On the hunt for the best new restaurants in Bali? Bookmark this page, because here we bring you the hottest new openings of 2020, every single month.
We don’t often blow our own trumpets, but when it comes to the best restaurants in Bali? We’re all over it. We can always tell you the best place for a never-ending brunch buffet, a drool-inducing burger, or even where to eat vegan across the island. And as for all the new restaurants you absolutely need to try? Well, this is everything you need – our Hot New Tables 2020 roundup.
From Seminyak and Canggu to Ubud, Uluwatu and beyond, each month we bring you a list of all the best new restaurants, cafes and bars in Bali that have opened this year, keeping you in the loop with all the hottest 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 2019 and 2018 too… Happy feasting, Honeys!
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI:
– March 2020 –
BAKED.Bali – Berawa
Soft, springy and perfectly crunchy on the crust, BAKED.Bali had us at homemade, still-warm sourdough. But flawless loaves aren’t the only specialty at this brand new Berawa hotspot. Throughout the day, you can tuck into gammon ham toasties with cheddar cheese and a truffle bechamel, ricotta pancakes with stewed strawberries and whipped mascarpone. Or our fave? The Vadouvan with labneh, poached eggs, za’atar, and that epic house sourdough, garnished with garden herbs. Settle in to the fresh whitewashed interiors, and whatever you do, make sure you take home their doughy creations…
BAKED.Bali, Jl Raya Semat, Gang Kupu Kupu No.1, p. +62 812 3985 3040, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 4pm.
Dreamwave Donuts – Canggu
Putting sticky smiles on the faces of Canggu’s sweet-toothed crew, Dreamwave Donuts is an eccentric and new-retro nook slinging homemade donuts in an urban and minimalistic space – all with a zero-waste and plastic-free philosophy at its core. Organic, conscious and wholly committed to the very best produce, the cherry on the top of the donut is that Dreamwave also happens to be 100% plant-based. Try the Blueberries and Cream with muddled blueberry icing, a lemon citrus coconut cream and a sprinkling of fresh soaked blueberries in vanilla and nutmeg – best served with Dreamwave’s epic coffees. Chocolate lovers? Get your mouth around the Triple Chocolate, drizzled with coconut milk chocolate icing and a sprinkling of sweetened cacao nibs and a dollop of avocado chocolate mousse. It’s what donut dreams were made of…
Dreamwave Donuts, Jl Tanah Barak, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 5pm.
Koast Cafe – Canggu
Shabby chic island-style interiors? Check. A glittering pool that’s just made for post-brunch dipping? Double check. An all-star lineup of brekkie, brunch and lunch staples that use local and organic ingredients from in and around Bali? Check, check, check! Yup, Koast Cafe is Canggu’s newest daytime destination with easy-breezy coastal vibes that make you want to linger a little longer – helped along by Koast’s brioche Wakey Wakey burger, tropical poke bowls and the signature Eggs Benny, loaded with a slab of bacon, kale, poached eggs, pickled shallots and an espresso hollandaise. Don’t forget your bikini, because just footsteps from Koast’s pool you’ll find the ever-famous Echo Beach…
Koast Bali, Jl Batu Mejan Kampung Bali No,2, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 6am – 4pm.
Porncakes – Legian
Yes, you read that right, but get your head out of the gutter, because this brand new Legian concept is all about sweet and fluffy pancakes served up in a super-cute, pink pancake house. Taking the original ricotta soufflé pancakes made famous by Brunch Club Bali, here you can tuck into exclusive, drool-inducing flavours like sticky toffee pudding, chocolate fudge brownie or New York cheesecake – or do yourself a favour and try them all…
Porncakes, Jl Legian No.457, Legian. Open daily 9am – 8.30pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– February 2020 –
Ours Bali – Uluwatu
Nope, this isn’t one of Canggu’s uber-trendy cafes. This is Ours Bali in the Bukit, the latest all-day restaurant to up the gourmet game in Uluwatu with its menu that would fit right into Bondi Beach, wrapped up in tropi-cool interiors that mix Balinese open-living with Scandinavian architecture and a touch of Mediterranean flavour. All of this, and that’s before we mention how damn delicious the food is. Graze on Moroccan fried eggs on chargrilled spicy sourdough for brekkie, crispy skin salmon bowls for lunch, and chicken stroganoff for dinner, best enjoyed with Ours’ list of classic cocktails. And with a focus on high quality local ingredients and a sustainable approach to food packaging, you can feel good about tucking into the whole lot too…
Ours Bali, Jl Labuansait No.39, Pecatu, Uluwatu, p. +62 8135 3373 163, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 11pm.
