Hotel Komune Beach Club, Keramas

Hotel Komune's Beach ClubHotel Komune’s Beach Club provides a Bali experience like no other. The heart of the place is the sensational pool, surrounded in a semi-circle of day beds. You have to get there early or you will miss out as we did, and had to wait for a space to become available. Once you settle in though it’s all luxury. You can swim, order food, drink beers, whatever you like, and for as long as you like.

There is no entry fee (as there is at some other beach side restaurants), however you are not allowed to bring in food or drinks from outside, and there is really nowhere else to go to eat or drink, as it is a fairly isolated spot! So you must eat and drink here.

There is a restaurant you can go to if you want to eat at a table, which has a different menu to the day-beds around the pool which provides mostly bar snack options. We ate at the restaurant – while we were waiting for a day-bed – and the food was top quality. We also enjoyed a beer or two when we were back at the pool!

The roast vegetable salad with feta was delicious, and the dressing to die for.

Hotel Komune's Beach Club

A great quality burger with the best crinkle cut chips I have eaten on the island.

Hotel Komune's Beach ClubEven the toasted ham and cheese sandwich was served with really nice bread and good quality cheese, none of the plastic rubbish you can often get. Hotel Komune's Beach Club…and more chips served with gravy! Yumm.

Hotel Komune's Beach ClubThe Keramas surf break is apparently one of the best on the island, and is a popular spot for surfers and group surfing trips. The beach creates a stunning backdrop for drinks, food, swimming and fun. Even though the surf was rough, the kids still enjoyed playing in the black sand. There is also a large grassy area on the other side of the restaurant, which on the day we were there, had a giant blow-up jumpy castle set up for a kids party! A great space. This was a great day out!

bali beach

 

Flabird Coffee Shop, Ubud

   Flabird Coffee Shop, UbudA new addition to the Ubud coffee scene is a little café on Jalan Dewi Sita.This quirky and colourful shop have a large range of coffees which they roast and grind themselves. You can buy some to take away or get them to make you a coffee using the drip filter technique.
Flabird Coffee Shop, UbudIncluded in their range is a selection of flavoured coffee, as well as local Luwak.
Flabird Coffee Shop, UbudThey have daily coffee specials for just 10000 Rp, so if you are lucky you can get a cheap cup of quality coffee.
Flabird Coffee Shop, Ubud

Sjaki-Tari-Us in Ubud Review

Sjaki-Tati-Us UbudSjaki-Tari-Us is hidden in the corner of the Ubud soccer field, just along from Tutmak, and the CP Lounge. There is a nice relaxed feel about this rather basic warung, but it has a great view overlooking the soccer field in town.

Sjaki-Tati-Us UbudThe food is not that great, they serve basic Indonesian meals, and some western dishes like sandwiches with a Balinese twist. We feel it is still worthwhile eating here as it supports an education program for mentally disabled children. Next to it there is a small shop selling goods made by the students at the centre.

We had chicken vegetable curry…

Sjaki-Tati-Us Ubudand babi kecap which was a bit soupy …

Sjaki-Tati-Us Ubud

Just next to the eating area there is a large open space which is the school’s activity area where the kids can play, including balls (sometimes) The little ones can also run about on the footy field, while you wait for your food.

Sjaki-Tati-Us Ubud

web: www.sjakitarius.nl

Murni’s Warung Ubud

Murni's Warung UbudMurni’s claims to be the first ever restaurant in Ubud. It was established in 1974, and is considered an institution, the place to go! It is located just before the bridge on the main road, as you head out of Ubud. As you enter the small underwhelming opening, you quickly realise the fantastic view that is hidden away, and from 4 different levels inside. The place is built on the side of the ravine and you can see the river below from some of the seating areas. One of the levels is a ‘lounge’ with a more relaxed feel. There is free WiFi, of course!

The staff are very friendly and chatty, and there is lots of art work and sculptures around, which links to the shop on the top floor. The shop sells an assortment of nic nacs, and is on both sides of the entrance.

The food we ordered included the Ayam Tutu. A very tasty chicken dish cooked for a long time with Balinese spices,  served with an urab salad and yellow rice on the side.

