The vibrant scene of Jakarta and Bali never disappoint when it comes to satisfying the cravings for tasty treats and incredible experiences. This month, mark these new places on our list as your next culinary destination!
New Restaurants in Jakarta
The unique fusion of Peruvian ingredients with Japanese techniques, known as ‘Nikkei’ cuisine, has recently increased in popularity, at least in Jakarta. One of the new restaurants that promise such experiences is Barra Jakarta, which specializes in Robata, a Japanese method of charcoal grilling with a Nikkei influence. The restaurant’s open kitchen on the second level features a robata grill for guests to enjoy and offers a variety of shareable menu items, including kushiyaki (skewers), fresh seafood, meat, and veggies. Come nightfall, head to the third floor for Bar Barra, where tasty drinks and a lively night await.
Address: Jl. KH. Ahmad Dahlan. 2 Kramat Pela, Kby. Baru
COPAS Suburban Dining
Located in the bustling area of Gading Serpong, the new Copas Suburban Dining has quickly become the go-to for a quick cup of coffee or a fun lunch with friends. On the first floor, an enchanting modern centerpiece adorned the space. At the same time, a stunning spiral staircase connected the two-story establishment, with terracotta color dominating the interior and catching the eye upon entry. The menu highlights a fusion of Asian and Western flavors, featuring main courses like the Bebek Goreng Bali (Balinese Deep Fried Duck) and Nasi Goreng Kampung (traditional Indonesian fried rice) or Dimsum and Karage Baos for those looking for lighter options.
Address: Ruko Maxwell no 23, Gading Serpong
Located right opposite its sister restaurant, The Acre in Menteng, the newly established Dominica stands for a different offering. Dominica showcased classic Italian fare from pasta (such as Spicy Rigatoni Meatball and Truffle Cream Gnocchi) to selections of wood-fired pizza, all the way to the finest cut of steaks. With its cozy ambiance, Dominica welcomes patrons who look for comfort and simply well-made food. If you plan to stop by anytime soon, don’t forget to finish the meal with a scoop of their ice cream, which features unique flavors that changes daily.
Address: Jl. HOS. Cokroaminoto No.93, RW.5, Menteng, Jakarta, Jakarta Pusat
As its name implies, Em Gelato is located right next to the Blok M MRT station. Just like its name, Em Gelato offers a deliciously quirky take on frozen delights with signature flavors like the Roti Bakar and Jasmine Matcha gelato. Their gelato can be served in a cup or, our recommendation, with a crispy hand-rolled cone. Whether you choose to have it on-site or bring it to Literacy Park across the road, a lick of Em gelato is undoubtedly the perfect antidote to Jakarta’s hot days.
Address: Sultan Hasanuddin Dalam No.3, Melawai, Kec. Kby. Baru, Kota
Nestled within Zoo Club Fairgrounds in SCBD, the Lime Lightbar is a new speakeasy hotspot and the ultimate playground for those in search of a whimsical escape. The bar certainly knows how to make a statement, with striking lime-colored floors and metallic, as well as signature cocktails like ‘The Aphrodite,’ which is served in a calavera (Mexican skull)-shaped glass. Don’t miss out on their mouthwatering snacks, like their Dory Fish Tacos, for a perfectly balanced night of good munch, tantalizing drinks, and toe-tapping music at Limelight Bar.
Address: Jl. Jend. Sudirman kav 52-53 No.Lot 14, Senayan
Long John Silver’s
Brace yourself, for the popular American seafood chain, Long John Silver’s, is finally anchored its first outpost in Indonesia! As one of the world’s largest fast-food chains with over 700 outlets spread across several countries, Long John Silver now greets foodies around Jakarta with the authentic experience of Western-style fish and chips. Located in Gading Serpong, the striking building housed a selection of seafood fry, from fish, calamari to shrimp, as well as other choices like chicken and Southern hush puppies.
Address: Jl. Gading Serpong Boulevard No.9
Kartika Wijaya initially launched her online bakery under the alias Moodybaker to pass the time during the pandemic, but thanks to its delicious baked goods treats and fun personality, the online community built around it flourished. Recently, the first physical location of Moody Baker is finally open in Lucy Curated Compound. If you have been a long-time admirer of Moody Baker, you may still be able to find its infamous creations, such as the Matilda Chocolate cake. Still, the new store also offers fresh items worth tasting, such as the Pecan Blondie.
Address: Lucy Curated Compound (LCC), Adityawarman
404 Bottle Eatery
The Wijaya area has just been graced by a charming, futuristic-style new bar called 404 Bottle Eatery that gives its patrons a peek into another world experience. The space itself boasts a strong sci-fi influence with neon blue and pink lights. The menu also remains consistent with the same theme. On the drink side, you will find an eccentric range of drinks, including the signature cocktail Negrosoyi Code (a classic negroni with a sweet twist) to the Firewall Solution cocktail ( a mix of fiery Ginger Smash with fruity flavors of blueberry and lemon). Western comfort food is available to indulge in between sips, with options like crunchy Tropical Nachos to sweet Choco Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream.
