Bali foodies rejoice! Yup, more restaurants and cafes have opened their doors over the past few months. From dining with chef’s in the kitchen at Alila Seminyak to big surfer breakfasts in Kuta, here is our round up of recently opened [or soon to be open] hot spots on the island.
A Culinary Adventure: Alila Seminyak
The beautiful Alila Seminyak recently launched Chef’s Tables, which takes places every day at The Restaurant. Combining the kitchen and chef [Vivian Vitalis] with the bar and mixologist [Carlos Torrescano], Chef’s Tables is a culinary adventure you need to try! Enjoy a five-course meal where each dish is cleverly combined with creative cocktails… Indulge in Crispy Pork Belly washed down with a Lemon Sorbet Martini for instance. Watch your food being prepared and cooked, ask the staff anything you want, and mostly just enjoy this intimate [and once in a lifetime] experience of being behind the scenes in a kitchen/bar. Plus the whole experience starts with a glass of bubbles, you can’t go wrong with that!
Chef’s Tables is available daily at The Restaurant for 1-4 persons per table. 24-hour advance reservation is required. Cost is IDR 1,450,000++ per person with cocktail pairings.
Reserve your table by emailing email@example.com or book via the website Alila Seminyak, Alila Seminyak, Jalan Taman Ganesha No. 9, Petitenget, Seminyak, p. +62 (0)361 3021 888.
Cultural Classic: Kayumanis Resto Jimbaran
Ever heard of a joglo? Us either, before we came to Bali that is! These beautifully built wooden houses can be seen all over the island [amongst the sea of villas] and offer the chance for Bali to keep that old school Balinese charm. Kayumanis Resto Jimbaran space is a customized Javanese joglo, giving the restaurant a cultural beauty that is so timeless. Nestled within a lush tropical garden, this is the place to go for a romantic night with your lover. Check out their weekly schedule too – they offer Satay Night, Indonesian food buffet [created by talented Chef Oka] and cultural entertainment!
Kayumanis Resto Jimbaran, Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate & Spa, Jalan Yoga Perkanthi, Jimbaran, p.+62 (0)361 705 777.
A Night of Passion: La Sicilia
Last month La Sicilia, in bustling Seminyak, opened its second floor and it screams sophistication. Their downstairs space has been successfully converted into a restaurant and bar that offers an escape into a world of intimacy and elegance. Enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz whilst taking in the décor of wordly artisanal items, all whilst sipping cocktails and grazing on sublime Mediterranean food.
La Sicilia, Jalan Laksamana no. 151, Oberoi, Seminyak, p.+62 (0)813 3876 9689.
Naked Food: Nude
And no, we don’t mean a nudist café. Located in Berawa, Nude is a new café making a name for itself due to its surprisingly [yes, we were shocked to discover we wanted everything on the menu] raw food menu. If raw cashew pancakes with salted caramel sauce, strawberry salsa and vanilla cream don’t float your boat [what’s wrong with you], don’t worry as they also have a cooked menu allowing you to curb those meat and carb cravings!
Nude, Jalan Pantai Berawa, Berawa, Canggu, p.+62 (0)852 3821 4003.
Ubud Café: Juno’s
This new café in Ubud is all about good vibes, good coffee and good food. Serving breakfast and brunch, they also offer a variety of vegan dishes too, like the Vegan Breakie Burrito [on our hitlist!].
Juno’s, Penestanan, Jalan Penestanan Kelod, Ubud, p.+62 (0)857 9200 0815.
Sanur Spice: Spice by Chris Salans
The second instalment of Spice has come to Bali shores, and again is fronted by world famous master chef [and one of Bali’s culinary ambassadors], Chris Salans. Chris is the man behind the iconic Mozaic Restaurant in Ubud, he has won many accolades for his innovative cooking, and has even successfully released his own cook book [named Best in the World in 2011]. Located in Sanur, Spice is a gastro-bar offering everyone the chance to dine under Chris’s talent and creativity, including his innovative combining of French and Indonesian flavours and ingredients. Spice by Chris Salans in Sanur officially opens on 15th September.
Spice by Chris Salans, Jalan Danau Tamblingan No 140, Sanur, p.+62 (0)361 4490 411.
Authentic Indo Grub: Kaum Restaurant
Opening this month, Kaum will be your new place to get some authentic Indonesian food in Seminyak. The team behind the resto travelled the vast 18,000 islands that make up Indonesia to be able to bring unique ingredients, cooking methods and flavours to the table. Located at the uber popular Potato Head, this is the perfect post sunset dinner!
Kaum Restaurant at Potato Head, Jalan Petitenget 51B Seminyak, p.+62 (0)361 473 7979.
Surf Feed: Crumb & Coaster
This newbie on the Kuta scene is the place to go for a good feed before a surf at Kuta beach. Their Surfer Big Breakfast will provide you with all the energy you need to ride the waves, plus the vibe of the cafe is just what you need to start a day off in paradise!
Crumb & Coaster, Jalan Poppies 2, Kuta, p. +62 (0)812 3823 693.
Romantic Dinner for Two: Rice View
Secret Garden Village [designed by world-class Indonesian architect, Andra Matin] is a complex located in the quiet and rural area of Bedugul, and within the complex [comprising of a beauty factory, coffee roastery and restaurants] is Rice View – a place to dine with a killer view of the rice paddies. Coming soon!
Secret Garden, Jalan Raya Denpasar KM.36 Tabanan, p.+62 (0)28 113 974 999.