MOTEL MEXICOLA

MOTEL MEXICOLA

CAFES & RESTAURANTS

MOTEL MEXICOLA

Artists, interiors lovers or anyone who loves colour will find this place insane! I believe Motel Mexicola is unmissable when coming to Bali. 

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Motel Mexicola is a Mexican restaurant and bar located in the heart of Seminyak. This place really is one of a kind. Although it has a few years under its belt, MM sets the bar very high. A venue so incredible that it feels like a dream. It's no surprise that it keeps amusing and inspiring me each and every time I visit.

 

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You have to visit it at least once. The amount of work that has gone into creating Motel Mexicola is just crazy. It’s like a Mexican Sistine chapel! Wherever you look, the amount of thought, detail, artistry and use of colour in every corner, wall and ceiling is simply awe-inspiring.

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The restaurant/bar is very large but the Mexicola experience begins before you reach it. The outside veranda is great for lunch and reminds me of outdoor lunches in Mexico City, watching the world pass by. As soon as you enter, you see The Shrine. I'm not quite sure who this shrine is to, but these kinds of shrines are often found in people’s houses where they pray to the virgin or to remember deceased family members. The Motel Mexicola Shrine has become quite iconic and it's pretty much mandatory to get a photo of it!

 

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Motel Mexicola is divided into 3 sections. If you go right, there is a bar and a staircase that takes you to the sitting and bar upstairs. In the middle, there is the huge central open patio, and on the left the main bar and its surrounding booths. Motel Mexicola is massive and the incredible thing is that they fill it night after night. If you want to come to Motel Mexicola to appreciate the work and artistry, come during the day.  At night, it transforms into a huge bar where the appreciation of fantastic interiors will be the last thing on your mind as you dance the night away. 

 

 

 

MOTEL MEXICOLA

WWW.MOTELMEXICOLABALI.COM

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BIKINI

BIKINI

CAFES & RESTAURANTS

BIKINI

 

Bikini is not your regular sort of restaurant, it is in fact quite special. There are places that you must try when you come to Bali, Bikini must be added to this list.

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The outdoor bar and sitting area and the neon signs is very Miami, with a touch of Vegas. Think lots of hot pink! The bar itself has been meticulously designed. The marble table top and part of the splash back, in combination with the dark wine leather and brass stools, is glam and lux in a very balanced way.  The individual wood strips on the ceiling and on the bar both add a new dimension to the different textures and tie up beautifully with the interior of the restaurant. While we waited for our table to be set, we had 2 incredible cocktails that left us a little tipsy and eager to try the cuisine.

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The interior of the restaurant is quite spectacular in a controlled manner. The double height triangular ceiling and the main focus point of the pink-painted wall by artist Ash Keating create an imposing first impression. The leather-rounded sofas intensify the plush modern art deco feel.  Against the pink wall, they create a great contrast making the interior current and cool. The sofa booths are lush and super comfortable, and all have gorgeous marble tables that complement them.

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The bathrooms, which I can’t go past without mentioning them, give me a feeling of being in a club rather than a restaurant. The hot pink walls and the fact that each individual bathroom (all unisex) has a unique witty slogan on the mirror, make them perfectly Instagram-worthy.

 
But more than just the design, which is spot on, the food takes this place to another level. Food in Bali is just gets better and better, so much so that it can’t be an easy market to make a name for yourself. But Bikini is definitely a new contender on the high dining scene.

 

We shared the tasting menu, and basically gave free reign to the Chef to prepare whatever he pleased. The food was beyond incredible. Each plate (and there were lots of them) got better and better. Visually, each one was a work of art, and in terms of taste, texture and flavours, I have never tried better food in my life. Each dish was extremely complex and had gone through many steps before presentation. The dishes were mostly vegetarian or pesqueterian and very light, giving you plenty of room to keep on trying the next dish. There were plates that I may not have chosen if I would were ordering from the menu, but I couldn’t fault them. They were all mouth-watering and left me wanting more, creating a buzz about what other amazing dish would come next.

 

Just as the interior design of Bikini reveals its cultured complexities and modern sophistication, their food is both creatively inspiring and a delight to the senses. Dining at Bikini is a refined and artistic experience of the highest level.

