La Laguna Bali in Canggu is a tapas bar and restaurant on the secluded, northernmost end of Seminyak, which draws a steady flow of patrons, particularly at sunset time, to its heavily ornamented gardens and a 30m log bridge over a lagoon that leads to the dark sands bordering Berawa and Batubelig. The spot is among the few in Bali that presents a gypsy and boho-chic vibe, with floral spaces and semi-cobbled paths lined with quirky props and bohemian décor in contrasting shades and motifs.
Lovers of things vintage and antique will enjoy all the eye candy La Laguna Bali offers, from the venue’s ornate wooden caravans in its gardens, collection of birds and animals in pens, to the interior seating around its bar with carved wall panels, cushioned metal chairs and multi-coloured furniture. Other alfresco seating options include round patchwork cushions over a lawn and by the lagoon with the bridge in the foreground against rolling surf, while indoor spaces are more subtle.
The menu presents a good mix of tapas and light bites which all go well with its assortment of cocktails to accompany the sunsets. Even so, La Laguna Bali is open lunch time which allows you to admire its colours in better detail. Assorted bites comprise ‘tablas’ with cheeses, cold cuts and tatakis, and ‘tapas’ that range wider with selections such as ‘farmers’ style’ pork meatballs seasoned with mixed herbs (USD 3.5 or IDR 45,000), or a good-to-share ‘menage a trois’ skewer set of polenta, fried prawns and Spanish cured ham jamon serrano (USD 4 or IDR 55,000).
On the heavier side of the menu, there are char-grilled options, from tenderloin or ribeye steaks served with baby grilled veggies (USD 20 or IDR 270,000), or whole seabass served with spring consommé for seafood lovers (at USD 12 or IDR 160,000). Food and drinks tend to be on the pricier side for Seminyak, but this is justified for the unique vibe and ambience (and its maintenance) that most come here to enjoy. A great spot to bring the family, there are also sandwiches and milkshakes for the little ones, as well as fresh juices and fruity lassies and smoothies for all.
During sunset, you either claim a spot, head to the bar, order up from La Laguna’s signature libations (IDR 100,000-125,000), then enjoy the bridge for a truly different kind of Bali sunset. Cocktails include the Tropical Lagoon, a refreshing blend of pineapple, vodka, Malibu, cranberry and lime juice and simple syrup, and the exotic flavoured Herb & Spiced that includes lemongrass, chili, basil and lime. Or simply, have yourself a different beach vibe over a small cold Bintang for IDR 35,000.
La Laguna Bali in Canggu
- Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00 - 23:00
- Location: Jalan Pura Kayu Putih, Tibubeneng, Canggu
- Tel: +62 (0)361 474 121 4
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/lalagunabali