The Beat Cafe

 In Restaurant Reviews

Looking for live tunes and tasty grub at bargain prices? Look no further than the Beat Café – a casual restaurant and music venue in the heart of Seminyak/Petitenget.
Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed something familiar with the name and yep, you got it – The Beat Café is the home of the Beat Mag, your go-to guide to what’s crackin’ around town. Well, the office is behind the rolling door anyway. The al fresco dining area is strewn with comfy wicker chairs around chunky wooden tables, while along two sides rows of stacked beer crates and timber provide a kind of stadium spot – ideal for a good view when the bands are up on stage. Plastered all around the walls you’ll find pages from the magazine showing some vintage Bali vibes from way back in the early days of The Beat – well worth an inspection between sets.

Food-wise, it’s a kinda international street food deal, with a variety of choices from Mexico, Japan, Europe and Indonesia. Long time favourite Taco Local is involved in the burritos, nachos, tacos and quesadillas, while the main attraction Yakitori grill out front provides some of the tastiest Tokyo-style meat & veggie sticks you are going to find on the island. The inspiration came from trips to Tokyo and two particular izakaya bar restos in Shibuya and Shinjuku. That was later translated into selection of yakitori hybrid dishes including yakitori burgers, sliders, calamari, croquetas and more. A smattering of sandwiches and the bule-on-holiday favourite nasi goreng complete the picture for a pretty solid range of global grazing dishes. The snacky style portions mean it’s an ideal menu for sharing between a crew of mates, while a simple drinks list perfectly compliments the laid-back vibe.

Popping in last week with a couple of buddies, we rip into a few plates of the famous yakitori (pork/chicken/veg/mixed, from 30k++) and a couple of the delish veggie burritos, all washed down with plenty of icy cold ‘Tangs. Next up, we check out a selection of new dishes that are about to go live on the menu, including the Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella & tomato) (35k++), fish and chips, homemade chips and fresh snapper, (80k++), seafood basket, chips, snapper, prawn and calamari (90k++) – and a steaming bowl of udon ramen noodles with chicken (75k++).

Everything goes down a treat, and the stack of empty plates at the end is testament to the crowd-pleasing nature of The Beat Café menu. Another round of beers rounds off proceedings nicely, and leads us into the first live set of the evening.

There is live music most nights at The Beat Cafe, but it’s not just about the music. Only the best quality ingredients are used in all their international streetfood selection. Happy Hour offers are also enticing. So check their soc-med for who’s playing tonight!
TBC is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7am to 1 am every day, and later on the weekends.
Dan Ashcroft
The Beat Cafe
Jl. Petitenget No43a, Seminyak, Kerobokan
+62 83 114 217 359 | www.facebook.com/thebeatcafebali



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