 

 

 

BIKINI

www.ulookhotinbikini.com

 

 

SHEARLOCK

SHEARLOCK

CAFES & RESTAURANTS

SHEARLOCK

 

When I imagine a man cave, Shearlock is probably the closest thing that comes to mind. It’s in a bit of hidden spot, with a dark and sombre interior, and mysterious doors that lead towards the unknown.

 Upon entering I feel like a bit awkward for a moment (a lone female in this manly space). But after entering the café, I am greeted by a very friendly barista and all my preconceived notions come crumbling down.

 

Shearlock is a café, a retail shop, a barber and at night, a bar opens upstairs. It’s not a huge space so I’m impressed that they were able to make it all work. The barbershop is at the front and it looks like a barber from Westworld, the only thing missing is a place to tie your horse to at the front of the shop. I can seriously imagine a cowboy pushing through those wooden saloon doors!

 

The café is more modern but keeps the very masculine aesthetic, lots of concrete, wood and black metal stools. Although the décor is minimal and austere, it doesn’t feel cold. The retail space on the left hand side gives an urban and modern touch as it displays cool denim and leather backpacks and man bags as well as t-shirts and other trinkets.

 

Upstairs is the bar. There’s a long and narrow space with a leather-like sofa bench that sits along the right hand side, making good use of the space. At the end of the area is the bar itself. The Shearlock bar continues the sombre aesthetic but I can imagine it comes alive at night with the chatter and laughter of not just men, but their female companions as well.

 

SHEARLOCK

Jon Petitenget No.17. Kerobokan

DA MARIA

DA MARIA

CAFES & RESTAURANTS

DA MARIA

Da Maria brings something fresh and new to the interiors department. Influenced by the Amalfi coast, they have taken the classic community feeling of eating al fresco and transformed it into a modern, stylish and unique dining concept.

 

Da Maria is cool and oozes style. There has been a lot of thought put into everything - from the design of the restaurant and the large round skylights, the dip dye forks, knives and spoons, to the patterns of the crockery paper containers of Own by Maurice Terzini, who also owns the iconic Icebergs at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. While Icebergs and Da Maria may appear quite different, somehow there is a thread that unites them both.  Perhaps it’s the white in combination with that particular shade of blue, or the cool aesthetic, but somehow when you walk into Da Maria, you suddenly feel like you are in Bondi.

 

The space is very expansive with a subtle grand entrance. Before you even enter the restaurant, there is a Da Maria store selling beautiful clothing and accessories.

The restaurant is planned in such a way that even though there are 4 sections, you can see til the end of the restaurant at your first glance. The first section is the bar, painted with the Da Maria’s signature pattern and furnished with tall white metal stools and yellow cushions. Each section has a long yellow sofa on one side that overlooks the central fountain. The furniture continues with white metal chairs and blue cushions for comfort. The chairs and stools are beautifully made and brought back memories of living in Argentina as a child – that style of chair was found on almost every patio I played on. The last section of the restaurant is an actual outdoor area, and I can see it being perfect for parties or just long nights filled with beautiful food and drinks.

On the left hand side is the kitchen and the huge wood fire ovens. This section is all open (which I love). They even brought authentic pizza makers from Italy to come and work at Da Maria. Impressive.

 

The walls and ceiling are painted with white and “celeste” blue creating diagonal lines and triangular shapes that cleverly confuse the eye. In two of the sections, right above the central fountains, a large round skylight lets in a huge amount of light, almost creating a dine out experience.

 

Da Maria is a great place for lovers of design to visit. Their unique take and bold statements in colour and pattern, plus their design aesthetic, set them apart and make a restaurant that will create waves in both Bali and internationally.

 

 

DA MARIA

www.damariabali.com

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GYPSY

GYPSY

CAFES & RESTAURANT

GYPSY

 

Gypsy, although recently opened, is already making waves. And I can see why. The space is beautiful. Contemporary design but with a touch of boho to keep the Canggu enthusiasts, happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside, there are lots of different seating options. From bar stools and window stool seats to high chairs and tables, and a long table against one of the walls. And of course,  small tables for 2. Although it sounds a bit too much, they make it work with ease.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The left wall is decorated with 3 fabric hangings and this wall is partitioned in two by 2 sets of colours. The division is part of the décor. In a little corner there is a beautiful black and white Dream Catcher that adds character to the minimalistic interior design. The lightning is a set of mostly antique-looking white glass spheres and also a few chandeliers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little courtyard at the front, complete with fairy lights, wire tables and chairs, wooden floors and cute umbrellas sets the mood for a relaxed eating experience.

