Kubu – Stunning Riverside Degustation In Ubud

Kubu Restaurant @ the Mandapa Ritz Carlton Reserve in Ubud is one of those gorgeous dinner venues that you dream of, offering a fine Mediterranean-European cuisine degustation menu. The setting is like a scene from Inception – a stunning mystical village that stretches down the cliff sides of the Ayung River Valley. … More Kubu – Stunning Riverside Degustation In Ubud

The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

The Sayan House is sited at the edge of Sayan’s cliff in Ubud, in a lovely wooden Balinese house that offers panoramic views of the verdant valley below, and chicly-decorated with Asian and Balinese accents. Operated by the Japanese hospitality firm Plan.Do.See (that also manages Michelin-starred restaurants around the globe), The Sayan House serves up very satisfying causal fine-dining contemporary fare with Japanese and Asian influences, under the helm of Chef Yuki Tatami. Highlights of the fusion dinner were the Porcini Royale Consommé – the consomme is prepared table-side using a Bunsen-burner syphon, the sautéed Foie Gras Nigiri Sushi, and the Babi Guling maki with spicy sauce. What’s surprising is that prices are extremely reasonable for such a premium restaurant. … More The Sayan House, A Blissful Marriage of Bali & Japan

Campuhan Ridge: Morning Trek, Scenic Balinese Cafe & A Wedding

Campuhan Ridge, just a few minutes’ ride from the center of Ubud, made a lovely morning hike. En route we passed a small village with local artists offering intricate paintings on canvas and even on wooden eggs. At the end of the trek, we were greeted by the lovely sanctuary of Karsa Cafe & Spa where we rested our weary feet and had a leisurely Balinese breakfast while feasting on the stunning views over the paid fields. Serendipity offered us a unique experience of a Balinese wedding preparation. … More Campuhan Ridge: Morning Trek, Scenic Balinese Cafe & A Wedding

Mozaic, Fine Dining In a Balinese Garden

Celebrity Chef Chris Salan’s Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique is the first restaurant in Southeast Asia to be recognized by the prestigious Traditions et Qualité association as a member of ‘Les Grande Tables Du Monde’. The Grand Menu comes in 2 versions of 6 or 8-course degustation; as well as a 6-course vegetarian tasting menu comprising locally produced seasonal vegetables, indigenous herbs and flowers combined with Balinese spices. Mozaic is indeed a worthwhile dining experience, with all the finery that you would expect of such a restaurant and it doesn’t disappoint. Chef Salan’s cooking rock solid, although I must say that the dinner on the night before at Locavore was a lot more creative whereas Chef Salan’s style is more mainstream. … More Mozaic, Fine Dining In a Balinese Garden

Locavore, Be Amazed By This Casual-Haute Ubud Restaurant

Restaurant Locavore in the heart of Ubud is my Restaurant of the Year 2015. As its name implies, the restaurant only uses sustainably-sourced local produce to create amazingly creative cuisine; even the ethnic-looking yet stylish plates and cutlery are sourced locally. Chefs Eelke Plasjmeijer and Ray Ardiansyah serve only two set menus of five to seven dishes. Don’t miss the Local Rice Risotto with Snails cooked in garlic butter topped with a 64°C slow-cooked duck egg. Flavours and presentation are top-notch, and service is earnest; what’s unbelievable is the price; under US$50 for the 7-course – we counted about 15 dishes with the freebies and snacks. Make the trip; it’s worth every penny. … More Locavore, Be Amazed By This Casual-Haute Ubud Restaurant

Ibu Oka, Queen Of Babi Guling Roast Pork

Ibu Oka is an award-winning Ubud institution that draws foodies from all over the world. It started life as a roadside shanty selling Babi Guling (Balinese roast suckling pig), and was made famous by celebrity foodie Anthony Bourdain on his “No Reservations” TV program. The aromatic and succulent pork comes from a suckling pig stuffed with garlic, galangal, turmeric, lemongrass and chili and slow-roasted for hours. The crackling is amazingly thin and crispy, a sinful but yummy treat. … More Ibu Oka, Queen Of Babi Guling Roast Pork

Bale Udang, Prawny Delights Over Water

Bale means “floating pavilion” and Udang means “prawn” in Bahasa Indonesia; no prizes for guessing that Bale Udang specialises in prawns served at bamboo pavilions built over a fish pond. The star is the Honey Grilled Prawn, a wonderful mix of sweet, spicy and savoury flavours; the prawn is so crispy that you can eat it shells and all. As the sun sets, the place turns magical with the reflections of hanging lanterns simmering in the huge pond. … More Bale Udang, Prawny Delights Over Water

Agung Khalia, Villa In A Field Of Dreams

Agung Khalia Villa, located deep into the verdant paddy rice fields of Ubud, delivers a 5-star experience at 2-star prices. There are many reasons to love this hidden gem: its tranquility coupled with easy access to entertainment, fine dining and shopping; the magnificent natural beauty of the surrounds; the pervasiveness of traditions; the palatial comfortable of the Balinese villa; the warm hospitality of the crew – all come together to deliver a superb relaxing dream holiday. … More Agung Khalia, Villa In A Field Of Dreams

Uluwatu Cliffside Dining at The Warung

The Warung, located within the stunning and gorgeously-minimalistic Alila Villas Uluwatu that’s perched precariously on the Indian Ocean cliffside, created a delectable tasting menu for the Indonesian Culinary Festival; showcasing an authentic taste of Padang, West Sumatra, courtesy of culinary expert, author and entrepreneur Reno Andam Suri. The simple, delicious dishes and several decadent desserts were expertly prepared; presented in surreal surrounds. … More Uluwatu Cliffside Dining at The Warung

Biku, Javanese Royal High Tea & Tarrot Reading

Royal High Tea in Seminyek, Bali? Tarot readings? True. Biku, sited in a 150 year-old “joglo” traditional Javanese wooden house, is an antique shop turned eclectic tea salon and cafe, owned by Jero Asri Kerthyasa, royal princess of Ubud; a Sydney-born lady who married the Prince of Ubud. The signature offering is of course the Traditional Afternoon Tea with the full-works of fresh-baked scones, strawberries and cream, cucumber and smoked salmon sandwiches, and a few pastries. … More Biku, Javanese Royal High Tea & Tarrot Reading