We took a trip to Zali for a morning full of beautiful food, delicious coffee, and glorious vibes.
The new brunch spot on the block, Zali, blew us away with its delicious food, warm service, chilled vibes, and taste of Lebanese culture. The name ‘Zali’ is an anagram of Lebanese owner Liza’s name, who brought Zali to life around a year ago. Liza wanted to gift Canggu with a taste of Lebanon.
Lebanese food is unique due to its creative use of healthy superfood ingredients such as tahini, legumes, olive oil, fresh herbs, and vegetables. Zali encompasses this and offers an abundance of healthy, vegetarian, and gluten-free options for diners.
Zali is located in the heart of Pantai Pererenan, a street full of cafes and restaurants, but Zali still manages to lead the way. The decor is boho, clean, and offers great detail.
We sat on the terrace, which was modern and open, and the perfect place to be on a sunny day in Bali. Its bright yellow sofa and middle eastern touches make it stand out on the high street.
Liza welcomed us and passionately told us about the new launch of the breakfast menu. We had the pleasure of trying just a selection of what their new breakfast menu has to offer.
From 8 till 11 am, customers can choose from 20 beautifully thought out dishes, a range of beautifully brewed coffees, and fresh juices.
However, Zali is not just a brunch spot. After 11 am Zali goers can enjoy their incredible lunch and dinner menu until late (midnight).
Our favorite dish was the ‘Zali saj sampler,’ a selection of saj bread topped with zatar, labneh, cheese, and fresh vegetables. We got to watch how Zali makes their saj, a middle eastern thin bread made only of wholegrain flour, salt, and water.
The saj is baked fresh for every order on a hot metal gill. It’s simple but delicious and the perfect accompaniment to their homemade labneh, zatar, and tahini.
We also loved the falafel eggs, a Lebanese twist on the classic scotch egg. The falafel was the best we have ever tasted!
If you are craving more of a classic brunch, they also make a selection of eggs on wholegrain sourdough toasts. We tried the halloumi, avocado, and fried egg; and the muhammara, sauteed mushrooms and fried egg. Everything was super tasty, delicate and fresh.
Another strength of Zalis is their versatility in catering to dietary requirements. For example, their sourdough and saj bread can be ordered gluten-free. On top of that the menu is heavily vegetarian and vegan based.
The coffee was one of the best we’ve had in Bali, a reason alone to visit Zali. We enjoyed a coconut flatwhite and a latte. Liza topped off our coffee morning by bringing us the authentic Lebanese coffee to try.
Served in a beautiful metal pot with delicately painted tea cups. The aromatic coffee was perfectly matched with their turmeric namoura cake, and halawa (lebanese tahini confection topped with pistachios). Yum.
Furthermore, Zali’s breakfast menu includes Lebanese-style omelets, smoothie bowls, pancakes, and much more. The menu has a serious range to cover all your vegetarian brunch needs.
The staff could not have been more warm and welcoming. They were super attentive and took their time informing us on all the aspects of the dishes and their value to the history of Lebanese culture.
Liza is a super passionate owner who works on the front line with the staff, contributing to the standard of service.
Their customers are at the heart of everything they do. We observed this when they introduced us to Matcha, their first ever customer and most loyal! He comes daily for his coffee and the ambience and warmth of Zali.
Not just brunch!
We are already planning our trip back to try their dinner menu, a choice of Mezzeh, salads, and bowls, and Lebanese plates. Zali is open till midnight and has a range of delicious cocktails and spirits. So whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Zali has our pick.
An unforgettable morning, Zali you have just gained two new regulars. YOGI TIMES approved!