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 99c, Berawa-Canggu, p. +62 8778 1322 881, e. [email protected] Open daily 5pm – late.
Hyatt Regency Bali – Sanur
What was previously the beloved Bali Hyatt hotel, Hyatt Regency Bali has recently reopened its doors following a fabulous multi-million dollar renovation, and with it has come a collection of scrumptious new restaurants to try. Situated on the dazzling Sanur beachfront with ocean views aplenty, the resort’s Italian Pizzaria is where you’ll find à la minute pasta, wood-fired pizza, frozen cocktails and Italian sodas, whilst inside the resort, Omang Omang serves up gourmet comfort food from Indonesia and beyond. By day, resort favourites are served up with pool and garden views, then come evening, it’s all about charcoal-grilled seafood and prime cuts, as well as the best Es Campur (coconut shaved ice) in town. And the best bit? Even though this is five-star resort dining, it all comes without the lavish price-tags…
Omang Omang at Hyatt Regency Bali, Jl Danau Tamblingan 89, Sanur, p. +62 361 281234, e. [email protected] Open daily for breakfast, lunch & dinner.
Kinjo Kakigori – Seminyak
When a traditional Japanese food concept debuts in Bali, you can bet your Yen on the fact that it’s the work of the the unstoppable Kaminari Group – the same peeps who gave us Rayjin Teppanyaki, Dahana and Kajin in Seminyak, and Musubi in Canggu. Well, Kinjo Kakigori is no exception, and this cool container is now the first ever Kakigori (Japanese shaved ice) specialist on the island. Using pure ice blocks and a special ice-shaving machine direct from Japan, the kakigori here has that unique and traditional texture of freshly fallen snow. Add to that the “Omotenashi” style of Japanese hospitality (where guests are wholeheartedly looked after by the trained staff) and the lineup of refreshing drinks, cocktails, and beer, and you might actually feel like you’re in the midst of midsummer Tokyo.
Kinjo Kakigori,Jl Petitenget No.8M (at M Boutique Hostel). Open daily 12pm – 8:30pm.
Lola’s Cantina Mexicana – Canggu
Traditional Mexican nosh, delish vegan options and epic cocktails – Lola (whoever she is) had us at “hola” with her pretty-in-pink Mexican cantina on the infamous Canggu shortcut (be safe out there, folks!). When it comes to a feasting fiesta, Lola ticks all the right boxes. She’s got tacos, she’s got burritos, she makes a mean fajita, and she’s even whipped up vegan-friendly jalapeño poppers, plus plenty of spicy sides and starters made for sharing. And to really get the fiesta in full swing, Lola also slings 50k Margaritas on the daily, plus weekly Taco Tuesdays, just because. Muchas gracias, Lola!
Lola’s Cantina Mexicana, Jl Subak Canggu (on the infamous shortcut), Canggu, p. +62 813 3854 2497, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – midnight.
Parad-ice Parlour – Nusa Lembongan
Because life is always better with sprinkles, Parad-ice Parlour on Nusa Lembongan is the island’s first and only beachside gelato stand, situated at everyone’s fave oceanfront hangout, The Deck. Serving and scooping delicious gelato and frozen yogurt with all the fancy toppings, Para-ice Parlour is Lembongan’s hottest new spot to cool down beneath the balmy Bali sun, overlooking that view, with alllll the sunshine and sprinkles.
Parad-ice Parlour at The Deck Lembongan, Batu Karang, Nusa Lembongan, p. +62 366 5596377, e. [email protected] Open daily from 12pm.
Spice Mantraa – Seminyak
If you’re into curry, spice, and all things nice, you’ll be very pleased to hear that Kuta’s most delicious Indian resto has just opened a second location on Seminyak’s buzzing Petitenget strip. Bringing everything we love from the Spice Mantraa original, this new address is doing what it does best: changing the face of authentic Indian bites by adding a playful and contemporary twist to the country’s signatures. Chicken tikkas, curries, kormas and biryanis all still feature in a big way (and they’re as authentic as you’d hope), they’ve just been refined and tweaked to twenty-first century perfection. Try the buttered chicken, spiced and stuffed inside a warm, cushiony naan, or the shahi lamb kebabs served slider-style. YUM.
Spice Mantraa, Jl Raya Petitenget No 112B, Seminyak, p. +62 361 9344234, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 11.45pm.
