10 places to eat in Ubud

Food, an essential component in our lives and especially so when we travel to far away places, we want to eat the best and not waste those calories on food that don’t taste good. In Ubud, there are a vast range of quality fresh food and many at affordable prices. From Warungs to cafes to restaurants we tried our best to stuff as much as our stomachs could possibly hold and here are the 10 places we ate in Ubud.

1. Nomad

Located right along the main road of Jalan Raya, this two story cafe is hard to miss. One peek inside this cafe, you will see that it is filled with expats. We just arrived at Ubud, it was late and feeling too tired to explore, we decided to settle at this cafe.

Nomad offers modern asian and western cuisine with a touch of Balinese flavours. The food served here was average, service was average as well. It is a place where you can sit and watch the traffic go by.

IMAG0532 copy_Fotor

IMAG0533 copy_Fotor

IMAG0534 copy_Fotor

Jalan Raya, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (0) 361 977169
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – midnight daily
Website: http://www.nomad-bali.com

2. Warung Ijo

Simply delicious, prices here are easy on the pocket. Service here is fantastic. Located at the main road at Jalan Raya, we satisfied our late night hunger pangs with the chicken soup and quenched our thirst with watermelon, soursop and aloe vera drink.

IMG_0333 copy_Fotor

IMG_0328 copy_Fotor

Jalan Raya Ubud, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

3. Ninami Japanese Restaurant

This place is a hidden gem. Thankfully we didn’t give up our find and our patience has rewarded us we great quality Japanese food. The front is a bar concept and as we are led further it looks just like a page torn out from a wedding magazine. We arrived around 4pm and happy to note that there weren’t anyone here. Loving the attention, we order the 8 course set menu which came with appetizer, main and dessert. Food is served in a fine dining fashion and portion. Food served is so fresh it is simply amazing. This is a place not to be missed!


IMG_0321 copy_Fotor

IMG_0320 copy_Fotor

IMG_0290 copy_Fotor

IMG_0294 copy_Fotor

IMG_0299 copy_Fotor

IMG_0303 copy_Fotor

IMG_0293 copy_Fotor

IMAG0558 copy_Fotor

IMG_0316 copy_Fotor

IMG_0315 copy_Fotor

IMG_0313 copy_Fotor

IMG_0307 copy_Fotor

IMG_0306 copy_Fotor

IMG_0305 copy_Fotor

IMAG0545 copy_Fotor

IMAG0546 copy_Fotor

IMG_0317 copy_Fotor

IMG_0318 copy_Fotor

JL Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia (next to Naughty Nuri’s)

4. Naughty Nuri’s Warung

At 7pm, this warung is hot and jammed packed with customers and the whole shop was filled with BBQ smoke. We were waiting for a seat, feeling stuffy and hot, we wondered if it was worth waiting for a seat in this intoxicating heat. When we finally got a seat, we happily looked through the menu.

Famous for its BBQ spare ribs, we ordered a plate to try, feeling peckish we ordered the bbq chicken. Like any other tasty meat, we figured it is best to drown our food with fizzy drink. Many tables were seen with Bintang beer. When the ribs came, it was bigger than expected and very well marinated with spices and honey. There was no ‘porky’ taste when we were afraid of and the meat was soft and tender. for the first time, we preferred the pork dish more than the chicken! Chicken was nice too, it was soft and tender and flaky to the touch. No wonder people brave the smoke to eat at Naughty Nuri’s!

IMG_0524 copy_Fotor

IMG_0526 copy_Fotor

IMG_0517 copy_Fotor

IMG_0519 copy_Fotor

IMG_0521 copy_Fotor

Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia

5. Bebek Bengil Dirty Duck Diner

This restaurant is set right next to the rice padi fields and it is filled with tourist. It has hands down the crispiest duck i have ever tried, it is also the driest. Upon sinking our knife and fork through the dry duck, the only satisfying portion of the duck was the crispy skin near the bones. The duck set meal came with a choice of the rice or potatoes. Potatoes were tasteless. We expected more since there were raved reviews from the internet and our friends. Service staff were not genuinely friendly.

If you don’t like dry duck, you won’t want to try the chicken.

IMG_0417 copy_Fotor

IMG_0423 copy_Fotor

IMG_0425 copy_Fotor

IMG_0431 copy_Fotor

IMG_0433 copy_Fotor

IMG_0434 copy_Fotor

Jalan Hanoman | Padang Tegal, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

6. Babi Guling Ibu Oka

Like the Dirty Duck Diner, this place is famous with the tourist. Deep-fried pig skin is the favourite here and you can imagine our disappointment when we were told that the pig skin (dish by itself) was not available, what? this means we could only order the meal which was mixed with Babi Guling, gorengan and pork sausage. There were only 2 small slices of pig skin in the dish… and no we were not there late, we arrived at 11.30am.

Despite all the hype on this, the pig skin was really just average and if you must sink you teeth into the pig skin since it is highly raved (just like the dirty duck diner), i would suggest to just order one dish and share among the rest of your friends. Your stomach will thank you for it.

IMG_0467 copy_Fotor

IMG_0466 copy_Fotor

IMG_0468 copy_Fotor

Jl. Suweta/Tegal Sari no. 2, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia (near Ubud Palace)

7. Pondok Buay Warung

Smack in the middle of paddy fields, this warung was an unplanned stop over for breakfast. Our intended destination was to Sari Organic but we were running late and walked several miles but still no sign of Sari Organik. Disappointed, we settled for Pondok Buay Warung, which we was along the way. Nice scenic view is what this place has to offer. Peaceful serenity and beautiful greenery made this place a peaceful oasis. Too bad the food pale in comparison

IMG_0542 copy_Fotor

IMG_0544 copy_Fotor

IMG_0547 copy_Fotor

IMG_0548 copy_Fotor

IMG_0550 copy_Fotor

IMG_0551 copy_Fotor

IMG_0552 copy_Fotor

IMG_0554 copy_Fotor

8. Cafe Wayan & Bakery

A quick stop here quenched our thirst for cocktails. Unfortunately we were too stuffed to try their food offerings. Nice ambiance and good cocktails.

IMAG0568 copy_Fotor

Monkey Forest Road, Ubud

9. Street food @ Sukawati Art Market

At Sukawati, the shopping is great but the street food is only average, good enough to fill your tummy but not good enough to get you going for the second round. After putting those bargaining skills to the test, its nice to sit down in a stall to satisfy your hungry and quench your thirst heading back to Ubud central.IMG_0343 copy_Fotor

IMG_0344 copy_Fotor

IMG_0345 copy_Fotor

IMG_0346 copy_Fotor

10. Gelato Sweets

This is for all the sweet tooth out there, we enjoyed the coconut, rum & raisin and rose petal flavoured gelatos. Unfortunately, my go-to flavour, pistachio, didn’t quite make the cut as it tasted grainy and course. The more scoops you order, the lower the price so order on!

IMG_0331 copy_Fotor

IMG_0330 copy_FotorAddress: Opposite Warung Ijo


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s