If you find yourself in this lovely fishing village, especially with (well-behaved) kids in tow, Balique makes for both a boho shabby-chic experience and a family-friendly spot for leisurely lunches and teatimes. Designed by celebrated Moroccan-born interior designer Zohra Boukhari (creator of the lavish Bali-based housewares line Haveli), this vintage café-restaurant, a temple of recycled timbers, evokes a whimsical European-style tea lounge. It's also tropically open-sided and edged with lush foliage. Under high ceilings with whirring fans, a carefully arranged clutter meets eclectic seating that ranges from oversized sofas with silk cushions to vintage armchairs. Check out the personally sourced objets and vintage curios like the dainty washrooms bedecked with mini-chandeliers and hand-painted ceramic basins.
Simple, fresh, and tasty dishes come inspired by a well-balanced hotchpotch of French, Mediterranean, Asian, and Moroccan influences. The diverse signatures include chicken-olive tajines, tuna tartar, and filet mignon, joined by typical indigenous staples like nasi campur. The pumpkin cheesecake is a best seller. Dinners, commencing at 6pm, take on a more formal mien, with starched tablecloths, oil-lamp lanterns, and a separate menu. This is the time to indulge in the selective wine list or tropical-inspired cocktails (try the coconut bellini). It may be pricey, but this is a charming option among Jimbaran's limited choices, and it's good any time of day to escape the heat for artisan sorbets and gelatos, gourmet coffees, and chill jazzy soundtracks.