The Elephant is located on Jalan Raya Sanggingan, in front of Hotel Taman Indrakila, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. It is a vegetarian restaurant, but don’t let that put you off, as the menu is very interesting. The place has a really nice feel to it, with an outlook to die for, literally if you lean over too far… its long way down.
The ain options are salad bowls, with an amazing array of different combinations of delicious sounding salad mixes. It was a difficult decision to make. It wasn’t disappointing either, coming in a very good serve size with a scrumptious dressing. The image below was not the salad, but the pasta dish we also ordered, of which we can’t really remember much about it, except that it tasted great! Sorry.
The view..much better during the day time, as you can see more, but this evening shot gives you an idea of the scenery. You oversea the champuan ridge, which is a lovely walk through the greenery just outside of Ubud town.
Siti’s Warung Little India is hidden away on Jl Sukma. For those in the know, here you can find authentic home cooked Indian food.
We decided to sit out front under the gorgeous fairly lights, however there is also seating inside which seems very attractive in an Indian style.
We could not go here without trying Ibu Siti’s famous samosas. They are vegetarian potato samosas with mint and tamarind chutneys. These were just perfectly balanced in flavour, and the sauce was a lovely accompaniment.
The best way to sample an Indian restaurant is to have a Thali, which is a set meal including samosas, dal, cucumber raita, rice and naan bread, Indian pickle, chutney, with a veg and non-veg main. Served in a Balinese style on a banana leaf with a tower of rice, all the elements were really good.
We also ordered an eggplant dip with naan, and it looks like Clare is enjoying this. Got to love a bit of eggplant cooked to perfection with some robust Indian spices. Hmmhmm.
This place is small but ambient, and the food is of a high standard, without the typical high prices of many Indian restaurants. Worth trying.
We ate here for a special lunch date (sans kids) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is the sister restaurant of the reputable Mam San and Sarong in Seminyak, and the menu here certainly delivers a taste of what the food is like at these more well established eateries. Hujan means rain in Indonesian. So Local Rain is where we ate.
The drinks list is very interesting, and this beetroot concoction was rather tasty, non-alcoholic, however there were also drinks of this variety available.
The Bucket of Thai fish balls didn’t disappoint, with a decent serving, delicious taste, lovely dipping sauce, and served with some crispy fried herb leaves.
Salt and Pepper squid, nicely seasoned on a bed of iceberg lettuce. Very tender.
Chicken laap, is a Laon dish of minced meat with an amazing depth of flavour, served in a bowl with lettuce leaves, I think designed to be small cups to wrap the meat in, which is what we did. This dish rarely disappoints, and Hujan have done it justice.
The (dry) Rendang curry with a fried egg, was a very interesting choice. I am a huge rendang fan, and will order it when I think the restaurant will do a good job (it can often be average in Bali!). This was explained to be a dry curry, and not the usual rich sauce that the dish usually comes like. So I though I would try it regardless. well it was dry but very oily – if that’s possible – it was possibly twice cooked, braised, then shredded and deep fried, which created the oiliness. The egg didn’t add much to the dish for me and I’m not sure why it was there, as the meal itself would have been good without it. The taste of the curry was good, even though the texture was a little different.
This restaurant experience was great, and lived up to my expectation, even though they possibly have to sort out some ‘teething’ problems as all new restaurants do. I am excited to come back and try some more delicacies from the extensive and yummy sounding menu.
OPEN 12NOON – 3PM
AND 6PM – 11PM
JALAN SRI WEDARI 5,
0361 849 3092
Taco Casa is the best Mexican restaurant in Ubud, possibly even in Bali (only in comparison to a few others), but there are limited options here for Mexican and this is a great restaurant!
It is located on Jalan Pengosekan, right on the bend going into town. There is a small amount of parking out the front, otherwise there is a laneway with ample parking across the road and 20m further from town.
The restaurant is efficiently run, with loads of attentive and friendly staff, and a great system in the kitchen that works well, as you always get your food in a timely manner. On top of all that the food is delicious.
