In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: Billy Ho, Rebenga Lounge & Kitchen, NOAA Social Dining & more!
This month’s lineup of Bali’s best new restaurants is all about quality over quantity – a digestible collection of top-notch gourmet hotspots to tick off one bite at a time. Sure, we love having a list as long as Seminyak Beach with new restaurants to try, but this stellar bill of foodie newbies is one you’ll want to keep coming back to again and again. We have the newest destination from Asia’s acclaimed Street Food Chef, a hot new late-night dinner spot for Bali’s partying elite, and a Canggu cafe that’s so dedicated to a pancake-only diet, they’ve gone and given it a healthy twist.
Happy munching, Honeys!
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. +62-813-5387-3272, e. email@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. 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. firstname.lastname@example.org. 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@example.com. Open daily 12pm – 11.30pm.
Eighteen Grams – Berawa
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,
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