Out to Lunch
The island is full of phenomenal restaurants for dinner; why not share a similar appreciation for lunch? Here, we’ve pulled together great places that don’t just serve lunch as an afterthought, or as a trial-run to dinner service. No, they give lunch its deserved spot in the sun and offer up all of their best tricks.
If you relish in the thought of spending time at a trendy beach club, then this beachfront institution is perfect for you. Order up a frosty cold beverage, kick off your flip-flops, and enjoy the view.
Despite its rather hidden location, diners and sun worshippers alike still flock to Mozaic Beachclub. The reason is quite obvious; as a dining venue, the beach club also allows patrons to sink their toes in the pool while sipping their chilled cocktail to beat the heat of Bali’s sun. It’s a sexy spot during daytime; come dinnertime, evening sophistication takes over.
Jalan Batu Belig, Kerobokan
Phone: 0361 473 5796
Inspired by one of Kyoto’s legendary eateries and set within metres of Sanur’s bustling sidewalk, Kuu specialises in authentic Japanese cuisine and a selection of fine sakes.
You can explore the unique style of Izakaya dining, where small plates and light bites showcase innovative and classic Japanese flavours while indulging in the legendary Japanese service and an enticing display kitchen that highlights the culinary team’s international talent.
Communal tables for lively gatherings, comfortable banquettes and tables for two accommodate every dining occasion, including an impeccable lunch.
Kuu at Maya Sanur Resort & Spa
Jalan Danau Tamblingan No. 89M, Sanur
Phone: 0361 849 7800
A beachfront dining institution in Seminyak, Chez Gado Gado offers unsurpassed views over the Indian Ocean, presents ambient décor and surrounds and a new, fresh and innovative menu and complementary wine list.
Romantic by evening, daytime at the restaurant is alluring with a number of new, toothsome items on its lunch menu. Among the dishes added is the grilled yellowfin tuna with white bean pureé, black olive, pesto, and lettuce.
Jalan Camplung Tanduk No.99, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 736 966
The Grand Nikko Bali’s F&B team has come up with a healthy menu concept with a special emphasis on wholesome food for those who consciously want to start eating well at the resort’s The Shore beachfront restaurant.
The Shore encourages diners to think more carefully about what they consume, even when away on holiday. As a result, the restaurant has developed a full-flavoured selection of healthy dishes that enhances the existing menu such as the “Classic Tuna Sandwich” – a perfect dish for lunch by the waterside.
The Shore at Grand Nikko Bali
Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua
Phone: 0361 77 33 77
Here’s a dining venue where you can sink your toes into the pool while sipping a frozen sangria to beat the heat during lunch time.
That’s right, for hot oceanfront dining, this is a cool place to be; sleek loungers and a sprawling deck leading down to the pool mean you can do a lot more than just eating.
A must-try for that refreshing lunch at Lilin is the restaurant’s crispy minced prawns marinated with a selection of fresh herbs, served with sweet chili and plum sauce.
Lilin at Potato Head Beach Club
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 473 7979
An Ubud fine dining establishment, CasCades makes a perfect restaurant to pop in for a spot of exquisite lunch, or just to mull over a magazine with a cup of afternoon coffee while being mesmerised by the soothing green views of the Ubud hills.
CasCades’ French inspired menu may shock the more strict traditionalists, but for many the dishes at the restaurant are a scrumptious explosion of interesting flavours.
CasCades at Viceroy Bali
Jalan Lanyahan, Banjar Nagi, Ubud
Phone: 0361 972 111
Bringing their iconic reputation as Jakarta’s culinary and wine landmark, VIN+ Seminyak is a full sensory experience from their renowned wine shop (seriously good wine portfolio, along with a selection of Japanese sake) to the innovative cuisine balanced with the warmth of personal service.
For a lovely Seminyak lunch, you can go with the restaurant’s Rolled Dory Fish (served with natural juice and cauliflower puree).
Jalan Kayu Jati No.1, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 473 2377
The members of the kitchen team at Seminyak Italian food are masters at transforming ingredients into dishes that are tasty and satisfying.
