In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: Ninetyone, Coffee Cartel, The Back Room at Mason, Xich Lo & more!
Unlike our usual Hot New Tables roundups of entirely new restaurants in Bali, this month’s lineup of foodie newbies is all about the veterans – the Bali originals that have done restaurant-ing so well, they’ve gone and given us more than one address. Sure, we have a brand new Canggu restaurant to introduce to you that’s unlike anything else we’ve ever munched on in Bali (more on that later) but besides that, these epicurean experts are giving us additional reasons to feast at our faves, with long-time reps that promise good coffee, great cocktails, and even better bites.
Happy munching, Honeys!
Ninetyone – Canggu
Destined to become one of Canggu’s hottest cocktail-fuelled dinner spots, Ninetyone is a brand new and modern casual dining restaurant inspired by the spices of The East. The food here is like nothing we’ve ever seen before in the ‘Gu – think Middle Eastern favourites seamlessly fused with modern cooking techniques, like spicy caramelised peach alongside a lightly charred halloumi, or honey-roasted baby carrots with Lebanese spices – best enjoyed with the organic Lebanese Muscat wine (yes, you read that right!). All of this is then dished up family-style – designed to swap and share – within a beautifully converted villa space that makes you feel right at home. And did we mention, there’s plenty of vegan options here, too? Yup, we’re betting all of our Rupiah that Ninetyone is gunna be Canggu’s next big thang…
Ninetyone, Jl Batu Bolong No.91, Canggu, p. +62 821 9888 9191. Open daily for dinner.
Coffee Cartel – Legian
With a name like Coffee Cartel, we knew these bean buffs meant serious business back when they opened in Seminyak in 2017. And now, after dominating Petitenget’s boutique cafe and coffee scene with their signature pink hues and cute potted cacti, these top dogs are opening a second location on the island, this time in Legian. Expect all of your fave Coffee Cartel staples here, like the top quality cappuccinos, the subtle Mexican aesthetics and the adorbs golden cutlery, not to mention the mean cafe menu of poke bowls, burgers, loaded fries and vegan smak hotcakes with candy floss, mixed berries and pink strawberry coco over custard. Yum!
Coffee Cartel, Legian, p. +62 812 4601 0515. Opening May 11th.
The Back Room at Mason – Canggu
Just when we thought the Mason crew couldn’t get any cooler, they open the doors to reveal this underground and obscenely suave bar and lounge space hidden at the back of the restaurant, complete with leather booths, low sofas and even lower lighting. Totally air-conditioned, The Back Room is a welcome reprieve from the balmy Bali air in Mason’s al fresco courtyard and dining area, making it the perfect spot to linger until late with a post-feast tipple or two (the Negronis here are the best around, FYI). Unsurprisingly so, this is the new spot to see and be seen, flocked by Canggu’s coolest crowds every night of the week.
The Back Room at Mason, Jl Batu Bolong No. 83, Canggu, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open nightly ‘til 2am.
GRAIN at Hilton Bali – Nusa Dua
Joining the collection of delicious dining destinations at Hilton Bali, GRAIN is the scrumptious new addition to this Nusa Dua resort’s restaurant scene. An all-day venue on the lower lobby level with extensive indoor and outdoor seating, GRAIN is where you’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner favourites, cooked up right in front of you from the open kitchen. There’s even a live juicing station, where health-conscious holidaymakers can get their fill of fresh fruits and veggies…
GRAIN at Hilton Bali Resort, Jl Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua, p. +62 361 773 377, e. email@example.com.
Xich Lo – Canggu
Xich Lo was once one of our best kept secrets – our fave rice field warung on the outskirts of Kerobokan serving the most authentic Vietnamese food we’ve found in Bali. But now, the secret is officially out, ever since this second location popped up in Canggu. Still with epic emerald views and Vietnamese cuisine done right, Xich Lo in Canggu is where you’ll find authentic and aromatic Phở, Cơm Thit Nuong (grilled meat and rice) and our lunchtime go-to, Banh Mi (Vietnamese style baguettes). And with its open-air, breezy seating area scattered with natural and locally-sourced furniture, home-cooked Vietnamese food has never tasted so good… Top tip: swing by on the regular for weekly specials, art sessions and documentary screenings.
Xich Lo, Jl Padang Linjong No.1, Canggu, p. +62 8123 659 4939.
Yogurt Republick – Legian
We’ve never met anyone that doesn’t like frozen yoghurt, and Bali’s best fro-yo spot does this creamy treat some serious justice, now with a brand new location in Legian. All-natural, fresh, healthy and gluten-free (with a few vegan options to boot!) Yogurt Republick is where you’ll find create-your-own fro-yo with alllll the tasty toppings. Nuts, fruits, honey and sprinkles, these guys are froyo aficionados. There’s also waffles, smoothies and brekkie bowls to fill up on, and our fave, FroyoPops on a stick. Fro-yo on-the-go? You had us at hello!
Yogurt Republick, Jl. Raya Legian 119, Legian, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily 9.30am – midnight.
Happy munching, Honeys!