In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: Opeum Bistro, Ona Eatery, The Pontiac Stardust, Flat Stanley Pizza, Hatch & more!
Well, well, well… Just when we thought Canggu was fast becoming the epicentre for epic new restaurants in Bali, this month’s lineup of Hot New Tables comes rolling in. A heady mixture of wild and wonderful new concepts right across the island, this month we have radical, retro, and psychedelic vibes in both Seminyak and Uluwatu, a brand new Japanese gastropub in Nusa Dua, and we even have a number of new names in Legian with celeb faces behind them – not to mention some Canggu must-trys for good measure…
We hope you’re hungry Honeys, this one’s a gourmet game-changer!
Opeum Bistro – Legian
Opeum has only just opened on the Double Six strip, and we’re already addicted. Helmed by MasterChef Singapore finalist, Sharon Gonzago, this new bistro is dedicated to preserving lost recipes from near and far, using fresh local ingredients that Chef Gonzago herself has sourced by exploring Bali’s terraces on a bike and scouring local markets. The results? Contemporary interpretations of heritage cuisine, like the Grilled Sambal Bajak Prawns, the Nasi Goreng Embe, and our fave, the Pesan Be Pasih – grilled silver snapper wrapped in banana leaves and powerfully flavoured by a Balinese sambal. All of this hidden beneath a luscious canopy of trees in a peaceful “secret garden” courtyard…
Opeum Bistro at Lloyd’s Inn Bali, Jl Arjuna (Double Six), Seminyak, p. +62 361 934 6969, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
Ona Eatery – Canggu
Ona Eatery is Canggu’s first ever Provencal-influenced restaurant, and if you ask us, it’s also one of the prettiest. You see, unlike Canggu’s typical gaggle of compact cafes on Batu Bolong or the bustling Berawa strip, Ona Eatery sits on the peaceful outskirts of Canggu with a sprawling expanse of spectacular architecture, its very own vegetable garden, an open-air dining area and even a glorious rooftop that’s just begging for sultry sundowners. But that’s not all. By day, Ona Eatery is a totally casual spot to graze the day away on brunch staples in the sunshine (helloooo Smashed Avo) but by night, Ona Eatery transforms into an enchanting, low-lit setting with a broody atmo and ultra-chill tunes – topped off by specialty cocktails, fine wines, draft and imported beers, and a menu of date-night must-trys. Go for the Burrata & Prosciutto to start, followed by the Clam Linguine and Textures of Passionfruit to finish. YUM!
Ona Canggu, Jl Subak Sari No. 13, Canggu, p. +62 859 3513 1836, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – 11pm.
The Pontiac Stardust – Seminyak
Described as a cosmic road trip through 1950s/60s Palm Springs, The Pontiac Stardust is a progressive cocktail bar inspired by the art and energy of mid-century modern Palm Springs. A culture not a concept, this wild and wonderful new bar is helmed by award-winning bartender, Beckaly Franks – the first female mixologist to win the prestigious 42 Below Cocktail World Cup, and owner of the multi award-winning Pontiac in Hong Kong. It goes without saying then, that the cocktails here are second to none (try the P.O.G. Daiquiri or the Snake in the Grass if you don’t believe us) and the bar food is equally as epic. Inspired by food truck fare from California, Miami, Seattle and New York, expect to see a big Burger, the kielbasa sausage Dog, the Personal Pizza and Fries, loaded with Sriracha mayonnaise and parmesan. And did we mention, there’s also a vintage photo booth here, a transcendent soundtrack of desert rock meets upbeat bpm, and even a fairy-lit Teepee under the stars on the patio where the occasional reiki and tarot reading takes place. Welcome to The Pontiac Stardust.
The Pontiac Stardust, Jl Taman Ganesha No.9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 361 4471192, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 4.30pm – 2am.
Flat Stanley Pizza – Seminyak
Situated directly next door to The Pontiac Stardust (above) at the ever-fabulous Alila Seminyak, Flat Stanley Pizza takes you to vintage California and the Pacific West Coast with its hand-pulled sourdough flatbread pizzas – generously loaded with local Balinese produce for the freshest flavours. Helmed by Chef Matt White, a self-proclaimed “Dough Head” who started Alt. Pizza and Extra Virgin Pizza in Singapore, the lineup alongside the pizzas at Flat Stanley sees a selection of sharing boards, small plates, vegetables, salads, and a range of meats and seafood from the grill. It’s a hip yet approachable day-to-night venue with something for everyone.
Flat Stanley at Alila Seminyak, Jl Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Bali. p. +62 361 3021 888, e. email@example.com. Open daily 12pm – 11pm.
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant – Nusa Dua
If a laidback and authentic Izakaya is your kinda thing (AKA, Japan’s version of a gastropub) then Nagisa Japanese Restaurant at Hotel Nikko Bali Benoa Beach will be right up your eating alley. Nagisa is the newest drinking and dining hotspot in Nusa Dua, helmed by Head Japanese Chef, Katsumi Goda, who has 44 years of experience spanning 7 different countries under his hat. In true Izakaya style, his menu is uncomplicated, reasonably priced, and designed for nibbling and grazing, using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. And to add to the authenticity, the restaurant observes “omotenashi” – the Japanese principle of sincere and wholehearted service. The highlights? Try the Robatayaki, the Teppanyaki and the sushi rolls, all best enjoyed with the carefully curated selection of sake, shochu, Japanese whisky and beer. Oishi!
Nagisa Japanese Restaurant at Hotel Nikko Bali, Jl Pratama 68X, Tanjung Benoa Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 773 577. Open Tues – Sun from 5pm.
