Looking for a sleek nightspot to sample the delicacies of the Indonesian archipelago? Round up your crew and book yourselves a cushy booth at SVA Indonesian Tapas & Bar. A sexy setting to suit date night, or cosy catch ups with your best gal, the menu also welcomes larger groups with tapas-style share plates of Indonesian bites (and trust us – you’re going to want to try them all!).
So let’s talk concept – while we’re no strangers to getting our nasi fix at dingy streetside stalls, there’s a time and a place for everything. SVA is a place for true traditional Indonesian flavours – just the way Ibu down the road (or in the village) makes it, for those times you’re feeling a little boujee, like you might want to wear your heels to dinner.. you feel me? Authentic Indo tapas dished up in a fine dining setting, with epic cocktails and a rooftop nightclub to boot? I mean, where has SVA been all our Canggu lives!?!
If you’ve spent any time trawling street food stalls in Indonesia, you’ll immediately recognise several of the SVA Bali dishes: the Karedok served with peanut sauce is a similar dish to the better-known gado-gado, and the Jamur Rica-Rica (deep friend mushrooms with rica-rica sauce) threw us straight back to our many spicy kampung adventures. The meat dishes were equally amazing; the Dendeng Balado is now officially the only way we’re eating tenderloin, and the Tongseng Kambing is genuinely the most tender lamb we’ve ever had, ever! The mango blossom honey marinated grilled prawns were everything a Gu Girl could ask for of a grilled seafood dish, and the selection of satays that kept coming in on smoking hot charcoal had our mouths watering. Enak Sekali!
And as if all that wasn’t enough to get you down to Berawa Beach (down the gang opposite Finns, SVA is just behind Morabito Art Villa!), may we introduce you to the best selection of sambals on the island. Get fired up on a chilli challenge, and cool it all back down with one of their delicious house cocktails.
The SVA complex encompasses the Balinese notion of balance in all aspects of life; the downstairs cafe Kolektiv is a light and breezy breakfast and lunch spot, the top floor of the restaurant with views over Berawa is your go-to for lunch-time SVA specials 9and a soon-to-be sleek nightspot), while the middle level; with its plush interiors and cushy booth seating serves as an intimate dining venue for those dinner dates with your new sayang. It’s hot like a Canggu sunrise.
One of the reasons we love Canggu so much is (obviously) the amazing smorgasbord of food that our little home town has to offer. It feels like we’ve been blessed with cuisines and fusions from all over the globe, so it’s almost ironic that we’ve been missing a fancy-but-casual-but-fancy Indonesian tapas bar. Get it while its hot!