In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: Fishbone Local, Parachute, Tetsuo, Copenhagen, Pokeh Bali & more!
Sustainable local seafood, Japanese sushi sandwiches, a Nordic brunch spot and a wall of craft beer on tap – you name it, Bali’s best new restaurants have it. This month is living proof that the island’s food scene is as diverse and delicious as ever, with Canggu once again reigning supreme as the home of hot new tables galore. So read on, get stuck in and feast your way through the very best new restaurants in Bali – just don’t forget your appetite.
If you’re looking for the hottest new name on Bali’s wining, dining and cocktailing scene, you’ve come to the right place. Fishbone Local has been giving Canggu’s very best restaurants a run for their money since day one of opening, and after feasting on their fresh-from-the-net sustainable fish dishes within the breezy, industrial-chic interiors, we can see why. The all-star Australian minds behind this hip new hotspot (with ties between Sydney’s Iceburgs, the Bondi Beach Public Bar, and Bali’s Ku De Ta, Da Maria & Motel Mexicola) are all very well versed in the art of faultless hospitality and food that you’d not only write home about, but would cross oceans for. Fishbone Local is no exception. Come for the pan-seared barramundi with spicy sambal matah, stay for the Icebergs style gimlet or Cup of Joe cocktail (using Expat. Roasters coffee, no less) and come back again and again for a restaurant that screams international knockout yet maintains that laidback, island vibe. Foodie kudos – tick, tick, tick.
Fishbone Local, Jl Pantai Batu Bolong No. 117X, Canggu, p. +62 361 9342 779, e. email@example.com. Open daily 12pm – late.
The wait for this much-anticipated new concept has had us on the edge of our dining seats for months now, ever since word got out that Atterine Jakarta’s Exec Chef Jacob Burrell is opening his own culinary baby beneath a tent-like parachute in Berawa, Canggu. While the full details of this mysterious and totally unique new restaurant have been held tightly under lock and key, we’ve been told to expect casual, refined food from the chef himself that focuses on local produce from Bali’s best farmers. There’ll also be a tonic bar with adaptogenic lattes, balancing herbal infusions and medicinal goodies straight outta the Parachute garden. Watch this space, the nylon doors will be blowing open any day now…
Parachute, Jl Subak Sari, Berawa, Canggu, p. +62 811 3974 248 e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Opening April.
Tetsuo by NOOK
The cute interiors, the stunning food and the continuous stream of families, foodies and insta-models alike flowing through the arched industrial doors – sound familiar? Yup, the unstoppable NOOK team have gone and done it again, yet instead of Indonesian staples and scrummy Western classics, this time it’s Japanese yumminess in every form. We’re talking hand-cut sushi rolls, poke bowls and wraps, Onigirazu sushi sandwiches and even katsu burgers. Everything is vegan, vegetarian or pescetarian (sorry carnivores, the times they are a’changing!) and if that wasn’t enough, you can also get your fashionable mitts on their very own homewares and boutique clothing. Sushi and shopping? Yes please!
Tetsuo by NOOK, Jl Umalas 1, Gg Nook No.1, Umalas (opposite NOOK), p. +62 8123 6666 060. Open daily 9am – 11pm.
Think that Nordic food is only cold fish, potatoes and offal? Think again. Copenhagen Canggu is introducing Bali’s foodies to the modern, boundary-pushing cuisine that’s coming out of Scandinavia today, especially from Denmark. Fresh, healthy and full of flavour, this cute, minimalistic Scandi cafe is all about brunch and lunch, in particular, creating your own tapas-style brunch boards that you can mix and match to your tummy’s content. Top a slice of Danish rye bread with chunks of watermelon & mint, feta & olive oil, or cured salmon with sour cream. Or go all out with a big juicy sausage or bowl of crispy bacon – because it is brunch after all…
Copenhagen Canggu, Jl Padang Linjong No.71A, Canggu, p. +62 821 4509 3508. Open Tues – Sun 7am – 4pm.
The poke bowl craze in Bali is a force to be reckoned with, as is this new and tropical spot in Kerobokan, wholly dedicated to the humble Hawaiian fish “salad”. Staying true to tradition, the menu features a bright and colourful Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl loaded with fresh fish, crispy greens and all the exotic goodness you’d expect from this Hawaiian treat. But it’s the variations and the local twists here that get our vote. Try the Indonesian-inspired Ayam Sambal Matah Poke with roast chicken and freshly chopped chilli, lemongrass, shallots and garlic, or the Gochujang Poke for a Japanese spice. And of course, for the veggies and vegans out there, try the tofu and tempe poke for some guilt-free and utterly scrumptious grazing.
Pokeh Bali, Jl Mertanadi No.86, Kerobokan. Open daily 8am – 4pm.
Debbie Does Salad
Eat clean, think dirty. Now that’s our kinda motto. Well, Canggu’s newest salad bar is living by this mantra, serving fresh and tasty build-your-own salad bowls that won’t leave you craving for carbs. Limp leaves and boring toppings be gone – here it’s all about filling, value for money meals that put nutrition first. And if that wasn’t enough, they’re also slinging epic Expat. Roasters coffee and have claimed the title as Canggu’s only spot with kombucha on tap – right on Echo Beach.
Debbie Does Salad, Jl Pura Batu Mejan No.4, Echo Beach, Canggu. Open Mon – Sat 8am – 4pm.
Sure, there are plenty of plant-based, vegan cafes in Canggu (and just as many in Ubud), so what makes Cassava Bali so special? Well for starters, this colourful and cute new spot is part of the ever-famous Chillhouse – a surf, yoga and lifestyle retreat that was one of the first to start the wave of wellness retreats on the island. Then there’s the food. Oh that food. Wholly vegan pancakes, burgers, crispy spinach, wholesome brekkies and big bowls of Nasi Campur – all created by chef Emma Dowling no less. And finally, did we mention there’s a pool too? Post-lunch dips incoming.
Cassava Bali, Jl Kubu Manyar No. 25, Canggu, p. +62 852 3919 1939, e. . Open daily 6.30am – 4pm.
Hoi Polloi Bali
Any craft beer drinkers in Bali will know full well that the island is a little dry when it comes to really good brews, let alone craft beers on tap. Well, Hoi Polloi is answering all of your prayers, because they’ve not only brought the biggest selection of craft beers to Bali, they’ve gone and created an entire wall of it. Yup, this is Bali’s first and only all-craft beer tap wall, featuring boutique brews from New Zealand, California & Oregon. And what goes just right with a great beer? Great food of course. Cue wood-fired gourmet pizzas galore in the outdoor beer garden or air-conditioned dining room, with a full lunch and dinner menu coming soon. Cheers to THAT!
Hoi Polloi Bali, Jl Arjuna 23, Legian, e. email@example.com. Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
RAME Shared Dining
This new Berawa restaurant does exactly what it says on the tin: shared dining for friends and fams that love good, honest food. And the best thing about sharing? No food envy here because you can get a taste of everything. Meatballs, croquettes, seafood platters or patatas bravas – order up a storm and get stuck in.
RAME Shared Dining, Jl Pantai Berawa No 888, Canggu, p. +62 821 4465 6021, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Tues – Sun 10am – 10pm.
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