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Dining out in style on Lembongan

Dining out in style on Lembongan

One of the joys of discovering Nusa Lembongan is the list of things to do & see is endless. With options for everyone from; yoga, beach clubs, surfing, diving, day spas & eating out, we are here to assist you with all your island activities.   Dining out is such an big part of every holiday, it is important you plan your stay & where to eat.  

We often get asked our recommendations of restaurants for special occasions, romantic dinners, birthdays, anniversaries & wedding proposals.  Here are our top picks, they all have incredible beachfront locations, and will arrange a private table, your favourite bottle of bubbles, flower petals or fireworks to make it a night to remember forever!

 

Ohanas Beach Lounge

Ohana’s is located on the beach directly out the front of Shipwrecks surf break in Jungut Batu. Soak up the sun on the day beds, have a dip to cool down at the beautiful beach or jump in the pool if you prefer. The venue looks out over the beach and crystal clear ocean – with its west-facing aspect it is the ideal location for watching the incredible sunsets that Lembongan has to offer.  More info…

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Sandy Bay Lembongan

Located in a stunning setting on a white sandy beach overlooking Devil’s Tear, the iconic Sandy Bay Beach Club with it’s beachfront pool, extensive drinks list and great menu selection is the sort of place where you find yourself coming for breakfast and staying for dinner.  Kids are very welcome too and we have great ice creams for kids of all ages!  Dine alfresco in our magical setting listening to the crashing waves.  Live band on Wednesdays and DJ sessions on Saturdays. More info…

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Indiana Kenanga Restaurant

Located on the water’s edge of a crystal clear lagoon, along two miles of powder fine white. This place brings an entirely original vibe of tropical life with vibrant energy and authentic island style hospitality. Chef Manu and her team are focused on the culmination of culinary indulgence. You will experience creative and exceptional service showcasing an unmatched level of hospitality. Indiana Kenanga is the ideal location for breakfast, lunch, dinner or to enjoy cocktails with tapas.  Indiana’s cuisine is truly a high flavour experience within Nusa Lembongan. More info…

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Hai Bar & Grill

Located on the soft white  sands of Mushroom Bay is a beachfront bar & dining experience. Imaginative yet traditional, the open-air design allows for relaxed comfort with the flow of warm tropical breezes and stunning water views over the bay. An innovative yet diverse gourmet menu has been carefully crafted featuring the best of fresh local seafood, a selection of appealing international dishes and delicious wood-fired pizzas. MORE INFO..

Hai Bar and Grill

Hai Ri Zen

Hai Ri Zen located right on the beach the venue provides sweeping views of the turquoise blue ocean and the most spectacular sunsets Nusa Lembongan has to offer. There is no better place to watch the sun set over Mushroom Bay enjoying one of our handcrafted cocktails. Hai Ri Zen is a “Small Plate Restaurant” allowing for choice and variety. As a guide the size of each serving is larger than a traditional entrée but smaller than the usual main course.

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Restaurants we LOVE on Lembongan

Restaurants we LOVE on Lembongan

Dining out is such an important part of every holiday and its important to get it to the best places.  Here are five of our favourite restaurants to put on your “Lembongan List”.

Bali Eco Deli

This is the place on Lembongan for those looking for fresh, clean, healthy food. Pop in for one of their juices, smoothies, salads, yummy treats and GOOD coffee .  More info…

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Open 7 days, 6am – 7pm
  • Takeaway

TLT Tip – Banana bread, Choc brownie & Limonana

Bali Eco Deli

Kayu Manis 

No better place to dine than absolute beachfront, with Shipwrecks surf break in view.  Choose to eat in the restaurant or chill on the beach club lounges with your feet in sand.  More info

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Happy Hour
  • Free Pick up and Drop off

TLT Tip: Buffalo Chicken Wings & Chilled Soba Noodles with Salmon

 

 

Kayu Manis

Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant

Great vibes, with live music most nights plus a menu that is sure to please everyone.  Bookings are essential. More info

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free Pick & Drop Off
  • Live Music

TLT Tip: Bruschetta, Nasi Campur, Nasi Goreng Special

Hai Bar & Grill

This is truly a MUST go to, offering a divine restaurant setting (the structure is entirely made from bamboo) that is on the shores of Mushroom beach.  More info

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free pick up and drop off
  • Perfect place for a special ocassion

TLT Tip: Basil Martini (any cocktail on the list!), all the Pizzas (they are HUGE), Caprese Salad

 

Hai Bar and Grill

Sandy Bay Beach Club

Lembongan’s ultimate “beach club”, a place to chill all day poolside (and ocean side), doubled with an amazing menu and an endless drinks list…. you will not want to leave.  There is no need you can easily stay all day!  More info

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free pick up and drop off
  • Wedding venue for ceremony and reception

TLT Tip: Strawberry Daiquiri (all cocktails available by the jug!), Sweet Corn Fritters, Trio of Salads

 

Sandy Bay Beach Club

Movies Under the Stars

Review by The Travellist

Picture this...you’ve had a busy day diving, or snorkelling with the kids, or exploring the island, and you just want to relax, have good food and maybe a drink or two. But the younger people in the family still want entertainment!

Now picture sitting on deck chairs, under palm trees and stars, with a delicious pizza, icy cold beer (only for the parents!) and you’re watching a movie. Sounds like a perfect way to end the day right?

Let me introduce myself – my name is Clare, a.k.a The Travellist, and I am a Movies Under the Stars fan through and through. So much so I plan my trips to Lembongan around what movies are playing. I do live in Sanur so it’s not a hard trip to plan! I just happen to really like sitting close to the beach, in the fresh air, under the stars, drinking wine and eating great food – the movie is a lovely bonus.

Movies Under the Stars is held at Hai Bar & Grill, located at the Hai Tide Beach Resort, so you have the advantage of being able to order off their full menu while chilling out on deck chairs. You can even order your dinner and cocktails before the movie starts and the staff will bring it out to you. I like matching my food to the movie. So for example they played Star Wars recently so I had a Hawaiian pizza because it took me right back to my childhood. For The Castle I had a burger, only because they don’t do rissoles – a Castle reference. And yes, the place was packed for The Castle, with Aussies quoting their favourite lines before, during and after the movie. (What do you want with jousting sticks Darl?)

The great thing about Movies Under the Stars is that it’s great to go as a whole family or parents – let the kids order pizza and watch a classic like The Goonies or The Princess Bride, while you enjoy a quiet dinner and a cocktail or three at the restaurant.

Holidaying on Lembongan can be as action-packed as you like: with diving; surfing; yoga-ing; motor-biking; or just walking from one great bar to another. And in a few days you can do all this and more. But holidays on Lembongan can also be very relaxing with long lazy days by the pool, daily massages and afternoon siestas. For me there is something quite magical about watching a movie in the open air, with a cool breeze, candle light, and wine. And aren’t holidays meant to be just that little bit magical?

Hai Bar & Grill change the movie selection weekly with movie nights being Monday, Thursday and Saturday currently. So if you are heading to Lembongan, check their Facebook page for what’s showing at the movies.

https://www.facebook.com/haibarandgrill/

Oh and one more thing to love about Movies Under the Stars, if you are doing dinner at Hai Bar & Grill, they have a pick up and drop off service. So tired kids don’t have to walk home and you can safely enjoy an extra wine...or two!

Happy Lembongan-ing holiday makers!

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Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant

Review by The Travellist

Not many restaurants open and are packed every single day and night from the moment they open the doors. It’s a sign of delicious food, great service and good prices. Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant opened just over 6 months ago and if they could fit in more tables, they would fill them too.

On a busy night, if you don’t have a booking, you can expect to sit at the bar and wait for a table for a short time...which is fine because the drinks list is huge and the wait for a table is more than worth it.

I’m not going to pretend that this is my first visit to Lemongrass. In fact a few friends know if I’m not home, it’s a safe bet I’m at Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant. There’s not much on the menu I haven’t tried but I do have a few faves. The pizzas are all cheesy goodness on a crispy base – if you can handle heat, add a handful of freshly chopped chilli to the vegetarian pizza. The pasta Mediterranean is a light but filling combination of fresh tuna, olives, tomato and eggplant. And the Nasi Campur...a huge plate of delicious! You could order that dish and a few starters and share with it with someone...or don’t share it. And for 65,000IDR, it’s great value. A good friend of mine who also lives here swears by the Crispy Chicken, good comfort food served on mash potato or chips.

Lemongrass also offers a home delivery service. So for those nights when you just don’t want to leave the villa, order in and enjoy great food in the comfort of your villa or by the pool. A great solution when the kids are tired from a day of snorkelling and swimming or when last night’s cocktails means you need a quiet night at home.

However Lemongrass isn’t just a restaurant. It has great live music and the drink selection is so big it has a menu all of its own. Try one of their namesake fresh juices (Lemongrass Detox is my fave) or be naughty and have a cocktail and listen to local island or Bali bands.

I admit when I first went to Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant was because when a new restaurant opens it’s exciting to go check it out. But I kept coming back. Partly for the food and partly for how the place makes you feel. With the big couches and chairs you could curl up in, it’s like having your good friends over for dinner...where someone else is cooking amazing food and making sure your glass is never empty.

But for this Lemongrass fan and foodie, it’s the staff and the owners who make me want to come back all the time. Pak Wayan and Ibu Wayan care about their business and their staff and it shows. They greet you as you come up the steps and if you go there as often as I do, you get a hug from everyone!

Put Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant at the top of your list of places to eat and drink when visiting our beautiful island. Oh and say hi from me and The Lembongan Traveller!

For more information about Lemongrass Bar & Restaurant CLICK HERE

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