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.
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.
Jalan Raya, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Phone: +62 (0) 361 977169
Opening Hours: 9:00 am – midnight daily
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!