At just eight square kilometres in size, it’s no surprise that I got to try almost every restaurant/cafe in my week on Nusa Lembongan. Here are my top three.
Located on Mangrove Beach on the north side of the island, Nano Nano House was by far my favourite place for a few different reasons:
- Firstly, it’s owned and ran by locals of Lembongan, so being able to give back to some of the locals felt like a good thing on it’s own (a lot of restaurants/hotels/villas in Bali are western owned)
- Being situated right on the beach, it was a place where you could go to grab a bite to eat, go for a swim, soak up some sun, then come back and top up those hard earned calories (ha!)
- Nano Nano House also offered mangrove tours, snorkelling trips and hire (to Mangrove Point – just 200 metres away from the shore) and for the keen fisherman, spearfishing excursions, so there was pretty much something to do for everyone!
And most importantly, the food was damn right delicious!
As you walk through the gates of Bali Eco Deli, you’ll most likely see a few pairs (or a lot of pairs depending on the time of day) of shoes lined up before the deck. Bali Eco Deli has a no shoe policy and you know what? Not having my shoes on added a feeling of comfort and homeliness to my visit!
My recommendation is to head to Bali Eco Deli for breakfast/brunch if you’re in need of your daily coffee fix because it’s definitely the place to be if you’re after a good coffee on Nusa Lembongan. They also do a pretty decent range of delicious smoothies and juices too – my favourite being the banana and date smoothie, which was so filling it was basically a meal on it’s own.
As well as the food, another thing I loved about Bali Eco Deli is how passionate they are about the environment. They’ve set up a recycling program on the island where every month, they collect plastic recyclables and have them shipped to mainland Bali to be recycled – reducing as much waste/garbage as possible on Nusa Lembongan.
While there is still a large amount of rubbish/plastic burning on the streets of Lembongan, it’s hard not to recognise what Bali Eco Deli are trying to do, to keep this island paradise clean. Let’s hope it keeps going in this direction and that other businesses will be getting on board too.
Check out Bali Eco Deli’s menu here.
Sandy Bay Beach Club
Sandy Bay Beach Club was probably my favourite spot that we went to for dinner for one sole reason: they had the best damn spring rolls that I’ve ever eaten in my life. You’re probably thinking, how can you be that excited about spring rolls? Trust me, they were insanely good and you just have to try them for yourself to understand what I’m talking about.
After being impressed with what Sandy Bay had to offer for dinner, we decided to try out their breakfast too. And after a few too many nasi gorengs, it was just nice to have a little bit of avocado on toast!
As Sandy Bay Beach Club is located on the western side of Nusa Lembongan, it’s in a great position for a sunset viewing. I’d highly recommend getting there before sunset to enjoy the colours and the view, with a drink in hand. You may also want to book ahead as well (especially if you’re in a large group), as the place seems to get jam packed in the evenings!
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