Propped up on a Bukit beach but not sure where to eat? Here's our guide to the best restaurants, cafes & sunset spots in Uluwatu, Bingin, Balangan & beyond
It’s no secret that the restaurant scene is blowing up all over Bali – none more so than down in Uluwatu on the beautiful Bukit Peninsula, which, until recently, has mostly been all about cheap’n’cheerful local warungs for the surf crowds. These days, the Bukit’s café culture is booming, and so is the fine dining movement, ranging from healthy vegan eats in Bingin, to award-winning menus from world-class chefs in Uluwatu.
So, to help you decide where to eat south of the airport, here’s our list of Uluwatu’s best restaurants, helpfully broken down into the best restaurants for brunch and lunch, followed by our fave dinner spots, and last but certainly not least, the finest destinations for a special occasion or smokin’ hot date night…
WHERE TO EAT IN ULUWATU, BINGIN, BALANGAN & BEYOND
The best restaurants in Uluwatu for brunch & lunch
1. Ours Bali
Ours Bali is Uluwatu’s all-day cafe and restaurant that officially upped the gourmet game in the Bukit. Its menu would fit right into Bondi Beach, topped off with tropi-cool interiors that mix Balinese open-living with Scandinavian architecture and Mediterranean flavour. All of this, and that’s before we mention how damn delicious the food is. Graze on Moroccan fried eggs on chargrilled spicy sourdough for brekkie, before crispy skin salmon bowls for lunch and chicken stroganoff for dinner. All of which is best enjoyed with Ours’ list of classic cocktails. And with a focus on high quality local ingredients and a sustainable approach to food, you can feel good about tucking into the whole lot too…
Ours Bali, Jl Labuansait No.39, Uluwatu, p. +62 8135 3373 163, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
2. The Cashew Tree
Just a stone’s throw from the cliff tops of Bingin, The Cashew Tree covers everything from family-friendly brunches and lunches in the al fresco dining area, to live acoustic performance in the evenings. The fully stacked café-style menu is fresh, healthy and organic, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes alongside platters of fries and an epic cocktail list. There’s even the uber-popular Bali Training Centre here, meaning you can tag a workout onto your morning coffee fix.
The Cashew Tree, Jl Pantai Bingin No.9, Pecatu, p. +62 85 953 789 675; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
3. Ulu Garden
Tucked away behind Uluwatu’s most happening strip is Ulu Garden – a ‘multidisciplinary hospitality space’ where you can stroll in for brunch, catch a live acoustic band over cocktails, or work away on your laptop overlooking the breezy tropical garden. There’s even a kid’s playground full of toys and games, which will keep little ones occupied while grown-ups graze on the wholesome and delicious dishes that balance protein, carbs and plenty of yummy vegetables. Our fave is the Roasted Veggie Bowl packed full of kale, pumpkin, zucchini, cassava, quinoa and green tahini. Or the Lemony Tuna with asparagus, green papaya, sweet potato and a creamy coconut kemangi. Top tip: keep your eyes on Ulu Garden’s weekly Instagram schedule, because you can join Bahasa classes, workshops, specials dinners and even watch live music from Bali’s legendary reggae band, Ulu Roots. Don’t miss the Sunday market either – it takes place on the first Sunday of every month and features art, homewares, kid’s clothing and community vibes all around!
Ulu Garden, Jl Pantai Padang-Padang, Pecatu, p. +62 8133 954 5241, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
4. Drifter Surf
A shrine to all things old school surf, Drifter proudly wears its vintage vibes badge, stocking a range of underground labels and some of the most beautiful ocean-inspired art around. Browse the shop and when you’re done, head out the back to the peaceful garden café area where you’ll find excellent coffee and a range of deliciously healthy dishes. From brekkie plates and rice paper rolls by day, to Balinese curries and grilled fish at night, we regularly graze our way through the entire Drifter menu. Pro tip: swing by on a Friday night and you might catch a live band or al-fresco movie viewing beneath the stars.
