EL KABRON: Bali’s latest hot spot

Bali’s latest superstar. One of the hippest and tastiest new places in Indonesia is the tapas and cocktail haven known as El Kabron Restaurant and Cliff Club on southern Bali’s Bukit peninsula.

Serving up gorgeous sunsets and some of the most authentic Spanish fare in all of Asia, courtesy of former Barcelona-based Catalan chef Marc Torices, who previously worked at three-star Michelin restaurant Sant Pau in Barcelona, the El Kabron Restaurant and Cliff Club (Jl. Pantai Cemongkak, Pecatu, Bali; 62-361/780-3416) is the new place in Bali to see and be seen.

Granted, it’s a major trek to get out there if you’re not staying on the Bukit, but it’s well worth going out of your way to spend a day, or afternoon or night, at. The array of excellent Barcelona-style tapas, as well as the pungent shellfish paella are a couple of the stars of the menu, but they also boast a drink list that will satisfy all serious tipplers, who like cold beer, refreshing tropical cocktails and, especially, their house-made sangria with lots of red wine.

Built like a hacienda, with a big “backyard” that overlooks a cliff and the Indian ocean with a small swimming pool to watch sunsets from, this is an unbelievably chilled place. And it’s not just for the adults, it’s also great for families with kids.

If you’re wondering what the name means, well, you’d better ask them, it’s got many different connotations … goat being the most literal; just don’t add “pinche” in front of it.