There aren’t many places in Bali offering wholesome Caribbean cuisine like Bow, which opened mid-June 2013 and has since attracted expats and visitors to its mouth-watering dishes served on two cosy levels. It’s hard to miss this well-designed restaurant along the Batubelig proper; its street-side facade features its name growing out of an inspiring vertical garden, and from afar, the awning on its second-level terrace resembles ship’s sails. Quirky interiors and wholesome comfort food made with organic ingredients create a unique dining experience.
Through its main glass doors that feature a smiley with ‘bow’ lips, you enter the subtly-lit main dining hall that is laid out with solid teakwood tables and rattan chairs on parquet flooring and under a colourful ceiling with resin moulded light fixtures. At the far end is the main kitchen, and a well-stocked bar is adjacent a faux fireplace with movies projected onto the white wall above it – a great place for kids to watch cartoons, while mom and dad enjoy a drink. Upstairs you’ll find an alfresco airy terrace that provides great dining settings with a gorgeous green view, of perhaps one of the last stretches of paddies in these parts.
Conceptualised and run by long-time Bali resident and restaurateur couple Jan and Milly, Bow reflects the fusion of the two’s passion in creative design and creative food, and the menu is greatly driven by Milly’s Caribbean heritage. One of the main special offerings at Bow is its daily brunches, defying the restaurant trend of late breakfasts offered only on weekends. It is closed on Mondays, however. With a great cocktail selection and highly customizable roof terrace setups, it has become Seminyak’s very few spots where you can both do brunch and chill.
Must-tries at Bow include the signature Bow Mary, a bold take on the vodka-tomato juice cocktail, served icy, and with shrimp, cherry tomato and basil on a skewer. The menu is fairly simple, listed as brunch, ‘best of world’ and drink selections. Wholesome signature salads to try include bangkuang prawn mango which makes generous use of fresh, juicy, locally-sourced jicamas. After diving further into the menu, our lunch selections eventually extend to include the freshly baked Bow bagel with cream cheese, smoked salmon and salsa, the artichoke heart salad with green lentils, jicama and spinach, Bow lamb couscous and Bow's scrumptious ‘flower garden salad’ to share among a party of three. Their original ‘coco mix’ of young coconut water with carrot, orange, or apple, balances off the vodka well and complements the green paddy and distant mountain views perfectly.
Bow Restaurant & Lounge
- Opening Hours: Tue – Sun, 11:00 23:00
- Location: Jalan Batubelig, Petitenget, Kerobokan, Seminyak
- Tel: +62 812 381 540 9