In a destination known for beautiful architecture, stylish interiors, chilled out beaches, mystical culture, you’d think there isn’t enough space for cutting edge cuisine as well. You’d be wrong – because Bali isn’t only known for its amazing eateries, it practically IS the breeding ground for new and stylish restaurant concepts. We share with you four new finds right here!
Meja Kitchen & Bar
Tucked beneath the industrial arcs of the ultramodern IZE Hotel, Meja Kitchen & Bar opts for a simple, airy concept with minimalist elements of wooden beams and light colors throughout. Kitchy ornaments line the unpretentious interior while the triangular textures of the hotel’s exterior are reflected in the upstairs bar. Comfort foods such as Chili & Lime Chicken Risotto, Macaroni & Cheese, Roasted Pumpkin and Quinoa Salad are the menu’s superstars. Head upstairs to the Makeup Bar if you want fun cocktail concoctions after dinner.
Designed by Nobuyuki Narabayashi, the former designer of Japanese architecture firm Super Potato, Portobella is about a rustic dining experience. It likens itself to a boutique museum with a plethora of vintage locks, Sicilian wooden dolls, 100-year old chairs and old school radios. The food? Similarly cosy – home-style classics by chef Vittoria Negri like Arancini, Veal Osso Bucco, Saffron Risotto and Linguini Black Ink with crab meat. Bella regazza!
If you want views of lush greenery, rice fields and the cooling ocean breeze, then Slippery Stone is the choice to beat. With wood panelling, comfy sofas and white rock walls, you’ll not want for a cozy atmosphere or great food – start with the Tuna Tartar with avocado or Pomelo ice cream, then dive in the Steamed Barrumundi with prawn and dumplings in coconut sauce. Top your meal off with a Valrhona Chocolate Cake with coffee ice cream – YUM!
This Seminyak eatery is nothing if not theatrical – down to its modern take on art deco design, square furnishings, retro framed photos. The brainchild of Mandif Warokka – a young, talented chef – Teatro relies on fresh ingredients, simple presentation and a limited menu of only ten items which are accompanied by a recommended wine to compliment each flavour. Signature dishes include Smoked Peking Duck, Lambargini Lamb and Valhrona Chocolate Cake.