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25 Mar

Dine with your little love

Having young kids doesn’t mean giving up on restaurants.Any parent knows that eating out with young children can be a stressful affair. A child friendly restaurant can be a beacon of light for parents who enjoy eating out with their kids.Here are some restaurants in Bali that provide fun activities to keep the young ones happily occupied while the parents can finally finish a good hot meal in peace, for God sake!

Cakes and Colouring at Biku

Situated at the famous street of Petitenget, Biku features a tea lounge built up in a traditional Indonesian wooden Joglo style. Decorated with antiques and a collection of books, the restaurant specializes in serving afternoon tea with cakes for your little ones. Not just for parents, but kids will also get a lesson in the art of sipping tea mixing with the bowl of thick whipped cream and sweet strawberry jam. The kids’ afternoon tea set is presented on a classy, miniature three-tiered plate complete with delicious cakes and scones stacked up high, pretty much like the adult version. If your kids are done playing housemate, Biku has prepared them with colouring books to keep your little ones occupied. Alternatively, board games and other huge basket of toys await the kiddos if the parents are staying in for a long period of time. A well-organised library in various genres is available for parents to enjoy good books while theirkids play and have their own tea-time set-up. Such a unique combination of tea lounge, restaurant, book store and kids’ playground.

Biku

Jalan Raya Retitenget No. 888 Petitenget

+62 361 857 0888

www.bikubali.com

Benkay’s Kids Bento Box

Benkay Japanese Restaurant at Grand Nikko Bali has developed a fun and tasty kids’ menu for lunch and dinner. Now parents can keep the little ones happy as they enjoy the delicious Japanese dishes from the specially created bento box. To add more fun in your kid’s meal time, the meals come in a very cute shape of Japan’s famous character, Doraemon.

The 3-tier bento box consists of fresh salad with homemade dressing, assorted sushi including prawn, salmon, crab stick and omelet sushi, prawn tempura, chicken karaage as well as cold udon noodles. Tropical sliced fruits are also served as a refreshingly simple dessert. An array of refreshing beverage selection such as iced ocha, fresh juices and smoothies are also available to choose from.

Located at the Grand Nikko Bali lobby level, the restaurant features a teppan-yaki counter, nabemono, shabu-shabu and yakiniku tables and five private rooms. In the ocean-facing dining area, guests can also take pleasure in the scenic Indian ocean view framed through the glass window. A ‘white sand garden’ concept hallway adorned with an Onyx display leads to a Sushi and Sashimi bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Benkay promises an authentic experience that brings the flavors of Japan to the island’s dining scene.

Benkay Japanese Restaurant

Grand Nikko, Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan

+62 361 773377

www.grandnikkobali.com

Chillin’, Grillin’ & Lil’ Rock Show

Finding a spot for kids dining where children are entertained and can be loud without other diners giving you a death stare can be hard, but Hard Rock Hotel Bali makes it possible. At Splash Bistro restaurant, your little darlings are the one who entertain you! If you have children between 6 and 12, sign them in to the Little Rock Fashion Show presented by Hard Rock Hotel on every Saturday during dinner time. Acting like a professional supermodel, the kids will dress up and walk on the stage in total confident. The choreographer from Hard Rock management will guide them through the entire process. While parents are enjoying the performance, the live cooking is ready to satisfy anyone at any time. A Whole Roast Pig on a Spit and Western BBQ buffet of Beef Sirloin Steak, and other grilled varieties are blended nicely with the dessert selections and Ice Cream Station. So, let’s chill and grill, and watch your precious ones rocking the night!

Splash Bistro

Hard Rock Hotel, Jalan Pantai Kuta, Badung

+62 361 761869

www.bali.hardrockhotels.net

Hunting treasures as a pirate for a day

Have your kids always wanted to be pirates?At The Pirates Bay, your kids can get the experience to be one. Build upon the friendliest white sand of Nusa Dua Beach, The Pirates Bay is creatively set up with wooden tree houses that make use of the existing beach trees, where your kiddos can freely climb up to the bamboo decks and enjoy high views over the bay.Their authentic-looking pirate ship will definitely make solid impression to your little ones. Various kids’ activities are wrapped up nicely in pirate touch, which include kite flying, rope walks, zip lines, and the hanging bridge course. Register your kids for two-hour treasure hunt activity and get them suited up in pirate gear. At the end of the hunt, the group winner will receive a wooden chest filled with gold coins. Such a once-in-a-lifetime experience of being a pirate for a day. As for you, parents, you’ll be able to go for a quick swim at the beach or satisfy your taste buds with the special dishes served on the table, while listening to your child’s euphoric laughter. Don’t be surprise that at the end of the day your little fella will greet you “Ahoy, Mum and Dad!”

The Pirates Bay

BTDC, Jalan Nusa Dua, Kuta Selatan

+62 361 8948138

www.thepiratesbaybali.com

Barbeque with your kids

Enjoy your afternoon with your little ones by the beach front Indian Ocean with your favourite cocktails on hand, while witness the sundown from Eastern Coastline and feel the breeze at the leisurely atmosphere of lounge place. Cover up to 100 people, The Sofitel’s Beach Bar & Grill offers live barbeque snacks and light a la carte for your family. Send your kids to go for a quick swim at the pool so you’ll be able to enjoy your meal in peace, for once. Watch to your child’s euphoria when they are taking a dip, lolling under the warm sun, and order them the choices of ice cream on a sweltering hot day. As you sit on the outdoor chaise lounges or poolside chairs, enjoy a good read or simply relax and enjoy the great peninsular views. Basking on the hot sunlight with your partner, you will appreciate the special moment with your family. As the sunset beach torches are lit, candlelit dinners pave the way for perfect romantic evenings.

