The Ubud food scene can be overwhelming if you go in blind. There are so many markets, and restaurants to choose from it can be hard to vet through the good and the bad. So where to eat in Ubud with endless possibilities? Some places can blow your budget, some can give you Bali-belly and some are just too good to miss. Today we are going to share our experiences with the culinary world in Ubud.
Vetting through restaurants
Your first step is to check out the menus on the side of the road and find out if you like anything on the menu. If you don’t, just head up the road to the next one until you find something you like. Don’t worry there are plenty of options.
The second step is to check out the prices. Just because it seems cheap doesn’t mean it is. If you have figured out the conversion rate for your currency to the Indonesian rupiah great, if not, use a currency converter app to help you figure it out.
On the condition that all is well, check and see if there are any other people in the restaurant. You should consider if it’s dinner time and there isn’t a single person in the restaurant but all the surrounding ones are full there is probably a reason for that. There are plenty of nice places to eat in Ubud you can give it a miss.
Trust your gut. If it seems dodgy or looks dirty, just skip it. The menu could look amazing, but is Bali belly worth it?
Where we ate
The Monkey Legend
We didn’t exactly eat here, but we stopped in for some cold drinks and checked out the menu. It looked pretty good, and the local expats were raving about it, so it makes the cut.
Located directly across the road from the entrance to the monkey forest habitat is a gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly option for breakfast and lunch. Our first experience there was brilliant, the food is great and the location is ideal to watch the monkeys while you eat. Unfortunately, the second time we went, our server overcharged us and refused to rectify the bill. To our horror, he did it to another couple while we were there as well and also refused to rectify their bill. We won’t be returning after this stunt but the food was good.
We recommend the Duo Avocado on Toast, which is avocado toast with smoked salmon and feta on one piece of bread and poached egg with hollandaise and roasted tomato on the other. OR the eggs Benedict.
Cinta doesn’t have a large menu, but it was difficult choosing between all the mouth-watering options available. The restaurant has a chilled out vibe and the décor is incredible. We went for breakfast and it felt like a holiday all on its own. Their iced cappuccino and fresh orange juice were sensational. The portions are generous and the price can’t be beaten. If you are looking for a nice place to eat in Ubud city centre definitely pop into Cinta.
We recommend the raspberry ricotta pancakes with honeycomb butter or the eggs benedict
(are you noticing a theme with Matty's breakfast choices yet?).
This cool upstairs restaurant had some great Italian options. You don’t go to Mozzarella for the presentation you go for the flavour. Our meals blew us away with each bite. How they can make a simple dish so delicious I will never know. Serve time was very quick and the cocktails were great (and reasonably priced over happy hour).
If you’re looking for some casual drinks and some tasty sides to settle the stomach, this is the place to go. The entrance is hidden away on a side alley but it is impossible to miss from the main street as the music can be heard in Singapore! Good vibes and a very sociable abode for all travellers.
We recommend the roasted vegetable stuffed potato skins with a whisky sorbet cocktail!
The Melting Pot
One of the only bars in Ubud that shows the football the melting pot is a Saloon in Bali and honestly, it’s just a great vibe. The music is good, they are open late (2 am) and there is plenty to do. We played darts (I kicked Matty’s ass) but there were also pool tables and arcade games. There are plenty of drink options, although they are a little pricey but the food was great. The Tex Mex menu not only catered to typical meat-lovers but also had a variety of vegetarian options. They also have a bar dog named Gordon who was quite sweet.
We recommend the mac & cheese or the chicken quesadillas.
Located central to everything and in the shade, this place is a great lunch spot. There was an extensive cocktail menu, although the drinks were quite sweet and cost more than most places in the area. Anumana also caters to raw vegan diets, which was quite nice to see. Being so close to the monkey forest we also got to experience a parade of people going to worship at the temple. It was incredible.
We recommend the burgers. I had the veggie burger and Matty had a beef burger and they
were both incredible.
We couldn’t draft up a whole list of restaurants in Bali without giving the famous Warung Karung mention. Well known for being the cheapest eats in Bali, it definitely lives up to its reputation. With meals from as little as $2, do not expect a 5-star dish. Stick to the local Balinese food on the menu. It isn’t for everyone but it’s perfect for you budget backpackers who don’t want to splash the cash.
Barkin’ Puppies was attached to the resort we stayed in, so it was convenient. It was also very affordable. The drinks were great, but we didn’t love the food. We tried a few things but they just weren’t for us. Luckily, there were so many amazing places to eat in Ubud so we weren’t restricted to the resort’s cuisine.
Uno Ristorante Italiano
We stumbled across Uno while we were out exploring one afternoon. It was delicious. The customer service was impeccable and it was affordable. Matty had a steak and I had pasta. The vibe in the restaurant was cool and the décor fit the Italian theme.
L’Osteria was by far our favourite restaurant. We tried many things and continuously went back. The pizza was to die for, the pasta was made fresh with a flavourful explosion and the mimosas were perfect. L’Osteria is run by a bunch of Italians and honestly, it just felt incredible being there. Every time we returned the staff remembered us and treated us like family. The whole restaurant is a social media moment. It’s stunning.
Check out their Instagram!
We hope our experiences can help you navigate through the ample options available to you. We tried to eat somewhere new for every meal. One thing we will say is it was much easier for me, being a vegetarian, to find meals that I loved than it was for Matty being a carnivore.
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