But I think the best thing about Gypsy is the staff. With a Canadian as the boss, the friendliness comes naturally and is reflected in the way they make you feel comfortable and happy straight away.

 

GYPSY

 

www.wearegypsy.com

PRETTY POISON

PRETTY POISON

BARS

PRETTY POISON

The first time I went for a drink at Pretty Poison I saw genius in the making. What a brilliant idea! Build a skate bowl and sell drinks. Bingo! Sit and let them come like bees to honey.

 

 

 

 

But Pretty Poison is more than a skate bowl and bar. It's a way of life. All the cool kids are there. My sixteen year old self is patting me in the back and thanking me for taking her to her dream bar. I wish this place existed when I was a teenager. I never would have left! For all the Canggu hipsters this place really is heaven on earth. Cheap drinks, 90's grunge mixed with a bit of 70's Californian vibe make Pretty Poison the coolest bar in Canggu.

The design of the outside area of PP is mostly bare concrete that creates a great contrast with the sky and the rice paddies surrounding it.The seats are all made of old metal barrels that had been converted into either single seats or sofas. Recycled truck wheels made into coffee tables complete the look.

The inside is equally bare and industrial. Concrete floor-to-walls and the exposed black metal beams dress the ceiling. On one side of the large space is the bar. It has a minimal look with the drink menu painted on the wall and six metal lamp shades hanging on top of it. In the middle of the room sits a large purple velvet sofa that overlooks a large wall with a multitude of Playboy magazine covers as wallpaper. A 16 year old boy's paradise as well!

 

 

 

Pretty Poison, though it looks grungy and careless, is undoubtedly a smart and well-thought out business. And more than anything, it's a hell of a lot of fun!

Pretty Poison

http://prettypoisonbar.com

 

SALUMERIA – TANAH BARAK

SALUMERIA – TANAH BARAK

CAFES & RESTAURANTS

SALUMERIA TANAH BARAK

Bali Interiors Salumeria Tanah Barak

Salumeria Tanah Barak, although brand new and hidden away from the main road of Batu Bolong, demonstrates that Canggu has grown up. People will talk of the before and after. 

Tanah Barak is the turning point where Canggu went from a beachy-surfy village into a sophistacated and upmarket town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Salumeria could be found on Forte dei Marmi or Positano. A Salumeria is a place where you find Salamis, Prosciuttos, cold meats and a variety of cheeses. The fact that Tanah Barak has a retail side, where you can purchase all of the above, plus, olive oils and breads, makes it a very dangerous place for my meagre budget!

 

 

The style of the restaurant is cool, coastal but at the same time urban. It has a very European feel with a Melbourne touch.

 

The Chef and owner Geoff Lindsay, originally from Melbourne, really brings his personal style to it. Tanah Barak is masculine and cool, the only artwork on the walls are beautiful photographs from Mornington Peninsula, where Lindsay owns a house; is a steady reminder of where his heart and home lies.

 

 

 

 

 

The royal blue main sofa that hugs the restaurant is hand made, the small sofa chairs were also hand made in Bali. The cutlery is made out of mother of pearl, the fabric napkins are all made specially for Salumeria. The staff wear leather aprons that are reminiscent of a butcher's apron but with a modern twist.

 

There is a lot of attention to detail in this place. The stools are black metal wire and wood, the lightness of the wireing giving the restaurant space and light. The wooden parts of the stool match perfectly with the colour of the sand in the photographs, and the wire structure of the stools and tables correlate to the wired lampshades. 

 

Tanah Barak is perfect for an afternoon Martini with Spuntine

(the Italian version of Tapas) and a side of olives . Finishing it off with a Tiramisu. Mmmmmm.

 

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SALUMERIA TANAH BARAK

 

Open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

47 Tanah Barak, Canggu, Bali

info@salumeria.asia

phone: 0361 300 3463

www.salumeria.asia