Four Of Bali’s Best Bottomless Brunches
On an island where rolling out of bed after 10am is the norm, bottomless brunch makes sense. Understandably then, the trend is gaining traction at lightning speed. Bali manages to take the already impressive allure of bottomless brunch one step further with, technically, endless choices.
Fancy some caviar paired with free-flowing prosecco overlooking an infinity pool (or three) under bright blue sunny skies? Well, you’re going to have to be more specific, because with the emergence of the Bali brunch scene, you’re more than spoilt for choice.
From French patisseries to Pruscuitto di’Parma, we take a look at the most mouthwatering Bali brunch options and the restaurants that serve them.
Kayuputi, St Regis
Occupying one of the most alluring waterfront spots on Nusa Dua’s white sand beach stretch, Kayuputi tzeams five-star Asian inspired haute cuisine with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Prior to the main event of bottomless brunch, you’ll attend the restaurant’s Champagne bar from 11am to 12pm where you’ll be served handcrafted canapés, and, more obviously, free-flow bubbly.
At noon sharp, the beginning of brunch is marked by the impressive welding of a Sabre sword and the food festivities begin. However, the distinguishing factor between Kayuputi and most other brunches on the island is that, rather than buffet style, you are served food to your table through the entire period, making it much like a degustation. Here, without so much as lifting a finger (or walking to the buffet) neither your plate or your glass will ever be left empty.
With dishes like Prunia Caviar, Pruscuitto di’Parma and Black Angus beef tenderloin with black truffle meat reduction, their decadence is only rivalled by the award-winning wine list which boasts over 400 exclusive vintage wines from the best regions in the world. Once 2pm strikes, guests can either continue to feast on the fares, otherwise they are invited to head to the terrace for some digestives and vintage cigars for a truly indulgent experience.
FIRE and Starfish Bloo, W Bali
The glittering, iconic W sign signifies so much more than just one of the world’s most popular luxury hotel chains. W hotels are known worldwide as a playground for the young, successful, rich and beautiful, and when it comes to their restaurants, it’s no different. At the W, you’ll have two choices of Sunday bottomless brunch; Starfish Bloo and FIRE.
W’s Culinary Director Beryl Adler describes Starfish Blog as a seafood dining with Pan Asian Flair. “It’s a ‘scene to be seen’ – brunch featuring delectable fare, live music and an idyllic location. Located seaside with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, Sunday Brunch at Starfish Bloo has become the island favorite,” says Beryl.
Whereas at the FIRE brunch you’ll experience more decadent Western classics with a BBQ twist. “At FIRE, we’re known for our Chicken and Waffles, bringing a Southern American favourite to Indonesia,” explains Beryl.
“It’s really a whole new experience in itself, the brunch features more diverse treasure from Western specialties, meat-heavy with more Western menu, live counters, seafood bar, a sweet cave to premium selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, accompanied by live acoustic.”
We can’t argue with their cooking motto, which Beryl sharing; “buy local, buy fresh and let the food speak for itself”.
Soleil, The Mulia
Dubbed the ‘most luxurious brunch in the world’, The Mulia’s Soleil, served on Fridays and Sundays, certainly lives up to its reputation. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a huge buffet selection as well as an a la carte menu. The attentive waitstaff will keep you topped up with cocktails, champagne or wine while you flip through the menu: from Octopus capparcio to Escargot, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to gourmet dishes.
However, you wouldn’t be blamed for completely forgoing the menu and just sticking to the buffet itself. The cheese and meats station has an overwhelmingly large choice including Jamon Iberico, fromage fourme d’ambert aoc and pancetta affumicata. Venture beyond the meats and cheese and you’ll come across a live meat carving station, Indonesian station, sushi and sashimi station and a spectacular seafood station that is refilled with fresh seafood every twenty minutes.
But, it’s the dessert station that really takes the cake. Covered in rainbow cupcakes, decadent brownies, fruit tarts and colourful pastries and a large pink chocolate fondue, it’s almost too beautiful to touch – almost.
Ji on the Terrace, Tugu
While Japanese cuisine and brunch may seem like an unconventional pairing, we can tell you first hand that sushi and sake actually make for an excellent morning meal. Ji’s second story ocean terrace sits at the end of Batu Bolong, the main area of Bali’s hippest district, Canggu. Here, you’ll trade in bacon and eggs for sushi, sashimi and soba, all made freshly to order.
Overlooking one of the island’s Saturday night party hot-spots, Old Mans, it’s not a surprise that the menu has one of Bali’s best bloody marys for those feeling a little dusty. Endless amounts of the Ji Wasabi Bloody Mary can be enjoyed during the brunch period from 11-3pm for those who upgrade to an Alcoholic brunch package.
Alcohol aside, at Ji Terrace by the Sea you’ll enjoy Japanese delights like Yakitori, Wagyu steak & egg, Ahi Tuna & Thai Basil, Beef Tataki with garlic crisps and breakfast udon & prawn tempura to name a few.
(Lead image: Starfish Bloo at W Bali / supplied)
Published 05 August, 2019