Taste of Hawaii in Bukit: Try the poke bowl, loco moco and cheesy pulled pork sandwich at He’enalu

Hawaii in Bukit. Photos: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali

COCONUTS HOT SPOT — Grab your longboard for some aprés surf sustenance and get ready for your fix of Hawaiian favorites and other trendy bites at a new little resto on Jl. Raya Uluwatu.

A taste of Hawaii has landed in Bali surfer-haven neighborhood Bukit, with the opening of He’enalu earlier this year. An easy in and out, located in a little storefront just ahead of Nirmala Pecatu, the place has certainly got its market pegged for hungry visitors coming in and out of the Uluwatu area.

Hawaiian for wave-rider or surfer, He’enalu is decorated with a cute banana leaf mural, painted surfboards, and other tropical details, and even has an indoor AC area for those needing respite from the heat.

He'enalu Uluwatu
Cute interior. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali

After visiting for lunch several times this past week, we can confidently say the food is tasty and prices are fair.

He’enalu is open for breakfast and lunch and somehow has a compact yet thorough menu.

You’ve got to go for their signature dishes, which include choices like Hawaiian fried rice (IDR29k, US$2) with egg, bacon, carrot, onion, green peas, scallions, and of course pineapple, and the tacos de credo (IDR35k, US$2.60 for 2; IDR49k, US$3.70 for 3), which are laid out on soft pumpkin tortilla and stacked high with pulled pork, red cabbage, mozzarella, tomato salsa, and jalapeño pickles.

From our own taste test, we can wholeheartedly recommend the hearty Hawaiian classic loco moco (IDR45k, US$3.40): a beef patty and sunny side up egg atop garlic rice, slathered in onion mushroom gravy.

He'enalu Uluwatu
We’re (coco)nuts for the loco moco. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali
He'enalu Uluwatu
Hawaii in Bali. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali

If you want something lighter and fresher, reach for their poke bowl (IDR45k), which is nori rice served with ahi poke—your choice of original or wasabi mayo—avocado, carrot, onion, cucumber, corn, scallions, red cabbage, and black and white sesame seeds.

Not on the signature menu, but worth a mention is there foodgasm-inducing spicy, cheesy pulled pork sandwich (IDR49k), a gooey tender delight of pulled pork, melted mozzarella, pickled jalapeño, and avocado mayo on focaccia bread. We’re drooling just thinking about it.

He’enalu has also got some other trendy menu items at wallet-friendly prices including a pitaya bowl (IDR45k), beef & cashew pasta (IDR39k), avocado toast (IDR49k), truffle fries (IDR25k), and a falafel wrap (IDR49k).

He'enalu Uluwatu
Vietnamese drip on ice. Yes please. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali
He'enalu Uluwatu
Zesty lemon granita. Photo: Juminten Jones/Coconuts Bali

Don’t skip their drink menu. They’ve got kombucha, a range of fresh juices, teas, granita’s, coffee, and our personal favorite, Vietnamese drip coffee (IDR25k).

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He’enalu
Jl. Raya Uluwatu no. 70X, Pecatu
10am-6pm (closed Tuesdays)

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