Whether you’re roughing it at a Bali guesthouse and you want to treat yourself or you’re splurging in a villa but you want to hit the pavement, brunch in Seminyak is a good idea. Breakfasts run the full gamut here, from cheap and cheerful through to sophisticated and pricey. Here are a few of our faves.
We’ve written about this shabby chic spot before and reckon it’s one of the best Jalan Laksmana choices for a quick breakfast or lazy brunch. Just 15,000 rupiah (okay, but it’s plus plus — so closer to 20,000) gets you two eggs done your way with bread on the side. Or go for a parfait of fruit salad and yoghurt, a thin crepe drizzled in chocolate, or a couple of chocolate au pain, dipped in a glass of latte.
Grab one of the long tables out the back next to the dreamy pool fringed with vibrant Ganeshas looped in beads; it’s a haven from the mess of Laksmana outside.
Jalan Laksmana (near Ultimo)
T: (0361) 736 484
This little spot is a favourite of ours and does a great range of breakfasts. You won’t get much in the way of views, but the whimsical decor and laidback vibe — sprays of pretty flowers, free water served in glass bottles and always good music — could be just the ticket to ease your way into the day; we particularly love the typed quote of the day and frangipani that comes with your coffee.
Find their online menu here. We were sad to see their chilli jam disappear — it goes perfectly with poached eggs — but they sometimes have it if you ask, and a good second option is the red onion marmalade. If you’re after something sweet, the ricotta pancakes (35,000 rupiah) is just the ticket. We haven’t tried it, but we love the name of their virgin Bloody Mary: a Bloody Shame.
22 Jalan Kayu Aya/Oberoi Road, Seminyak
T: (0361) 738 667
Ku De Ta
With the spike in tourism to Bali in recent years, prices at iconic Ku De Ta have gone up commensurately and it’s not the bargain it once was. Nevertheless there’s a reason the crowds come: the always-solid food, the impeccable staff, and the unbeatable beachside location with fantastic views — the surf is so close you’ll get the impression the surfers are about to glide onto the sand and continue running to a table to smoothly pick up a latte. And compared to a what a four-star hotel buffet breakfast might set you back, it’s still a reasonable deal.
An orange juice here will set you back 30,000 rupiah (++), while the granola, house dried fruits, nuts, seeds and yoghurt is 60,000++. I always thought granola was supposed to be sweetened, baked muesli, but KDT’s version on my visit was disappointingly just plain old muesli. The huge vanilla-infused peach on the side was a gorgeous touch though.
Jalan Kayu Aya 9
T: (0361) 736 969
Also: We love Susie’s breakfast at Corner Store (eggs and ruccola) as well as the scrambled tofu at Earth Cafe.
By Samantha Brown
Last updated on 27th February, 2015.