Jalan Kayu Aya No. 7B, Seminyak
T: (0361) 736 687
If you’re doing a spot of shopping along the Eat Street stretch of Seminyak and the heat is driving you nuts, urbane coffee house Anomali makes for a good rest and recharge-with-caffeine stop along the way around to Jalan Basangkasa (as Jalan Legian eventually becomes known as it heads north).
Anomali has branched out from Jakarta (where there are three branches), and it definitely has a big city feel; it’s all distressed walls and recycled wood, industrial-style lighting and blasting air-con — with an outdoor area too, but really, would you? The traffic is hell just outside. But the main reason to come here is that they care about their coffee — think Caswell’s made over by a bunch of hip young Indonesian things and you’ll be on the right track.
Beans are roasted on site, and you have a range of ways to enjoy your Indonesian brew — single origin or house brew. Single origins include Sumatra Mandaiting, Aceh Gayo Organic, Papua Wamena, Flores Bajawa, Toraja Java Estate and Bali Kintamani. Choose from syphon, drip, wood neck or French press — expect to pay around 26,000 to 35,000 rupiah for this or espresso based drinks. It’s a few thousand rupiah more if you want to get a fancy fusion or go iced; the fusions include creme brulee, orange honey kiss and cookies and cream — did someone say fancy?
There’s a short light menu — think nachos for 35,000 rupiah, a beefsteak sandwich for 68,000 rupiah or a buttered waffle for 37,000 rupiah. I popped in here for a quick (well, okay, a two-coffee breakfast) and had a croissant on the side (12,000) — the pastry was not as fresh as it could have been — it almost shattered as I ate it — though the raspberry jam on the side was good. Truly I don’t really understand why such an otherwise exemplary spot would skimp on average pastries. Come for the coffee!
This is an order at the bar, pay and sit down joint; there’s free WiFi, which works well and means you can add this joint to your places to hang out on your computer on and around Laksmana. It’s plenty spacious and staff don’t hover — they’re friendly but more concerned about making coffee than wondering when you’re going to put your cup down — so you can comfortably settle in here with a book or a chat with friends for a bit of a stay.
Clientele is wide-ranging — our morning saw a genuine backpacker (with backpack, that’s how we knew, natch), Jakarta hi-so types, a shirtless dude perhaps on his way home from the night before, and a few civilised European men all come in to kickstart their day.
If you want better pastries, head down the road to Vienna Cafe (which looks to have had a makeover, so we’ll update soon) or around the corner (probably a 10-minute walk away) to Cafe Moka. But if you’re a coffee lover, this has to be one of your first stops in Seminyak — Sea Circus would be another, and indeed the Corner Store just around the corner. Want something more old school? Head into Denpasar for Bali’s original Butterfly kopi.
And if you’re travelling with kids and staying in the area, keep this place in mind as it opens at 06:30 — a truly great find if you’re forced up at the crack of dawn.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 27th February, 2015.