Bali’s scene has moved well beyond Bintangs and beach parties. Friends who visited last year kept commenting on just how good the dining was. “World-class” remarked one Broadsheet editor on his return home.

And in late December, Numero Quattro in Echo Beach, Canggu, joined the ranks.

Sydney-based chef Joel Bennetts (of Burger Park and Fish Shop fame) has joined the team at Project: Black (the group behind The Lawn, Skool Kitchen and more) as culinary creative director.

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The newly opened neighbourhood-style Italian eatery marks Bennetts’s first project in the role.

Seafood is the star of the show in Bennetts’s eyes, with local fishermen supplying fresh catches that feature throughout the menu. To start, there’s tuna crudo served with smoked oyster, and an octopus dish accompanied by pickled guindilla pepper. White fish and squid are served from the grill with shio kombu and garlic butter and sopressa ragu, respectively. But the must-order dish – in Bennetts’s opinion – is a prawn spaghetti seasoned simply with chilli and garlic.

The diversity of Bali’s dining scene excites Bennetts. With plenty of people pitching in, the mix offers an integrated, cross-cultural approach to eating for holiday-makers. But he believes Numero Quattro is in its own lane thanks to the location, style and quality of food. “We went for a direct, simple approach, elevating techniques and recipes that have a long history in the culinary world,” Bennetts told Broadsheet over email.

The wine list offers a balance between European classics and natural drops from around the world. And the cocktails are inspired by Italian mixology with a twist. “We have five signature Negronis. These range from a super light and fresh yuzu Negroni to a smooth and creamy ricotta strawberry Negroni,” says Bennetts.

The elevated indoor-outdoor space features wood-panelled walls and white tablecloths – and it’s soundtracked by a collection of vinyl that spins at the bar, bringing the vibe each night. Make a booking via Numero Quattro’s website, or walk in.

Numero Quattro
Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan no. 4, Canggu

Hours
Mon to Sat 5pm–late
Sun 1pm–late

numeroquattroechobeach.com
@numeroquattro.echobeach

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