Yatta Izakaya – Ubud
We can hardly keep up with the ever-growing collection of world-class ventures from celeb Indonesian chef Mandif Warokka (the man behind Teatro Gastroteque in Seminyak & BLANCO Par Mandif in Ubud), but Yatta Izakaya is the latest showstopper from this culinary mastermind, and this time, he’s introducing fine Japanese food to the Ubud ‘hood. Dished up Izakaya style (AKA in a casual and social atmo) every dish at Yatta (all 200 of them!) is designed to tell the stories of Japanese culture, rituals, memories and people. You’ll have to try it to know exactly what we mean, but just be sure to graze your way through the sushi and sashimi, the create-your-own tempura, and the selection of smokey Yakitori…
Yatta Izakaya, Jl Monkey Forest, Pertiwi Resort & Spa Ubud, p. +62 361 978 189, e. [email protected] Open daily, 11am – 11pm.
Laci Restaurant – Canggu
Serving up modern Australian cuisine infused with Indonesian flavours, Laci restaurant in Canggu is where you can feast on fruit-loaded Coconut Hotcakes and a Hash Brown Benedict by day, before moving onto big bacon-cheese burgers and juicy ribeyes for dinner. Our fave? Try the grilled chicken with pimento cream, and wash it down with a Rujak Rum cocktail or three…
Laci Restaurant, Jl Munduk Catu No. 88X, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 10pm.
Pesona Lounge – Ubud
If you’ve ever been to Gili Trawangan, you’ll already be familiar with the Pesona name. But instead of a stunning beach resort, this time, Pesona Lounge is Ubud’s newest and most vibrant Indian restaurant, laced in luxury, local heritage and modern Indian indulgences. Expect to see all of your fave Indian staples here, like tikka masala, tandoori chicken, pork vindaloo and rogan josh – most of which feature vegetarian variations too, from the mushroom masala to the jackfruit biryani. All of this is then served up alongside bespoke cocktails, mocktails, and exotic shisha…
Pesona Lounge, Jl Goutama Sel. No.25A, Ubud, p. +62 811 3802 572. Open daily, midday – midnight.
Panen Padi Lounge – Ubud
Tapas, cocktails and endless rice field views – Panen Padi Lounge is one of those breathtaking beautiful destinations that lets you sit back, soak it all up and fall in love with Bali all over again. It’s nestled on the elevated grounds of Tanah Gajah estate, which in itself is a treat to visit. Graze on the tapas-style nibbles inspired by house-smoked and house-cured produce (like Wagyu short ribs, skewered prawns and crispy roasted pork belly), and pair each plate with the lounge’s signature cocktails and mocktails, crafted using the freshest herbs harvested from the estate’s organic garden. Come for the food, stay for the views, and clear your diary for the rest of the day because you won’t want to leave in a hurry.
Panen Padi Lounge at Tanah Gajah Estate, Jl Goa Gajah, Tengkulak Kaja, Ubud, p. +62 361 975 685, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 8pm.
