There are so many fabulous restaurants in Ubud it is easy to see why the area has fast become one of the best places in Bali for food! Suiting all budgets, there is jungle tree top fine dining, riverside romantic hangouts, and cheap and cheerful roadside grub to get your taste buds going at. You don’t have to only check out Hujan Locale, Lovacore and Mozaic to love Ubud’s food options! With so many amazing restaurants in Ubud, from gourmet to gastro and expensive to cheap as chips, the area is a foodie paradise! You will find western grub, such as great tacos, pizzas and pastas, but whilst you are in this magical place, stay away from what you’re used to and discover the delights of authentic satay, suckling pig, grilled fish and local vegetables.
Murni opened her little Warung with just one table and two chairs in 1975, but the popularity can be seen in the expansion of the restaurant that now sprawls over four open-air levels down the side of a steep valley. Choose to dine by the roadside or by the river – either way you can’t be disappointed by the delicious variety of homemade dishes, with different specials everyday. Murni’s has attracted a number of high profile clientele over the years – who wouldn’t want to sample the delicious Sweet Sour Shrimp!
Bebek Bengil means the Dirty Duck Diner – and word has got round about their signature dish, the Bebek Betutu! It is arguably the best on the island. The whole menu here is almost entirely dedicated to the duck – crispy fried duck, duck in chilli sauce, duck fried rice, and of course the smoked duck [tip: if you are planning a visit, make sure to order the Bebek Betutu the day before to ensure that you aren’t disappointed]. There is a main restaurant building, but if I were you, for a fun dining experience you won’t forget in a hurry check out one of the traditional bamboo pondoks [raised huts with a long table and cushions] that look out over the rice fields.
Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill
Like peanut butter goes with jelly, martinis and pork ribs are the done thing at Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill! Their ribs are to die for [seriously, you will be wanting to order round two!]. Their tasty BBQ sauce is lathered on the ribs before they are grilled to perfection on the BBQ… our mouths are watering already! You can’t reserve a table so make sure you get there in good time, and be prepared to share a table with a fellow martini-mate!
Bebek Tepi Sawah
Duck, duck and more duck! This restaurant is all about the bebek – whether it’s ducks splashing in the pond, the duck statues around the restaurant, or the delicious crispy duck on your plate! Located in the corner of a beautiful green rice paddy, this restaurant serves a wide selection of cuisine, including contemporary western and innovative Indonesian or Balinese specialties. They also boast a great fruit juice and shakes menu! If you venture here on a Sunday, you can treat yourself to a classical Legong dance performance [for IDR 100,000 per person].
Arrrrriba! If you fancy a taco, burrito, enchilada, fajita or quesadilla then head to Taco Casa! Everything is made from scratch [and contains no MSG or preservatives], and tastes finger-licking good! They deliver or you can dine in – we suggest dining in, that way you can order their divine margaritas [what’s a Mexican dish without something tequila based to wash it down with!].
Ibu Oka Warung
If you want to eat the best crackling you will ever have, then head to Ibu Oka Warung! This little shanty cafe, opposite Ubud Palace, is an Ubud institution that draws both locals and food lovers from around the world, all because of their succulent roasted suckling pig! The roast pigs themselves arrive by motorbike [cooked off the premises], and are served up in big chunks in a rattan bowl with rice, fried intestines, spicy vegetables and Ibu Oka’s secret sauce. For the meat lovers, this is something you do not want to miss!