MEIMELALI.COM: Best new restaurants in Bali: 2021 | Hot New Tables | Maimelali.com.
On the hunt for the best new restaurants in Bali? Bookmark this page, because here we bring you the hottest new openings of 2021.
From epic breakfasts and never-ending brunches to cool cafes and ultra-fine dining degustations – you could say we’re a little obsessed with food here at Honeycombers. And when it comes to the best new restaurants in Bali? We’re all over it. From Seminyak and Canggu to Ubud, Uluwatu and beyond, each month we bring you the best new restaurants, cafes and bars in Bali, keeping you in the loop with all the hottest places to eat across the island.
Honestly, we don’t often blow our own trumpets. But if we’re talking food, we can always tell you the best place for a local Balinese feast, a drool-inducing burger, or even where to eat vegan across the island. And as for all the brand new, hot-off-the-press restaurants you absolutely need to try? Well, this is everything you need: our Hot New Tables 2021 roundup.
And psst- if you’re still hungry for more, check out all of the best meals we ate in Bali in 2020, 2019, and 2018 too… Happy munching, Honeys!
ALL THE BEST NEW RESTAURANTS IN BALI
Hot New Tables: 2021
101 Ramen Yakitori Bar – Berawa
Handmade noodles, just-steamed dumplings and stacks of freshly grilled yakitori sticks with a sticky charred skin: 101 Ramen Yakitori Bar has officially brought the best of Japan to Berawa. Served up in an industrial space with a long bar, open kitchen and communal tables, here you can graze on 12-hour pork broth ramen, sichuan-spiced dumplings and beef yakiniku yakitori – topped off with a potent cocktail list. You’ll want to invite your veggie friends here too, because 101 has also whipped up a vegan coconut ramen with a chilli-lemongrass broth, plus plant-based dumplings and even chashu tempeh yakitori. Oishi!
Restaurant Naga – Canggu
Modern Vietnamese meets Japanese deliciousness at Restaurant Naga – a brand new concept by Chef Amy Baard. Here you can feast on Vietnamese favourites given the gourmet touch, alongside sushi and sashimi from The Black Box Provisions. Trust us when we say you’ll want to try the Banh Mi with house made pork rillete, nuoc mam aioli, pickles, fresh herbs, cream cheese and bean sprouts. Or the pan-seared Tasmanian salmon, nestled in nori & sake cream and sided by ginger sautéed greens, charred pok choy and finished with nori dust. The presentation of each dish, the flavour combinations and even the interior design of the restaurant is all top-notch, temporarily whisking us away from laid-back Bali to the world-class kitchens of Vietnam and Japan. Bravo, Restaurant Naga!
Ocaso – Padang Padang
Perched above pumping waves and a pristine coastline, Ocaso is the brand new rooftop bar and restaurant that teeters above Padang Padang beach. Brought to us by the Braga Group, Ocaso dishes up Latin-inspired specialties in a modern and minimalist setting – all with breathtaking views from the third floor. You’ll want to try the big and bold double-Wagyu burger, the signature and smokey barbecue pork ribs, and our fave, the Colombian-style chicken wings. Vegetarians, you’re not forgotten either. Plant-based signatures include the vegan portobello mushroom burger, the tempe and roast veggie satay, and the patatas a tierra with guac and aji picante. And to top it all off? A top-notch drinks list laced with signature and classic cocktails mixed by the in-house mixologist. Come early – Ocaso is where it’s at for a spectacular sunset too…
Mad Ronin – Canggu
It feels like only yesterday that we first slurped on the epic tonkotsu ramen at Mad Ronin in Seminyak. And now, after multiple years and countless bowls of steamy Japanese deliciousness, the Mad Ronin masterminds have opened a new location on Canggu’s buzzing Batu Bolong. You’ll find all of your fave Mad Ronin ramen signatures here, plus a new addition of shirataki noodles, vegan and veggie ramen and gyoza, free ocha, plus complimentary karaage chicken with every ramen order – not to mention happy hours on cocktails and discounts for kids. To find this new ramen hotspot, look for the mural out front, painted by the one-and-only Eka Mardiys.
Milano Restaurant and Bar – Berawa
For a truly metropolitan ambiance, head to new kid on the Berawa-block, Milano Restaurant and Bar. You’ll be whisked away to a buzzy piazza in central Rome, complete with sleek lines and sophisticated decor. Make no mistake, Milano is all about the bar and the exceptional mixologist skills on hand, serving up Michelin quality cocktails that put the pizzazz back into happy hour. Choose from light bites, pizza, antipasti cold cuts, nibbles and delish pasta dishes. It’s the perfect place to settle in for a delectable lunch or easy breezy evening – the cherry on the top being Ladies Night on Wednesdays with half-price cocktails.
Cafe Coach – Canggu
Calling all health professionals! Cafe Coach is where coffee, coaching and co-working with like-minded peers come together – not to mention plushy green interiors and an extensive menu of eggs, smoothie bowls, wholemeal pancakes and the staple avo on sourdough toast for brekkie, sprinkled with dukkah, vegan feta, basil and oil. Head in after midday for a pit stop of healthy supernatural salads, the organic pulled pork burger, or the Green Goddess, lovingly packed with kale, quinoa, greens, beans and almonds. Mains are served all day too, along with great coffee, calming teas, smoothies, juices and healthy shots for those that need the extra boost.
Brunch Club – Berawa
The Brunch Club has finally swung open doors in Berawa, backing onto the ever-enticing Bali Equestrian Centre. Anyone who’s ever tried the infamous wobbly gooey souffle pancake stack at Brunch Club Legian will testify to its addictive qualities! One bite is never enough, but throw into the mix great coffee, juices, salads, all-day fry-ups, and all the western faves, and you have a firm all-day brunch favourite. Mimosas and rice paddy views included!
