In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: 555 Thai, Izakaya by OKU, Black Sand Brewery, KLYF Club & more!
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. We live for the next best bites, the brand new breeds of coffee and the collections of hot new cocktails to guzzle on – and we stop at nothing to find them (except maybe an afternoon pitstop at our fave beach clubs). From Ubud and Uluwatu, to Seminyak, Canggu and beyond, each month we find the hottest new restaurants, cafes and bars in Bali in our Hot New Tables roundups – the very best places to eat across the island, updated on the regular.
Happy munching, Honeys!
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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 8.30am – 4.30pm.