For a vibrant street of eclectic food and shopping, look no further than Jalan Petitenget. A standout on this bustling street is Biku – an antiquecum- high tea lounge and restaurant.
After sampling high tea all over the world, Tjok Bagus and Asri Kerthyasa saw an opportunity to bring the experience to Bali. They were yet to find somewhere that offered their ritual of afternoon tea and thought locals and visitors would enjoy the tradition.
Watching over the comings and goings of the street is a remnant from the antique store, an ancient Chinese monk wood-carving. People passing by would come to pay homage to the statue whose spirit wished to remain in the antique store and never be sold.
When it came to opening their venue, Tjok and Asri kept the piece and named the space Biku, an old Indonesian term for Chinese monk. The archaic statue continues to be worshipped with a daily cup of tea and selection of sweets, as well as incense and prayers to keep him at peace.
Having a tea master in the family allowed them to create a unique tea menu with more than 40 varieties on offer. If you’ve only got time for one, we recommend one of the first teas to be grown in Bali, Danau Tamblingan, which blooms in the Biku garden and is processed by hand. Amongst locals and expats, visitors travel from all over Indonesia to enjoy the celebrated high tea. Choose a selection of savoury dishes such as cucumber, salmon and cream cheese sandwiches and mini spinach quiches, or sweet treats like homemade cakes and scones with jam and cream. For those looking for a more spiritual tea experience, the Mystic High Tea includes tarot readings.
But you won’t just find tea here. The teahouse has grown into a restaurant serving tropical comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The kitchen is run by two women who have been with Biku from the beginning. Their concept is simple: good, honest food made with care using quality ingredients. A mix of Western-inspired favourites and traditional dishes are made with a focus on using organic local fruit and vegetables wherever possible. Guests looking for a Western meal can’t resist the Biku deluxe burger, while the nasi campur is a crowd pleaser when it comes to a traditional Indonesian dish.
When it’s time to wine and dine, there’s a selection of local and imported wines, which have been carefully curated for price and quality. Fresh, tropical cocktails on offer include Vodka Mint Lemonade, Strawberry Basil Mojito and the Biku Coconut Martini.
Biku’s High Tea experience combines an expert knowledge of the ancient leaves with a hospitality that’s hard to beat. With the addition of an all day menu that dishes up honest food in a beautiful setting, it’s the perfect place for a morning, afternoon or evening well spent.