The short menu that is full of punchy propositions such as the Spaghetti Vongole (three types of clams, zucchini and its blossoms with garlic, white wine and parsley) is an ambitious labour of love that further ups the ante in the Seminyak area.
The restaurant’s interior is easy on the eye. Wines run the gamut from cheery glassful to splash-out showcase, and staff serve even the most modest orders with grace and flair.
Seminyak Italian Food at Double-Six Luxury Hotel
Double Six Beach No. 66, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 7304 66
Take the elevator down to the Spa at Maya level to discover the infinity-edged rock swimming pool and the River Café. Elevated just above the banks of the swirling Petanu River, the River Café’s casual setting is the place to enjoy a menu of snacks, refreshments and luncheon choices.
A selection of conscious cuisine dishes and salads are featured, as well as the best personal pizzas in all of Ubud. Wholesome food at its finest, The River Café is all about helping you maintain a complete balance of wellness whilst at Maya Ubud.
River Café at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa
Jalan Gunung Sari Peliatan, Ubud
Phone: 0361 977 888
S.K.A.I BEACH CLUB
S.K.A.I. which stands for Sunset•Kocktail•Alfresco•Indulgence, is a venue of captivating ambiance, exquisite designer cocktails, island-elegant design and of course, delicious lunches.
Savour the newly-created, tantalising delicacies such as the S.K.A.I Seafood Caesar (deconstructed Caesar with grilled king prawns, scallops and slipper lobster, and bacon truffle emulsion) Mexican Steak Sandwich, S.K.A.I.’s Ultimate Salad Sandwich and many more accompanied by the beach club’s signature cocktails.
S.K.A.I Beach Club at Padma Resort Legian
Jalan Padma No.1, Legian
Phone: 0361 752 111
It’s a brand loved all around the world for its genuine Italian dishes coupled with that characteristic cheeky Jamie twist, lovingly created by Jamie Oliver, his mentor Gennaro Contaldo and their talented chefs.
Diners in Bali can now experience Jamie’s Italian’s fantastic yet affordable food together with welcoming, personable service, delivered by a well-trained 125-strong team. Located just a stone’s throw away from the beach and right in the heart of Bali’s famous entertainment and shopping district, the 220-seat restaurant definitely has something for everyone, both visitors and residents alike.
Jalan Pantai, Banjar Pande Mas, Kuta
Phone: 0361 762118
Paon Beachclub is an unpretentious beachfront venue in an authentic Javanese joglo with an infinity swimming pool that enjoys views of Tanjung Benoa Beach and Mount Agung. It is a place for visitors and residents alike to gather and enjoy quality time relaxing against an ocean backdrop.
The menu at the beach club’s restaurant allows you to indulge in the rich flavours of the traditional Indonesian cuisine. Bring your pet with you!
Paon Beachclub at Taman Bhagawan
Jalan Pratama No.70, Tanjung Benoa, Nusa Dua
Phone: 0361 3700 656
Located at the newly opened Alaya Resort Kuta, Sukun restaurant features a menu comprised of only the freshest ingredients from Bali’s bucolic land and fertile sea. The restaurant takes its name from breadfruit found throughout the South Pacific and Asia (there’s even one fronting the property).
The star of the restaurant’s lunch menu is the Nasi Raja, a time-honoured rice dish designed for royalty and esteemed visitors from generations past. The restaurant is a place to kick back and de-stress amidst décor that people stop and marvel at such as the poolside wall relief design by praised garden artist extraordinaire, Made Wijaya.
Sukun at Alaya Resort Kuta
Jalan Kartika Plaza, Gang Puspa Ayu No.99, Kuta
Phone: 0361 755 380
Bisma Eight’s Copper Kitchen & Bar offers food for and from the soul; food that embraces the depth of Asian culinary tradition and the skill and élan of the contemporary kitchen.
You will find the restaurant at this Ubud boutique hotel a haven of relaxation and seclusion despite its location in Ubud’s centre, and food connoisseurs will find Bisma Eight’s dining venues such as Copper a tantalising culinary delight.