Drifter, Jl Labuansait No.52, Pecatu, p. +62 81 755 7111, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
5. Kelly’s Warung
Tucked away art the bottom of the cliffs on Bingin Beach, Kelly’s is something of an institution around these parts. Overlooking the famous waves out front and with steps that go right down onto the sand, there are few better places to while away a lazy Bingin day. The food is simple, healthy and hearty, with a refreshing drinks list and some of the coldest beers around. Try the colourful Pitaya Bowl for brekkie, and the generous wraps for a post-surf lunch. We love the breezy lounge and boho-chic vibes on the second floor…
Kelly’s Warung, Bingin Beach, Bingin, p. +62 81 353 007 313; Open daily 11am – 7pm.
6. Gooseberry Cafe & Boutique
Gooseberry Cafe & Boutique is from the same babes who gave us Bali’s internationally-acclaimed lingerie and swimwear label, Gooseberry Intimates. Tucked away above Bingin Beach, the cafe is a tropical oasis of modern cuisine, air-conditioned interiors and a sun-soaked pool for a post-brunch dip. Graze on the cafe’s brekkie and lunch staples (hellooo French crepes, creamy burrata and truffle gnocchi) then go all out at dinner with the wood-fired oven where smoking Balinese black pig or beef skewers are grilled to order.
Gooseberry Café & Boutique, Jl Buana Sari, Gg Pirta, Pecatu, p. +62 821 4482 3166, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
7. Suka Espresso
Brunch fanatics flock to this little Bukit gem thanks to the neat and utterly delicious menu of mostly morning and lunchtime dishes (the avocado smash here is arguably the best in the Bukit – need we say more?). Meanwhile, coffee lovers come here for the fact that Suka sources its beans in small batches from Indonesia and South America for the perfect cuppa joe. Yup, this is a must-try tropical stop-off for your daily coffee and brunch fix…
Suka Espresso, Jl Labuansait, Uluwatu, p. +62 812 4652 7605. Open daily 7.30am – 9pm.
8. Sundays Beach Club
Everyday feels like a Sunday down at this stunning beach club, tucked at the bottom of the cliffs on Bali’s southern coast. Billed as a ‘piece of hidden paradise’, Sundays Beach Club is a Robinson Crusoe-meets-St. Tropez venue, where you can feast from midday until dinner on beach-friendly fare, like tropical smoothie bowls, fish & chips, piping hot pizzas and even a gourmet Nasi Goreng. Chill and graze on the loungers by the lagoon-like ocean, or dine within the ramshackle-chic bamboo restaurant. And as the day rolls on, pull up a beanbag around the bonfire for the best sunset seat in the house. A designer drinks list completes the picture here at this Honeycombers’ fave.
Sundays Beach Club, Jl Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, p. +62 821 4405 7406, e. [email protected]; Open daily 10am – 10pm.
9. Lands End Cafe
When it comes to all-organic healthy food in Uluwatu, Lands End Cafe is at the top of everyone’s list. It’s a cosy and humble open-air road-side restaurant that draws in local expats and visitors alike for a pre- and post-surf feed. Think big nourishing brekkies, hearty lunch bowls and all-homemade vegan treats for dessert. All of this with a local farm-to-table concept. It’s our favourite spot to start our day off with a colourful smoothie bowl and plate of waffles, loaded with with fresh chunks of tropical fruit. Fill up on green salads and loaded wraps, or take your pick from the vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options written across the wall.
Lands End Cafe, Jl Pantai Suluban, Pecatu, p. +62 821 4745 0249. Open daily (except Tue) 8am – 3.30pm.
10. Tarabelle Coffee & Eats
A doughnut shop and specialty cafe, Tarabelle Coffee & Eats sits on the main road into Uluwatu, serving an all-day brekky, lunch and dinner menu. For a morning fuel-up, you can’t go wrong with the classic eggs benny, or the Kimchi Scramble if you’re feeling adventurous. Lunch is all about everyone’s faves: burgers, pastas, poke bowls and wraps. Try the chicken karaage burger or the veggie-friendly pesto pasta, and check the calendar to time your dinner during one of Tarabelle’s acoustic nights. As for drinks, go local with a jamu (Bali’s traditional cold drink, usually spiced by turmeric) or a peanut butter caramel popcorn milkshake (yes, you read that right!). Got a sweet tooth? Check out the doughnut counter for some of the island’s best artisan doughnuts.
Tarabelle Coffee & Eats, Jl Uluwatu No. 77, Ungasan, p. +62 819 202 2018. Open daily 7.30am – 10pm.
