There’s more to Canggu’s food scene than smoothie bowls and avocado these days. Between Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo beaches, you can eat your way from Tahiti to Texas.
Vietnam: Pho Hwitta
Craving pho (Vietnamese noodle soup)? This quiet little fusion place, with views across Canggu’s rice fields, serves some of Bali’s best. Think a rich, meaty broth, slurp-tastic noodles and ample accompaniments with nary a hint of sweet soy sauce. 8 Jln Pantai Berawa; fb.com/phohwitta
Sibling of Umalas’ evergreen Nook, Milu’s breezy colonial-style space merges seamlessly into the stepped rice terraces around it. They’re open into the night, but it’s their breakfasts that shine, with eggs Benedict as good as you’d get in Melbourne. Jln Pantai Berawa; fb.com/milubynook
Tahiti: Mai Tai
Love poke? Take your South Pacific raw fish fetish to the next level with Mai Tai, which majors in Tahitian cuisine. Tuna arrives in styles such as carpaccio to Tahitian ceviche, while the sticky fruit and coconut cream pudding known as po’e is to-die-for. 100 Jln Batu Mejan; maitaibali.com
Italy: Pizza Fabbrica
You don’t need to spend a fortune to eat pizza in the heart of Canggu. The sauce is on point and the wood-fired bases are thin; and if the prosciutto doesn’t tell you the owners come from Italy, the Nutella dessert calzone (a type of folded pizza) certainly will.Jln Batu Mejan; fb.com/pizzafabbricabali
United States: Goodwood Smokehouse
From the saddles at the bar to the can in the cavity of the barbecued beer-can chicken, Goodwood could hardly be more Texan if it tried. The handmade pickles and sides add a hearty, down-home feel and the hot link sausages make for a spicy, salty and greasy feast. 21 Jln Pemelisan Agung; goodwoodbali.com
Indonesia: Satu-Satu Coffee Company
The great-value menu at this airy but urban-feeling café is thoroughly international. The coffee, however — brewed using methods from V60 to French drip — comes from the Sudana family, which has been growing the magic beans in Bali for over 30 years. 31 Jln Pantai Berawa; satusatucoffeecompany.com
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The latest (and long-awaited) addition to COMO Hotels and Resorts’ Bali portfolio, COMO Uma Canggu opened on Echo Beach in February. Opt for healthy fare at its beachfront restaurant, or check online for deals on their entry-level rooms. comohotels.com/umacanggu
This article first appeared in the May 2018 issue of Smile magazine.