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.
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, let alone Canggu. Admire the hand cranked meat slicer – an engine is too warm for cold cuts – and bliss out at this restaurant that is clearly born of a serious passion for good food. They do in-villa catering, too.
The Shady Shack, Batu Bolong
Just a few doors from Salumeria is this uber funky café in a charming little white bungalow set in a lush tropical garden, brimming with daybeds and seating deep in the shade of beautiful trees. This is a hipster heaven from head to toe and vegans will delight in the animal-free alternatives on the menu.
The smoothies are exceptional and portions are huge while the raw banoffee cheesecake is sublime. Other smokin’ items include the nori bowl, which is pure health on a plate with roll-ups, sliced veggies, salad leaves and dipping sauce. Serious about good health? Wash the onsen eggs (soft-boiled eggs) down with a turmeric latte and fall for the freshness of the fruit plate that is packed with tropical sensations. The staff look good enough to eat, too.