Bali Food Diary – July

As we make it halfway around the sun this year, we dive deep through the culinary happenings in Bali. In this chapter of Bali Food Diary, we share latest updates to keep you in the rhythm of Bali’s culinary scene. 
Our daily what’s on on our Instagram page is filled with daily deals and events to inspire and make you’re up to date on what’s happening in your hood. Check the highlights and stories for updates.

Lockdown changes everything, it's time to share the love.

Yes guys, it’s time to take to your phones and support your favourite cafes and restaurants during lockdown. Local operators have worked their butts off to keep us coming back; from happy hours, 2 for 1 deals, special menus and discount nights. Now it’s our turn to show our love.
1.Check if your local venues are offering free deliveries and order direct, it helps keep their staff employed and saves you money.
2. Check the meal deals and be generous with your orders
3.Spread the love, try something new. Order from someone you think does a great job but is not on your regular list.

Follow our daily stories for delicious meal ideas.

Stay safe, stay strong, Sarah.

Daily menu specials and free day passes at Reef Beach Club by Apurva Kempinski

A revamped menu and the introduction of a free day pass puts the casual, chic beach club at Apurva Kempinski on our list of favourite day-cations. With an eclectic mix of Western and Asian dishes and a creative approach to beach club classics, from burgers and gourmet sandwiches to delicious salads, the menu highlights a central grill. The Asian dishes are so perfectly put together, they are worthy of a picture. Classics including a delicate laksa, a fragrant oxtail soup, dumplings filled with fresh seafood and spicy tofu dishes. The flavours are true to the originals and an array of spicy sambals and Asian condiments are served alongside. The grill menu continues with a choice of gleaming rotisserie chickens, charred steaks, lamb chops and a stunning selection of fresh seafood from calamari and clams to salmon, prawns and lobster. Located on the beach, with live music on the weekends, Reef offers a deliciously different day out. Daily from 18:00 – 22:00 at Reef Beach Club Due to PPKM restriction. They only open until 20:00 and require advance reservation at least a day prior.

Corner House takes to the streets

The brand new Hawker Night market at Corner House brings us all the tastes of Asia in one amazing setting! Taking over the elegant upstairs bar area, fiery and exuberant street-style flavours are distilled into a lively experience, and, just like the best street food, these vibrant dishes are designed for sharing. Every night of the week expect different promos to feed the family for a great price. From Chinese to Japanese, Indonesian favourites and flavourful Korean, everyone will find something to love at this lively new venue above Corner House in Oberoi Road.

Super Lucky launches the Chinese Roast

Some say everything happens for a reason. When Chef Nicholas Scorpion conceived Super Lucky, it was actually never intended to be the hip and casual Chinese comfort roast that we know today.

If it was up to us to say, this change was a fantastic decision. Nicholas explained to us that he found it challenging to find the true Chinese flavours that he grew up eating with, in Bali.

His passion to cater to those with similar demands has taken him to the outskirts of Bali to source all of his herbs and ingredients directly from the local farms. It's taken time, dedication, and care to create what we know today as Super Lucky. Highly recommended is their authentic Chinese roast.

Claybones Bali launches a special breakfast

Built on the philosophy of community, connection, and support, Claybones is a chilled hideaway inspired by the natural surroundings and infused with Balinese hospitality and tradition. It is a place where locals, expats and travellers alike can feel welcome while enjoying a delectable blend of locally sourced ingredients fused with international flavours, representing a balance between tradition and evolution. ⁠ Beyond the bistro, Clay Bones offers a welcoming setting where great food, excellent coffee, a diverse drinks list, and creative cocktails fuel friendship, conversation and good times. Clay Bones offers an array of dishes from all corners of the world, with a distinctive touch of locally sourced Balinese flavors. This multilateral fusion represents a balance between longtime-kept traditions with forward-facing evolutions. Comfortable ambiance, peppered with cascading lush greens, wooden accents and aptly chosen clay elements welcome diners in this 40-seat bistro. Clay Bones is open every day from 7AM till late, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. At the moment they’re doing breakfast for 75K with a choice of loaded banana bread, avocado toast, vegetable omelette, juice or coffee, and vegetable salad.

Avocado Factory

Established in the early stages of Canggu’s boom, Avocado Factory is no stranger to the Canggu community. Although their signature ingredient is the avocado, they base their menu selections around the concept of healthy dining. How does Avocado Factory consistently prevail in the constant change and growth of Canggu? The answers come directly from the minds behind the brand. Andrea Torelli, the head chef of Avocado Factory keeps the concept fresh and new by rolling out new menu specials. This time around, we were invited to try their latest menu featuring 5 unique dishes. [Spoiler Alert] It was so so delicious! We were pleasantly surprised.

Authentic, artisan pasta and fresh sauces now in stores

Cibo have launched their gourmet range of home-style sauces and fresh, artisan pasta in selected delis and supermarkets. Create fabulous, home-made meals that the whole family will enjoy in as little as 5 minutes. Follow Cibo's page for inspiring meal ideas. Created by Cibo's chef and owner, Diego, a former 5-star chef, the recipes for these sauces and the fresh pasta are based on his family favourites. The range includes flat and shaped pasta, filled pasta and rich delicious ragu with beef and pork or duck, pesto, marinara and matriciana. Check the range here.

