July 27, 2016
Shame on you if you haven’t been to Bali yet, it is a sacred travel destination all Singaporeans should really be lusting after – well, shame on both my colleague and I then as we had recently made our first forage into Bali.
We have took it upon ourselves to compile a quintessential cafe list, which includes all the good, the new and the delectables that you should visit while you’re there on a holiday.
We are super excited to share this with you – please do this list justice by feasting on everything that we did and don’t worry about flaunting your sexy post food belly bodies, because you can.
Nearby the newly opened Nebula Café is Ippolito Coffee, a casual coffee joint that serves up a serious coffee business. I’m talking about Chemex, Aeropress, V60 Dripper, and many more.
There’s an indoor concept as well, but that inclines more towards a restaurant more than a café.
Breakfast Risotto (58 000 Rupiah).
Creamy and done al dente, the breakfast risotto tastes pretty much like a chicken rice, but in risotto style. The grains are soaked in chicken broth and it is served with strips of chicken and topped with a sunny side up.
Long Black (35 000 Rupiah)
Due to a miscommunication, we got served a long black as opposed to the syphon bali coffee, which was terribly sad. Well, at least the long black wasn’t overly acidic and was roasted well.
Home of the super cute and novel watermelon bread, the Livingstone shares a concept store on the second level with another tenant, selling classy minimalist apparels and lifestyle accessories.
In a gorgeous wooden and industrial interior full of natural light, the Livingstone is a gorgeous place to relax with a cuppa. Their standard coffees are pretty decent.
We also tried something a little less common – Avocado Coffee (35 000 rupiah) . It was mushy like a milkshake, with a subtle aroma of avocado rawness, before the coffee kicked in. The taste was very light and somewhat okay, but the consistency kinda irks me.
My colleagues however, including Seth, quite liked it, so yeah there’s that – depending on your preference, you may or may not like the Avocado Coffee.
The cakes need more working on – both the crème brulee crepe cake and coffee cake were tasted average, most of the flavours that came through was just…sweetness.
However, the bread, ham & cheese croissant was really good. Flaky and buttery, the bread pastry was soft and delectable, melting slightly in my mouth. If you’re there you could probably try their breads and pass up on their cakes?
The Livingstone: Jl. Petitenget 88, Kerobokan, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80361 | Tel: +62 361 4735949 | Website
Pretty much an incongruity to the list we have going on here but we guarantee it’s a place worth checking out.
Upon stepping into Motel Mexicola, it is almost like you’ve truly been whisked away to a true-blue Mexican diner .
Almost every inch of the walls are painted or decorated with something, while being furnished in vibrant stools with innumerable frames and tables.
Their food is pretty average, totally acceptable but not impressive. We tried the Jaiba Suave (35,000 rupiah) – mango soft shell crab taco – and Churros (50,000 rupiah). We had some sort of expectations for both dishes but they both fell short. The crab was crunchy and tasty but the mango salsa sauce itself was bland.
The churros smelt like churros but weren’t of the super fragrant melt in your mouth variety we can find in Singapore.
The food we tried were pretty average, I’m hoping that their other dishes are good because let me just say I was incredibly enthralled by the design of the place and would love to go back.
It is conducive for chilling, drinking, and to soak up the ambience. Plus point, they serve lots of tequila and they serve Corona, not just Bintang beer.
Motel Mexicola: Jl. Kayujati No. 9X, Seminyak, Kabupaten Badung | Tel: +62 0361-736688 | Website
Definitely one of the newer kids on the block – because construction works were still going on while we were dining in – MOFO offers up pretty interesting renditions of egg dishes.
Egg In A Jar (85 000 Rupiah).
Served in a cute glass jar, this dish boasts of mushrooms, peppers and of course, a poached egg. The fancier part lies in how the waiter serves the lemongrass espuma through a siphon, unfortunately it is still a WIP (work in progress).
That aside, the dish tasted a lot like Mexican eggs, exceedingly savoury and zesty, there is a hint of spice and the bacon rounds up the dish with a hearty flavor and a topping of caviar d’aubergine.
At NOOK, you get to dine amidst paddy fields, complete with a gorgeous view where you can thoroughly become one with Mother Nature. Nook is also a great place for you to get your oh-so-fancy Instagram-worthy shots with the scenery and the wooden tables.
Watermelon sandwich (25 000 Rupiah).