Copper Kitchen & Bar
Jalan Bisma, Ubud
Phone: 0361 4792 888
A new delicious addition to the Seminyak’s eat street, Char Char Bar & Grill opened two months ago to much excitement. The venue is a new Pacific Rim cuisine restaurant from Balinesia, the people who brought you Ultimo and Rumours.
There are dishes from all over the Pacific region including a Mongolian grill, Fire walker selection of meats and fish, Churrasco kebabs, and loads more that come with a range of healthy juice choices and wide variety of rose wines. Surprisingly, this restaurant will not burn a hole in your wallet! Take in the magnificent view from their fabulous terrace while enjoying a lazy lunch.
Char Char Bar and Grill
Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberoi), Seminyak
Phone: 0361 738 720
The beachfront restaurant of the W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak, Starfish Bloo is currently making a buzz with its new Chef De Cuisine Matthew McCool and his opulent creations of Pan-Asian fare mixed with Western touches such as the scrumptious “Pork Consommé” (with umami fungi and kombu) – a favourite for lunch.
The menu at Starfish Bloo is heavily inspired by the sea, which is an ideal fit for McCool who credits two years in Beijing for the Asian influence in his cuisine.
Starfish Bloo at W Retreat & Spa Bali – Seminyak
Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak
Phone: 0361 3000 106
Japanese for lunch is never a bad idea. In Bali, Sushi Tei’s outlets are best known for their simple-yet-modern approach to its open kitchen concept, employing distinctive touches of Japanese culture.
The Japanese restaurant’s open kitchen allows you to take a look at what’s going on as their orders are being prepared. Sushi Tei is also proud to have become the first sushi restaurant in Indonesia to feature the characteristic sushi bar with a conveyor belt.
Beachwalk L2 Blok C – 14,15,16
Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
Located on the second level of the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, Ayung Terrace serves your lunch at rugged river’s edge overlooking a jaw-dropping panorama.
Unique specials are created each day by the restaurant’s chef to spoil you with the freshest flavours and hottest ingredients. The natural setting of Ayung Terrace may be rustic but the dining space begins with a small reception area leading to the grand room where cream plaster walls complement the natural stone floor and columns.
Ayung Terrace at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
Jalan Raya Sayan, Ubud
Phone: 0361 977 577
The signature restaurant of a Kuta lifestyle hotspot, Big Fish Bar & Grill, with its vibrant open kitchen design, brings excitement to classic European-style café dining, while live cooking stations provide theatrical flavours to the delightful offering of tantalising dishes served inside the popular restaurant. A must-try for lunch at Big Fish is the new item Lemon Ginger Steamed Organic Chicken Breast.
Big Fish Bar & Grill at The Stones Hotel
Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta, Banjar Legian Kelod, Kuta
Phone: 0361 300 5888
Savour the tastes of Italy at the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel’s La Cucina restaurant. Here you will be enticed by their typical Italian fare in an al fresco setting on the ground floor, overlooking the beach and pool.
In addition to pizzas and pastas, there is a selection of meat and seafood delicacies from the north and south regions of the country. Delicious and unique fusion creations are also on offer, like their “Rendang Lasagna”; rich flavours of Indonesia’s beef rendang covered with soft buttery layers of Italy’s lasagna.
La Cucina at Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel
Jalan Kartika Plaza, South Kuta Beach, Kuta
Phone: 0361 751 067
Hog Wild in Bali is a no-nonsense restaurant serving up some of the best barbecues on the island. From their famous full-rack pork ribs and beef ribs (with a secret sauce), to their beef shish kebab (Australian, 100 days grain-fed) to a whole Babi Guling (Balinese suckling pig), everything at Hog Wild is made fresh!
This place is busy at lunchtimes and therefore has a lively ambience and the grilling meats spread a tasty smell around the venue. Couple this with their brutal martinis and you’re settled for a long, leisurely lunch.
Hog Wild in Bali
Jalan Batu Belig 41, Kerobokan Kelod
Phone: 0361 847 6722