11. The Loft
Born in Bondi then brought to Bali – The Loft has made its home in Uluwatu, and boy are our tummies grateful! This Bukit address brings all of our fave Loft staples to the island, from the award-winning poke bowls and Instagrammable brekkies (helloooo vegan waffles) to the big burgers, meatballs and Mexican plates for dinner. Unsurprisingly so, The Loft has become an all-day hangout for Bali’s cool crowds, with its ‘lofty’, open-air, warehouse-style dining room that’s peppered with indoor palm trees and outdoor seating. There’s even a cute boutique to nab all of your beachside essentials – post brunch or pre-cocktails…
The Loft, Jl Labuan Sait No. 52, Uluwatu, p. +62 821 4594 4537, e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 9pm.
Delicious, organic and locally sourced, Nourish does exactly that: it nourishes your tummies with nutrient-rich foods, cold-pressed juices, healthy salads and superfood bowls. This all-day cafe and pizzeria has two locations in the Bukit; one in Ungasan and the other in Bingin, with the latter attached to its very own gourmet wholefoods store. You see, these guys are obsessed with high-quality, soul-serving ingredients, cooking with and creating as much organic, locally-sourced produce as possible. Try the Smashed Avo Stack, the Green Bowl and the Vegan Morning Glory with a plant-based “fried egg” to see what we mean, then stock up on all your fave nutritious snacks and goodies from the store.
Nourish, Jl Raya Uluwatu No.250 & Jl Labuansait No. 52, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
13. El Merkat
The second venture from the team behind El Kabron, El Merkat is a bright, breezy and easy place for a late brekky, brunch or lunch during your Bukit sojourn. Think stacked bocadillo sandwiches and hearty salads given the magic Spanish touch, washed down with top-notch coffee, healthy pressed juices and vinos. Conveniently located on the main road going past Dreamland, El Merkat is the ideal stop off to pick up some takeaway goodies for a Bukit beach picnic.
El Merkat, Jl Raya Uluwatu km9, Bukit, +62 811 397 6300, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 11pm.
14. Bali Buda
Bali Buda is Bali’s local and organic restaurant-cum-grocery store full of fresh produce and ingredients. This 25-year Bali institution comes without the distractions of Wi-Fi, offering a collection of raw vegan dishes, big salad bowls, hearty soups and GMO-free tofu, all in a homely cafe environment. This island icon is so popular, it’s also located in Canggu, Kerobokan, Renon, Batbulan and Ubud.
Bali Buda, Jl Raya Uluwatu, Ungasan, p. +62 887 3808 771; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
15. BGS Bali
Your one-stop shop for surf essentials, stylish threads and some of the best coffee around, BGS is well worth a peep on your Bukit food tour. The snacky menu features house-made smoothie bowls, freshly-baked cookies and other scrummy nibbles that go perfectly with an almond milk latte or post-surf beer (or two). And psst, you can find BGS in Dreamland, Uluwatu and Canggu too!
BGS Bali, Jl Raya Uluwatu No77x Ungasan & Jl Labuansait, Uluwatu, p. +62 878 6181 3103; Open daily 8am – 9pm.
The best restaurants in Uluwatu for dinner & cocktails
Bringing a totally fresh and innovative dining destination to Uluwatu, Bartolo is an elegant European bistro that’s unlike anything else around – and we can’t get enough. It’s the perfect place to swing by for next-level cocktails, or to catch up with a group of friends over shared plates and charcuteries made from locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients – all of which are rooted in European flavours. The menu itself is compact yet punchy, with mind-blowing signatures like the tuna crudo with peperonata, the market clams in a creamy aioli sauce, or the grilled ox tongue with bagna cauda. Of course, all of this is best paired with those next-level cocktails. The margarita with black lime and smoked honey is the best we’ve tried in a long time, as is the cacao-infused Negroni and the Calamansi Paloma. Sit indoors amidst the black-and-white tiled interiors, or go al-fresco for those European piazza vibes…
Bartolo, Jl Labuansait, Pecatu, p. +62 821 2435 1135; Open daily from 5pm.
