We travelled to Bali in January 2014 following a rather expensive 8 weeks in Australia. After a few days in the hustle and bustle of Kuta we caught a boat to Gili Trawangen, which despite its tiny size, is still very much a party island, so we were looking forward to a few days relaxing in the much calmer Ubud.
As well as being stunningly beautiful with thick greenery lining the streets, Ubud is a fantastic location for food. Now I love my food, all types included; from up market gourmet dining experiences to simple street food and Ubud did not disappoint!
One restaurant that is definitely worth a visit is the centrally located Locavore on Jalan Dewi Sita. Run by two chefs one Indonesian and one hailing from Europe, Lovacore serves contemporary European cuisine strictly sourced from local ingredients… “We started working together in Jakarta over five years ago and gradually came to see that it just didn’t make sense to cook with imported ingredients when we were surrounded by Indonesia’s bounty”.
The prices at Locavore are slightly higher than traditional Balinese restaurants but a visit to Locavore is well worth the money and in my opinion the food stands up to any served in a high quality western eatery. In addition to the beautiful food the service was impeccable. If you’re planning a visit to Ubud make sure a trip to Locavore is on your to do list!
We visited Jandela House on our first evening is Ubud as it was just down the road from our pretty guest house Omah d’Taman on Jalan Sriwendari 5, about 15 minutes walk from the main centre of Ubud. Jandela House is a relatively new restaurant in Ubud, never the less it has racked up an impressive number of reviews on Trip Advisor . The restaurant has a charming rustic feel to it and alongside the greenery of Ubud is a lovely place to enjoy an evening. The food is described as European Fusion but definitely has a strong French influence. As well as tasting great the food is also presented beautifully and was served by very attentive and friendly staff. As with Locavore, Jandela House is a little more expensive than some of the more traditional restaurants in Ubud but again it’s well worth the money.
Fair Warung Bali
We spent our last night in Ubud at the Fair Warung and after reading so many amazing reviews it did not disappoint. Located across the road from Jandela House, on Jalan Sriwendari 5, the Fair Warung offers a very different food experience from the restaurants mentioned above but continues in their stead of serving fantastic quality dishes albeit at a much lower price.
One of the best aspects of the Fair Warung is that you can enjoy a wonderful evening of great food in a lovely setting whilst also supporting a good cause.
Run and co founded by Swiss born Alexandre Wettstein, 100% off the profits raised from the Fair Warung Bali go to supporting the Fair Future Foundation which works to provide free healthcare for the Balinese people.
The Fair Warung has a great ambience with the restaurant split into different sections with different types of seating. We were seated in a nice private part that was set back from the main restaurant, where we sat on cushions on the floor in traditional Balinese style. As well as much of the seating the food is also traditional Balinese and although the menu is small the food is simply awesome. The staff work from a tiny open kitchen which only adds to the atmosphere of the Warung. Co Founder Alex came and spoke to us in between courses to ask how our food was, recommend some home-made deserts and tell us a bit more about the Fair Future Foundation. Before you leave the Warung you can sign a pebble to add to the many hundreds of messages previous travellers had left, these are dotted around the Warung and only add to its character.
We had a wonderful evening at the Fair Warung it is such a friendly and welcoming place and was brilliant way to spend out last night in Ubud.