Murni's Warung Ubud

Murni’s fish with tuorto sauce. This was like a casserole of sorts, with a large fish, some veg and served with rice. GInger was the tasty hit I got straight up, but was also a little sweet and very yummy.

Murni's Warung UbudCame with a pretty rice

Murni's Warung Ubud
Big fat chunky wedges to share!

Murni's Warung Ubud
Pork spare ribs for olive. Quite nice ribs, tender and tasty, even though we asked for the spicy sauce to be in the side.

Murni's Warung Ubud
It also mentions on the menu that the service time may be slow because all the food is cooked fresh from scratch, but the food came out realtively quickly, no complaints from us. A lovely place to eat, even though it has slightly above-average prices, the quality was there.

 

Kopi on Bisma Review

Kopi on BismaKopi on Bisma is a cosy little café on Jalan Bisma in Ubud. It is located next door to Uma Pizza. We were just after a coffee, and that seems like what most of its business would be. The staff were friendly and polite, and there was no problem explaining that I wanted the coffee to take away. They even provided a nice carry bag.
Kopi on BismaThey had a good range of espresso coffee on the menu, plus desserts including the quality Gaya gelato. There is a villa (Villa on Bisma) behind the café. Our two café lattes were just 25.000 rp each (about $2.50).

D’Star Bar and Restaurant, Mas Ubud

D’Star restaurant and bar is located in Mas, about 5 minutes drive south of Ubud.

d'Star bar and restaurantWe went as it was Rob’s birthday. But there was another reason dragging us there… an online promotion through facebook. They have been quite marketing savvy in the aim to attract customers, and it worked!

d'star restaurant and barThe atmosphere was stunning, with a fabulous grassy area for kids to run around. There was a band playing some nice tunes, and an eclectic mix of metal artwork on display (some for sale), and fish ponds, and  other nic-nacs. There was a kid’s corner which the kids discovered later in the evening after a lot of outdoor play.

d'star restaurant and barWe ordered some cocktails for the birthday celebration, and milkshakes for the kids. Casper enjoyed his share in a tea-cup!

d'star restaurant and barWe ordered pizza for the kids, which was very nice.

d'star restaurant and bar Rob ordered the following, but we can’t recall what it was ?? d'star restaurant and barA sliced beef roll with some yummy chips.

d'star restaurant and bar…and a hot dog! Jetson obviously enjoyed this one.

d'star restaurant and barThe hospitality was absolutely wonderful. After chatting to the owner, I happened to mention that it was Rob’s birthday, so they thoughtfully brought over a piece of cake with a candle in it for Rob. It didn’t stop there either, the owner then ordered a drink from the bar, a spirit of some sort, plus a gorgeous wine for Clare.

A great experience on all accounts! We totally recommend this place.

Location: Jl. Raya Mas, Abianseka, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Web: www.dstarmas.com

Munchies Warung Ubud Review

This place is on the corner of Jalan Raya Ubud, and the street that we stayed on 3 years ago. Just west of town. We chose it today sa there was a large cremation ceremony of a member of the Balinese Royal family. So it was a sight to see the procession as it made its way along the street to the site of the burning.

I am not sure what the theme is supposed to be, its called Munchies and the sign is a rainbow coloured surfboard.

For drinks we had a Sangria, made from rice wine and fruit juices. The taste was very sweet, and rather palatable. With no power due to the parade there were no mixed juices, so Clare had a diet soft drink.

Rob’s standard Lumpia, were good, nothing fabulous, but tasty. Rob’s main meal was  steamed minced chicken with spices, sambal matah with rice. A very tasty dish

The beef Randang was average. The meat was tender but there was not enough depth of flavour in the sauce and there was not enough sauce. It was served with sayer urab, the vegetable and coconut

Sangria

La Taverna, Sanur

La Taverna (The Tavern) is an Italian Restaurant right on the beach in Sanur. There is an entry fee of 150,000 IDR (per adult) which you can claim back when ordering food and drinks, so in essence you only pay for what you consume.