2. Mana Uluwatu
Come for the epic views, stay for the soulful food and next-level cocktails. Mana Uluwatu is perched high up on the cliffs of Uluwatu Surf Villas, overlooking the pumping waves and glittering horizon. In true surfer style, the food here is all about wholesome, nourishing bites from both land and sea. Think Baja shrimp tacos and jackfruit enchiladas. Or soft shell crab gazpacho, and roasted chicken with turmeric-dill rice. All of this is dished up in a gorgeous open-air pavilion made of reclaimed teak and ironwood. The views, the food and the good vibes here are all best enjoyed with a Mana cocktail in hand and a golden glow out yonder – try the Spiced Espresso Martini and whatever you do, don’t go past the Lilikoi Mojito.
Mana Uluwatu, Jl Pantai Suluban (inside Uluwatu Surf Villas), Uluwatu, p. +62 817 555 421 e. [email protected]; Open daily 8am – 9pm.
3. Ulu Cliffhouse
Uluwatu’s most hedonistic playground couldn’t claim such a title without superb food to boot, so this elevated clifftop club ticks all the boxes in the gourmet department too. Everything on the menu is designed with poolside vibes in mind; think tapas bites, platters to share, as well as pizzas, oysters and delish desserts too. Our top tip? Turn up early to get the best cliff-front sunset seat in the house, and stick around until late for live DJs and special events.
Ulu Cliffhouse, Jl Labuan Sait No. 315, Padang-Padang, p. +62 81 338 812 502, e. [email protected]; Open daily 12pm – late.
4. La Baracca
Everyone’s favourite rustic island Italian has a home in Uluwatu, sitting on the main road above Thomas Beach along a happening little ‘eat street’. Now with addresses in Canggu, Seminyak, and Ubud too, expect all of your go-to La Baracca signatures, like wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas and a host of veggie & vegan options that won’t break the bank.
La Baracca, Jl Labuan Sait 10, Padang Padang, p. +62 82 145 175 621, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 11pm.
Mexico meets Japan at Tabu – one of Uluwatu’s hottest destinations centred by a long shared table and two floors for wining, dining and dancing ’til late. Brought to us by the unstoppable Ours Group (the peeps behind Ours restaurant and Our Spa) none of the Ours flair or flavour has been lost at this upscale spot. Think truffle parmesan croquettes, wood-fired Tomahawk, and Prosecco miso hamachi. And of course, the cocktails are not to be missed either. A smoking Old Fashioned, Grand Negroni and a Bloody Maria keep us coming back most evenings. And it goes without saying, you’ll need to make a reservation here, as this place is booked out every weekend.
Tabu, Jl Labuansait No.10, Pecatu, p. +62 813 5800 9090. Open Wednesday – Sunday, from 5pm.
6. Shaka Riki
This laid-back and breezy Japanese restaurant has done exactly what we’ve all been waiting for: brought awesome sushi and authentic Japanese bites to the Bukit. With its smooth and welcoming service (think complimentary miso soup and cold towels on arrival) paired with an enormous menu of top-notch rolls, combo plates and Japanese staples, Shaka Riki is regularly buzzing with big crowds and fun family vibes.
Shaka Riki, Jl Labuan Sait No.34, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 877 4335 9142; Open daily 3.30pm – 10.30pm.
Easily Uluwatu’s most popular Italian joint, DiVino (previously Casa Asia) is a family-run Italian restaurant serving wood-fired pizza and pasta done right – plus plenty of meat dishes, paninis, salads and Indonesian plates for good measure. It’s a melting pot for both expats and tourists, filling the open-air restaurant every evening with good vibes, plenty of wine and great Italian bites.
DiVino, Jl Pantai Bingin, Bingin, p. +62 821 4500 2906, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 11.30pm.
A cafe, restaurant, bar and breezy hangout place, Chela brings a touch of the Middle East to Bingin. Wholesome and homemade, the menu here is as nourishing as it is delicious, perfect for a daytime feast or a dinner date too. By day, choose from spice-loaded dishes like the shakshuka drizzled with pesto, or the vegan potato rosti with grilled broccoli, kimchi, apple cardamom dip and chilli jam. By lunchtime, move onto hearty salad bowls or the grilled tuna sandwich, then as dinner swings around, it’s all about Chela’s sharing platters served up beneath the big bamboo structure. Go all-out with the meat or seafood platters, or go healthy with the vegan and vegetarian options. Top it all off with a classic cocktail, glass of wine or craft beer, and expect to come back again, and again, and again.
