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3 Canggu Restaurants for a Delicious Day Out

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Elite Havens MAGAZINE brings you three of the best restaurants in Canggu, Bali for a day of decadence.

Finns Beach Club, Berawa Beach

Finns moved to its new custom-built home in Canggu in 2016. Peaked alang-alang pavilions supported by bare bamboo create an impressive open floorplan. The design genius of architect Richard Manser, it’s a striking contemporary Indonesian design like no other.

The absolute beachfront club overlooks the surf break at Berawa Beach with a dining “room”, multiple bars and luxurious day-beds flanking a 30-metre infinity pool. The seriously accommodating jellybean-shaped swimming pool is outfitted with a swim-up bar and underwater speakers. Single and double daybeds are first come first served and come with a plush teal towel – yours “free” for the day with a Finns membership or minimum spend on food and bev.

Finns offers two menus, one poolside menu with light bites and food to share (but it’s OK if you want a whole  spicy prawn pizza to yourself) and one for the dining areas – a sophisticated fusion menu with local and international cuisine. There’s also a gelato ice cream counter below a nifty map of Indonesia to show off the origins of the local ingredients used, like coffee from West Java and cacao from Bali.

Finns is fabulous for an afternoon of swimming followed by sunset drinks and dinner. Surfers will get amped by the epic flood lighting aimed directly at the break for a cool evening backdoor. It’s family-friendly while also giving off a sassy party vibe with pop remixes from the overhead speakers. And now Finns After Dark keeps the party going with events until 3AM on select dates. Sadly, no breakfast menu here.

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Salumeria Tanah Barak, Batu Bolong

Star Melbourne chef, Geoff Lindsay has opened a gorgeous little aperitivo destination in Batu Bolong. Serving spuntini – which is Italian for tapas – this gorgeous haunt is chic and stylish. Hanging dried salami and prosciutto and insanely good cheeses grace an entire glass wall and YIPPPEEE, Campari is the sponsor for cocktails.

In tandem with Farine bakery in Berawa, this gem serves delicious grilled panini, salads, fresh juices and a range of antipasto including anchovies, olives and roasted veggies. Destined for greatness and huge popularity, check in fast with friends for a leisurely grazing plate of luscious delicacies that are rare in Bali,

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Restaurant Openings: MoVida & Akademi in Seminyak

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New restaurants are constantly popping up on Bali, and January has been no different. Introducing the new kids on the block, MoVida and Akademi, brought to you by the brains behind the uber popular and successful Potato Head family.

With five Australian venues already earning respect, this is MoVida’s first overseas venture, but success must surely be on the cards for this combination of Spanish vibe and Bali beach club! Located at the base of the Katamama Hotel (due to open in March) in Seminyak’s popular Jalan Petitenget, MoVida is designed for holiday fun. Tasty food to share and an extensive cocktail menu, give a nod to MoVida Bali’s new island location, but the venue’s Spanish roots shine through.

Benefitting from local skills and materials, MoVida boasts the same architectural flair as Potato Head, with furnishings fittings and fabrics created by Balinese artisans and an impressive 15-metre polished green-stone bar. Complementing the delicious Spanish imports, local produce also features strongly on the menu, which has been carefully crafted by head chef Jimmy Parker.

Sit back and indulge in tapas with a twist. Try the Cangrejo (Lombok soft shell crab, with seaweed aioli and squid ink bun) or a dish from the Josper oven such as Pescado (whole baked halibut with a burnt butter sauce, hazelnuts and capers). And lets not forget the impressive bar, which showcases a great list of cocktails based on celebrated classics, at least four different types of sangria available by the glass, and a wide range of fine Spanish wines.

Whilst we are on the subject of beverages… another new venue within Katamama is the chic Akademi Bar, created by award-winning bartender and author Dre Masso. Here you can sample a selection of unique drinks, all made in celebration of Indonesia and the tropical offerings of Bali. As well as having one of the biggest collections of premium spirits on the island, the bar houses a vast range of infused locally produced arak (a distilled alcoholic drink) made from coconut, rice and cane. Many ingredients are grown on the hotel grounds, so you’ll be pushed to find fresher.

Akademi oozes style. Standing centre stage is the bar, illuminated by a vintage ’70s pendant light designed by Gaetano Sciolari. Guests drink from bespoke ceramic, wood and copper cocktail cups made by local artisans and listen to music (vinyl of course) played on a Klipsch hi-fidelity system.

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Spilling the Beans: Chalina Estate

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Elite Havens’ villa chefs share their special recipes

Elite Havens villas are synonymous with superb dining, prepared by skilled chefs many of whom have trained in internationally renowned restaurants. Villa menus include an extensive range of Western and Asian suggestions, and our chefs will also do their best to cater to guests’ special requests. But of course every chef has his or her own ‘special’ dishes – the ones that guests ask for again and again. With much coaxing and cajoling, we’ve prised some of these secret recipes from our chefs to share with you.

In this issue, the outstanding chef at the Chalina Estate in Canggu, shares two of his favourite dishes with us.

