On the hunt for the best new restaurants in Bali? You've come to the right place. These are the hottest openings of 2020, updated every, single, month.
We don’t often blow our own trumpets, but when it comes to good food 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 Bali’s best new restaurants you absolutely need to try? Well, this is all 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
– 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.
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]