Chela, Jl Pantai Bingin No. 3, Pecatu, p. +62 812 3864 1097, e. [email protected] Open daily 8am – late.
9. Abracadabra at Mu Boutique Resort
Perched right on the Bingin cliffs at Mu Boutique Resort, Abracadabra turns fresh, organic and seasonal ingredients into magical dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can tuck into healthy and homemade recipes with uninterrupted view of the glittering ocean. Try the crunchy beetroot salad with pear, asparagus and feta cheese, or the tempe burger with a side of oven-baked sweet potatoes. Top tip: for the ultimate dinner date in the Bukit, come early for sunset, sit by the cliff’s edge, and graze on the shared combo plates featuring grilled seafood and vegetarian specialities.
Abracadabra at Mu Boutique Resort, Jl Pantai Bingin, Pecatu, p. +62 853 3816 7746, e.
[email protected] Open daily 7.30am – 9.30pm.
10. Rolling Fork
Driven by quality, innovation and tradition, Rolling Fork is a quaint, Italian-inspired restaurant that feels like home. Here you can tuck into homemade pastas, crispy pizzas, fresh grilled fish and prime imported meat, bringing food back to its simplest and most beautiful form. Everything here is made and served with love, best enjoyed on the cute colonial-style verandah. Wash it all down with a glass of red or a salt-rimmed cocktail – all for a taste of la dolce vita!
Rolling Fork, Jl Labuan Sait 51, Padang Padang, p. +62 821 479 51496, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 10.30pm.
11. Single Fin
After the success of its legendary Sunday Sessions, this cliff-top surfie bar that watches over Uluwatu’s famous surf break regularly brings in the crowds every day (and night) of the week. An impressive roster of live bands and DJs keeps the good vibes flowing on Single Fin’s enormous balcony, while the icy cold beers, sugnature cocktails and hearty grub is what brings us in early for dinner. Think tacos, burgers, pizzas and salads – all served up alongside Single Fin’s iconic views.
Single Fin, Jl Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, p. +62 857 4775 0740, e. [email protected]; Open daily 1pm – 9pm.
12. Café La Pasion
Simple, unpretentious and home to some delicious homemade cakes – make a stop at this charming little café if you’re heading for the peaceful shores of Balangan Beach. The coffee is also worth a mention, as is the laid-back atmosphere and assortment of healthy South American inspired bites like ceviche, tortillas and guacamole toast. Swing by on a Saturday evening to catch a live band.
Cafe La Pasion, Jl Pantai Balangan, Ungasan, p. +62 81 238 109 228; Open daily 8am – 10pm.
The best fancy restaurants in Uluwatu for a special occasion
1. Il Ristorante – Luca Fantin
Push the boat out with a trip to Bulgari Resort Bali’s opulent dining experience, Il Ristorante. Helmed by famed Michelin-starred executive chef Luca Fantin, Il Ristorante is an intimate 36-seat restaurant that specialises in contemporary and creative interpretations of classic Italian cuisine. You’ll want to dress to impress at this suave dinner-only venue, where you can choose from five- or seven-courses of impeccably plated creations. Wine pairing is also available, as is a pre-dinner Aperitivo hour from 6pm – 7pm at Bulgari’s cliff-front bar, where complimentary Italian canapés are served alongside an award-winning cocktail list and a fiery Bali sunset.
Il Ristorante at Bulgari Resort Bali, Jl Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Uluwatu.
2. The Cave
Serious foodies, this one’s for you. The Cave at The Edge is a one-of-a-kind fine dining experience that takes place inside a 25,000 year-old underground cave. And to match such a superlative setting, the menu is the jaw-dropping work of Chef Ryan Clift, the man behind the award-winning Tippling Club in Singapore. This latest venture is a 22-seat subterranean restaurant where you can graze on a seven- or ten-course menu of modern gastronomy with interludes in between, all whilst taking in the magnificent rock formations. You also have the option to pair your degustation with wine and cocktails, which isn’t mandatory, but highly recommended…
The Cave at The Edge, Jl Pura Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu, p. +62 361 847 0700, e. [email protected]
3. El Kabron
Famed for its cliff-edge infinity pool and Balearic vibrations, this Spanish-style cliff club and restaurant brings an authentic taste of the Med to the Bukit. While the food is simply out-of-this-world, El Kabron’s biggest drawcard shows up at sundown, when a hip crowd descends to watch the sunset show. Live music and proper Catalonia-style tapas are the next best things about this happening destination, closely followed by the standout cocktails.
