Right in the heart of Seminyak, you can’t miss the neon ‘Hank’s’ sign, just near the Square. Head upstairs and you’ll find Bali’s first New York–style pizza restaurant and bar.
Hank’s Pizza and Liquor is a welcome addition to the bustling neighbourhood, providing an intimate, yet relaxed venue with delicious food offerings. It’s the perfect place to grab a drink with friends, or while away a Saturday night.
Hank’s is the brainchild of three internationally experienced chefs – Brent Mills, Phil Davenport and Ben Cross – and talented Australian designer, Arthur Sikiotis. Initially the guys were looking to create two separate venues: a dive bar, and a pizza restaurant, but they decided to combine their powers and create a place that has it all.
Head Chef, Brent Mills executes Hank’s tongue-in-cheek menu extremely well. With stints at NYC Sweetwater Tavern and The Corner Hotel Bondi, he was well equipped to bring this menu to life. There is a range of rock-and-roll themed pizzas dedicated to various celebrities on offer. Favourites include the Dylan – pork and fennel meatballs, broccoli, caramelised onion, parmesan, roasted chilli oil and lemon; and the cheekily named Lennon – oyster mushrooms, roasted button mushrooms, mozzarella, confit garlic and parsley.
While Hank’s specialises in pizza, there are a variety of other dishes available including salads, share plates and pasta. Hank’s interpretation of childhood favourite, mac ‘n’ cheese is a crowd pleaser, made up of baked macaroni with crumbed jamón serrano, salami crust and rocket.
The drinks list is simple but inclusive, offering beer, cider, international wines and an extensive range of spirits and cocktails at reasonable prices. Popular cocktails include the refreshing Health Kick – Belvedere vodka, kale, pineapple and lemon juices and coconut water; and the somewhat stronger Revolver Martini – Belvedere vodka, Kahlua and Revolver cold drip coffee.
Hank’s design demonstrates the skill and experience of designer, Arthur, who has successfully created a down-to-earth, relaxed environment. The lighting is dim, the walls are adorned with neon signs and the wooden interior is warm and welcoming. The visual highlight though, is the ceiling that is covered by a fabulous collage of old concert posters.
Whether you’re stopping by for lunch on the balcony, or settling in for a night of food and drink, Hank’s has something for everyone and, if you’re lucky, you may even get to see chef Brent dance!