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It can be hard to keep up with all the new cafés and restaurants popping up all over Bali and the neighboring islands these days. So I thought I’d do a Nusa Lembongan restaurant guide to wrap up all my posts from this little paradise.
There’s no secret that my favorite thing to do is to eat. I aim to try out a new restaurant or warung at least once a day when I’m in Indo. I’m not into the super fancy places where you get a little leaf on your plate (not that there are many of those on Lembongan anyways), so the spots I’ve chosen as my top 10 favorites are all laidback, friendly and offers good value. Here are the top 10 best restaurants on Nusa Lembongan and Ceningan.
Jalan Raya Jungut Batu
My favorite lunch spot on the island is open every day from 7am to 9pm. Everything on the menu is made in-house using fresh ingredients sourced from organic & fair-trade farms. I especially love their fresh salads and the banana bread is to die for. They provide free high-speed WiFi for guests and are the only café on Lembongan offering free water refills when using non-disposable or reusable containers.
There is no secret that Bali and Lembongan have a garbage and plastic problem, it’s floating everywhere. Bali Eco Deli has set up a small recycling program trying to change this. So if you bring some plastic, you’ll get a 10% discount on your whole order. How awesome is that!? They now also got healthy ice pops, like the Dragon fruit and Pineapple one you see above.
South end of Jungut Batu beach
This is a true hidden gem, look for the ‘Juice Bar & Coffee Corner’ sign! The always friendly Putu runs the place by herself with only a little help from her daughter, but still manages to whip up some incredibly tasty Indonesian and western food.
I especially enjoyed the bacon & egg roll and the mouthwatering whole-wheat pancakes with tropical fruits and curd. Apparently, her chicken burger is the best on the island, it’s a shame I didn’t get time to taste it. I don’t know the opening hours exactly but I think they open around 8 am. You can also have your drinks take away, maybe a healthy juice or smoothie after a surf? Cheap and tasty all the way!
Mangrove Forest Road
A little picture perfect bohemian warung up by the Mangrove Forest where you can chill out all day. They serve Indonesian food specializing in Sate and also make a killer chocolate pancake. And best of all it’s cheap cheap cheap! I wrote in more detail about Warung Agung here.
Jalan Raya Jungut Batu
Lemongrass is a fairly new and easy to spot bar & restaurant right on Jungut Batu main road. Born from a 100% local initiative, the restaurant serves beautifully presented Indonesian and Western food. I’ve read a lot of reviews saying the prices are high, but I think they’re quite reasonable for what you get. For instance, salads are 35k – 45k, pizzas 42k – 62k and pasta 46k – 56k. Not bad at all in my eyes!
The restaurant is open every day from 8am – 11pm, so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening refreshments. Happy Hour with 2 for 1 cocktails is on from 3pm – 6pm and best of all they offer a free pick up and drop off service! Sometimes they also have live music in the evenings, look for posters around the island to see when it’s on.
Jalan Raya Jungut Batu
Tigerlillys feels like a tropical oasis with wooden bungalows, a pool and palm trees all around. Whoever did the interior decorating of the restaurant area really went the extra mile. You’d never think a place like this exists just off the busy main road of Jungut Batu!
I usually come here for the good pizza, as it’s the best I’ve had so far on the island. They also make some mean cocktails, so despite my best efforts, it’s usually impossible just to have one. And to top it off, the menu also includes acai bowls, which is quite hard to come by in these parts. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from 7.30am – 10pm. Look for the turquoise building!
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Located down an alley off Jalan Raya Jungut Batu. You’ll find the exact location on Tripadvisor.
I love this place! First of all the food is super cheap and delicious. Especially the fried eggplant dish and the chicken in sweet and sour sauce. The restaurant itself is more like a shack made out of recycled wood with communal seating and windows into the kitchen so you can see all the food being prepared. The vibe is super chill, just how I like it. In addition, the owners and staff are all very nice and always makes you feel welcome.
The best part about this place is that you can join a cooking class for only 75k Rp. per person + the cost of the meal you choose to cook off the menu (which isn’t much).
Nusa Ceningan, keep right off the yellow bridge
So I decided to include two restaurants located on Nusa Ceningan on this list. You can zip over there on a motorbike in just a few minutes so it doesn’t really feel like two different islands.
We stopped at Sri Rejeki Bistro because of the sushi sign outside and it did not disappoint. This was the best sushi I’ve had in Indonesia for a long time. So fresh and tasty with some interesting flavor combinations. They also offer a range of Indonesian and Western dishes for those of you who don’t care for raw fish!
The owner is super nice and was so happy to get some customers. While we were enjoying our meal another couple came in and asked for help because their hotel hadn’t picked them up at the yellow bridge as promised. He then spent the next 15 minutes calling around trying to find the number for their accommodation and then had them pick the couple up at the restaurant. That’s what I call going the extra mile for guests (who didn’t even spend any money).
Don’t know the exact address, you’ll find the location on Tripadvisor
Nick serves up some juicy grilled ribs and chicken. The menu is kind of limited, but everything I’ve tasted so far has been delicious, much thanks to the homemade ‘special’ BBQ sauce. They’ve only been open for a year but are already known for making the best coffee on the island. Good news for you coffee drinkers, as they’re open from 7am – 11pm every day.
Nick is the sweetest guy and will help you with whatever you might need. He’ll drive you back to your accommodation, keep you company while you eat if you’re alone or make recommendations for your stay. Whatever makes the customer happy. Look for the bright orange building and sign that says coffee and ribs. Definitely a must on Lembongan.
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Jungut Batu Boardwalk
Wow, the view from The Deck is insane! This is really a Lembongan institution which I think have to be experienced at least once. It’s a bit more expensive than most other places on the island, but what you pay for is essentially the stunning, tropical setting. I wrote in more detail about The Deck in the previous post, which you can read here.
Le Pirate Beach Club really ticks all the boxes in my book. Delicious food, tropical drinks and a chill atmosphere, all set in a picturesque location. Do places like this really exist? Yes apparently so. It’s located on Nusa Ceningan just a short drive from Lembongan over the yellow bridge. Read more about Le Pirate in my restaurant review here.
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I can also recommend Ketut’s Warung located down a narrow alley in Jungut Batu if you’re after some hearty and affordable local food.