El Kabron, Jl Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, p. +62-813 3723 5750, e. [email protected]; Open daily 1pm – 9pm.
Home to what is possibly the world’s most jaw-dropping infinity pool, Oneeighty at The Edge is Uluwatu’s aerial destination that blows us away with it epic vistas, scrumptious cuisine and designer cocktails that make us as dizzy as the cliff club’s elevated perch. By day, the summery menu reads like a playful ode to classic beachside fare (think giant Papuan prawns drenched in kemangi butter and a zesty squirt of lime) whilst by night, fire pits and up-lit coconut palms ignite the twilight vibes. In more ways than one, this dramatic spot really is on another level.
Oneeighty at The Edge, Jl Pura Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu, p. +62 8210 4748 7431, e. [email protected]; Open daily 11am – 7pm.
5. Di Mare
Bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to south Bali, Di Mare’s breezy cliff top location offers stunning views to complement that chilled glass of Sauv Blanc. The freshest seafood and finest meats are the talk of the town here, but don’t just take our word for it – Karma Kandara’s signature restaurant has won a string of awards, and is regularly featured in global travel mags as one of the top tables to try when in Bali.
Di Mare at Karma Kandara, Jl Villa Kandara, Br. Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, p. +62 361 848 2202, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
6. The Warung
Foodies, this one’s for you. Wholesome, traditional and downright delicious, The Warung is the gastronomic Indonesian and Balinese restaurant at the stunning Alila Villas Uluwatu. Though each dish on the menu can be found at warungs across the island, The Warung serves up these national staples with a difference. We’re talking high-end ingredients, artfully tailored recipes and a powerful flavour punch with every bite. This is ‘local food’ on a whole other level.
The Warung at Alila Villas Uluwatu, Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu – Uluwatu, p. +62 361 848 2166 e. [email protected]; Open daily.
Ju-Ma-Na has long earned itself an island-wide reputation for stellar dining, designer drinks and exquisite food in an incredibly beautiful setting. With its cosmopolitan cocktails and aperitifs, its Arabian-influenced snacks and stunning French cuisine with a Japanese twist, it has attracted and delighted foodies for some time now. And it doesn’t disappoint. We recommend booking a table for whilst the sun is still up, to enjoy the oceanic panorama before dinner (drinks on the balcony are a must). Book ahead, and don your very best dress, because this is one helluva gourmet experience…
Ju-Ma-Na at Jumana Bali Ungasan Resort, Jl Melasti Banjar Kelod, Ungasan, p. +62 361 300 7000, e. [email protected]
8. Dugong Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang
Experience a taste of upscale Indonesian cuisine at the super swanky Dugong Restaurant, the signature dining destination at one of the Bukit’s most exclusive resorts. With a view to die for over Padang Padang beach, dining at Dugong is an unmissable experience. Food-wise, the talented culinary team here sources everything from within a 50km radius, ensuring the freshest ingredients and most authentic local flavours.
Dugong Restaurant at Suarga Padang Padang, Jl Pantai Labuan Sait, Br Dinas Labuan Sait, Pecatu, p. +62 361 472 5088, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7.30am – 11pm.
TEMPORARILY CLOSED RESTAURANTS IN ULUWATU
Ideal for breezy breakfasts and casual lunches, The Bukit Café does exactly what it says on the tin: delicious western style café fare in the heart of the hills. Swing by in the A.M. for an assortment of treats like smashed avo on toast, a Greek omelette, or a yoghurt fruit parfait, or check out the salads, sandwiches and seafood goodies from lunch through to sundown.
Bukit Cafe, Jl Labuan Sait, Pecatu, p. +62 82 236 208 392, e. [email protected]; Open daily 7am – 10pm.
Brought to the Bukit by a bunch of colourful old hippies, Hatch is a restaurant-cum-wild-party spot that we’ve fallen head-over-flip-flops for. With its ramshackle-cool design and hopping party vibes over the weekend, Hatch is on a mission to feed your soul with enormous share 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. Try the full lineup of tacos, the spicy pulled pork bao buns, and fill your face with the homemade beef sliders. YUM.