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Chalina Estate’s
Spicy Green Mango Salad with Prawn

INGREDIENTS:

7-8 prawns, blanched
1 cup of shredded green mango
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
2 string beans, cut into pieces
5 cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp roasted peanuts, crushed
2-4 bird chilies
4-5 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1 1/2 tbsp of lime juice
1 tbsp of tamarind concentrate
1/2 cup of cashew nuts

STEPS:

  1. Shred the green mango and carrot
  2. Coarsely pound garlic, chilies, dried shrimps and peanuts
  3. Add string beans, seasonings and tomatoes mix together
  4. Add the carrot and mango, mix well

PREPARATION:

  1. Pound garlic, chilies, dried shrimps and peanuts, coarsely. Add string beans, also lightly pounded. Season with lime juice, palm sugar, tamarind concentrate and fish sauce.
  2. Add the tomatoes, carrots and papaya and lightly mix together. Mix in the blanched prawns and fried cashew nuts. Serve with fresh vegetables.

Crispy-Fish-with-Chili-Sauce

Chalina Estate’s
Crispy Fish with Chili Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

350 grms of sea bass, cut into rectangular pieces
1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 cup of crispy – fried holy basil leaves
vegetable oil for deep-frying
dried red spur chilies

For the Chili Sauce

1/2 cup garlic, finely chopped
3 tbsp of vegetable oil
1/2 tsp of salt
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/2 cup of vinegar
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1/4 cup of red and yellow spur chilies,

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Christmas in Bali: festive feasts for brunch and dinner

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Wining and dining in Bali has never been more exciting, and if you’re lucky enough to be spending Christmas on this Island of the Gods, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to brunch and dinner celebrations: from traditional turkey roast with all the trimmings, to seafood spectaculars, sushi platters, barbecue buffets and foie gras to die for, there’s treats for every taste bud. The only likely problem is narrowing down the options. So, to help you, here are our top tips for fabulous festive feasts on the 25th December.

W RETREAT & SPA BALI – SEMINYAK  
Super Christmas Brunch at FIRE

FIRE brings together the best dishes from east and west. Asian delights complemented with salads, soups, chilled seafood, prime meat and mouth-watering desserts. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30pm. IDR 900,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

Christmas Brunch at STARFISH BLOO

It’s not just the views that will keep you here. There are endless options of sushi & oysters; dim sum, BBQ lobster, salmon and carvings of ham or turkey with all the accompaniments and then some. Brunch is served from 12.00 to 15.30. IDR 1,000,000++ per person, food only. Beverage packages available.

Website

Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 3000106

MÉTIS – SEMINYAK

MÉTIS is offering a divine Christmas selection to complement their a la carte menu. Highlights include Sturia caviar, rabbit, hazelnut terrine, foie gras, cannelloni, roast turkey from the US, roast duck roulade, honey ginger glazed pork knuckle and sweets such as chestnut crème brulé. Have we got you drooling yet? Book now to avoid the disappointment. Check the website for the latest pricing.

Website

Jalan Petitenget no. 6, Seminyak

Tel +62 361 4737888

MOZAIC – UBUD 

Staying in Ubud? Treat yourself and book a table at the famous Mozaic Restaurant. Priced at IDR 1,350,000++ the dinner menu highlights include Canadian lobster tail with Balinese lemon-basil and Jerusalem artichokes, Atlantic cod with winter black truffle, duo of chilled and seared foie gras with pomelo and kaffir lime and much more. You can also add a wine pairing option at IDR 880,000++.

Website

Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Ubud

Tel +62 361 975768

KU DE TA – SEMINYAK 

Carols by the Sea,

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Editor’s Pick: Tiger Palm, Seminyak

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Tiger Palm Seminyak

Will Meyrick’s outstanding Balinese portfolio of dining establishments such as Sarong, Mama San and Ubud’s Hujan Locale are always bustling with expat residents and visitors alike, signaling this Scottish chef’s tremendous popularity. His latest addition, Tiger Palm, has just opened its doors in the brand new Seminyak Village shopping mall. The eclectic décor of Tiger Palm transports you to the ‘Palm Court’ of the famous Eastern and Orient Hotel in Penang, Malaysia, presenting a mixture of tropical mid-century modernism and vintage Malay and Tiki-pop, creating a lovely colonial charm.

The menu presents the historic influences of Nyonya, Thai and Peranakan Jawi cuisines, of the Chinese traders and self-starting businessmen from Southern India. You can see that in the richness of the cultures from the dishes, such as the famous Nasi Kandar. Open from early morning, serving Kopitiam-style breakfast with dim sum, such as chee cheong fun, chicken balls rice, coddled eggs, nasi lemak, apam with fish curry, char kuay teow, nyonya laksa, wan tan mee and Penang hokien mee followed by all-day dining and then dinner, continuing into the night with after-dinner drinks.

Malaysian street stall favourites are amongst the most popular starters and food court heroes dominate the mains.

Wash everything down with fresh juices, smoothies, traditional Malaysian lassies or something stronger – let the experienced bartenders surprise you.

Tiger Palm, The Village [Seminyak’s newest global shopping and dining destination].
Tel +62 361 4737809.
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A stylish hideaway in the heart of Seminyak, Lakshmi Villas is just 100 metres from the beach and a four minute stroll from Tiger Palm. Elegant design highlights contemporary tropical living, with private swimming pools encircled by neat walled gardens, atmospheric open-plan living areas and spacious bedrooms with courtyard bathrooms. Experienced and professional villa staff, including a manager, chef and villa attendants, are on hand to take care of every need. These four luxury one- and two-bedroom villas can be rented in combination to provide from one to seven bedrooms sleeping a total of 14 adults. www.lakshmivillas.com

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