I’ve been in Ubud for 14 days, 12 of them at a yoga Shala out of town but I still managed to check in on all my fav eating establishments and some new ones. Whether you have a day or a fortnight you can totally eat your way through Ubud’s terrific line up of health conscious cafés. This is the raw Mecca of Bali.
I think the food at Soma is the best in town, especially if raw is your thing. The menu is extensive, you could stay for weeks and not get bored if you ate here everyday.
The drinks menu (smoothies, juices, jamus, tonics, teas…) is ridiculous. The kale salad and raw pizza are my fav dishes, I’ve tried a couple of the cooked dishes like the vegan kitchari and it’s not their forte but the raw options are fantastic and the temporary site (which will hopefully become permanent) is sweetly nestled just above the Champuan Bridge and looks out to a temple in the forest.
I love the walk up through the rice paddies to this gem, the food straight from their garden is a treat too. They’ve opened another location near alchemy but I don’t think it can top the view from their original spot, as you come into town just after the Champuan bridge it’s on your left, or rather the start of the trail is.
This one is new since I was last here and it’s a great addition to the raw scene. The raw chocolate granola was so satisfying as was the raw pizza. They do the best raw cakes I’ve come across and they also serve an extensive array of tea and Taoist tonics in a unique way.
I’m actually amazed we found this little gem, on a friends recommendation. In the vicinity of Alchemy but you’ll really just have to ask around and then stroll off road awhile, the view is worth the trouble and the food is wholesome too.
This is the luxury addition to the program, a fine dining fusion of raw cuisine and macro biotic situations for the detoxing residents or curious visitors. Stunning grounds, 15-20 mins out of town, worth the visit.
A small selection of the shambala menu is on offer at the pool bar (at around half the price of each dish), the veggie burger is a highlight. the jug of green juice at the breakfast bar had me excited and the meal that accompanied it was excellent too.
Also check out: Down To Earth, Bali Buddha, Alchemy, Kafe (pic above) and the garden Kafe at yoga barn. I’m not a big coffee drinker but my fellow Sydney-siders aka coffee snobs rate FREAK and SENIMAN (they have cold drip). Soma mentioned above serves FREAK.