So I am back from a whirlwind three weeks in Indonesia, it was perfect and I fell more in love with the country than I ever imagined, I also cannot wait to share it all with you. Not so surprisingly Ubud took a big part of my heart, the numerous intricate temples and the chilled out vibes gave me strong reminders of Chiang Mai, Thailand and despite the many tourists it did not feel tainted by tourism as I, unfortunately, felt with Seminyak.
While I may not have practiced yoga daily and perfected my downward dog (2017, this will become a thing!) or “found myself” like Liz Gilbert of Eat Pray Love, I did find some brilliant places to eat and had some fantastic meals. Indonesia, in general, was incredibly easy to find a wide range of vegetarian food, but Ubud, in particular, I was spoilt for choice, with tofu and tempeh (Soybean) being a staple in most restaurants.
L.O.L Bar & Restaurant
Jl Wanara Wana, 80571 Ubud, Indonesia
This place is actually a rock bar, but if you head down early evening they serve a really great dinner for a decent price alongside cheap beer and some nostalgic music. It was here that I first tried Gado Gado which soon become a frequent meal for me in Indonesia.
Jl Raya Ubud, Indonesia
Located by the Nuza Hostel, this open plan restaurant is a great place to sit and people watch. Serving both Indonesian and western food, they have a wide range of vegetarian choices, I personally recommend the Tempeh Kecap, if like me, you are a fan of garlic, you will adore this dish, it was my favourite meal I had on our whole trip!
Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud No.108, Ubud
We all know I have a pretty sweet tooth, and thankfully Ubud did not disappoint on the dessert front, in particular in the form of crepes. Le Moulin serves sweet and savoury crepes along with fresh smoothies and milkshakes, perfect for an afternoon pick me up.
Jl. Goutama No. 13, Padangtegal Kaja, Ubud
Every time we walked by Biah Biah it was packed and when we finally went to eat there, it was packed, for me, this is a sign of great food. Serving traditional fresh Indonesian food, it is suggested to buy a variety of smaller plates to sample more dishes, tapas style. Biah Biah was filled with locals (another sign of good food!) and tourists alike, all enjoying spice enriched food with local beers for a brilliant price.
Lake View Restaurant
JL. Raya Penelokan, Kintamani, Sukawana
One of the top things I did in Indonesia was hike Mt Batur at sunrise (full post coming soon) after the trek we were rewarded with breakfast at Lake View. The restaurant itself serves a mediocre buffet but what makes Lake View a place to visit is the view, breakfast is served on the terrace that overlooks Lake Batur and the volcano of the same name, it is honestly a view that just takes your breath away.
Ubud is filled with places to dine, from smoothie bowls for those on a health kick, to laid back, chain coffee houses, to tucked away family businesses serving traditional recipes passed down through generations, Ubud caters for all and it does it very well. Be brave with your choices, I am sure they will not disappoint.