Bali, the ultimate beach getaway from Singapore, has always had its own allure. Beautiful beaches, lush rice terraces, luxury resorts and delectable local cuisine just two-and-a-half-hours away from the Lion City? We just can’t get enough of this tropical paradise.
Recent years have seen massive changes in its culinary scene, the result of cuisines from all over the world being brought in by beach-loving expats who collectively chose to call the gorgeous Indonesian island home. Not that we blame them — life truly is better by the sea.
With the trendiest restaurants, cafés and lounges by world-class chefs and bartenders sprouting up on the island, Bali’s culinary and entertainment scene is becoming increasingly sophisticated. It’s no longer just about Babi Guling or Ayam Betutu — though such classics will always remain our go-to comfort food. (To find out where you can have the best Babi Guling in Bali, check out these recommendations by Bali’s top concierges here.) These days, the island’s restaurants are rolling out more unconventional offerings the likes of tapas, wood-fired seafood, and homemade falafel.
From an Indian-inspired joint to open-air lounges and a Mediterranean eatery, check out these 6 new Bali restaurants on the Island of the Gods for 2017.
The iconic Mrs Sippy in Sydney’s Double Bay comes to Bali in the form of a stylish pool club. One of the most anticipated openings in Bali for 2017, Mrs Sippy provides a laid-back escape from the hustle and bustle of Seminyak.
Comprising a restaurant and multiple bars, the club is armed with an extensive cocktail list, as well as a menu featuring comfort fare such as wood-fired seafood and pizzas.
Mrs Sippy Bali, Jl Taman Ganesha, Gang Gagak 8, Seminyak, Bali
The masterminds behind Sisterfields and BO$$ MAN have added yet another trendy dining spot to their portfolio. Decked out in bold architecture and bright lighting, it’s hard to miss this hip new venue. A key feature is its cheeky slogan “u look hot in bikini”, which is emblazoned above its entrance in neon lights.
The kitchen is spearheaded by Jethro Vincent, also the chef behind its sister restaurants. Expect sharing plates of dishes such as New Zealand venison tartare, and tuna and prawn aguachile (a ceviche-style offering), along with tasty cocktails created by head mixologist Arey Barker.
Bikini, JL. Kayu Cendana No.6 Seminyak, Bali
If you’ve always lamented about the lack of Indian cuisine in Bali, it’s time for you to rejoice. Tiffin, an Indian-inspired kitchen, has just opened in the heart of Seminyak with a tempting repertoire of shared plates and tapas-style fare such as Aloo Chaat (potato cakes) and butter chicken. The restaurant is temporarily closed for upgrades and will reopen in late May or early June.
Tiffin Bali, Jl Petitenget 17C Seminyak
Following two successful restaurants in Sanur and Ubud, US-born chef Chris Salans will open a third outlet in bustling Seminyak on July 1. Slated to open in the Batu Belig strip, this stylish gastro bar aims to serve affordable food in a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere. Just like its sister establishments, Spice in Seminyak will use locally sourced ingredients and flavours in its dishes and cocktails.
Spice by Chris Salans, Jl Batu Belig No.7, Seminyak
Taking over the longstanding and iconic Petitenget Cafe, KILN is set to shake up Seminyak’s dining scene. With amazing cocktails and great beats, the trendy restaurant showcases eastern Mediterranean fare with delicious skewers, homemade falafel pockets, pickles and freshly baked bread from a wood-fired oven. The kitchen is helmed by chef Morgan McGlone, and cocktails are crafted by Albie Barratt of Oxwell & Co here.
KILN on Petitenget, Jalan Petitenget No. 40X Seminyak, Badung, Bali
Potato Head Family, the folks behind the popular Attarine in Jakarta, are set to open a second outlet — Attarine Bali — in the emerging neighbourhood of Berawa. The restaurant will be housed in a refurbished antique joglo (traditional Javanese house), and is slated to open in June or July.
The menu, created by Chef Jacob Burrell, will offer a selection of small plates showcasing fresh seasonal vegetables, cold meats, cured fish and shellfish — alongside a selection of protein-based mains.
Attarine, Jalan Pemelisan Agung, Berawa, Tibubeneng, Kuta Utara, Bali