This is essentially a sandwich made of a thin slice of watermelon atop cream cheese and mint leaves. I would have liked it better if the bread was toasted till golden browned. The sandwich was rather underwhelming. Though it is definitely refreshing and a perfect snack that is almost guilt-free.
ILUH (50 000 Rupiah).
Very refreshing and definitely healthy, this bowl of beauty is rich in flavour. Decorated with coconut flakes, granola and fruit, which adds texture and extra flavour to the wholesome-ness of it all. Thumbs up from all of us, and it can’t be a more appropriate dish to have in a paddy field, you’ll be sure to feel so au naturale.
A stellar area to be in because there are so many cafes to choose from, and Grocer & Grind is one of them. I know Sisterfields is just right next door and it can get too crowded because the whole of Bali is there, so why not give Grocer & Grind a chance and while away in a serene fashion.
Steak Sandwich (85 000 Rupiah).
We had the steak sandwich, which came with a knife piercing through it right down to the cork board that it was served in. I’m not sure if I’m being weird but it really tasted slightly like a peppery chicken meat to me, but still delectable nonetheless.
The vegetables give a slight bitter and nutty tastes that is pretty nice to me, and the sandwich is definitely toasted to a good degree. The wedges are so crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, I had a hard time trying to stop my paws from reaching out for more.
Away from bustling streets, Nebula sticks out like a sore thumb, albeit a pretty one, against the greenery and the traditional looking resort behind it.
One of the newer cafes, this one was clean modern minimalist that seems to be flooding the interior scene. The people inside might also seem like those “atas”, educated and cultured hipster who seem totally out of your social circle league, but hey you’re only there for food!
Being one of those cafes, Nebula focuses on bringing food both good and healthy (see why they attract that certain crowd) think things like smoothie bowls (becoming quite a trend in Bali also) and wheatgrass shots.
At Nebula, we tried their Berries Bowl (80,000 rupiah) from their Bowl of Heaven series, probably the best smoothie/fruit bowl we’ve had amongst the other three we’ve had in Bali. It has a goopy consistency, not the watery type that I’d feel sick of eating easily. They were pretty generous with the shaved coconut. Overall the bowl had a lot of textures going on, making it highly satisfying.
Filled with slightly mushy bananas, to the dense crunchy muesli and the fibrous crisps of shaved coconuts – the most special thing was probably a dollop of peanut butter inside that gave the bowl a new level of tastiness. (hurray to peanut butter). As someone who doesn’t usually fancy smoothie/fruit bowls, I really liked this one and highly recommend it.
Nebula: Jl. Poppies Lane 2, no:8 Kuta – Bali, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80361 | Tel: +62 361 752787 | Website
Housed in a dark wood gable roof cabin, Biku honestly doesn’t feel like a café at all with their traditional architecture and decor. Decorated with batik prints, an ornate roof and oriental wooden statues, the seemingly purely Balinese restaurant serves a mean English-style Breakfast.
“The Standard” eggs any style (65 000 rupiah) — Pan-fried tomatoes, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, baked beans, breakfast potatoes with sourdough, multigrain, ciabatta or white toast + choice of fresh juice (watermelon, papaya, pineapple or mixed).
We tried The Standard 68000 rph, which was executed and portioned in just the right amount. The scrambled eggs were creamy and sufficiently seasoned, the sautéed mushrooms exuded a charred and peppery fragrance, while the sausages were soft and meaty. The chunks of potatoes, pan-fried and seasoned lightly, were a satisfying source of carbs.
Biku does a mean standard breakfast, which honestly is what I feel breakfasts should be – simple food done well and delicious that’s how you should start your day, no?
Biku: Jl. Raya Petitenget 888 | Tel: +62 (0) 85100570888 | Website |
Well known for their coffee, Revolver Espresso is tucked away in an alley, but you’ll never miss it because there will be signs guiding you there.
Almost hut-like, Revolver stocks up not only on coffee but also on their very own merchandise because you really want to have a tank top sold by them.
Double Barrel (65 000 Rupiah).
I have to give them the best scrambled eggs award, none of the other egg dishes we’ve had during the trip comes close to it. Think creamy, velvety eggs that are made more luscious with milk. Combine that with savoury bits of crispy bacon, basil and you’re in heaven.
Piccolo (30 000 Rupiah).
Well-bodied and not acidic at all, but it can get a little flat. I personally prefer a creamier texture where the froth is more bubbly.