Hatch, Jl Labuan Sait No.54, Pecatu – Uluwatu.
Coco & Poke
This stylishly simple cafe housed within Uluwatu’s famed Single Fin Bar serves up exactly what its name suggests: either delightful bowls of sweet vegan-friendly coconut whip, or Hawaiian style tuna poke bowls with a selection of toppings and salad goodies. The only problem here is deciding whether to go for sweet or savoury – either way, this is guilt-free snacking at its best.
Coco & Poke at Single Fin, Jl Labuan Sait, Uluwatu.
Sake no Hana
If sipping on sake and tucking into gourmet sushi high above Uluwatu’s sun-soaked cliffside sounds like your kinda restaurant heaven, then direct your dinner plans to Sake no Hana – an internationally-acclaimed modern Japanese destination. Perched atop a 100 metre plateau, Sake No Hana is a sight to be seen indeed, but it’s the food here that’s truly breathtaking. By day, feast on small bites and bento boxes on the al-fresco latticed terrace, then as dusk descends, shift into a grander gear with deluxe charcoal-grilled meat and seafood, Toban-style fare and kamameshi rice dishes – perfect for a dazzling date night. Watch as the chefs meticulously craft a selection of premium made-to-order sushi and sashimi, or try it all with the degustation menu, ripe with Japanese treasures. Be sure to make a reservation here – this five-star experience is one of the hottest names on Asia’s dining scene.
Sake no Hana, Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak Desa, Uluwatu.
An adorable boho-chic restaurant built around an 80 year-old Kapok tree, Alchemist Bali is set inside a lush tropical grove that could easily set the scene for an Alice in Wonderland tea party. With an all-organic menu of homemade pizza, pasta, soups and Indonesian staples – plus an entire vegan menu with lasagne, moussaka and roasted veggies – Alchemist Bali is a hidden gem that’s perfect for a quiet lunch. There’s even a hidden oasis out the back with cosy nooks for poolside grazing, and magical tree-houses for an enchanting Bukit stay…
Alchemist Bali, Jl Pantai Balangan, Pecatu, p. +62 858-5719-6504.
Aloha! Healthy, sweet and refreshing all in one, Nalu Bowls is Bali’s original smoothie bowl shack inspired by Hawaii that’s perfect pre- or post-surf. With their daily-fresh ingredients made from exotic tropical fruits (like fresh coconut, mango, banana, papaya and spinach) topped with homemade crunchy granola – the smoothie bowls here don’t disappoint. Keeping it local, their best seller is of course the Uluwatu Bowl, with dragon fruit, raspberries, banana and a hint of apple juice. Made right in front of you, this little gem is a Bali legend, now available in Canggu, Seminyak, Umalas and even Jakarta too!
Nalu Bowls, Jl Labuansait No.63, Pecatu, Uluwatu.
From Bondi via Brisbane to Bali with love. Bondi Grill’e is Uluwatu’s Australian-born steakhouse that means serious business when it comes to whopping hunks of ribs, grilled chicken, freshly caught mahi-mahi and, of course, caveman-style slabs of steak. All if these summer-barbecue style plates are served with chips or salad in a chilled out atmo. It ain’t the Ritz, but it’s finger licking delish, and just what you need post-surf or pre-night out.
Bondi Grill’e, Jl Labuhansait, Uluwatu.
If, like us, you’re obsessed with Sundays Beach Club, then you’ll have passed Selatan Restaurant on countless occasions. Sitting at the top of the cliff overlooking that uninterrupted ocean vista, Selatan Restaurant serves world-class contemporary cuisine. Expect perfectly-presented and creative plates like chunks of watermelon cooked for 12 hours until almost-meaty, strewn with sunflower seeds and creamy dollops of Stracciattella cheese. Or how about the potato scallops that are smoked, salted and spiced, designed for dipping into a creamy malt mayo – and hey, these are just the starters. Try also the perfect parcels of prawn agnolotti, or the wood-grilled local octopus that comes marinated in XO sauce and served with a corn and zesty lime puree. All of this, just footsteps from the white-sand paradise below…
Selatan Restaurant at The Ungasan Clifftop Resort, Jl Pantai Selatan Gau, Banjar Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan, p. +62 811 942 1110, e. [email protected]