La Favela Bar and Restaurant in Bali – Mediterranean Bar & Restaurant in Seminyak
La Favela Bar and Restaurant in Bali welcomes you to a different kind of bar and dining scene on Seminyak’s main Kayu Aya road. Since opening in 2013, it has become very popular thanks to its quirky vintage design, drawing much inspiration from the namesake urban scenes of Rio, hence its name. It’s open for lunch and dinner, but most come late and stay on for its chilled vibes, when the heavily decorated dining rooms and cosy corners look their best, each with different sets of antiques and art from the owner’s personal collection.
Entering La Favela, you are greeted to semi-indoor gardens covered by dense foliage, with artificial waterfalls and ponds and alfresco tables and chairs laid out beyond a mini bridge. Inside is its bar and lounge, with walls heavily adorned with funky old clocks and picture frames. La Favela was first meant to be a rooftop spot, since that’s how favelas usually are. The concept came with the idea that to enjoy real beauty is to be able to see the imperfections. This meant messy roofs with antennae and whatnot, so they attractively covered a part of their roof with old kiddie tricycles.
If you’re feeling peckish, start off with their selection of Peruvian ceviche with mixed seafood, mahi-mahi or red snapper. Otherwise, try their tartare and carpaccio (IDR 75,000-85,000). For a heavier feast, there are tenderloins, rib-eyes, juicy baby pork ribs and barramundi steaks (named ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’) available (IDR 95,000-220,000). Come as a group, and you can opt for great tapas to share, from Greek plates, prawns in Jerez sauce, to grilled octopus with chimichurri sauce and calamari with Thai sauce. Tapas range between USD 3.5 and 5 (IDR 50,000 and 75,000).
Whether you come to dine, drink or dance, La Favela is one of Seminyak’s oases where you will be able to relax with an international crowd. Look out for their weekly late night house party agendas on Facebook, featuring international guest DJs from 22:30 through to the wee hours. Valet parking is available, but coming by taxi is the best option and only 15 minutes from Eko Villa Bali.