Address: Jl. Wijaya I No.53, Petogogan, Kec. Kby. Baru, Jakarta
New Restaurants in Bali
Once a haven for artists, bohemians, and travelers at the 70s’ Beggars Bush bar, Boliche Bar stands as a testament to the celebration of music, art, and creativity. As part of the alluring Cantina Rooftop, Boliche offers a captivating space perched above the scenic Campuhan Ridge. Follow the red arrow, and you’ll arrive in the hidden den of tapas, crafted cocktails, and a late-night ambiance that pulses with the energy of Ubud. Be sure to try the adventurous ‘Toyalalah’ cocktail, infused with green Chilli-infused Arak, basil, lemon, and tonic, or opt for the timeless classic Negroni, a delightful blend of Campari, Sweet Vermout,h, and an orange twist.
Address: Cantina Rooftop, Jl. Raya Campuhan, Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali
Cantina Classe is a rustic Pasta e Pizzeria located in Canggu that will transport its diners on a culinary journey to Italy. With a blend of tradition and innovation, the kitchen serves up a delectable array of handmade Italian classics, from the comforting Spaghetti with meatballs to the handmade signature pizzas, to the indulgent tiramisu, which provides a sweet and satisfying finale. The restaurant’s unique masonry style, featuring brick walls reminiscent of a classic stone oven, adds to its charm and ambiance, creating an inviting space for patrons to savor authentic Italian flavors in a visually captivating setting.
Address: Jl. Canggu Padang Linjong No.8C, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361
Daily Baguette (Denpasar Branch)
With two successful branches in Sanur and Ubud, Daily Baguette is expanding its reach to Denpasar, offering guests a taste of French indulgence. This cozy spot housed a tempting display of baguettes, artisan bread, croissants, and mouthwatering pastries. Beyond the bakery treats, the restaurant offers a selection of deli fares such as coffee, sandwiches, and salads, with standout favorites like Paris-style croque monsieur–a decadent treat that transports diners to the streets of Paris. For those looking to recreate the experience at home, grab a hunk of Daily Baguette’s bread with a jar of their homemade jams for the perfect morning spread.
Address: Jl. Hayam Wuruk No.177, Sumerta Kelod, Kota Denpasar
In the Denpasar Timur area, a new cafe called Leura has recently emerged, named after the scenic town in New South Wales, Australia. This charming establishment captures the essence of the Blue Mountains’ beauty and relaxed lifestyle, serving Asian fusion flavors. Leura lined a list of breakfast options, including the refreshing Smoothie Bowl, indulgent Butterscotch Pancakes, delightful ‘Papalova’ French Toasts, and satisfying Shroom On Toast. Look no further for a fresh brunch destination now; Leura is the place to be.
Address: Jl. Dewi Madri III No.3, Sumerta Kelod, Denpasar Timur
As part of Ours Home, an open living Bali-style space, the Ours restaurant is a rustic yet sophisticated space, surrounded by the pristine beauty of nearby beaches. With commitment to using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, they serve European and Mediterranean flavors, including delightful breakfast options like the complete ‘Breaky Campur,’ handcrafted Italian pasta, to the freshest seafood–collaborating with local communities to support a sustainable approach to food. It’s the new go-to whether you opt for a leisurely brunch or a romantic dinner by the sea.
Address: Pantai Suluban St No.18, Pecatu, South Kuta
Enchanting diners in both Canggu and Sanur, the new Paed Thai has recently opened two branches in Bali, offering delightful authentic Thai cuisine and inventive Thai-inspired cocktails. The dishes here highlight Thai cuisine’s essential flavors (sweet, salty, spicy, and sour), creating a symphony of tastes in every bite. The menu includes various options, including the tangy Tom Yam Hot Pot and the fresh Pla Krapong Neung Manao. The signature cocktails are also stirred inspiration from beloved Thai dishes, namely the Whiskey Thai Tea, ‘Paed Tom Yum,’ and Mango Sticky Rice. It’s a stunning Thai culinary experience in Bali!
Address: Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No.888A, Sanur, Denpasar Selatan and Jl. Canggu Padang Linjong No.8A, Canggu
The Flying Squirrel
Singaporean The Flying Squirrel has gracefully landed in its second location in the heart of Seminyak, Bali. Drawing inspiration from Bali’s freshest produce, The Flying Squirrel presents an exciting menu–from meticulously crafted sushi and sashimi platters to their infamous maki rolls– that will make your taste buds go nuts. For a taste of local flavors, patrons can indulge in the ‘TFS Bali Signature’ creations, which showcase the special fish of the day. Complementing the delectable fare, The Flying Squirrel serves up an array of cocktails, including the Saketini and Wasabi Margarita, adding a playful touch to the Japanese dining experience.
Address: Jalan Petitenget Seminyak, Kerobokan Kelod, Badung, Bali 80361
Terraza Rooftop Bar
Perched high above the picturesque rice fields of Canggu, Bali, Terazza Rooftop is part of Santanera restaurant, a Latin American with European influences and fine local ingredients in Canggu. The venue reminisces of a Barcelona rooftop uniquely adorned by Balinese contemporary artwork from artist Due Hatue–effortlessly blurring the boundaries between the old world and the new. As the sun begins its descent, you can savor the magical ambiance while indulging in signature cocktails like the spicy ‘Picante,’ a unique twist on the classic Margarita using fermented Carolina Reaper Jose, or grab a crispy hot bite of the Empanadas or the Wild Mushroom Croquettes.
Address: Jl. Tanah Barak No.55-57, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80351