Though you're tempted to go for the Bali coffee on the menu, instead order the Java Telaga Oolong...simply for the presentation ritual. On our first visit, we went for the Asian HIgh Tea set menu at 85,000 rupiah ($9.27) per person. It's not cheap, but it did give us goosebumps. Returning for breakfast another day, we spent much less on Nasi Goreng and fresh juices.
Biku is a recommendation from pretty much the only guide series we care to read anymore: LUXE Guides. Their pocket-size Bali guide is cheeky and insidery, but a little heavy on the shopping. Still, this gem stood out.
Our full "Awesome Day on Bali" series:
· Breakfast at Biku
· Late morning at the "Starbucks Temple"
· Noon drinks
· Seafood lunch on Jimbaran Bay
· Afternoon and evening surfer-spotting on Bingin Beach
· Sunset cliff-side
*Private car info: We recommend hiring a private car and driver if you plan on doing a full day of sightseeing and touring Bali. It's not particularly luxurious; it's something of the norm, since Bali is huge and the streets are not pedestrian-friendly. Any hotel should easily be able to arrange a car; we got ours through the Anantara Seminyak for $45/day. Similarly, if you're staying in the Seminyak area, your hotel may offer a free shuttle that can drop you off at Biku on Jalan Petitenget.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher]