Bali is seldom known as a foodie destination but I did discover several gems of cafes and restaurants in the inland Ubud area. Here are three highlights.
Breakfast and Brunch
Lazy Cats Cafe
Lazy Cats Café appears to have been transported by a time machine into Ubud. It would not look out of place in any big European city with its retro touch of a modern industrial deco. I see it as a place for breakfast or brunch. Bali is apparently famous for its Smoothie bowls and according to my friends, the best are to be found in Ubud. Indeed, my green smoothie bowl served with fresh fruits, coconut and seeds was simply delicious. My friends enjoyed an omelette on toast and a granola bowl. What’s a café without good coffee? Here they even offer different milk options (including soya and coconut-almond) for your latte or cappuccino.
One morning, I absolutely wanted an Açai smoothie bowl for breakfast at the Watercress café but they ran out of it that day. Nevertheless, I still had their “regular” Açai moothie to go with a soya milk cappuccino. I nibbled at my friends’ orders of granola bowl and egg Benedict on quinoa and mixed-leaves salad.
Lunch or Dinner
Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck) Diner, is a beautiful and relaxing place to savour the famous Balinese smoked duck. You can also find a variety of other duck dishes in their menu – from crispy fried duck, duck dumpling to spicy duck. For an enhanced experience, try to reserve a “table” in one of their traditional bamboo pavilions where you sit on cushions, or a table in the day time looking over the rice fields.