MOTEL MEXICOLA

MOTEL MEXICOLA

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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

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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

 

 

EXPAT ROASTERS

EXPAT ROASTERS

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EXPAT ROASTERS

 

Expat is a pocket-sized coffee shop and coffee retailer located in Seminyak.

 

 

This small coffee brewer doesn’t just deliver any old coffee. Expat roasters produce their own coffee from the ground up. Made in Bali from the finest local products, their coffee is sourced from beans around the globe. And if you are having a great coffee in a different coffee shop, chances are you are enjoying an Expat roast.

 

 

The shop itself is beautifully done. The inside is minimal but very strong in concept and execution. The back concrete wall with a carved logo draws you right in. The side walls with a long horizontal mirror and led lights add excitement and clean lines. Although the apple green ceiling is not something that would normally work, it ties together well with their exterior leaf pattern and staff uniforms.

 

 

 

Their merchandise is absolutely stunning, with ceramic pots and cups, and almost clinical coffee bean glass chemistry tubes. Even their coffee machine is beautiful and perfectly suited to the space and vibe of the store.

 

The front outdoor area brings the tropical into Expat with muted leaf pattern ceramic tiles dressing the back of the seating and used for the bench tops. The combination of these patterns, deck flooring and concrete makes for a clean, modern and very stylish coffee brewer.

 

EXPAT ROASTERS

Jalan Kayu Cendana,

Block C003, Seminyak

 

 

SHEARLOCK

SHEARLOCK

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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

BOSS MAN

BOSS MAN

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BOSS MAN

Boss Man is the coolest little burger joint I have ever come across. It looks like it would fit right into a hip little neighbourhood in NYC.

 

The very urban aesthetic of Boss Man come in the form of the subway white tiles, concrete bar bench and the BOSS sign in neon light.

 

Although small in size, this burger shop is full of surprises. The many dozens of light bulbs on the kitchen side create drama in a very modern way. The BOSS neon sign is sideways and starts on the wall climbing up onto the ceiling. The colour coordination and placement is very strategic, adding innovation and structure.

 

The outdoor area is decked out. Literally. The deck-like seating become the flooring creating sharp lines and curves while the only thing breaking up the decking wood is the table stools. Not only is the decking really beautiful, they have created something totally different which adds to Boss Man’s urban theme.

 

BOSS MAN

Jalan Kayu Cendana  No. 8B
Seminyak 

 

 

LANTERN

LANTERN

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LANTERN

Lantern is a little restaurant in Petitenget that showcases southeast Asian flavours with a new approach.

 

Although it may be small in size, due to the clever distribution of the indoor and outdoor sitting areas, Lantern can fit quite a few guests. 

 

 

 

The outside area’s yellow, white and aqua colour combination is refreshing and immediately creates a happy and vibrant atmosphere. On one side there is a long sharing wooden table, and on the other side there are yellow metal sofas accompanied by stools and wood tables with marble table tops.

 

 

Inside, there is a lot going on, but it never becomes overwhelming. The left wall, with its diagonal white brick is unconventional but I like it. The right hand wall is encompassed by a large painting of a woman’s head, and the black and white mural covers all the interior. The yellow tones are continued with the same sofas, while the wood elements become the predominant material.

 

The lighting is a mixture of old style fabric lanterns, metal yellow pendant lights and wall round glass lights. The counter is very sweet with a touch of the Hamptons – perhaps not what you would expect - but they make it work beautifully. The crockery they use is far from simple and adds another unique touch to the restaurant.

 

If you are looking for something a bit more casual with equally high quality food as Seminyak’s many high-end restaurants, Lantern is lovely surprise.

 

LANTERN

www.eatcompany.co/lantern

 

 

DA MARIA

DA MARIA

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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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THE ELEPHANT

THE ELEPHANT

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THE ELEPHANT

 

I had heard about The Elephant in Ubud, and sadly, I had never had the pleasure.  So when a friend suggested going there for lunch, I jumped at the opportunity.

 

 

 

  

 

The Elephant is a restaurant and also a guesthouse. While I didn’t get to see the guest house, I was able to experience the dining area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The space is very Ubud. The next question I guess is, what makes it so Ubud? Well, first of all, the amazing huge open window that overlooks the beautiful green jungle. That green is also brought inside the restaurant, with plants placed at the entry of the restaurant. The food is vegetarian and super delicious. The gnocchi is especially recommended. Trust me!