Revolver Espresso: Jl. Kayu Aya No 3 (Gang 51), Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia | Tel: +62 851-0088-4968 | Website
Less than a minute away from Montigo Resorts Seminyak is Fat Turtle, a café known for their pancakes, and being foodies, we of course can’t miss that out. We heard they have recently introduced a salted egg croffin.
Red Velvet Pancakes (55 000 Rupiah).
The pancakes are aesthetically pleasing and doesn’t discount on its flavour either. They’re soft and combines well with the chocolate cookie soil and honey comb served with it – the only thing I wished for is to have a thicker serving of cream cheese mousse filling in between pancakes and also maple syrup, because greedy.
Salted Egg Yolk Custard Croffin (30 000 Rupiah).
The salted egg craze is so real and we are glad to have encountered one such rendition in Bali. Instead of the usual flowy sort, think thick and goopy salted egg custard filling that is slightly sweeter.
The fusion of croissant muffin is pretty much like a fragrant and crisp croissant but in the shape of a muffin. I find this ratio of bread to filling much better and lighter than a full sized croissant. Plus point, it is crispy throughout and blends together to give it a salty-sweet medley.
Sitting where Food Folk used to be 2 years ago, Elgin is a super minimalist area, the most colour comes from their little dinosaur toys on the counter and adorable pots of indoor plants – everything else is probably black, white or brown. But the quality of their food is nothing minimal.
Avocado and Ham Crispy Eggs Benedict (70 000 rupiah).
After poaching the eggs, the delicate yolky goodness are then breaded and deep fried on its base – it honestly is really unique. This extra step gave the poached eggs a crispy base and a doughy fragrance, contrasting the usual softness of poached eggs.
The hollandaise sauce was also not overly sour, allowing the rawness of avocado to come through. Overall, a little twist on the usual eggs ben propelled to an extraordinary status.
Delicious and well executed, I would come back for it. Not to mention the staff there are also really warm. It is also beside this super dope looking warehouse hangout WH32 – not sure what it does but looks hella cool.
Other than breakfast, they also serve interesting Asian-western mains like their version of the Vietnamese sandwich, Japanese sauce sirloin steak sandwich and Balinese pulled pork burger. However, these mains and breakfast dishes are only available till early evening because they close at 5pm, so catch them fast!
Elgin Avenue: Jalan Mertanadi No 82 Kerobokan, Badung, Bali, Indonesia 80361 | Tel: +62 877-6131-4449 | Website
If you’re around Petitenget area how could you ever miss this café that is named after it? Petitenget Café has a classy atmosphere that reminds me of our very own P.S Café at Palais Renaissance, very botanical and glass house-like.
2 Soft Poached Eggs on Hash Browns, Sauteed Spinach, Chilli Caramel Roasted Pork Belly, Chilli Hollandaise Sauce (80 000 Rupiah).
Two thick slabs of hash brown pan fried till golden brown, topped with crispy pork belly that is slathered in chilli caramel sauce, giving the perfect blend of salty-sweet with a hint of bacon-ish flavor.
The eggs are done well and combines well to give a comforting dish. The spinach is soft and balances out the hearty flavours in this dish.
At 2pm on a Saturday, we had to wait for about 30 minutes to get a table. Sisterfields is constantly packed during brunch & meal hours and evidently, is really popular with the Europeans.
From the menu, one can deduce that sisterfields uses more uncommon ingredients in the usual brunch plates. In a glance, I could spot things like ‘lychee foam’, ‘bee pollen’ and ‘nutella icing powder’.
You know when such innovations are constant, it’s probably a pretty legit place.
Brioche French Toast (85 000 rupiah) — Maple-baked banana, candied hazelnuts, banana crumble, powdered Nutella. dark chocolate parfait
Obviously does not sound like the typical french toast. The brioche was soft and the accompaniments went felicitously with the French toast.
The Nutella icing sugar gave it sweetness (duh), the toasted hazelnuts gave it some nutty fragrance and crunch while the chocolate ice cream, that was only slightly sweet, which sealed the whole deal.
This might seem like too much of a dessert for some but I personally have a sweet tooth so it was greeaaaaat, mate!..P.S Sisterfields has quite an Australian style menu. Only qualm about it? There was only one slice of brioche. C’mon give me 2?
But I totally see why Sisterfields is worth the wait.
Sisterfields: Jl Kayu Cendana, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia 80361 | Tel: +62 811-3860-507 | Website