New venues can be found easily in Bali nowadays, despite the huge storm from the pandemic these past two years. From hidden (literally!) gems, ramen bars, and even cozy little cafes, our selection this month can help you choose which one to visit, from the far South to the North.
Menya Kenji – Berawa
Menya Kenji takes its ramen broth very seriously, believing that the key to a wholesome ramen bowl is its broth. With recipes originating from Fukuoka, Menya Kenji’s team of chefs bring the utmost care and attention to the process of creating its signature chicken and pork broth, freshly made daily with the finest locally-sourced ingredients, no artificial flavors, and using a low and slow cooking method; taking up to 8 hours in the making.
Offers four distinct ramen options with their own homemade noodle and broth; Kenji Signature Ramen with its signature chicken or pork broth, Curry Ramen with traditional Japanese curry broth served with potatoes, carrots, and onion, Dan Dan Men with its spiced hot broth and diced meat, and Kara Kara Men with its signature broth added with a spoonful of seafood paste. All ramen menus are served with soft boiled eggs, Kikurage and Negi; and with the option of chicken or pork.
Jalan Pantai Berawa no. 13B
Open daily from 11 AM to 10 PM
WhatsApp: +62 811 9525 857
Soleram – Denpasar
Young Indonesian adults may recognize the name Soleram from an old children’s song. In the song, Soleram was described as a sweet kid who isn’t supposed to be teased or else her parents will be furious. The Soleram in Denpasar is not entirely different, though. Offering sweet traditional Indonesian desserts to accompany the Bali heat, Soleram does take you back to wonderful childhood memories.
Located in Kesiman, this new restaurant not only serves dessert but also traditional Indonesian snacks such as Tahu Isi, Mendoan, Lunpia and Cakwe. Their main course menu consists of Indonesian favorites such as Nasi Goreng, Bakmie, Soto Betawi, Bestik, and of course Nasi Campur.
Jalan WR Supratman no. 288, Kesiman
WhatsApp: +62 821 5758 7788
Tabu – Uluwatu
Who knew Mexican food mixed with Japanese cuisine can create such a mouthwatering combination? At Tabu, Mexico meets Japan in one of Uluwatu’s exquisite venues. The Ours Group (the people behind Ours restaurant and Our Spa) has done it again and kept its flair intact.
Truffle parmesan and olive croquettes, hamachi ceviche rojo, and coconut-prawn chipotle tacos are just a few of the dishes on the menu. Also worth trying are their cocktails, inspired by Mexican artisan cocktails, natural ingredients, and Japanese elegance. Reservation is a must as they’re almost always fully booked.
The Cave – Uluwatu
The Cave is located inside the private enclave of The Edge resort. Chef Ryan Clift transformed the cave into a 22-seat subterranean restaurant providing a seven-course exquisite meal with optional wine and beverage pairings. The dining experience starts from Thursdays to Sundays, with a selection of lunch seating and two dinner seatings.
Seven interludes between meals are projected onto The Cave’s historical and natural walls, while the seven-course menu is served simultaneously. This subterranean natural cave was discovered during the construction of a new villa in 2013. It has now been restored and opened to the public for a one-of-a-kind eating experience among the stalactites and crescent walls that line this natural wonder.
The Cave by Chef Ryan Clift
Jl. Pura Goa Lempeh, Banjar Dinas Kangin, Pecatu, Uluwatu
Phone: +62 361 847 0700
WhatsApp: +62 821 4747 7431
The Wingery – Petitenget
Looking for a new venue to meet up with friends? The Wingery is our choice! As the name suggests, their menu is an array of chicken wings served with a variety of finger-licking sauces, including classic buffalo wings, lemon salt, BBQ chipotle, and aged chili sauce. They also offer a special Wings Feast for only 3K every Monday and Tuesday, from noon to 10 PM.
You can also find a variety of classic dishes such as a dry-aged burger, subway sandwich, classic Caesar salad, and chicken wrap, accompanied by a nice bottle or tower of cold beer. The place has its own valet service so you won’t have to worry about parking.