 

 

 

 

 

There are different seating spaces. You can sit on a comfy sofa near the window or a table overlooking that verdant jungle. There are also bamboo and rattan hanging chairs so if you’re after a bit more privacy, you can have your own booth.

 

The bar is themed black and green. The black shiny tiles with green metal stools and black pendant lights work in harmony with the background picture of their eponymous green elephant. The décor is made out of old pictures, knick-knacks and shrines, all of which give The Elephant great character. The combination of the colour scheme and the vintage look gives this restaurant a Cuban-like feel to it.

 

Overall, it can be said that The Elephant is part of the Ubud identity and a place to experience at least once while visiting this enchanting place.

 

THE ELEPHANT

www.elephantbali.com

ULEKAN

ULEKAN

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ULEKAN

 

Ulekan is the newest joint from the team that brought us the deservedly well-loved Milk & Madu and Watercress restaurants. After great success with their previous endeavours, they have decided it’s time to create something a little more grown up. And instead of sticking with western food, they’ve gone local. I am so grateful they ventured outside their comfort zone.

 

Ulekan is almost two restaurants in one. At middays they serve Nasi Campur. Nasi Campur is Bali style buffet. There is a selection of dishes ready to be served and you choose what you would like to have. While at night they offer a la carte menu. Highlights are Satay Chicken, Beef Randang, any of the salads and make space for the Bonafi pie, you may need to get seconds!

  

Ulekan is a custom built Joglo-style building with windows on most of the walls creating a gorgeous light filled space with plenty of breeze. For the flooring they’ve used dark indigo and white tiles to create a beautiful pattern throughout the whole interior. At the centre of the restaurant are 6 large tubular shaped rattan lights. At the bar, they have have added luscious round pendant bamboo lights and next to one of the windows are some smaller lights that add ambience.

 

There are different sitting areas inside and outside. The tall and long marble table that is fitted inside the structural columns is absolutely stunning. It’s modern and classic, and gives the restaurant refinement and presence, but also a bit of country style living. The wooden topped tables are really unique. Lacquered in black, white and natural colours in a triangular pattern, when all put together they become a large arrow. The rest of the tables have a round wooden tabletop with an interesting black metal base and a marble round tabletop with the same legging. The chairs are a mix of rattan, bamboo, and black metal. Combined, it all works in perfect unison. The outside area consists of a large rectangular wooden table on one side while the other side of the veranda has some smaller round top tables.

 

The décor is perfectly on point, with blue and white ceramic vases and lamps, divine orchids and some mirrors and wall hangers. There is also a wall of baskets, wooden bowls, stone mortars and marble mortars, all of which add to the country living atmosphere. The cushions on the wall bench seats go together perfectly with the colours of the restaurant. And I can’t finish without mentioning the beautiful crockery they have chosen: ceramic hand made light grey bowls with a dark brim. Exquisite.

 

 

Ulekan is perfect for a night out with friends to try as many dishes as possible or for a romantic date. Ulekan food is delicious, the restaurant has a beautiful relaxed atmosphere and the large open space with plenty of windows and light makes the space feel very Balinese.

 

ULEKAN

 

www.ulekanbali.com

 

CAFE ORGANIC

CAFE ORGANIC

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CAFE ORGANIC

 

The much loved Seminyak Café has opened its doors in Batu Bolong. With delicious smoothie bowls and yummy breakfasts, there is no need to drive all the way to Petitenget!

 

 

 

  

 

Café Organic’s second branch has been adapted to suit the cool, surfy Canggu vibe.

The white concrete wall and bamboo roof gives the café a beachy Tulum look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The front area has wooden decking, white bamboo walls and ceiling. A concrete sofa with lots of earth toned Kilim cushions, a hanging chair and Moroccan lamps make this place very instagramable. The beautiful green colour of the many plants add to the overall ambience. Octagonal wooden tables and seats form the majority of the outdoor sitting area, creating single seating options or accommodating larger groups.

 

 

 

 

 

The inside of Café Organic is simple. White concrete floors and white walls with small details decorate the interior. There are three sitting spaces. On the left there is a large bench sofa with single tables as well as beautiful and spacious wooden teak chairs. The right hand side mirrors the left. In the middle there is a gorgeous and rustic large long wooden table that runs from the window to the central column.

 

The lighting continues the rustic beach look with wooden chandeliers and big rattan pendant lamps at the counter. A woven basket, a shell necklace, and a macramé wall hanging are some of the interior décor you can find inside. They echo the overall look of Café organic; simple, beachy and little bit boho.

 

CAFE ORGANIC

www.cafeorganicbali.com