Located right in the centre of Ubud on Jalan Hanoman, Kafe opened in 2005 and became an instant hit. Recently chosen as one of the locations for Julia Roberts’ new film – Eat, Pray, Love, the restaurant combines tropical chic with the atmosphere of a streetside bistro. Designed for relaxed, sociable dining, the open-plan layout features original furniture and fittings, hand made from recycled wood.
The food and drink choices at Kafe reflect the owners dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Using locally grown, chemical-free, organic produce whenever possible, the kitchen turns out a tempting selection of creative international dishes with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for every meal.
The juices alone offer a refreshing change from standard soft drinks, with creative concoctions like the Red Rocket with beetroot, carrot and ginger or Something Green with celery, spinach and apple. If your feeling peckish, you can snack on a plate of crispy Nachos Piled High, drizzled with melted cheese or treat your body to a health boost with a Rucola, Mushroom and Apple salad.
Mexican fare also features on the main menu. Cheese Quesadillas are a favourite – melted cheese wrapped in a fresh tortilla and served with salsa, guacamole and sour cream. More adventurous souls can opt for Kafe specials like the Tuna Burger served with wasabi mayonnaise or perhaps indulge the tastes of India with a Kafe Indian Plate, which includes dhal, eggplant bharata, aloo ghobi, raita, sautéed organic spinach served over red rice with a chapatti.
Sweet lovers are not forgotten at Kafe. There’s a daily selection of gourmet cakes, truffles and tarts, as well as some irresistible excuses to be naughty like the Mulberry Cheese Cake served with raspberry sauce or the Homemade Apple Pie topped with whipped cream. The coffee is also excellent and made with reverse osmosis H20. Optional additions like organic honey and flavoured syrups with butterscotch, hazelnut and caramel add an indulgent twist.
When you’ve finished eating, Kafe Kares is an onsite shop that sells a range of environmentally friendly products of which a percentage of profits goes to charitable projects throughout Indonesia. These include organic food, eco-friendly crafts and health products made by small local businesses that are committed to Bali’s social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Kafe in Ubud offers something different. Responsible catering aimed at an environmentally aware, socially responsible clientele. The restaurant proves that with a little effort, dining out can not only be a healthy pastime, but that diners can also make a positive contribution to the world without losing out on good taste and comfort.
FOOD and PRESENTATION 8
DECOR and AMBIENCE 8
Restaurant guide rating for ALL categories is out of 10:
Very Good 7-6
Our highest score is 10
For a restaurant to attain 10 points it would have to have maintained the score of 9 for at least 1 year.
Note: For restaurants that have been recommended by others but have not been rated yet I have put TBR (To Be Rated) against the name.
Jl Hanoman # 44B, Padang Tegal, Ubud, Bali. Tel. +62 361 7803802 or [email protected]