La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
In the middle of Mesari Beach, at the southern end of Seminyak, lies one of the largest collections of colourful beanbags and parasols in Bali. They’re the first indication of La Plancha – a vibrant Spanish-inspired beach bar and restaurant that dishes up all-day dining with a side of stunning sunsets.
The rainbow of colours isn’t restricted to the beach either. Splashes of colour appear throughout La Plancha’s two levels, found in the bright wooden tables, lanterns and even the crockery. Combined with the sensational smells of the grill and Spanish dishes, as well as the bustling atmosphere, it’s a feast for your senses.
The Spanish influence comes from owner Gonzalo Assiego and his wife, Sandra. They wanted to bring the concept of Spanish coastal dining to Seminyak, transporting the flavours, colours and smells to the Balinese beach. Pulling on their experience as a hospitality professional and fashion designer respectively, they opened La Plancha in 2010.
Literally meaning ‘the grill’, La Plancha dishes up a selection of grilled Spanish bites. Open all day long for breakfast, lunch and dinner, it’s the ideal spot for refuelling after a big night out, or somewhere to drink and dine as the sun sets. Best of all, its laid-back attitude means you can walk out of the water and straight into the venue: boardies and bikinis are welcome!
Start the day right with the Swiss Mountain – a Spanish potato omelette topped with grilled pork, two eggs and cheese. Come midday, turn to the compact but considered lunch and dinner menu, featuring a great selection of tapas. Sample the best of Bali’s seafood, sourced directly from the markets, with the deep-fried sardine fillets, grilled prawns or grilled baby squid. All cooked traditionally on the grill, they’re a fantastic fusion of the two cultures. If seafood isn’t your forte, opt for a serving of everyone’s favourite potato dish, patatas bravas or grilled chicken.
As you watch the sky turn pink, venture down to the beach to grab one of those beanbags and keep an ear out for some music: it’s about this time that a DJ will appear, spinning tunes that range from soul to reggae. Grab a drink on your way down – there’s a lot to choose from. Local favourite Bintang is a must, but there are also a variety of international lagers and ales, including Heineken, Corona and San Miguel. Cocktails include the classic sangria and refreshing mojitos, perfect for beachside relaxing. Non-alcoholic options are also available, with juices, milkshakes, lassis and mocktails all turning up on the menu.
La Plancha takes the best of relaxed Spanish snacking and pairs it with jaw- dropping views and a bustling atmosphere. When it comes to bona fide beach beers on beanbags, there’s no better place to be.