Milk & Madu now open in Batu Bolong

The lovely Milk and Madu has done it again! Opening up their next spot on Batu Bolong street and naming it ‘Milk & Madu Beach Road’. Conveniently located just a short walk from the beach, you can surely trust Milk and Madu to be your new go-to restaurant after some fun in the sun. Food wise, they’ve crafted their menu around sustainably fished seafood, western summer favourites, and of course keeping their classic best-sellers. After having tried their Lobster roll with crunchy salt & vinegar chips, Tuna Cheeseburger, and some amazing side dishes, we’ll definitely be back for more. At this venue in particular, the ambience definitely hit the spot as they offered the perfect balance of family-friendly and adult-friendly vibes, making this place suitable for everyone! As of right now the restaurant is currently open bright and early from 7 am and closes right before sunset at 6 pm. Milk and Madu plans to keep their doors open until later over the coming months.

Zero Waste Cocktails by Telu at Four Seasons Jimbaran

Upcycling, zero waste and sustainability may be buzzwords today, but they have long been at the heart of Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay’s commitment to waste management – and now they have inspired an innovative new guest experience. The ocean-front resort has launched Telu, an aromatic herb and cocktail garden that serves as a dedicated space for Head Bartender Sufian Mahmoud to lead zero waste bar workshops. The standalone venue celebrates Bali’s age-old traditions and natural resources, revealing how – with local ingredients, ancient techniques and a bit of imagination – a cocktail can become the ambassador of sustainability. Telu can host up to 12 people for private cocktail classes and up to 30 people for a cocktail party, with set-ups following Four Seasons global Lead with Care protocols. Telu offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Zero Waste Bar Workshop is priced at IDR 600,000++ per person, open daily by appointment.

Sanur’s latest dining destination is deliciously different.

The stunning new Andaz Hotel on Sanur beach looks set to become one of Sanur’s leading dining destinations. The stylish resort has been built in the gardens of the Hyatt which are among the oldest on the island and offers 5 different dining concepts that are deliciously different. Looking beyond Andaz’ tributes to Balinese tradition, the resort feels very urban. Built as a series of accommodation pods around landscaped swimming pools the central feature is a lively central square surrounded by restaurants and bars with an exciting range of dining experiences. The five dining outlets include Wok Wok, Fire Fox, Blue Oven, and Deli & Bakery, which surround the resort’s Village Square. The fifth restaurant is the signature Fisherman’s Club built on the shores of Sanur beach. Fisherman’s Club is a casual beachside restaurant offering a selection of fresh seafood, raw, cured, grilled according with a variety of sides, salads and sauces. Andaz Bali’s F&B outlets are poised to be Sanur’s leading dining destinations. Check out the weekly Village Nights which will highlight a separate dining experience each Friday night. They are also offering an Andaz Bali Day pass which includes access to the pools, sun loungers and towels and a food and beverage credit, priced at Rp250,000++ per day for adults. Click her for reservations and event updates.

Brunch Infinito by Prego moves beachside at The Westin Nusa Dua

When it comes to Sunday brunches, we are spoiled for choice in Bali, yet Westin Nusa Dua has managed to put their own twist on an old favourite with a tempting array of Italian specialties. The brunch package includes swimming pool access and the beach lounge area at The Westin Nusa Dua. Guests will enjoy a specialized Guéridon service as part of the à la carte menu. Priced at only IDR 485K ++ per person, Prego’s leisurely family-friendly brunch comes with a selection of free-flow non alcoholic drinks. Kids below 6 years old eat for free.

WHAT'S NEW

Ulu Cliffhouse Reopens

We are super excited that Ulu Cliffhouse REOPENS from June 25th Join them from Friday to Sunday for a weekend of great music, delicious food, drinks and a whole lot of fun. Play all day, stay all night FRIDAY: Ulu Cliffhouse are bringing back their infamous parties and will kick off with the Bali Allstars crew along with Ft. Jay Mugelli, Marco Baglioni, Se/ rio, Kaiser Waldon, Ben Pound & Pete Santos. SATURDAY: Time to relax and soak up that beautiful clifftop serenity we've all been missing with their signature cocktails and poolside menu SUNDAY: Cliffside Sessions are all about bringing everyone back together. Friends and families, food and fun is what we love at Ulu Cliffhouse. Join them from midday for a fiesta of food, a taco stand by Lacalita, a fresh oyster stand & BBQ with games and activities for the little ones, and live music for sunset. Their beautiful suites are available once again, if a weekend staycation is what you crave. Special reopening rates will be on offer for a short time only.

Cabina Bali Reopening

The classic chill spot, Cabina Bali has finally re-opened. Grab your mates and your hottest bikini and share a fun pool day. ⁠ ⁠ Currently open from 9 am to 6 pm! Make sure you book to secure your spots.⁠

Nusantara Cold Brew launches Indonesia's first coffee liqueur

Spice Islands Distilling Co. set out to make the world’s best coffee liqueur using Indonesia’s finest beans. Hand-selected Arabica coffee from Aceh Gayo, Toraja, Java, and Kintamani’s finest plantations are expertly roasted and blended to create Nusantara Cold Brew, a remarkably deep and rich coffee liqueur with half the sugar and 10 times the flavour of commercial brands. Nusantara is also Indonesia’s first ethically and sustainably sourced coffee liqueur. Despite being a relative newcomer to the market, Nusantara Cold Brew’s standout quality has enabled it to quickly gain traction in some of Indonesia’s leading bars and restaurants. “At Spice Islands Distilling Co. We are on a mission to Raise Indonesian Spirits by making world-class craft spirits here in Indonesia," says general manager, Richard Irving For the full range of high-quality alcoholic beverages produced locally visit their website.

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