Elephant in the Room Coffee – Kuta
Yes there’s an Elephant in the Room, and we need to talk about it. How has it taken this long for an awesome, specialty coffee shop to make its way to the busy streets of Kuta? Well, finally it’s arrived, in the form of a quaint and cute coffee shop (with surf-shack-cool vibes) slinging a smooth blend of local Kintamani, Aceh Gayo and Toraja beans. The lattes here are the bee’s knees (available with soy, almond or coconut milk too) and there’s even a selection of cakes and sweets to help the cappuccinos go down. Try the double chocolate brownie (nice and crispy on the outside, but warm and sticky on the inside) or the apple crumble, drizzled with caramel sauce and best served with a double espresso.
Elephant in the Room, Jl Kartika Plaza No. 168, Kuta (next to Bali Dynasty Resort). Open daily 8am – 5pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– January 2019 –
KYND Creamery – Seminyak
It’s official – there’s nothing the KYND Community crew can’t do. First they redefined vegan cafe food with the opening of KYND in Seminyak, then they broke boundaries with their plant-based Indonesian tucker at GIVE in Canggu (all not-for-profit, FYI), and now, they’ve given us KYND Creamery – a dairy-free ice-cream parlour scooping out the most colourful, creative cones we’ve ever wrapped our mitts around. Vegan sprinkles, cruelty-free freak shakes – it’s all here, ready for the licking.
KYND Creamery, Jl Petitenget No.12 (next to KYND cafe), Seminyak, p. +62 859 3112 0209, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Alternative Beach – Canggu
Few things lure us away from Bali’s breathtaking beaches, but when the alternative is a glittering swimming pool with pumping tunes, a glam sun deck, hopping pool bar, jacuzzi, tropical restaurant and even boutique accommodation – well, sometimes we make an exception. Yup, Alternative Beach in the heart of Canggu has managed to tempt us away from our sandy hangs to instead sip on poolside cocktails, graze on summery bites and people-watch the cool crowds and bikini babes. Come for the Pina Coladas, stay for the happy hours, and come back for wild rides down the water slide.
Alternative Beach, Jl Batu Bolong No.78, Canggu, p. +62 361 9069 622, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Secret Penida – Nusa Penida
Just a hop, skip and a short boat ride away from mainland Bali, you’ll find Secret Penida – a hidden and healthy gem on the pristine shorelines of Nusa Penida, Bali’s paradisal sister island that’s making its way onto every traveller’s itinerary. Well, after we got a taste of the Secret Smashed Avocado, the fluffy Penida Pancakes and the oh-so Instagrammable chia seed jars, we just couldn’t keep this new cafe under wraps for much longer. And anyway, with its pinch-me-cute pink interiors, palm tree murals and towering cactus, you’ll struggle to miss this contemporary, delicious addition to the island.
Secret Penida, Jl Ped – Buyuk, Nusa Penida, p. +62 878 61478222. Open daily 7am – 6pm.
SVÁ Indonesian Tapas – Berawa
Food, drinks, beats, dancefloor – SVÁ Indonesian Tapas knows exactly how to get our attention. This brand new three-storey Berawa destination is a tapas bar with a difference, dishing up authentic yet upscale Indonesian food in bite-sized, share-style portions. By day, it’s a cool spot to kick back and graze the afternoon away, while by night, it transforms into a happening little hub with good music, great drinks, and of course, epic Indonesian bites across multiple levels.
SVA Indonesian Tapas, Jl Pantai Berawa, Gang Kedaton No. 5, Berawa, p. +628113930118. Open Mon – Thur 12pm – 10pm & Fri – Sun 12pm – 10.30pm.
Bottega Italiana Berawa – Berawa
A new address for the island’s Italians to get their fix of just-like-nonna’s nosh, Bottega Italiana has opened yet another set of doors in Bali – this time in Berawa. Now the fourth location on the island (joining its predecessors in Seminyak, Petitenget and central Canggu) you’ll find all of your fave Bottega Italiana signatures here, including the homemade pastas and sauces, those cheese and meat platters, and of course, Bottega’s farm-to-table, back-to-basics, from-scratch approach – the kind that Nonna herself would be proud of.
Bottega Italiana, Jl Pantai Berawa, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Bokacika – Pererenan
Just minutes from the beach in the sleepy village of Pererenan, Bokacika is the first – and only – pool bar to open in this quiet and traditional village on the outskirts of Canggu. With the motto “float, feast, frolic”, Bokacika is exactly that – a place to dip, eat and hang out, all the while soaking up the best bits of Bali – rice field views included. Try the signature Beef Rendang tacos with cucumber and spiced cream, wrapped up in a crispy wonton. Washing it down with a cocktail isn’t mandatory, but highly recommended.
Bokacika, Jl Pantai Pererenan, p. +62 812 46941410, e. [email protected] Open daily.
Happy munching Honeys!