What started out as a patch of grass with a Combi selling coconuts, Bintangs and popcorn, is a far cry from the luxurious beach club that The Lawn is today.
Opening in late 2016, The Lawn has fast become a hugely popular hub for young people visiting Bali to spend the day eating, drinking and soaking up the sun in a great atmosphere.
The Lawn is just one of Tai Graham’s hospitality ventures throughout Bali. As a professional surfer who has travelled the world by waves, Tai has seen his fair share of successful beachside cafes, bars and restaurants and has translated that into his vision for The Lawn and Single Fin in Uluwatu.
The transformation of the space in the short time that it has been operating is astounding. With the help of Indonesian designers and local supplies, a tranquil poolside oasis has flourished, complete with rustic finishes and neutral colours that let the beauty of the surrounds do the talking. The versatile space makes for the ideal place to spend the day laying by the pool, or indulging in the restaurant then spending the night on the dancefloor, all in the one place.
For the menu, The Lawn consulted with Australian Chef, Dominique Brett, who was taught the ropes by none other than Australia’s celebrity chef, Matt Moran. Dominique’s training and work in venues across Sydney and Brisbane has inspired the menu and encapsulates the clashing of flavours of Bali and Sydney and brings them together.
The menu is heavily focussed around seafood, given its beachside vantage. Each and every ingredient is sourced locally and ethically, so visitors can indulge in good conscience on anything from soft shell crab bao buns with kimchi, kewpie mayo and pickled cucumber to tofu rice paper rolls and salted edamame. Poolside burgers and pizzas are never a bad idea and are offered plentifully at the Lawn with Barramundi fish burgers and wild mushroom pizettas drizzled in truffle oil, in the mix. Larger options take the form of the catch of the day, served crispy with ginger, chilli and tamarind or a whole roasted chicken with salsa verde and water spinach.
While the food offering is not to be missed, drinking at The Lawn is the real spectacle. Visitors sip on signature cocktails in endless supply as they lounge by the infinity pool that overlooks the ocean. Start with a glass of frosé with lemon and mint to kick things off before moving on to a Kombucha cosmopolitan with Cointreau, vodka and lemon. As the day stretches on and the sun goes down, the salted caramel and white chocolate espresso martinis come out to keep you going and going all night long. Local and imported beers are poured on tap, and a selection of International wines, with a focus on the Australian drops, are also in popular demand.
A trip to The Lawn captures the quintessential Bali experience. Once you settle in with a cocktail in hand and a dip in the pool on the cards, it may be hard to resist staying all day long.