Dapur Raja – Ubud
Meaning “King’s kitchen” in Indonesian, Dapur Raja in Ubud lets you feast like royalty on authentic Balinese cuisine in a truly regal setting. The restaurant is traditionally decorated and serves up the full Indonesian experience of “rijsttafel” – an elaborate, multi-course meal that features local delicacies and age-old recipes. You’ll get to try signature Balinese dishes like Nasi Kuning Bira, Urab, sweet tempeh and tofu, as well as Bali’s culinary centrepieces: babi guling (suckling pig) and bebek betutu (spice-roasted duck). There is also a vegetarian rijsttafel option, as well as a la carte signatures too. If you’re after the true taste of Balinese and Indonesian cuisine, this is it.
ARTE – Canggu
A relaxed beachside space in the peaceful village of Pererenan, ARTE (pictured top) is dishing up the hearty flavours of a wood-fired oven and homemade Italian cuisine – all in a welcoming, artsy ambiance. You see, this brand new Bali restaurant aims to reflect the island’s creative energy and community spirit, by bringing a warm atmosphere, open-air design, collaborative library, and deliciously comforting food all under one roof. We’re talking big seafood salads, loaded Napoli-style pizzas and hearty pastas that feel like home. And though the wholesome mains from the wood-fired oven are the standouts, you’ll want to come early to try the all-day brunch spreads and freshly roasted coffee.
Coffee Cartel – Berawa
Because the island just couldn’t get enough of Coffee Cartel, these bean buffs have recently opened a brand new location in Berawa, making it the third address for this boutique cafe and coffee spot. Joining its sister locations in Seminyak and Legian, this new Berawa address is bringing all those signature Coffee Cartel pink hues, cute potted cacti and subtle Mexican aesthetics, as well as your fave menu staples. Think colourful poke bowls, big burgers, and those vegan smak hotcakes that come with candy floss, mixed berries and pink strawberry coco over custard. Yum!
Mr Egg – Canggu
Simple by name, deliciously decadent by nature – Mr Egg ain’t your usual Bali brunch spot. So much more than just eggs on bread, the menu at this new Canggu hub (curated by Chef Bowdy Tolhopf) takes classic brunch fare and fancies it up with kitchen tricks and twists. Think gin-cured salmon with miso creme fraiche, or smashed pork and Wagyu sausages with a fried egg and apple relish. Everything on the menu features the mighty egg, and everything is indulgently stuffed inside a milk bun: brekkie burger-style. And because this is an all-day brunch joint, there’s also delish desserts (like the yuzu curd, vanilla ice cream and meringue cookie) and signature breakfast cocktails for an all-important daytime tipple.
Good Mantra – Berawa
After such a glum and gloomy year, Good Mantra is exactly what we’ve all been waiting for: a wholly plant-based restaurant with big and bright flavours, easy-breezy community vibes and an address that’s just a stone’s throw from Berawa’s sand and surf. Oh yes, this brand new name is the ray of sunshine (and epic eats) that we’ve all needed. And boy is it a goodie. Legendary chef Dom Hammond is behind the pans, dishing up wholesome plant-based creations that use fresh ingredients from small local farms. Almost everything is then made in-house, from the nut-milks to the granolas and even the zingy relishes and sauces. And what a result. Try the vanilla buckwheat hotcakes (yup, all vegan!) or the avocado and herbed hummus on sourdough for brekkie. Then for lunch, tuck into big-energy salads and stuffed sandwiches with layers of seasonal baked veg and a good slather of plant-based mayo. This earth-to-plate ethos trickles over to the bar, too, where mixologist Anya Montague has designed cocktails and mocktails inspired by Bali’s landscapes and seasons. We’ll take two Good Mantra mojitos, please…
Little Ripper Cafe – Kedungu
Little Ripper Cafe had us at “sourdough doughnut”. Oh yes, this brand new and homey cafe in Kedungu is home to the “Sourbomb”, AKA Bali’s very first sourdough doughnut. And this divine, doughy creation sits proudly alongside an impressive menu of brekkie and lunch dishes – all of which are as visually stunning as they are delicious. Not only that, but head upstairs and you’ll find a snug little library that makes for the perfect afternoon nook, best enjoyed with their creamy burrata and a hot cuppa.
Jipsi fish – Canggu
Jipsi Fish is Canggu’s newest fish’n’chippy is making a splash at Canggu Square. Choose from freshly caught fish of the day, beer battered, crumbed or grilled in garlic and herb butter (yum) with a selection of sides, including mushy peas! For those feeling extra-specially hangry, grab a side-kick and dig into the whopping Jipsi Basket to share, loaded with calamari, prawns, fish, potato scallops, chips and sauces. Yes please!
Oo Beach Club – Seminyak
Not only a vibrant sunshine destination in the heart of Seminyak, Oo Beach Club is also where you can graze all day on seaside-inspired fare, poolside. Tuna ceviche, seafood paella, lobster ravioli and crunchy salads – all of your fave beach club staples dished up alongside signature cocktails and those breathtaking Seminyak sunsets.
Pastelaria – Canggu
Sit back against whitewashed walls and sip on a coffee and freshly baked pastry while you watch the world go by at Canggu’s latest Portuguese cafe, Pastelaria. Open for brekkie, lunch, and an early dinner, graze on locally sourced oven-baked sandwiches, pastries, salad bowls, and of course, the signature Portuguese egg tarts that keep the regulars returning. We’ll take two!
Looking for more of the best new restaurants in Bali? Check out our Hot New Tables roundups for 2020, 2019 and 2018 too!