In this month’s edition of Hot New Tables: Ijen at Potato Head Beach Club, Lettuce Inn, Ink Bali, Falafel Temple, BOSS MAN Kuta & more!
Once again Canggu’s ever-expanding restaurant scene is leading the charge, with cute cafes, bars and gourmet nooks opening faster than we can sink our coconut milk flat whites. Luckily, there are plenty more foodie hotspots joining these Gu newbies, including Indonesia’s first ever zero-waste restaurant at one of our fave Bali beach clubs, and a new Kuta address for the biggest, baddest burgers we’ve ever devoured.
So tuck in and quell the hanger – here are Bali’s best new restaurants for October 2018.
Ijen at Potato Head Beach Club
The newest foodie name from Bali’s most progressive beach club, Ijen at Potato Head is Indonesia’s first ever restaurant to follow a zero-waste-to-landfill philosophy. Making waves as the most sustainable fish restaurant around, Ijen dishes up ocean-fresh seafood caught locally using a hand-reeling process, served in an al-fresco environment that’s full of recycled materials. The menus are printed on sustainably harvested paper and bound to boards made from recycled truck tyres, the dining area uses furniture made from foam offcuts and recycled wood, the floor is poured from a mix of broken plates, glasses and cement, and as for the food, expect only the very best of the daily catch here. Mahi mahi, barramundi and local snapper are grilled simply over an open fire, served up alongside a range of creative veggie dishes, like roasted cauliflower with keluwek tahini, and the best local sambals we’ve ever tasted. This is guilt-free feasting at its best.
Ijen at Potato Head Beach Club, Jl Petitenget No.51B, p. +62 361 4737979. e. [email protected] Open daily 6pm – midnight.
The latest destination to open at the ever-expanding Tamora Gallery in Canggu, Ink Bali is feeding our sushi obsession with Japanese comfort food in the heart of the Berawa ‘hood. An umami explosion of all things “oishi”, there’s colourful fusion sushi, sticky Karaage chicken, ooey-gooey pork belly and alllll the buttery gyoza. And to really settle into Japan’s comfort cuisine (it’s quite easy) there’s plenty of cocktails here too, equally Japanese-y and doubly delicious.
Ink Bali at Tamora Gallery, Jl Pantai Berawa No.99, Canggu, e. firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily.
For all of our fellow falafel fans out there, we have good news. Our pita prayers have been answered with the recent opening of Falafel Temple – Berawa’s newest plant-based resto that’s bringing real, home-cooked, Middle Eastern cuisine to the island. Inspired by the flavors of Morocco, Turkey, and Egypt, expect traditional spices, fresh local ingredients and plenty of shisha here, with some of the most generous (read: deliciously enormous!) mezze plates we’ve ever seen. And because there’s no such thing as too much hummus, we’re filling up on falafel almost every day of the week at this divine temple.
Falafel Temple, Jl Pantai Berawa No. 34, Canggu, p. +62 811 396 7979, e. [email protected] Open daily 10am – 10pm.
A boutique coffee spot, restaurant and all-round chill destination, Lettuce Inn has opened up on Canggu’s brand new shopping and dining strip, Echo Quarter. Sitting tidy alongside big-brand names like Indosole, Sir the Label and Dream Good surf shop, Lettuce Inn lured us in with its breezy views over the rice fields just footsteps from the pumping surf of Echo Beach. But it was the food that had us sticking around until well after sunset. Lettuce cups are the name of the game here, loaded with everything from Wagyu Italian meatballs with zucchini and parmesan, to roast pumpkin, fried chicken and glazed pork belly. Big yums all around.
Lettuce Inn, Jl Batu Mejan No.69, Canggu. Open daily.
Proving that vegans really are taking over the world one beef-less burger at a time, Plant Cartel is Canggu’s latest plant-based trailblazer that means serious (ethical) business. Unlike most vegan restaurants in Bali, you won’t find any healthy soul bowls or macrobiotic raw food here. Instead, Plant Cartel is all about fast food that’s just as “meaty”, just as naughty and just as satisfying as its carnivorous contenders. As such, the menu reads like a carby dream, from the Double Pleeseburger, Popcorn Chick’n and The PcMuffin, to the Mac & Pleese, vegan hotdog and loaded fries with a mountain of gooiness. Sorry Maccas, this is a fast food joint of the future.
Plant Cartel, Jl Batu Bolong No.83A, Canggu, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – 10pm.
A cool new coffee spot and daytime cafe, DuaTiga in Berawa has got Canggu’s caffeine crew well and truly buzzing. Specialising in house-roasted beans and top-notch brews, settle into this Melbourne-style industrial nook for strong cuppas, fruity smoothie bowls and latte art aplenty.
DuaTiga, Jl Pantai Berawa No.102, Canggu. Open daily 8am – 4pm.
BO$$ MAN Kuta
Burger fans, rejoice! Bali’s biggest, baddest burger brand has brought its legendary burgers to the Kuta hood. Following in the delicious footsteps of its Seminyak flagship, this brand new Kuta location is slinging all of your fave BO$$ MAN signatures and more (we’re looking at you, Al Capone & Loaded Fries). If you’re yet to try a BO$$ burger, do yourself a favour and sink your teeth into one, stat. They’re some of the most goddamn-delicious burgers we’ve ever devoured (and we’ve eaten A LOT).
BO$$ MAN Kuta, Jl Poppies 2, Kuta, p. +62 811 3867 063, e. [email protected] Open daily 12pm – 4am.
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