Revolver has the reputation of being one of the best cafes in town and thankfully, prior research revealed they have a whole heap of healthy gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free options that I could eat safely. Yay! When we arrived at the cafe, we were greeted by the manager Agus who was very quick to make recommendations on delicious coffee and food.
Funnily enough, Revolver is owner by an ex-competitive-surfer – Katie Allan. Her career started in her 20’s as a professional WQS surfer and has also spent time being a surfing coach. Katie also studied film making at AFTRS but then then in between jobs and competitions she would always find work in cafes/coffee shops and a love for coffee was born. Eventually she opened Revolver for the lifestyle that Bali offered – surfing surfing and more surfing.
Having lived in both Mexico and California, the wickedly cool interior is a Mexi-Cali blend fit out with unique antique finds such as kitsch dawn of the dead trinkets and clashing prints on cushions and upholstery which is all washed back with modern typography, large local plants, rustic industrial furniture and small batch cold brew coffee poured out of glass skulls.
Of course being one of the first Aussies to market here, Katie overcame some challenges in setting up Revolver “there are a lot of cultural differences with staff compared to Australia. The system of running a business in Bali is quite different to Australia as well so getting to know a new system (one that doesn’t really work) in Bali was quite challenging’.
Despite being an Aussie run company in Bali, Revolver tries to incorporate Balinese culture into the dining experience – “Indonesians in general are a very hospitable culture. They will offer you the shirt off their back, their bed, their last meal, anything really. So we encourage our guys to give the same service in the cafe”. Which I think is how I came to end up on the aforementioned company scooter.
After our delicious lazy breakfast, Agus took us on said scooter all around Seminyak to show us all of the cool sights and places. We went to local temples, visited the famous long beach as well as popped in to say hi at their smaller sister cafe – Revolver Baby. I got quite a lot of glee making Agus go fast and weaving in and out of traffic, which only a pro can do well!
So having made the best already – where next for Revolver? Well don’t worry they have big plans to show Bali more of their amazingness “we want to do a dumpling saloon at night in our new back area. Cheap and cheerful. Somewhere cosy for drinks and easy food’.
Sounds good to me guys. I’ll come back anytime – Wanna pick me up?! I’m ready when you are![line]
Phone: +62 (0) 851 0088 4968
Address: Jl kayu aya / Gang 51, Seminyak – Oberoi, Bali, Indonesia
Located directly opposite “Bali Clinic”. Behind Boutiques “This is a Love Song” and “Home Store”. You can enter down the laneway through the side door.
Phone: +62 (0) 851 0244 4468
Address: Jl Petitenget #102, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia