Review: Restaurants in Ubud, Bali
Review: Restaurants in Ubud, Bali
There are a wide variety of restaurants in Ubud, Bali and no shortage of choices. It seems every other storefront is a restaurant with someone beckoning you to come inside.
I have mixed feelings about the food in Ubud. Although I was disappointed with the lack of culture and authenticity in Ubud as a whole, there were still some great places that we ended up eating at. And even though the food in Ubud didn’t seem very Indonesian, I can’t say I didn’t enjoy most of my meals. If you’re looking for more reflections on our time spent in Ubud and Canguu, head over here first!
First up on my list of restaurants in Ubud would have to be Watercress. This place was a super trendy café that served up some delicious avocado toast and smoothie bowls, and had strong coffee for a much needed day of fighting off jetlag.
The café is all open air, and has an upstairs and downstairs section. Another reason I recommend this place, is because there are cheap plain options for breakfast as well. Sourdough bread and an egg was 15,000 rupiah, which is a budget friendly option for those still looking to eat breakfast.
Next up on our tour of restaurants in Ubud was Café du Monyet. The atmosphere was a vintage French café, but as you walk in you’re greeted with astounding views of lush green rice terraces. I loved how retro everything in here was, plus the view made it even better.
After the Monkey Forest, we went to Habitat right across the street. This restaurant was another trendy option, with more…you guessed it! Avocado toast and smoothie bowls. The interior was nice though, and had a woodsy feel to it. Their breakfast burrito was a wild combination of sausage, egg…and French fries which was a fun touch. Their coffee was also super strong for those jetlag days.
Three Monkeys was another rice terrace restaurants in Ubud that had a surprisingly large interior. There was a koi pond in the middle of the restaurant, and their spring rolls were delicious. Other than that though, it was rather pricey.
For dinner one night, we went to Ganesh Indian Restaurant and this was probably the best meal I had all my time in Ubud. I personally love Indian food and while this wasn’t the best Indian I have ever had, it was still delicious. It was expensive and over our budget, but you have to splurge every now and then. Plus, we had leftovers for all four of us for lunch the next day. Who doesn’t love some garlic naan anyways?
Some other places to note that were more hang out spots than restaurants in Ubud were Chill Out and Folk Bar.
Folk Bar was right across from Three Monkeys, and boasted a pool, poolside cabanas, swim up bar, and cute bean bags on the lawn. Unfortunately we came to Bali during rainy season, so there wasn’t much time to hang out here before the clouds opened up again.
Chill Out was an interesting place we stumbled across that was absolutely massive. It had a giant lawn in the back, with tables and hang out areas back there. This was in addition to a large inside area with high ceilings and shell decorations that gave the place a trendy hippie beachy vibe.
I was sad to see that it seems that downtown, most of the restaurants are all pretty similar. The restaurants are all well done, but they just seem to cater only to western tourists rather than have any roots in Indonesian culture. Most have atmospheric interiors, and if they’re lucky they’ll have a view of rice terraces. Menus are all rather similar too, with western dishes mixed with three or four Balinese dishes.
As much as I was disappointed in the lack of authenticity in the dishes, the food wasn’t bad in Ubud. The western dishes, and even the Indian restaurant we went to were delicious, but it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I think that to explore the restaurants in Ubud is a great way to spend your time, but just go into it knowing that it might not be what you thought it would. And if you can remember that Ubud is now a popular and trendy vacation destination, you might have a better experience.
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