8 top spots to have brunch in Bali

Skip your hotel’s breakfast buffet, because this is Bali’s best meal of the day. Here are the eight top spots to enjoy brunch across the island.

  • Samera Kamaleddine
  • September 2018

You might have heard it already: the culinary scene in Bali opens in new window is beyond booming. And a signature feature of its foodie transformation is the not-so-humble Sunday brunch. Endless feasts are washed down with free-flowing drinks packages (dozens of Bloody Mary varieties abound) on an island that appears to be heaving with delicious brunch spreads. From contemporary favourites to traditional Indonesian flavours, welcome to the best of Bali’s famous brunch scene, where tropical vibes and beach views are served free.

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Best for Luxury Seekers

Starfish Bloo at W Bali, Seminyak

For a generous serving of exotic glam, be sure to indulge in this popular Sunday brunch. The chic beach-side setting matches perfectly with the five-star buffet that shows off a mix of flavours. There’s imported cheeses, babi guling (Balinese roasted pork), oysters and sushi, plus dessert stations (that’s right, more than one). Chase it down with your complimentary prosecco, followed by a dip in the pool.

Best for Vegetarians

The Elephant, Ubud

Enjoy the lush jungle views of the Tjampuhan Ridge, accompanied by a healthy, meat-free feast. All food at The Elephant is 100 per cent vegetarian, but don’t go thinking it’s anything but delicious – expect sweet potato fritters with yoghurt and olive oil, a Niçoise breakfast salad or polenta porridge with poached fruit and coconut cream. With an à la carte set-up, this casual dining spot is an allergy-free paradise, and the chefs are more than happy to adjust any of their dishes to become gluten-free or vegan.

Best for Families

Feast at Sheraton, Bali Kuta Resort

Like what you eat? You can buy the ingredients afterwards at this market-themed brunch. ‘Sip, Savour and Shop’ comprises buffet feasting and market shopping, with every brunch-goer invited to take home one kilo of fresh produce from the resort’s fruit and veg stall at no extra cost. Tuck into barbecued seafood and fresh Indonesian dishes. There’s even a fairy floss machine and ice cream station. But that’s not all kids will enjoy; there’s a play area to keep them entertained, too.

Best for Sushi Lovers

Ji Terrace by the Sea, Canggu Beach

The ‘Sunday Brunch by the Sea’ recently launched at this Canggu hotspot boasts a 180-degree view of the Indian Ocean, relaxed tropical tunes and creative Japanese-fusion delicacies. Think sushi rolls with butterfish, avocado and crunchy tempura flakes; wagyu steak and egg; or breakfast udon and prawn tempura. The tastiest part? Everything on the all-you-can-eat menu is made fresh to order. And if you return for drinks at sunset, it’s a pretty ace spot to watch the sky turn every shade of red.

Best for Instagrammers

Ulu Cliffhouse, Uluwatu

What do you get when a world-renowned Peruvian chef has crafted your brunch menu? A culinary offering that’s culturally diverse, yet also influenced by the Balinese environment. You can expect lots of guacamole, tortillas and spices, paired with a breathtaking outlook from this uber-pretty beach club perched atop the cliffs of Uluwatu on the island’s south. If the ocean-view-for-days isn’t enough fodder for your Instagram, the sleek interiors and interesting and elegant food styling from chef Diego Muñoz will rack up the likes.

Best for Eco Warriors

The Slow, Canggu

Surround yourself in earthy tones and a rotating art collection inside this restaurant, hotel and gallery space for the ‘Sound Bites’ Sunday brunch. The emphasis is on what’s in season, with feel-good degustation options including wok-fried barley with egg, cauliflower, spinach, ginger and mushrooms; or smoked mahi-mahi hash with poached egg and hollandaise. Bloody Alice – the Slow’s version of a Bloody Mary – will give you some spark, thanks to a mix of spiced vodka and chilli paste.

Best for Seafood Buffs

Seasalt, Seminyak

Bali is famed for its fresh (and affordable) seafood, so when better to sample it than your first meal of the day? The ‘Coastal Munch’ brunch at this beachfront hotel dishes up boat-loads of ocean cuisine including ceviche, prawns, oysters (shucked at your table by the chef!), as well as a smoked salmon station. ‘Unlimited-to-order’ seafood and sparkling wine – now that’s worth getting out of a comfy bed for.

Best for Value Hunters

Azul Beach Club, Legian

Load up on some serious barbecue for your buck within an open-air bamboo treehouse (with sweeping ocean vistas across Legian Beach, of course). Azul’s ‘Sunday Barbecue Brunch’ offers an impressive selection of sides and salads infused with Balinese flavours, but the full-bellied goodness comes from the epic mains that range from coriander-cured roasted lamb leg and thyme-garlic roasted beef rump, to squid skewers and baby lobsters. Hello, food coma.