Beach & Bar Grill

Sofitel Nusa Dua Beach, Lot N5, Kawasan BTDC Nusa Dua

+62 361 849 2888

www.sofitel-bali-nusadua.com

Culinary journey for the young souls

As a new addition to the various dining experiences offered by the Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge provides an intimate atmosphere and casual elegant dining experience of home-made favourites, freshly prepared on the old style wood fire oven and seasoned with hand-picked local herbs. Setting over two levels, the upper and lower floors are adorned with sophisticated furnishings along with lounges for your little kids to enjoy the ocean breeze and panoramic views under the majestic thatched roof bamboo structure. The beach deck seating area is another exclusive setting, surrounded by stunning beach trees along the idyllic sea shore. The kids’ menu comes in educated manner as they have cross puzzle, finding words, and basic Indonesian language course. Dining at The Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge allows your little ones not just to enjoy a world class stretch of white sandy beach in a luxurious setting designed, but also to leave the dining table with a little bit of education. Eat, study, and relax – such a delightful blend of culinary pleasures.

Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge

Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa, BTDC Lot North 4, Nusa Dua

+62 361 771210

www.nusaduahotel.com

A culinary delight for the little mouths

Featuring a variety of international dishes, including Eggs Benedict and the Signature Bloody Mary Breakfast Burger, Seminyak Kitchen at Courtyard Seminyak Restaurant is something that you don’t want to skip while in the neighborhood. Conveniently located in central Seminyak, this open, modern kitchen is a culinary delight for visitors!Decked out in shiny stainless, this buffet-style eatery dishes up irresistible servings of all western and eastern favourites, from eggs cooked in a variety of ways to fresh tropical fruits and more. The inviting restaurant also set the scene for a mouth-watering ‘Taste of Bali’ dining experience that showcased classic Balinese cuisine with bold modern twists. The Restaurant is kid-friendly as they serve dishes that suitable for little mouths. Seminyak Kitchen kids’ menu includes favorites such as spaghetti, yummy burger, grilled cheese on toast, and of course selection flavours of ice cream. Drawing and colouring activities provided on the table will keep the young minds blissfully occupied.

Seminyak Kitchen

Courtyard Seminyak, Jalan Camplung Tanduk, No 103, Seminyak

+62 361 8499600

www.courtyard.marriott.com

Eat and shop on Sunday Market Bruch

Image taking your kids to the market in the lovely Sunday afternoon and having lunch or early dinner breakfast afterwards. Doesn’t sound excited? Well… some mums indeed try to avoid taking their kids to buy groceries in the local market. But at Sheraton Kuta Hotel, you can do it in totally different atmosphere. Carrying concept an open-air market, every Sunday from 12pm to 3pm, Sunday Market Brunch at Feastfeatures culinary journey which showcasing not only delicious local and international cuisine, but also handmade crafts and services from local farmers, artisans and vendors. Your little kids will love spending time here as there are tons of kids buffets area in the middle of the restaurant with fun foodie treats, healthy options, special kiddy-sized table and chairs. You can even ask your kids to go to the play area where they can create their own pizzas with a variety of fresh and colourful toppings. To maximize the fun time at the market, a popcorn machine, a chocolate fountain, rainbow lollipops and an outrageous array of sweet treats are also provided for your kids’ eyes. So, still having second thought on taking your kids to the market? Not anymore!

Feast Restaurant

Sheraton Kuta, Jalan Pantai Kuta

+62 361 864 5555

www.sheratonbalikuta.com

Drawing and colouring at Salsa Verde

Taking your little princes or princesses to dine in around Nusa Dua can be a fun and worth spending. Grand Hyatt Bali’s Italian restaurant can be an alternative spot to visit. Setting on the beach, treat your kids to some Italian magicof seafood, pizzas, pastas and other Italiancuisines. Open for breakfast until dinner, Salsa Verde serves special menu in mini portion for your precious ones. To keep your kids active while waiting for order, ask the staff to provide them with crayons and drawing papers. The restaurant designs the kids’ menu in style where they can colour and make themselves busy. When the juniors are distracted with their own things, parents can be less worry and stop thinking that the kids will ruin the relaxation moment for everyone else in the dining room. So, no screaming… no whining. Only the sound of the wind, spectacular view on the beach, and hot meals on the table. La vita è bella!

Salsa Verde

Bali Grand Hyatt, Nusa Dua BTDC, Nusa Dua

+62 361 77 1234

www.bali.grand.hyatt.com

Fun dining at Prego

Takes place every Sunday from 11am to 3pm, Prego Family Brunch features lively activities, entertaining stunts, and the island’s biggest buffet of authentic Italian cuisine. Your young souls are pampered with a dedicated kids’ area including a private buffet complete with fairy floss and pop-corn appliances.For active ones, worry not, an expansive outdoor playground area is set up to have more fun and excitement. Engaging indoor activities were also presented, such as cupcake decorating, photo sessions with Pipo the Squirrel and Play Station games.

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua

BTDC Lot N-3 Nusa Dua

+62 361 771906

www.westin.com

Dim Sum Sunday at Happy Chappy

There’s always something different about dining out with family in a Chinese restaurant. At Happy Chappy restaurant, you can feelthe authentic Shanghai experience with red lanterns as décor. Every Sunday from 11am – 3pm, take your kiddos to feel the Yum Cha style Dim Sum carts experience, providinga large selection of fresh streamed and fried Dim Sum as well as a dessert cart and other a la carte options.While the parents enjoy Dim Sum, the kids can head to the Kids club and enjoy a range of children activities including a magician, balloon maker, colouring in, bed making, Tamiya cars, foosball and various other games plus other activities that change week by week.

Happy Chappy Restaurant & Bar

Jalan Beraban no 62, Seminyak

+62 361 4741959

www.happychappychinese.com

Joannes Rhino – Bali Writer