We don’t need any excuse to sail over to Bali’s little sister island, Nusa Penida, but ever since the opening of Coco Penida right on the white-sand beachfront, well, we can’t keep ourselves away. This brand new shabby-chic restaurant & bar is a breezy and beautiful spot to while away a sunshiney day, grazing on cocktails and the seaside-inspired cuisine that merges Indonesian flavours with Australian-style flair. Think avo on toast with spicy jumbo prawns, big burritos and our fave, the Nusa Penida Chicken Curry with red chillies, apple and eggplant. Perch up for a picnic on the emerald green lawn, or raise a glass within the lofty open-air dining room and catch the regular live music performances throughout the week.
Coco Penida, Jl Ped – Buyuk, Ped, Nusa Penida, p. +62 878 6147 8222, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
– January 2020 –
Tanaman – Seminyak
It’s official – the Potato Head Family are once again breaking boundaries and blowing minds. First they opened Ijen – Indonesia’s first ever zero-waste restaurant – and now they’ve given us Tanaman, a plant-powered vegan restaurant that celebrates the flavours of the region. The multi-course tasting menu is designed to pay tribute to Indonesia’s family kitchens, street vendors and warungs, with familiar flavours fused with progressive techniques and organic ingredients. Think jackfruit rendang (cooked and braised for 16 hours), mushroom satay with a sticky, spicy sambal kecap, and Lotek, AKA the ever-famous Gado-Gado. It’s a creative and plant-based take on Indonesia’s most-loved comfort food, served up in a breathtaking OMA-designed space, best enjoyed with Tanaman’s botanical cocktails. This one’s a real game-changer…
Tanaman at Desa Potato Head, Jl Petitenget No.51B, Seminyak, Open daily 6pm – midnight.
Grill’d – Seminyak
Brought to Bali from Australia, Grill’d in Seminyak is where you can chow down on homemade signatures from this Aussie icon, alongside exclusive, island-inspired sides to keep the tropical vibes alive. Everything here is as fresh as it gets, grilled-to-order and served alongside a Bali-fied cocktail and drinks list. Graze on the Almighty burger with tasty cheese, crispy bacon, egg, beetroot & herbed mayo, and whatever you do, don’t miss the exclusive Bali debut of the famous Beyond Meat burgers – plant-based patties that are as beefy and delicious as their meaty contenders. Pair with a side of crispy onion rings, cauliflower bites or their famous potato chips with herb salt.
Grill’d, Jl Kayu Jati No 3X, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 811 399 9716, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 2am.
Neighbourhood Food – Berawa
Dedicated to its community, fresh local produce and artisan makers, Neighbourhood Food is Berawa’s local eatery and coffee shop that’s serving up a refined take on Western Australian cuisine – think slow breakfasts, laid-back afternoon snacks and weekend brunches that are fresh, simple and a reflection of today’s wholesome and healthy lifestyles. Expect the very best of local produce, used wherever possible because these guys believe that the quality and treatment of ingredients are the key pillars for great tasting food… Amen to that. Try the Hood Benedict for brekkie (with confit potato hash, soft eggs, jalapeño hollandaise and a choice of smoked salmon, halloumi or bacon), then come back again and again for the lineup of lunch staples, like the beetroot fritters, the chicken salad and the crispy skin barramundi with local greens and a lemon-herb dressing. YUM. Recognise those epic house-blend coffees? Neighbourhood Food is from the same folks who gave us Ruko Cafe – Berawa’s Melbourne-inspired nook just footsteps away…
Neighbourhood Food, Jl Pantai Berawa, 99BB, Berawa – Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily from 9am.