Above is the salad bowl, which has an amazing mix of delicious Mexican ingredients, like avocado, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, corn, capsicum, your choice of meat, and a fabulous dressing, served in a crunchy crispy baked tortilla – which you can eat. There is another salad worth mentioning, the Fiesta, which has similar ingredients, (slightly different) and comes in a regular bowl with a few corn chips in it. That one is my favourite. Below is delight for the kids, MYO taco’s. Choose your ingredients off the list, then they all come separate for you to make yourself, the kids love it and they can choose what goes in them, so much fun! The shells and corn chips are all home made, and are really rustic and good.
The other favourite dish (Rob’s) is the burrito. A giant soft flour tortilla encasing some meat (of your choice), rice, beans, cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato, and maybe some other bits, with sauce. Spicy or not! Yummbo!
The kids other popular meal is the quesadilla, or the flat bread toasted sandwich I like to call it. several different fillings, served with guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. Always gobbled up quickly.
This place is a really fresh tasty Mexican restaurant, not the typical cheesy oily mass produced fare you sometimes get with Mexican. And all at a reasonable price. Gotta love it. I’m salivating thinking about it now!
Asian Prophecy is a cafe on the busy Jalan Raya Pengosekan, on the opposite corner to the gas/petrol station.
They serve illy coffee, which is usually a good option, served very hot this time, just how I like it. I also could not resist a donut, as you could tell by the photo. Unfortunately it was not baked today, something you can’t tell by looking and you can’t always expect in Bali.
I have been here before, and has a good meal too, they make some good wraps and burgers.
The modern indoor and outdoor eating area is OK as long as you ignore the road noise.
Warung Schnitzel is located on Jalan Sriwedari, only 20 meters north off Jalan Raya Ubud. It was a place we had passed may times before, but were reluctant to visit as eating schnitzels in Bali just did not seem right. When we finally decided to go, for a birthday celebration, we were very impressed.
The restaurant spans over three levels. So lots of stairs if you choose the top level, but worth it for the air space, comfy seats and the view.
The dining experience included a free snack of battered and deep fried leaves, not sure the variety but they were very nice, even the kids ate some of the ‘green stuff’.
Of course their specialty schnitzels are pretty good, and not the typical poor quality western dish that we see in Bali. One schnitzel fed the 3 kids quite well, it was served with mash potato, and it was pretty good mash too.
This was a delicious beef stir fry with capsicum, and from memory, ginger. Really good choice, even though it was a tad small.
Being a birthday celebration, we ordered some yummy desserts. This cheesecake with ice-cream and passion fruit coulis was so creamy and delicious. I would go back there just for the dessert!
The Blue Star Cafe and Bungalows, located along the shores of Jemeluk Bali in Amed, in the north-east of Bali. It is next door to Ombak Restaurant, sharing views over the bay. The restaurant is a step off the beach, and we took up half the place with my brother and his kids.
With 9 of us there, we tried a lot of different food. Starting with a mushroom bruschetta, which was a little like a pizza, having a sauce base, fresh tomato, champingons and melted cheese. The bread was more westernised than the usual sweet Asian style, and was very think sliced and filling.
The pizza was alright, personal sized, but a little heavy handed on the sauce. And only the cheese was melted, other ingredients were raw, including the onion.
The pasta marinara, was very tasty with a rich tomato sauce.
The chicken curry my brother ordered was very nice according to him, but he ordered it with potatoes instead of rice. Big mistake, as the potatoes were a creamy bake of some sort, so he had to order plain rice also, which just gave him more food than he could manage to eat!!
The sandwich was good, with nice bread as described above. All meals came with a small serve of pickled cucumber, carrot and pineapple. This was quite a refreshing addition to the meal.
The satay ikan lilit (minced fish with spices) was delicious. Best dish of the night. Tasty satay, served with my favourite urab vegetables (cooked with grated coconut). Not a bad night at this restaurant, however certain aspects were a little disappointing. The service was not at all friendly, which is unusual for Bali. Although the location is idyllic!
