The hubs and I went to Bali earlier this year, to attend our friends’ wedding. Our first couple trip, after more than five years! *cue resounding cheers*
One of the highlights of Bali for us, was certainly the many great eats it offers.
Kerobokan Kelod, Kerobokan
|Quite touristy, but oh-so-good|
Monkey Forest Street
The founder of this place was an amazing lady, who singlehandedly brought up six young children after her husband died, just by running her little eatery.
Now it has expanded to this sprawling posh place, with food of superb quality, yet at prices that seem almost ridiculous.
The hubs had great steak, I had delicious seafood, and the icing on the cake was the herbal ginger lemongrass Ubud tea that hit all the right notes with me.
Fair Warung Bale
|Fair Warung Bale|
Jalan Kediri No. 2, Tuban (Denpasar)
This was a pleasant gem that our driver brought us to, when we asked if we could stop for lunch after arriving, en route to our hotel. Located near the airport, its spacious and pleasant premises made for a wonderful first rest stop.
|Pleasant Indon environs|
|A feast – spot the flying gurame|
The food was delicious and extremely affordable. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a quick bite of delicious Nasi Padang and Flying Gurame, before or after a flight. The sambal chili and sweet chili was delectable too. Yums.
|Famous eats (top row – Ibu Oka, the rest as their shop signs indicate, bottom right corner – Indus Restaurant)|
Ibu Oka (Ubud, opposite Palace)
Jalan Suweta/Tegal Sari No. 2
Very informal coffeeshop setting. A steady stream of customers, mostly tourists. We felt it was over-rated, but perhaps authentic in the sense that this is what locals are used to?If you are in Ubud for a day trip, and only have one meal to eat there, don’t make it the pork crackling rice served here.
800 m up into the rice fields of Subak Sok-Wayah
We trekked through the rice padi fields (20 mins to reach this spot) but continued straight on, cos we were there for the trek, not for the eatery. Hardcore outdoorsy types, I know! A fellow trekker, a tall, barefoot (respect!!) and very lithe Caucasian lady in a sarong skirt strode past us and stopped there. (Organic food must give you wings.)
We didn’t eat there, having had our fill of crispy duck earlier in the trip. It’s another dish that Ubud is famous for, but apparently standards have dropped.
Jalan Raya Sanggingan
We ate there, mostly because our driver recommended it. And in turn, he probably did so cos they have a nice lounge for drivers, and he probably got a free meal thrown in. The restaurant itself was not too bad – great view of the hills (and supposedly the river far below), and decent food. But not a place that I’d particularly make a point to go back to.
This post turned out to be longer than expected! Hope you found it useful, if not interesting at least, to trawl through. 🙂