We were praying for a proper Japanese dining outlet to open in the hood but we didn’t expect the gods of the island to be THAT kind. One Eyed Jack is too good to be true, really. It’s definitely not your typical sushi bar – they don’t even have sushi on their menu. What they do have is amazing Japanese food created by the chef who used to work at Nobu (yes, THAT Nobu!) for 10 years. Of course, you won’t find the same positions in the menu but all the tricks are here to make your tasting buds burst in delight. You still think Canggu is the corn+bakso or burger+beer kind of place? HA! (3 times).
The restaurant is set up as a traditional izakaya, which basically means a Japanese version of a gastropub. There are daring geishas and half-naked yakuza pictures on the walls. There is a lot of shouting when you come and go – if you’ve never been to the similar place before, that might scare the s**t out of you:) While food cult reigns here, the drinks are not secondary at all – since it’s a proper sake (and not only sake) bar. We’ve ordered a Japanese whiskey based Night In Roppongi – made our heads spin a bit, exactly like you’re supposed to be feeling while bar-crawling in this Tokyo’s drunken area. Then the food started arriving and drinks were forgotten. We’ve tried a lot but these are the absolute favorites: Chicken Tsukune Bao Bun Slider, grilled chicken thigh yakitori, those tiny spicy tuna bites and fried rice like you’ve never tried it before. We think w drank all the ponzu sauce left on the plates…THAT good!
Wait, the best thing about One Eyed Jack: they serve sake (infused with fruit juice) as a desert! That’s our folks!
Go check it out: One Eyed Jack
Find it: Jl. Pantai Berawa (100 meters from Berawa beach). Dinners only.
/// Lovely photos by One Eyed Jack