HATCH – Uluwatu
Think that Uluwatu is only epic surf, pristine bays and bohemian stays? Think again. Brought to us by a bunch of colourful old hippies, Hatch has officially upped the Bukit’s drinking and dining scene with a restaurant-cum-wild-party spot that we’ve fallen head-over-flip-flops for. With its ramshackle-cool design and hopping party vibes, Hatch is on a mission to feed your soul with enormous platters and Mexican bites, before shaking things up with late-night dancing and the best music money can’t buy – all of this amidst the most psychedelic interiors around. Unsurprisingly so, Hatch has been bringing in the coolest crowds since day one of opening…
Hatch, Jl Labuansait No.54, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4596 2583, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 12pm – midnight.
Warung Chickpea – Seminyak
An Ottolenghi-inspired Middle Eastern restaurant tucked away in the back streets of Seminyak, Warung Chickpea ain’t your typical Indonesian warung. For starters, this fresh, healthy and downright delicious lunch spot is helmed by Australian chef Nick Philips, and this kitchen genius uses local produce, spices and charcoal grilling to whip up a spread of dishes designed to pick and choose from Nasi Campur-style. You won’t find any rich Rendang or oily Nasi Goreng here however. Instead, expect light and zesty marinated pomelo, a chilli, cauliflower & chickpea salad, charred broccoli & lemon tahini, and Turkish-style lamb kofta with pomegranate molasses. You’ll want to arrive early too, as lunches starts at 11.30am and lasts only until everything is sold out…
Warung Chickpea, Jl Raya Seminyak, Gang Keraton No.6C (next to Bintang Supermarket), Seminyak. Open Tues – Sunday.
Brunch Club – Legian
If (like us) you’re a sucker for a great brunch, well, welcome to the club. Brunch Club in Legian is where fellow pancake and coffee connoisseurs can gather to graze on all-time brunch favourites: Melbourne-style eggs, fluffy waffles, fruity smoothie bowls and smashed avo, alongside lunch staples like big burgers, toasted sarnies, loaded salads and pizzas. To really make the most of this munching marathon, the restaurant is a large, two-floor building dressed in traditional Balinese temple brick, concealing a Melbourne-style café downstairs. Wall murals are as colourful as the cocktails they serve, while a full length, spray-cooled roof terrace features a separate pizza kitchen for all-day grazing. And because no brunch is complete without great coffee, at Brunch Club you’ll also find carefully selected blends that have been expertly roasted on the island, served exactly as you take it.
Brunch Club, Jl Raya Legian No.457, Legian, p. +62 819 5247 4063, e. email@example.com. Open daily 8am – 10pm.
The Place With No Name – Uluwatu
Sure, this one’s gunna be hard to direct your taxi driver to, but trust us, it’s worth the challenge. The Place With No Name is Uluwatu’s newest modern and stylish destination for plant and fish-based food just footsteps from Padang Padang beach. The vegetarian and pescetarian plates here have been inspired by different locations around the world, from the Hawaiian Tuna Poke Bowl (including a veggie version), enormous Californian burritos with either Ahi, Shrimp or Tempeh (perfect for a post-surf refuel) served up with a secret sauce infused with both Mexican and Indonesian spices – yum! There’s also plenty of appetisers and small bites to nibble on, like truffle fries, spicy edamame, falafel and hummus. Look out for the cute botanical dining area out front if your taxi driver really is lost.
The Place With No Name, Jl Labuansait No. 72, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4687 3229, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
Dear Lucy – Dewi Sri
A coffee house, patisserie and Bali’s first Keto-friendly café all rolled into one, Dear Lucy on Dewi Sri is where diet-conscious folk from all walks of life can come together in a super cute space. Both Keto and vegan-friendly, here you’ll find big bowls like the Keto Bowl (with smoked salmon, mixed greens and a jalapeno ranch dressing) and vegan tempe burgers with a bonsoy latte on the side. And did we mention, it’s dog friendly too for good boys and girls?! Puppy play dates have never looked so scrumptious…
Dear Lucy, Jl Dewi Sri No. 9, Legian. Open daily 12pm – 8pm.
Barbapopa – Ubud
Cotton candy. Candy floss. Fairy floss. Whatever you call it, Barbapopa is the first place in Bali to open up a shop that’s totally dedicated to this technicolored, cloud-like treat – plus a selection of cool drinks to wash it all down with. Sitting in central Ubud in all its pink-and-baby-blue glory, Barbapopa is where you can relive your childhood memories with cotton candy in abundance.
Barbapopa, Jl Pengosekan, Ubud. Open daily 11am – 10.30pm.
EXPAT Roasters – Beachwalk
Breaking outta Seminyak and into the hustle and bustle of Kuta’s Beachwalk shopping mall, EXPAT. Roasters (our fave island brewers) have recently opened a second location on the island – this time a brew bar for Bali’s shopaholics. Loved in Seminyak (and across the island) for its specialty coffee that’s made its way into Bali’s coolest cafes and restaurants, all of EXPAT’s favourite brews can be found at this new address, including their freshly baked banana bread…
EXPAT. Roasters at Beachwalk Shopping Centre – Level 3, Jl Pantai Kuta, Kuta. Open Sun – Thurs 10.30am – 10.30pm & Fri – Sat 10am – 12am.
Clear Cafe – Canggu
From Ubud to Canggu with love. Clear Cafe is everyone’s favourite Ubud eatery that’s just opened a second address in the ‘Gu. Bringing all of your Ubud favourites to this new three-storey venue (complete with a curly-wurly slide from the top to the bottom) expect Clear Café’s signature fresh and healthy plates in all their glory, like the gluten-free Buckwheat Pancakes, the collection of egg staples, the vegan Love Burger, the raw & macro menu, and of course, allll of Clear’s famous juices and elixirs.
Clear Cafe Canggu, Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu, p. +62 821 4681 2567. Open daily.
Happy munching Honeys!