In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: MASON, SugarSand, Manarai Beach House, Holiday, Ibiza in Bali & more!
High season may well be drawing to a close, but Bali’s restaurant scene sure isn’t slowing down. This month, we have a brand new concept from the powerhouses who brought us Fishbone Local in Canggu, three new beachfront destinations for sunning, sipping and dipping, plus a wholesome handful of new cafes across the island to healthfully graze your Bali days away. And of course, some sticky Chinese eats and chocolate treats. After all, life is all about balance…
Tuck in, Honeys!
First they blew our minds with Fishbone Local – Canggu’s hottest new restaurant that grabbed the world’s attention. And now, this unstoppable team of hospitality hotshots have gone and done it again, this time with MASON. Just a few sandy-footed steps up the road from Fishbone, MASON on Canggu’s Batu Bolong is taking a different approach to the fish-focussed flagship. Here, it’s all about top quality meats, cheeses, dips and veggies done right – homemade and served simply to let the flavours really shine. And of course, true to their form, MASON is also slinging superb cocktails that we can’t get enough of. Encore!
MASON Bali, Jl Batu Bolong No. 83, Canggu, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily, 6pm – midnight.
An all-new, all-day lifestyle destination by the Seminyak beachfront, SugarSand is a glorious mishmash of everything we love: superb food, expert cocktails, a killer bill of live music, and plenty of nods to local art, design and culture. Not a beach club, not just a bar, and sooo much more than “just” a restaurant by the coast, this all-day spot has a healthy dose of it all – and then some. It’s set across two-levels with unobstructed ocean views, poolside daybeds, a toes-in-the-sand beach bar and a seaside terrace serving coastal bites and cocktails. There’s even an open-air rooftop lounge for those nightly sundowners, so you’ll want to settle in for the long haul here…
SugarSand, Jl Double Six, Seminyak, Open daily 10am – 1am from early September 2018.
This might just be the cutest Canggu cafe concept we’ve ever laid our eyes upon. And the reason is simple: Holiday has been specifically designed to make you feel right at home – that is, if your home is a cosy, boutique-style nook with nostalgic knick-knacks from around the globe, plus an art gallery and island cafe attached. It’s a little bit Moroccan, a touch Middle-Eastern, and we’re even sensing some Madagascan vibes too, courtesy of the owner’s exotic roots. Well, the food here is just as much of an international assortment – and it’s as stunning as the decor too. Try the Paratha Tacos (a traditional Indian recipe of flatbreads) deliciously topped with ceviche, falafels, wasabi prawns or Lebanese chicken – best enjoyed with Holiday’s colourful juices and smoothies.
Holiday, Jl Tanah Barak No. 7, Canggu, p. +62 821 1467 3393. Open Mon- Sat 8am – 4pm.
Manarai Beach House
Perched on the pristine white sands of Nusa Dua, directly in front of the fabulous Sofitel Bali, Manarai Beach House is a brand new lifestyle concept from Jakarta’s unstoppable Ismaya Group. With the turquoise ocean as a backdrop, this new beach club, restaurant and wine shop combo is all about creating fun in the sun, with captivating live events, gourmet cuisine crafted by Michelin-trained chefs, and signature cocktails that seamlessly mix Balinese and western specialties. Cheers to that!
Manarai Beach House, Jl Nusa Dua, Lot N5 BTDC, Nusa Dua. Open daily 9am – 1am.
Powered by plants, Zest Ubud is the latest vegan restaurant to open in Bali’s hippie heart – but you won’t find boring bowls of alfalfa sprouts and soggy tofu here. Instead, expect meaty hunks of grilled jackfruit with caramelised corn and curry ‘mayo’, chunky kebabs stuffed full of fire-roasted eggplant, and hearty sides like smashed cassava fritters, taro root fries and sticky spiced carrots. And don’t even get us started on the desserts…. A Banana Muffin in a Glass? You betcha. It’s all a little bit naughty, but oh-so very nice – in more ways than one.
Zest Ubud, Jl Raya Penestanan Kelod No.8, Ubud, p. +62 823 4006 5048, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
Ibiza in Bali
The island’s first Mediterranean-Ibiza style beach club, Ibiza in Bali is bringing European vibes, Balearic beats, Spanish cuisine and a whole lotta style to Jimbaran’s beachfront. Set on a beautiful white sand bay, Ibiza in Bali is set to be the next big thing. It’s centred by a gorgeous glass aquarium pool with a swim-up bar, and is fringed by plush daybeds and a rooftop lounge with a bubbling Jacuzzi. Bring your bikini, a big appetite and say “hola” to island heaven!
Ibiza in Bali, Jl Pantai Kelan, Jimbaran Bay, p. +6281238171777, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 12pm – 8pm.
Tucked away behind Padma and Legian Beach, Makan Place is a brand new Indonesian and Balinese eatery dishing up all of your fave local go-tos with a gourmet twist. Chef Theodorus Immanuel Setyo is leading the culinary charge here, transforming simple staples into stunning creations, like the Pisang Goreng that looks almost too good to eat (almost) and the Balinese Pork Tacos that taste even better than they sound. Selamat Makan!
Makan Place, Jl Padma No 1, Legian, p. +62 878 8862 3339 e. email@example.com. Open daily.
A homely new restaurant serving authentic Thai favourites, Thy Neighbour is Ubud’s newest dinner spot that had us at “สวัสดี” (that’s hello in Thai, FYI). The food here is served up Izakaya-style to keep things casual, and it’s as traditional as it gets. Hot soups, homemade fish paste, fresh noodles and the kind of vibes that instantly transport you to the sights and scents of central Bangkok. Love Thy Neighbour? We sure do!
Thy Neighbour, Jl Raya Sanggingan No. 88x e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Wed-Mon 6.30pm – midnight.
More than just a scrummy spot to fill up on healthful food in Ubud, Karma Kafe at Karma House is an artistic lounging space that’s designed to spread good vibes and creativity, plus plenty of healthy juices, invigorating tonics, great coffee, and of course, soulful vegan dishes like hearty Dahl and fruity smoothie bowls. Karma Kafe is also a space to relax, nourish and be inspired by the spiritual street art murals from international artists – all under one karma-filled roof.
Karma Kafe at Karma House Ubud, Jl Raya Penestanen Kelod 1, Sayan, Ubud, p. +62 812 469 57 993, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – 10.30pm.
Hot Chocolate House
We know what you’re thinking… Hot chocolate in Bali? You’ve got to be kidding! Well, high up in the Bedugul hills, the mountain climate is much cooler, and the crisp afternoons call for a warm cuppa. That’s where Hot Chocolate House is stepping in – a cosy café with breathtaking views of Bedugul, alongside comforting cups of hot chocolate. There’s also rich, pure chocolate desserts, and churros with ice cream for the warmer days – yum!
Hot Chocolate House, Jl Raya Bedugul, Candi Kuning 1, Bedugul, p. +62 368 230 172. Open Tues – Sun 8am – 6pm.
Happy Chappy Ubud
Everyone’s fave family-style Chinese restaurant has expanded once again – this time taking its Cantonese-style Chinese food to central Ubud. Joining its Seminyak and Canggu predecessors, Happy Chappy Ubud comes with all that we love about this ever-popular Chinese restaurant: its blend of traditional Chinese culture with hip, modern influences, its whimsical take on upscale Chinese dining, and of course, that sticky peking duck and those soft gooey dumplings.
Happy Chappy Ubud, Jl Raya Ubud, Ubud, p. +62 361 620 3333e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 1pm – 10pm.
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