Bali Part 1 – A Guide to Eating Ubud

Where to even begin.

I died and went to Emma-heaven when I set foot in Ubud.

The phrase “eat, sleep, yoga, repeat” comes to mind.

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Let me share with you some of my fabulous eats during my time in Ubud…

Warning: Food Porn

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The Seeds of Life

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The pictures say it all.. There was multiple visits to this raw café and tonic bar and I was never disappointed. Their cakes were beautiful, plenty of options and not loaded with palm sugar or agave as is often the case with vegan desserts. Pictured from top left is their signature lasagne, a ‘tonic creamer’ with a mini raw brownie, ‘American Burger Day’ special – raw burger on onion flatbread with mayo and BBQ jicama “fries”, sugar free carrot cake, Mexican burrito with “cacao-mole” and chocolate mousse cake.

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Soma

I visited here a couple of times – there smoothies are good but the wait time is often very long regardless of how busy or quiet they are so don’t go already starving! This breakfast was my highlight there though.. Scrambled eggs with grilled Mediterranean veg, cashew pesto and capers served on a wheat-free Cassava (south American root veg) wrap. Deee-lissh.

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Kafé & Little K Garden Kafé at Yoga Barn

I often enjoyed breakfast at Kafé on Jalan Hannoman which was a short walk from my homestay and at Garden Café, it’s younger sibling ideally located in the Yoga Barn. I never had dinner at Kafé but the menu sounded good and below is the Thai Green Curry with brown rice from Garden Kafé.

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Dayu’s Warung

This was a great little discovery. Slightly off the main streets but only by 5 minute walk and definitely worth it for honest, tasty, traditional food and a selection of desserts and nibbles to eat in or take away.

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Down to Earth Bali

Well known in the area for it’s organic fare and health food store/market, this became a regular watering-hole for me.

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Clear Café

By far my favourite smoothie in Ubud was had here. They also have a great selection of crackers and raw bars to take away which I stocked up on for further travels.

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Atman

Great people watching spot plus they have free WiFi and plugs so it was a convenient blogging spot. Check out this sinless caramelised coconut bread with berry compote, a side of caramelised banana and mint tea.

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Bali Buda

My first meal in Ubud and I knew I was in for a great trip. Traditional vegetarian Nasi Campur which is rice with many accompanying dishes.

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Kokolato

Dairy-free ice-cream anyone?

Oh and they give free samples – many free samples. The cones are made from brown rice and they have so many cool flavours like Red Velvey, Mayan Chocolate Chili, Carrot Cake, superfood Moringa Mint and more!

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Warung Saya

This experience was arranged for me by head chef Rey of Mozaic restaurant who I met at a cooking lesson I had there (more on that soon). He said it was his favourite place to eat so he made me a reservation for my last night in Ubud. The owner, Amir, is a real character. Former fashion designer and current interior & dog’s dress’ designer, the restaurant is a past-time rather a full-time commitment so he only opens by reservation or for those willing to wait as everything is prepared fresh to order from scratch by Amir himself. On the night I visited I was the only diner (if you don’t count Amir’s poodle Princess who was tottering around!

Amir is Javanese but cooks Indonesian, Thai and Indian foods. Rey ordered for me upon booking so I had the Thai green chicken curry (a favourite of mine). It was perfectly balanced with spice, heat & creaminess from the coconut milk. (The pictures don’t do the flavours any justice but I can assure you they’re good!)

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Already stuffed – dessert of ‘banana soup’ arrived. Amir only makes this when he can find just the right bananas that will soften but not fall apart when boiled in the creamy coconut milk & coconut sugar. It was very sweet – maybe a tad so for my taste, but so nourishing and creamy it was hard to leave behind.

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If you are a foodie of any kind but particularly love good honest, healthy, organic or raw food you all adore Ubud.

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Final Note:

I stayed at Amel’s Homestay in Ubud with a warm Balinese family that truly made you feel at home. I went travelling to the North of Bali and the Gili islands for 1 week and when I returned it really was like coming home as they came rushing out to warmly greet me and bring me my case which I had left in their safe-keeping. Breakfast is included, all rooms have Wi-Fi and breakfast of fruit and omlettes or pancakes are served on your porch each morning. At 150,000IDR (approx. €10) per night it is standard Ubud guesthouse pricing and in an ideal location, 5 minutes walk to Jalan Hannoman, one of the main streets and 5-7 minutes walk to Yoga Barn studios.

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Anyone tempted to start planning a trip??

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