2016 has kicked off beautifully with oodles of fun, fabulous and foodie-favourite new restaurants in Bali - from Japanese in Canggu with One Eyed Jack, to new Indonesian in Seminyak with Sangsaka through to the winning 'hood Ubud, with too many to mention!
Too many new, amazing restaurants in Bali, too little time…. First world problems in paradise we know, just one more for the list! The latest Hot New Tables across the island offer everything from fabulous new Indonesian to Canggu’s new ex-Nobu-chef-prepared Japanese & Sake Bar, along with an even bigger jump forward in the cooler-than-school stakes. Tastebuds, be at the ready!
LA DUNIA, CANGGU
Another day, another new fabulous address opening in Canggu – again on Batu Bolong. The intersection collection of goodies [think Betelnut, the institution that is Deus and the new People’s] is hip, hipper and happening. Cue the opening of La Dunia, a vast open two-story restaurant, tapas & cocktail bar in the heart of the hood. The trendy industrial-meets-fancy-vibe interior is a great setting for a good menu, and with overlooking rice paddies and Deus, not to mention loads of parking!, it’s an easy one to happily pop onto the dining or socialising list. La Dunia, Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong, 69, Canggu, p. +62(0)812 3618 3090.
BLACK SHORES, CANGGU
Cocktails, music, cocktails, atmosphere, cocktails, happy hours, beautiful people, cocktails.. Are you getting the gist? This new bar next to Billabong on Batu Bolong is already a big hit with the locals and it has to be the great drinks – perfectly tailored cocktails and fine tunes all night long. And great vibe. Go for Monday Night Madness, Thirsty Thursday or Black Fridays, and try some of the popular signatures: the Spiced Smash: a fusion of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, cocoa and fresh Indonesian mint; the Shores Sour: a smooth variation of a classic Boston Sour infused with Maple, Orange and Chocolate; or Honey and Peaches: with Balinese honey and peach infused caipirinha. Its about time Canggu had a proper cocktail joint, have been the comments… Agreed! Black Shores Bar, Jalan Batu Bolong, Canggu, p. +62 (0)813 3987 4055.
Yum and yeay: more raw and cooked vegetarian cuisines, with organic wine, local coffees, teas and healthy elixirs. With a vision of creating A Place of Awakening the Senses, you can rightly assume this restaurant creates and presents healthy food in an extraordinary and inspiring ways, in a space inspiring beauty and creativity. Moksa Ubud is a permaculture garden that brings food and culture from the farm, the village, the society to the table, and then back out again to the community at large. Moksa includes the restaurant, an operational permaculture organic farm, a Dojo internet workspace for community gathering, music and workshops, a deli, and a farmer’s market showcasing organic produce and artisanal goods from their gardens and other farmers. And, a boutique! Moksa Ubud, Banjar Kutuh, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 821 4591 7884, e. [email protected], Closed Mondays.
LA PACHA MAMA, UBUD
Mexican culture and deliciousness is truly alive, well and healthy in Ubud with the festivity, passion, colour and spice of Cocina Mexicana Vegetariana, at La Pacha Mama [the Earth Mother]. Offering yummy vegetarian twists to the traditional, authentic Mexican cooking, this one is also alive and well in the gratitude and appreciation stakes [of life, as well as great food!]. They support local growers who farm organically on the island, serving only the best, fresh, nutritionally rich and delicious plant based meals. Muchas gracias, to the lovely people of La Pacha Mama!
BAKER STREET SOCIAL
More delicious, sophisticated drinks Bali! A locals secret address tucked away above Shearlock, this bar is the first late night speakeasy bar in Bali. Focusing on quality Libations & craft Spirits, this is a little discovery located opposite Metis upstairs from the Shearlock Barbershop in Petitenget.
Baker Street Social, Jalan Petitenget No. 17C, Kerobokan, p. +62 (0)811 3865 869.
ONE EYED JACK, BERAWA BEACH, CANGGU
Seminyak: Be Warned, Canggu is getting cooler as we speak in the fab food stakes. One Eyed Jack is a modern Japanese Izakaya and Sake Bar. Izakayas are Japan’s version of a gastropub, and a social style of dining in Japan. They are places to congregate with friends while enjoying an eclectic mix of shared plates over drinks. Did we say the chef here is ex-Nobu!? Preparing a mix of traditional classics and modern style Japanese dishes, favourites include: Spicy Tuna Bites, Red Snapper Sashimi Plate, Hamachi Jalapeno Sashimi Plate, Miso Black Cod, Rock Shrimp Tempura, and Tsukune Yakitori. Don’t forget the Japanese inspired cocktails [dare you to go past “A Night in Roppongi]” but its the extensive Sake selection [House, Infused and Premium Sakes], Japanese whiskey and beer that make this one. One Eyed Jack, Pantai Berawa, Berawa Beach, Canggu, p. +62 (0)819 9929 1888. Open daily 5-11pm.