The Clubhouse Bar at Ulu Cliffhouse – Uluwatu
A sleek lifestyle and fine-cocktail destination sitting atop the soaring cliffs of Uluwatu (and just a stone’s throw from the sister Ulu Cliffhouse), The Clubhouse Bar is where you can sip on perfectly crafted sundowners and premium single malts alongside a late-night bites menu to keep you going until the wee hours. The bar’s exclusive, sophisticated ambience and iconic mid-century design makes this new Uluwatu icon a perfect date-night destination, or head in for an after-party with friends to kick back with something a little stronger. And the draw card? The list of brilliantly creative and experimental drinks are created by some of the world’s hottest and most in-demand bartenders, courtesy of quarterly pop-ups and the finest portfolio of imported spirits from around the world – shaken, stirred and always surprising with clever twists on the classics. Try the Midnight Express(o) with a touch of cinnamon, or the tropical Honol-Ulu with refreshing citrus matched by smoky tones. Salty rustic fries, creamy guacamole and a decadent Grilled Cheese Sandwich tops it all off…
The Clubhouse Bar at Ulu Cliffhouse, Jl Labuansait No.315, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 813 3999 7598, e. [email protected] Open daily from sunset.
Enso – Canggu
Helping to fuel our serious sushi obsession, Enso is the latest Japanese restaurant to open in the heart of Canggu, dishing up authentic and delicious Japanese food done just as it should. Think takoyaki, tataki, soba and sushi, served in a stunning Japanese-style space with quintessential clean lines, uncluttered aesthetics and a backdrop of light wood. Our menu faves? Try the Golden Roll and the Rainbow Roll with all sorts of scrummy seafood, the takoyaki with octopus, leek, cheese & bonito, and the tuna garlic tataki that looks *almost* too good to eat. And psst – there’s even a full vegan menu for plant-based diners too…!
Enso, Jl Tanah Barak No.19, Canggu, p. +62 812 3909 1550, e. [email protected] Open Tues – Sun, 4pm – 11pm.
Nourish – Ungasan
Delicious, organic and locally sourced, Nourish in Uluwatu sets out to do exactly that – nourish your tummies with nutrient-rich foods, cold-pressed juices, superfood bowls and healthy salads – plus an all-day breakfast and pizzeria menu. You see, these guys are obsessed with using high-quality, soul-serving ingredients in their recipes, cooking with as much organic produce as possible, sourcing ingredients locally, from farm to table. In fact, the entire team and cafe concept is focused on conscious sustainability, so you can feel good about grazing through delish dishes that make you feel great on the inside too…
Nourish, Jl Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, e. [email protected] Open daily 7am – 10pm from 10th January. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tacos Aqui – Umalas
Oh yes, this new Mexican joint in the quiet Umalas ‘hood had us at beer-battered fish tacos, insanely cheesy quesadillas and tempeh tofu veggie fajitas. Colourful, cosy and kept alive with hip hop beats, head here for carnivorous carnitas, homemade tortillas and big burritos stuffed with allll the meaty, cheesy goodies.
Tacos Aqui, Jl Bumbak Dauh No.81, Umalas. Open Tues – Sun, 5pm – 11pm.
BGS – Uluwatu
It seems that three really is the magic number for Bali’s burgeoning coffee shop & surf hub, BGS Bali. First they opened in Dreamland, then they dominated Canggu’s coffee scene, and now they’ve opened in Uluwatu just a few sandy-footed steps from The Bukit’s best surf breaks. Bringing all your favourite BGS brews to this sleek new space (we’re looking at you, vanilla-spiced Almond Milk Latte) plus all of your surf, beach and bikini staples, this new address is already a community hit with Uluwatu’s in-the-know Javaheads.
BGS Uluwatu, Jl Labuansait, Uluwatu, p. +62 878 6181 3103, e. [email protected]
ShiShi – Seminyak
Party animals, you’ve probably already sampled your way through the Espresso Martinis at ShiShi – Seminyak’s newest late-night lounge and club – but what you might now know is, ShiShi is also where you can turn up before things get wild to feast on fine Lombok oysters, Pork & Prawn Shumai, build-your own Temaki (served atop smokey dry ice, no less) and even an insta-worthy sushi tree for sharing and grazing with your party pals. An Asian inspired bistro by dusk, and a wild party destination by night? Welcome to Seminyak….
ShiShi, Jl Petitenget 208x, Seminyak, p. +62 819 1888 8056. Open daily from 6pm – late.