Warung Bali Balo is located on the busy Jl Raya Nyuh Kuning. There is a small amount of parking to the side of the entrance for a bike or car.
It is a cosy place, nestled into the front of a family compound. Budhi has good English and his mum (I think) does the cooking. The set up is actually quite thoughtful, even though it seems basic, there is some very nice art work on the walls.
There is the usual array of drinks, nothing out of the ordinary. We had some mango juice and a fresh coconut.
I wasn’t feeling that hungry, but the serves were substantial, and in the end I was totally full. We ordered steamed greens which came with a satay sauce. Although you can order a number of sauces with any of your meals, from satay, sambal, tomato, sweet chili, fresh spicy…
The pork sates were tender and the sauce was yummy.
A slight difference with lilit sate being served with the fried rice. Rob really enjoyed this rice dish, it was better than average.
Ikan pepes, minced fish cooked in banana leaf, was a very decent serve, and also very tasty.
Cassava Rice (Tipat), which is plain rice cooked with small cubes of cassava, just for something different.
The food and service was all good, large serves for a very reasonable price. The setting is nice, although a bit noisy next to the busy road, but we’ll definitely come back again!
The ambiance of the ARMA café is very nice. It is the most causal of the eateries at the ARMA museum and hotel complex, situated road side on the bend in Jalan Raya Pengosekan.
The standout menu item for Rob was the Balinese Pizza – combining Balinese flavours and of course pizza. The toppings included mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken, lemongrass, chili, kafir lime leaf, which sounded great. In reality it was a very average pizza. It did not fit the description at all, turning up with very little chicken and a heap of finely cooked vegetables, with very little of what we would call Balinese flavour, hardly any spiciness.
Another dish which sounded great, but more closely matched our expectation was the lawar dish, a type of Balinese salad usually served on special occasions. This dish, Lawar Pakis Dan Papaya, was described with ‘fern and paw paw’. It came with minced chicken and grilled grated coconut, mixed with Balinese spices, and served with a large cracker. There was no sign of the paw paw? But the dish tasted lovely.
Bregedel jagung Dan kentang (corn and potato patties), these were also very average, lacking in any flavour at all. Even the kids didn’t like them!
Chicken wings; we asked for these not spicy as they were for our daughter Olive, but they were almost the spiciest dish we got! Olive was a trooper and ate them all up.
Clare’s main choice was Nasi campur bumbu desa, this dish came with saté ayam and saté lillit, vegetables, chicken with a coconut curry sauce, grilled tuna with Balinese sauce of matah, and rice. A very nice balanced and tasty meal. The best of the lot.
The restaurant is in a great location, has a very nice ambiance, but unfortunately the food was not up to scratch.
Cafe Garam is in Hotel Uyah Amed Spa & Resort, Amed, Abang, Bali. As we were driving through Amed this seemed like a pleasant place to stop. Once we saw the grass, the pool table and table tennis table, we knew the kids would like it here.
It had been too many days without a good coffee, so we were very glad to see they made a nice espresso coffee here.
The food was of very high quality, given the area it is in. There is not a lot of western or higher end options around Amed. The chicken wings were a good non-spicy option for the kids, with a lovely little salad on the side.
They have a rather unusual interpretation of bruschetta here, with the description not matching the product. On saying that the taste of the trio was quite nice. One was fried mushroom, one was basil pesto (a little dry), the last The bread was not the typical sweet white Asian bread, which was nice for a change!
A chicken and salad baguette, would have been great, if they hadn’t smothered it at both ends with mayonnaise. They seem to love mayo here in Bali, or they think that westerners love it??
Overall this was a nice experience, where the kids could play while waiting. They also discovered a giant chess set which occupied them for some time too. The food overall was very good, but maybe a few minor adjustments.
Location: Near the start of the Amed strip along the coast. Paired with a lovely resort with lots of grassy space and ocean views.