August 1, 2018


Warung Enak, on Jln Pengosekan, Peliatan, south of Ubud, is one of Ball’s better Indonesian restaurants. Their Rijttstafel is definitely the best, served in sections so that all dishes can be eaten whilst still hot unlike the usual all-at-once style.. They also offer a smaller, half RIjsttafel but that must be ordered by a minimum of two persons My favourite meal at Enak is definitely their Chickem Mango.It is a breast of chicken, folded and stuffed with puree of mango, crumbed and pan-fried. The sauce a soft turmeric curry in coconut milk, it is cleverly placed in the bottom of the plate before adding 3 ‘logs’ of deep-fried zucchini [which I had thought sounded very boring but proved to be a clever, integral part of the dish]. The chicken sits on the zucchini and so it keeps nice and crunchy for you to then cut and dip in the sauce as you wish [pictured]. Other favourites here are often the simple dishes such as their perfect Bergedel Jagung [corn fritters], I like them with a little sambal ulek on top. Warung Enak offers many vegetarian dishes even a Vegetarian Nasi Campur as well as the usual non-vegetarian one. Plus old favourites such as Ayam Madu [chicken in honey], Gulai Kambing [lamb in coconut curry] and Babi Kecap [pork with sweet soy]. Quality dining, great value.

Warung Papa Pizza is Sanur’s secret pizza location, hidden away on a small street, Jln. Pungutan. The Spicy Chicken pizza is all the rage. They even have dessert pizzas, such as the Pineapple and palm sugar. Also a menu of standard local dishes, all well prepared. It is a relaxing little place, very friendly.

Daily Baguette has long been the choice of the local French community for croissants in Ubud, their location on Jln. Raya Ubud the only drawback with zero parking for cars in the immediate area. They have now solved that problem by opening a 2nd outlet, at The Pond, Jln. Pengisekan, Peliatan. They offer a full range of breads and pastries, their mini pastries very popular. At this stage there is no hands-on preparation here just product for sale from the main shop. The PelIatan Croissant war is hotting up. Originally Kakiang had it all then Monsieur Spoon arrived, now Daily Baguette as well. At least that should solve our constant lack of supply during high seasons in this area.

Gong is the traditional Balinese restaurant at The Kayumanis Resort Sanur, Jln. Tirta Arkasa..,they offer a Balinese version of the traditional Dutch inspired Rijsttafel as well as an a la carte selection of classic Balinese dishes

Mozaic the Ubud flag bearer for culinary excellence now has a limited lunch time opening, only from Thursdays to Sundays, 12.00 to 2.00 p.m. It is a Chef’s Table and is held in the air-conditioned The Workshop at the rear of the property. Prior Reservations are advisable. Watch the chef work and discuss the food with the chef as you enjoy.

Atlas Kitchen & Coffee may be hard to find but it is worth the effort. Sitiayrd in a small gang by Gourmet Café, Gang Kecapi, Off Petitenget. They serve a variety of food from SE Asia but it is the Crisp Pork Belly and Hainanese Chicken Rice that are the two main house specialties that everyone comes for here. Small. friendly and worth a visit.

Gypsy is found on Jln. Munduk Catu, Canggu and is the home of Canadian Chef Robin Filteau-Boucher. Open all day, breakfast can be toast many ways [French, avocado, eggplant or eggs], or eggs the usual way with roasted potatoes or Hash Browns actually made on site. Or you can have Smoothie Bowls of goodness. Later dining can commence with a cold Green Pea soup made with coconut water, followed by Tuna Tacos or Tuna Tartare wrapped in rice sushi-style. Something different? A crispy Bacon Roll or a SLOPPY jack, pulled jackfruit tossed with BBQ sauce, coleslaw, avocado and cashews. There is also a Kids Menu with small serves., Refreshingly different!

The Mango Tree is near to Padang Beach, Pecatu as it is operate by the well-known surfer JIm Banks and his wife. The main cuisine is Mexican with all of the usual Tex-mex, Cal-mex options. Open early for breakfast if a burrito breakfast is your thing? Finish with cheesecake, they are the specialty of the house.

Babi Guling Pak Dobiel is Nusa Dua’s answer to Ubud’s ibu Oka. Impressive Babi Guling, totally traditional, fiery sambals and big queues so necessary to be here very early on Jln. Srikandi.

 

Gerry Williams

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