I’ve been to Bali many times but it’s usually just The Hubs and I. This trip we were a group of eleven and eight of us decided to head to Canggu for the day. Even thought it’s not an area I’m overly familiar with, as the designated ‘Bali expert’ the group still looked to me for guidance. Especially on where to have lunch. So what does a girl do when she is under pressure to find a Canggu restaurant to please four picky kids, three die-hard meat eaters and a vegan? Google of course. After researching all the options I decided on The Shady Shack Canggu Cafe but my carefully laid plans were thrown into disarray when we arrived to find it closed for the day! I hadn’t factored in Galungan which was a serious rookie mistake! I jumped on my phone to start the search again and found The Loft Canggu. The menu seemed to tick all our boxes and best of all, it was open! Thank you Google! Read on for all the details …
The Loft Canggu Restaurant Overview
Canggu is a beachside town about an hour from Seminyak. I had no desire to navigate the somewhat problematic Canggu taxi situation with seven newbie in tow so I hired a bus from Bali Bus Hire for our day trip. Our lovely driver picked us up right on time from The Club Villas Seminyak and we were in the heart of Canggu just under an hour later. We spent the first few hour or so at the beach which is just one of the many things to do in Canggu. When we finally arrived at The Loft Canggu with a large group and no booking so we were already behind the eight ball, but the helpful staff we able to seat us almost immediately with just a little table rearranging. After the time we lost with our Shady Shack mishap, the kids were ‘staaaaaarving’ by the time we were seated. I’ve learned a thing or two in my time as a Mum and one of them is to never come between a hungry 15yo boy as his food. They are remorseless eating machines and when my boys were teenagers they almost ate me out of house and home. As we were contemplating our food choices, the staff lowered the blinds to block the harsh midday sun which also offered a pleasant buffer from the busy main road. As you would expect from the name, The Loft Canggu café does indeed have a loft tucked into the mezzanine. Seating in the coveted area is limited and we were not one of the lucky few. The interior has a fresh rustic feel and the double-height thatched ceiling adds a real feeling of space. The Loft Canggu is the sister café to Bondi’s Vida and has the same laid back hipster vibe. The patrons seem to be a mix of people truly searching for a healthier meal choice and those that just want to be seen eating one. The things peeps will do for the Gram! Either way, The Loft Canggu restaurant must be doing something right because it was jammed when we visited.
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What We Ate At The Loft Canggu Cafe
The Loft menu offers a range of meals for those eating in including burgers, bowls, wraps, pastas, an all day breakfast and lots of vegan options. It even has a parma! A selection of smoothies, juices, teas and coffees are available to wash it all down. The take-away menu is less extensive, but no less popular, and the window does a roaring trade thanks to the many passers-by. After much deliberation, I finally decided on the chicken burger. The vegan in our group tried to sell our little diners of the benefits of a meat free diet but they were having none of it. Our vegan (and one other) opted for the avo on toast and the others chose a mix of kids burgers and wraps. And of course some epic smoothies! I was nursing a bit of a hang over after a few too many cocktails the night before and a hit of caffeine-fueled, sugar-laden black gold wrapped in a red can would have gone down a treat but sadly the menu was bereft of anything even remotely unhealthy and I had to settle for water. The drinks came quickly and we passed them around taste testing while we waited for our meals. And we waited. And we waited. The kids were getting restless and I was short on patience when the meals finally hit the table just over an hour after we placed our order. Well all the meals except mine, which arrived 10 minutes after that. I know they were busy, but an hour for burgers, wraps and toast is verging on the ridiculous. Each meal was fresh, delicious and had a distinctly ‘home made’ feel. The serving sizes were petite and satisfied most, but Mr 15 was left wanting more. My purple sweet potato chips added a pleasant splash of colour to the plate but were a little dry and certainly needed the accompanying coconut mayo. Every skerrick on every place was devoured with relish but I’m not going to lie, the very long wait certainly took the shine off our visit.
The Final Word On The Loft Canggu
When you have a group with varied food preferences you can’t go past The Loft Canggu café. The extensive menu has something for everyone. It’s perfect for a light lunch but the portions are a little small for dinner or healthy appetites. The main road location is convenient and just a short stroll from the centre of Canggu. The Loft Canggu is pricier than your average Bali warung as is much of Canggu. My advice? Don’t visit The Loft starving and plan on a more leisurely affair.
If you liked this post you really should check out my comprehensive Bali restaurant guide. You are sure to find something to tempt your taste buds. Do you have a favourite Canggu café? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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