SugarSand on Seminyak Beach

SugarSand restaurant sits in a beautiful location overlooking Seminyak Beach and has a high-end feel, but also the casual charm of a beachside restaurant. It could even be considered a beach club at times. The restaurant has had a new lease of life since the arrival of new Head Chef Syamsul Rizal and I was there to check his recently revamped menu.

There are many food options in the Double Six area, but there are only a handful of higher-end, and creative eateries. SugarSand at Indigo Hotel Bali is one of them, and with Chef Rizal now in control, and his Japanese specialties on the menu, a visit should be on your dining list of things to do.

Chef Rizal has an enviable CV, with culinary experience all over the world, including the US, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, and Morocco, with stints at Miami’s exclusive Nobu and Dubai’s famous Zuma among the highlights. Since arriving to SugerSand a few months ago he has been busy updating the lunch and dinner menus, with his signature Japanese touches.

The lunch and dinner menus are similar, but the daytime choice also caters for the swimming pool crowd. Japanese items like Edamane, Wagyu Gyoza, Maki Rolls and Chicken and Beef Yakitori are side by side with Burgers, Steaks, Salads and other Western beach club style dishes. There is an appropriately named Comfort section on the menu sure to keep the holidaymakers satisfied. We tried just about everything and have to say it was all delicious and perfectly presented.

The ambience is cool and breezy, with plenty of well-trained serving staff on hand to tend your every need. The restaurant pool area is a delightful space and guests can help themselves to a swim before or after dining – at no charge.

At night the restaurant transforms into a Japanese Izakaya, offering eclectic Japanese cuisine such as Gindara Miso, Spicy Tuna Sushi, and The Kiwami Wagyu Bollar Blade, or the aforementioned Yakitori, Gyoza and Sushi, plus more items from the lunch menu. The desserts are next-level sweet sensations too.

Now, if you like a good, well-made drink, you have also come to the right place. The cocktail list is one of the best on the island.

 There is a Japanese selection of cocktails which includes CHA-NO-YU, THE RI-KISHI and the one I chose at my lunch visit, the GEIKO & MAIKO, a mix of Ketel One SV Plum, sake, homemade strawberry jam, raspberry, homemade lemon fragrance. Shaken and served. What a pleasurable drink. All day refresher.

If you are visiting during the coming Negroni Week (18 – 24 September) make sure you order one. Going by their other cocktails they would definitely be making a killer Negroni.

So, if you are looking for something a little more crafted, inspiring and special down Double Six way, take a seat at SugarSand, you won’t be disappointed.

Hotel Indigo Bali Seminyak Beach
JI.Camplung Tanduk No. 10,
Seminyak, Bali – 80361

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