La Taverna in SanurIt is set up with lounge chair shelters right in the sand with a beach view, at the front of the more structured seating of the restaurant. To the right is an old school pool which is part of the deal. So you can eat, swim, drink, relax and swim some more and take all day!

Being an Italian establishment, we ordered some coffee’s expecting quality and we weren’t disappointed! Small cups but bellisimo! The food from the menu was quite expensive, but the quality was great.

coffee at the beachA Nicoise salad with a small tuna steak and great tasting dressing was very fresh and delicious.

La Taverna in SanurThe pizza for Olive, was a very Italian style thin base with a great taste. She gobbled it up.

La Taverna in SanurAlso a spaghetti (which came as fettuccine) bolognaise, was a really rich and tasty sauce, for the boys.

La Taverna in SanurRob wasn’t feeling well so he just ate up the leftovers!

There was also an Indomart two doors up, so we could pop up there for a much cheaper can of drink, or whatever else you fancy!

The setting was fabulous and made it easy to relax. The kids had a great time, which was helped by the fact that there were other families from their school there. It is a regular weekly event for some. Not sure I would do it every week, but I could certainly think of worse things to do on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Location: Jl. Danau Tamblingan 29, Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

Clear Cafe, Ubud (closed)

Clare at Clear Cafe Ubud

Clear Cafe is no more. In November 2014 the Clear Cafe spectacularly burnt down, completely. The two storey restaurant was made mostly of bamboo, to fit with its natural earthy vibe. There was a lovely entrance with a giant fish pond in the middle before the stairs to the second floor.Thankfully no-one was hurt (except the fish), though in the aftermath it seems like many people were affected and very saddened by the demise of this Ubud yoga community institution

We sat upstairs and had to put up with a weird constant vibration. We should have moved, but for some reason stayed where we were. It probably was an indication of the building’s flimsy stability – I would not want to be caught upstairs in an emergency.

There was a very groovy and fairly extensive menu, all our meals were very good. They also had a long list of health drinks and tonics, for those having done a yoga class!

The blackened tuna with mashed potato, was great. A decent serving size, with a nice salad on the side.

Clear Cafe Ubud

The other main meal was a tuna salad with some fancy description, but it was delicious. Very tender tuna slices with a crunchy and quite different salad, with a fabulous tasty dressing. A great choice.

Clear Cafe Ubud

We ordered a side of sweet potato chips which was tiny and very average. For the price of a main meal at many other restaurants we expected a bit more than this (we had eaten a few before this photo was taken, but there were not many more than that), and served with tomato sauce – a bit pedestrian.

Clear Cafe Ubud

The meals were very nice (except the chips) and reasonably priced. The place had a nice vibe to it, probably because it was for the yoga crowd. We only had the chance to visit once. Maybe it will be rebuilt, hopefully better. Stay tuned.

Warung Siam on Gautama

Warung Siam located on Jalan Gautama, sits among a host of other restaurants on this very popular and busy street.

It is a small Thai food warung with only a few tables as well as some seating on the street front. The staff were very friendly and accommodating.

For entrée we ordered Thai fish cakes, and some fresh rice paper rolls. Neither of these were stand out fabulous, but were quite nice. The rice paper rolls, were a little bland and fell apart because they were served cut in half! Admittedly it looked nice, but it became quite hard to eat. 

warung siam

Rice paper rollswarung siam

Robs main meal was a chicken mince dish, like a ‘Laap’. This was really tasty, and classic Thai.

warung siam

Clare’s dish was a baked red curry with prawns. This was not what we expected at all. The curry sauce had egg added and baked in the oven, like custard, which created a very unusual texture which didn’t suit the taste of the dish for me. I think I am just used to saucy curries! Once you get past the weird texture, the taste was actually quite nice! There were only a few small prawns, which had the tail still on, which again made the dish difficult to eat. 

warung siam

Both mains were served with a side salad of lightly pickled vegetables, which was a similar dressing to a green pawpaw salad. Very nice.

This was a pretty cheap meal, but generally of a pretty good quality. All this with a large Bintang was 180,000 Rp (about $18).

Address: No. 7 Jl. Gautama, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia