Sunday 31 March 2024

Adventure Awaits!

We grew up with the most incredible playgrounds as kids in Canada and Spain. Giant timber castles to climb and run through encouraging creativity, imagination and personality. Today, sadly, that has all changed and what you normally get are colorful plastic molds that are merely copied and pasted with the same boring stuff: a slide… a swing… a tick-the-box and “we are done” approach to fulfilling the obligation to kids.

Well… that’s not our style in Cuca and we wanted something that would make kids lose their minds. Something that was a throwback to the good old days of fun and excitement, where the ideas and obstacles are limited only based on your imagination.

The problem is that that requires thought, time and work, and nobody was interested to help us do something different. The proposals we received were so boring and so pathetic that we ended up losing 3 different deposits to avoid settling for mediocracy. Through the years, we continued to push forward to find incredible. We wanted a structure that felt part of the tropical forest, something that blended into the beautiful environment we are in and gave the feeling of camping, adventure and nature.

After 13 months and too many idiots to count, finally we are days away from revealing our new playground in Cuca. Now… there will be a few kids who hit the deck, a few who scratch a knee, a few who bang an elbow, but all will run mentally towards it, drawn to the raw natural excitement and unbeatable adventure that awaits!

Wednesday 6 December 2023

We made the list!

Bali best restaurants

For those seeking a magical destination that seamlessly blends awe-inspiring temples, pristine beaches, and verdant rice paddies, Bali stands as an unparalleled choice. Its energy, a captivating mix of tradition and modernity, has a universal allure, attracting everyone from wellness enthusiasts to beach lovers and design buffs.

While Bali's charm is undeniable, finding the hidden gems amid the plethora of options can be daunting. The internet is flooded with information, making it nearly impossible to discern true greatness. In this sea of choices, a friend's recommendation has traditionally been the beacon of trust, but it's limited in scope. Fortunately, there's a solution, at least for those planning a trip to Bali. Travel+Leisure wraps all of it up and delivers one heck of an article for anyone making the journey to the beautiful Island of Bali. And yes, you guessed it, Cuca made the list!

In the realm of travel guides, Travel+Leisure emerges as a reliable source for unearthing the best places to eat, stay, and explore around the world. Their discerning eye separates the exceptional from the merely good, offering a curated selection that ensures an unforgettable experience.

Being featured in Travel+Leisure's esteemed list is not just an accolade but a testament to our commitment to quality and innovation. As we reflect on a decade of culinary innovation, we can't help but feel a surge of pride. From a hidden gem along a quiet road to becoming one of South-East Asia’s most celebrated foodie destinations.

To our beloved Cuca fans, we extend our deepest gratitude. Your support has made us a culinary destination. As we continue our journey, rest assured that Cuca remains committed to delivering the very best, ensuring each visit is a magical and unforgettable experience.

To wrap things up, we encourage you to be a hero by spreading the word about the Travel+Leisure's Bali guide. Share it with friends and fellow travelers looking for an unforgettable Bali experience. Cuca, proud to be part of the island's best, hopes to bring joy and inspiration to those embarking on their Bali adventures.

Cheers to Bali, to Cuca, and to the extraordinary experiences that await! 🍾

Sunday 23 July 2023


Our anniversary celebration every year is a bit like remembering a war you are winning but where many are wounded and lost along the way. Some survived and led others toward victory while some wilted under the pressure and struggled to continue the fight. We look back and thank God we lacked the full understanding of what we were about to do by opening a restaurant in the middle of nowhere, down a road with no lights, in the sleepy quiet fishing village of Jimbaran, Bali.

After these 10 years, we have lots of stories to tell (fortunately mostly good ones), we have made plenty of mistakes (learning something from each of them), we have made lots of new friends (from all over the world!), we have put a smile on thousands of customers (and in return you all have put one on us!), we have shed tears of both happiness and sadness and in the end we have created a style, an attitude, a bond… a “Cuca” way of doing things.

Looking ahead and with new restaurants popping up every single day and the level of food always on the rise, we are now more determined than ever to make Cuca the very best. It’s what our guests expect and what we strive to deliver. But to celebrate where we are at today, we would like to thank each and every staff and each and every guest for this magical, stimulating, scary, thrilling, testing, sleepless, most marvelous and rewarding ten years of our life!