Cafe Vespa Ubud

Image of chalkboard with menu options at Cafe Vespa, Ubud

Cafe Vespa Ubud

  • Vegetable Stack
  • Price: 49k (+ 10% tax + 5% service charge)
  • Score: 2/10
  • February 3rd, 2017

Cafe Vespa Ubud is an eclectic little cafe in Penestanan. They boast incredible food and great coffee. This was not my experience of it.

Food

Cafe Vespa have a number of vegetarian options, and some vegan. (There are more vegetarian and vegan options on the menu, than on the specials board pictured above).

I’d been recommended to try the ‘Vegetable Stack’. I’d seen this served a few days prior and it looked pretty immense. A huge stack of cooked veggies. Doesn’t get much better than that. (I ordered mine without the parmesan sprinkling on top).

Image of Vegetable stack at Cafe Vespa
Vegetable Stack – a massive disappointment at Cafe Vespa

So, I struggled to take an attractive-looking photograph of it. It does look more impressive and appetising than the photo suggests. That is where the good stuff ends though.

The veggies were incredibly oily and greasy. They were also luke-warm, which I pointed out to my friend who had ordered the same. We heard the ‘ding’ of a microwave and out came her Vegetable Stack too. Again, greasy, oily and luke-warm.

Clearly we suspected that the veggies had been cooked earlier and reheated in the microwave. Hoping that wasn’t the case, I asked the server if they used the microwave, to which he looked a little worried and said ‘Yes’.

For a Cafe that prides themselves on high quality food, and high prices, this is really disappointing. I won’t be going back to eat there, and I don’t recommend it. To me it seems like another pretentious cafe that serves poor quality at high prices.

They also have cashew milk on the menu for vegan coffee. Yet every morning I’ve asked, they have been ‘out’ of cashew milk. (It’s also an extra 12k rph on top of a 25k coffee, making it about the same price as a full meal once tax is added).


Atmosphere

Cafe Vespa does have some cool seating, and is a pretty colourful cafe.

It’s usually really busy, with people eating or working at their laptops. It isn’t a place I would personally hang out for a few hours.

To me it’s a little too busy, and with the open kitchen, there’s too much noise and distraction going on.

It has been okay in the evening to meet a friend for a (non-alcoholic) drink. The furniture isn’t the most comfortable though.

Wifi

The Wifi seems pretty good at Cafe Vespa. There are signs around the place that say no Skype or video-calling as it slows everyone down, which is understandable.

Image of colourful seating inside Cafe Vespa, Ubud

 

 

Dayu’s Warung Ubud

Image of restaurant sign Dayu's warung hanging outside

Dayu’s Warung Ubud:

  • Quinoa Salad + Sweet Potato Tempeh Burger
  • Price: 35k + 45k (+10% tax)
  • Score: 5/10
  • January 24th, 2017

Dayu’s Warung is in the centre of Ubud, down a quiet side street, away from the main road.

The evening we arrived they were experiencing a power cut which reduced our options for food. The Quinoa salad was still available, so my friend and I both went for that.

Image of salad bowl with quinoa, avocado, carrot, cucumber and lettuce
Quinoa Veggie Tempeh Salad: greens, avocado, cucumber, jicama, fried tempeh, carrot, quinoa w/basil dressing

The Food

‘Quinoa Veggie’s Tempeh Salad: green, avocado, cucumber, jicama, fried tempeh, carrot, quinoa w/basil dressing.’

It sounded great but the reality wasn’t quite so. The salad was mostly a bed of lettuce, soaked in an oily dressing with a few pieces of cucumber, and carrot on top. The tempeh was almost non-existent. We had to dig to find a few tiny pieces. The avocado was a bit better and there was at least some quinoa.

Image of salad bowl with quinoa, salad, carrot, avocado
A little bit of salad in a large bowl

That said, the dressing tasted really good. The salad was really tasty, but no way filling enough for a main meal. Again, we went back to the menu.

Rez picked another similar salad, and I went for the Sweet Potato Tempeh Burger. Sweet potato patties, tempeh, side w/ sweet corn pumpkin curry, mixed salad and gomasio lime dressing.

Image of sweet potato pattie with pumpkin lentil curry and side salad
Sweet Potato Tempeh Burger: Sweet Potato pattie, tempeh, pumpkin curry, side salad with lime dressing

This time, the meal was incredibly heavy. The sweet potato burger was very dense, and very bland. There really wasn’t much flavour to it at all. There was a large piece of tempeh in the middle and some sort of salsa on top. Neither of these managed to add much flavour though.  

The curry was pumpkin and lentils and didn’t really complement the burger. It all seemed a bit ‘slapped together’. As you can probably see, it’s not a very appealing looking dish either. The lime dressing on the salad was good though.

Overall the food was reasonably priced and I’m willing to believe the power cut may have played a role in the substandard food. They also have cookies and vegan cakes which look like heaven. That’s enough for me to go back and give it a second try. 

Image of baked vegan goods and cakes on shelves at Dayu's warung.
Cookies, baked goods and cakes that look incredible inside the fridges.

Atmosphere and Wifi

The atmosphere and seating inside the restaurant was worth going for. The electricity, and wifi came back on towards the end of our meal. The wifi signal was one of the strongest out of most restaurants so far.

Image of upstairs seating, tables, chairs and floor cushions at Dayu's warung
Upstairs seating: tables and chairs or floor cushions and low tables to sit at

 

Atman Kafe Ubud

Image of Atman kafe ubud restaurant sign

Atman Kafe Ubud:

  • Soba Noodle Salad + Vegan Pizza
  • Price: 52k + 78k (tax included)
  • Score: 5/10
  • February 9th, 2017

Atman Kafe has 2 different locations on Jalan Hanoman.  There is Atman Nourish Kafe which serves only vegan and vegetarian food and then  Atman Kafe serves meat dishes, but you can still order vegan dishes from their menu.  The menu is almost overwhelming as there are so many options.  There’s definitely potential for decision paralysis in this place.

 

Food

I ordered the Soba noodle salad. My friend Rez opted for the vegan tempeh scramble. We had to wait a little while for our food and when it did come we were both disappointed with the portion size. For 52k idr, we thought we were ordering a main meal. It turned out that we’d need to order something else too.

Image of soba noodle salad at atman kafe ubud
Soba Noodle Salad – a very small, shallow bowl at Atman Kafe

The soba noodle salad was tasty. A Japanese noodle salad with shredded nori, sesame oil, seeds, spring onions, and a tamari, soy sauce & mirin dressing, with wasabi on the side. If it wasn’t for the price and small portion I would definitely have eaten this again.

We were still pretty hungry afterwards so we decided to split the Vegan Pizza.

Image of Vegan Pizza at Atman Kafe ubud
Vegan Pizza with a red rice base at Atman Kafe.

By this point it was almost too dark in Atman Kafe to see what we were eating which is why the pic above is a bit dark.

We chose the regular, 30cm pan size to split between us. All pizza’s can be made vegan, but the ‘vegan pizza’ option on the menu sounded the best anyway:

“Tomato sauce base with capsicum, spinach, onion, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, kalamata olives & garlic, topped with nut-free basil pesto & vegan parmesan.”

The Vegan Pizza as standard comes on a cashew-nut base. We didn’t realise this and chose a red rice base, which cost an extra 5k idr.

The pizza was really good. There was definitely enough to share between two and, after our ‘starters’ feel full. My only complaint may be a distinct lack of kalamata olives. Aside from that, it was devoured.

Atmosphere

Atman Kafe is certainly designed for style over comfort. Which makes this place a beautiful setting. Certainly worth visiting for the fabulous view over the rice fields from the open-ended restaurant.

The low lighting makes for an ambient, romantic setting. Especially if you go around sunset and watch the view change before your eyes.

Image of night view from Atman Kafe ubud
The view at night from the open-ended Atman Kafe. It certainly adds a lot to the atmosphere.

Wifi

The wifi was pretty terrible. Slow, or no connection at all.

This also would not be great place to work at. If you stay too long you might find your body going numb. The seats aren’t very comfortable.

If you don’t want to sit at a table there are floor seating options around the sides of the room. These may be marginally more comfortable but lack the view at the bottom of the restaurant.

Image of floor and table seating at Atman Kafe ubud
Floor seating and tables at Atman Kafe, though both pretty uncomfortable which seems to be the norm in Ubud.

Water isn’t free either so if you do go for a while, taking some with you isn’t a bad idea.

Final Thoughts

Overall we were disappointed with Atman Kafe. Though the food was good and the vegan options were extensive, but the portions were small and the prices were inflated. The redeeming factor was certainly the view and ambience.

Seeds of Life Ubud

Image of Seeds of Life Raw food cafe logo and address

Seeds of Life Ubud:

  • SOL Bowl + Banana Dharma Smoothie
  • Price: 65k + 35k (+10% tax +5% service charge)
  • Score: 9/10
  • January 25th, 2017

The food at Seeds of Life Ubud was incredible.  I had my reservations about this place; yet another pretentious raw food cafe. But actually, the portion sizes were great and the prices were reasonable.  I wanted to give them a 10/10, but the smoothie was such a crappy rip-off that I had to drop it a point.

On recommendation, I opted for the ‘SOL Bowl’ – it has a little bit of everything in it.

Image of wooden bowl with wooden chopsticks, filled with raw vegan ingredients
SOL Bowl: My favourite meal in Ubud so far.

The menu for the Seeds of Life bowl read:

“Marinated zucchini noodles, organic fresh moringa & garden greens, marinated olives, nori paper, kimchi, sauerkraut, fresh spirulina, ‘tempe’, coconut jerky, hummus, spirulina gomashio, tomato & cucumber and a surprise topping of the day.”

Despite there being lots of other tempting options on the menu, such as the Mexican Lasagna and Vege Wrap, the SOL Bowl seemed an outright winner.

Served in a beautiful wooden bowl, it was full to the brim with delicious, nutritious ingredients. I enjoyed all of it. The hummus was delicious, the coconut jerky was really good, the marinated olives were divine… I could go on.

Hands down my favourite meal in Ubud so far. I think it will be hard to beat.

The smoothie wasn’t so great. I chose the ‘Banana Dharma’ – banana, maca, almond butter, coconut milk, sea salt, irish moss. It tasted like a watered down banana smoothie. I couldn’t taste any almond butter at all. It was really bland and a big disappointment.  It wasn’t thick at all and the 5lb massive straw is annoying as hell.

Image of large glass with smoothie
Banana Dharma – An unsatisfying smoothie

My friend went for the ‘Shangri-La’ Smoothie. It was a blend of jackfruit, mesquite, cinnamon, fresh coconut milk, sea salt and irish moss. It had more flavour than my smoothie, but she said it became rather sickly by the end.

We sat upstairs at Seeds of Life, which was a little quieter and consisted of floor seating around low tables. Downstairs seemed less of a relaxed environment with people coming and going. 

The wifi worked well but given I went at dinner time, the place was busy. If it’s quieter during the day then this would be a great place to work.

The staff were friendly and attentive. Our meals all arrived in quick succession of each other, which was nice to all eat at the same time. In fact, somewhat rare here I’ve found. So this is another thumbs up for Seeds of Life cafe.

 

Lala & Lili Warung Ubud

Image of Lala & Lili Warung restaurant sign in ubud

Lala & Lili Warung Ubud:

  • Garden Salad + Tempeh Goreng
  • Price: 35k + 25k (+10% tax)
  • Score: 8/10
  • February 14th, 2017

I’ve walked past Lala & Lili Warung so many times yet, have only just eaten there, on my last day in Ubud.

Food

Lala & Lili Warung serves breakfast, salads, and Indonesian foods. It is a vegetarian friendly restaurant, so does serve meat options too. The menu is pretty balanced between vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.

In the middle of a crazy hot day I chose the garden salad, and tempeh to add to it.

Image of plate with tempeh and a plate of salad at Lala & Lili Warung Ubud
Garden salad: lettuce, tomato, avocado, cucumber, carrot, onion, bean sprouts, pineapple, green pepper and tempeh goreng at Lala & Lili Warung

I thought the tempeh would just be a small topping, but the portion size was huge. There was so much tempeh it could have been a meal on its own – albeit a bit bland. But I could have easily shared it between two.

The salad came with lettuce, avocado, tomato, carrot, bean sprouts, onion and cucumber, with fresh herbs on top. I’m not sure exactly what the dressing was (it doesn’t state on the menu), but it tasted like oil and lemon. It was good.

I loaded up my salad with the tempeh. I was glad to have ordered that with it, as I think I’d have still been a little hungry afterwards, if not.

Lala & Lili Warung also have raw cakes and organic Balinese chocolate, as well as smoothies and healthy juices. When you walk in you’ll no doubt notice the shelves of cookie jars, fresh fruit and kombucha for sale too. This is the small shop at the front of the restaurant, selling plenty of indulgent treats.

Image of Lala & Lili Warung shop selling bananas and cookies
Small shop at the front of Lala & Lili Warung offering tempting fresh fruit, cookies, cakes and kombucha

Atmosphere

Set back slightly from a quiet road in Penestanan, Lala & Lili Warung has a beautiful little pond in front of it, complete with water features. The water fountain, lotus flowers and lilies make it a beautiful setting.

Image of pond with water feature surrounding the seating area at Lala & Lili Warung Ubud
A small pond surrounding the seating area at Lala & Lili Warung

The restaurant has both tables and floor seating, overlooking the pond. It’s quiet and relaxing. I stayed for a while reading my book. I did notice there are quite a lot of tiny little ants crawling around. At least at the floor seating area.

Image of floor seating area, low tables and cushions at Lala & Lili Warung, ubud
Comfortable, relaxing floor seating area, with low tables and cushions at Lala & Lili Warung
More seating in picturesque greenery at Lala & Lili Warung. It felt like floating on the pond.
More seating in picturesque greenery at Lala & Lili Warung. It felt like floating on the pond.

Wifi

They have wifi at Lala and Lilis. I was on there once and didn’t do anything very intense, but it seemed fine.  If you go there and have a good or bad wifi experience, please report in and we’ll update this section.  

Final Thoughts

Lala & Lili Warung is cheaper than I expected it to be. As it’s in such a beautiful setting and looks like a fancy restaurant, I was surprised at how reasonable the prices were. The food was good and the portion sizes too. If I wasn’t leaving today, I would definitely go again.

 

Prima Warung Ubud

Image of Prima Warung Vegetarian sign outside restaurant in ubud

Prima Warung Ubud:

  • Nasi Campur
  • Price: 30k (tax included)
  • Score: 7/10
  • February 11th, 2017

Prima Warung is a local, simple restaurant, run by just one lady – Prima.

Food

Prima Warung serves only vegetarian food in Ubud. It’s known for it’s local vegetarian Indonesian foods. In fact, there’s just one meal available each day – Nasi Campur.

Nasi Campur varies from place to place but is traditionally a plate of rice, with four or five toppings placed around the edge.

Prima Warung is a simple canteen style restaurant. Each day four or five curries and vegetable mixes are prepared. Sometimes these vary from day to day, sometimes they are the same.

Image of canteen at Prima warung vegetarian, ubud with daily vegetarian toppings for nasi campur
Simple, canteen style food at Prima Warung Vegetarian. Daily vegetarian options for Nasi Campur.

Prima Warung is only open for lunch. The lady opens at 12, midday and remains open until she runs out of food. I went late afternoon, at around 4.30pm and she was still open that day. Other days I went later and she was closed.

I ordered Nasi Campur, which came with pumpkin soup, banana flower curry, green vegetables and bean sprouts, mixed vegetable stir fry, sweet corn fritter and mushroom steamed in banana leaf.

Image of Nasi Campur at prima warung vegetarian ubud with banana flower, mixed vegetables, mushroom in banana leaf and pumpkin soup
Nasi Campur at Prima Warung Vegetarian: Banana flower curry, mixed vegetables, deep fried sweetcorn cake, mushrooms in banana leaf and green vegetables with sambal and pumpkin soup

The pumpkin soup was really creamy and tasty. The food was pretty simple but tasty. My favourite was the mushrooms in the banana leaf. They were delicious.

I had heard that Prima Warung was great for healthy, vegetarian food. I’m not so sure just how healthy the food was. For me it didn’t really live up to its reputation of incredible food.

It was good, but I was expecting some tempeh and slightly cleaner food. As it varies from day to day I guess that is the gamble with it. I also suspect if you go at 12 there may be more options. 

Atmosphere

The restaurant is simple but welcoming and clean. There are about 7 tables in total. Although it’s not very big, it can fit a number of people.

Being on a fairly main road it doesn’t have the most scenic views. It can also be a little noisy.

It’s not a place I would stay very long at – only until my food was eaten.

Image of wooden tables and chairs at prima warung vegetarian ubud
This is almost all of the seating available at Prima Warung Vegetarian.

Wifi

There is no wifi here.

Final Thoughts

All in all, it’s great food at a great price for just 30,000 rph. I think that makes it the cheapest vegetarian restaurant in Ubud! The owner Prima is lovely too, and clearly enjoys what she does.
Something to note is that as it’s only run by Prima herself, i’ve found it often closed on random days. I tried to come here a number of times and each time was closed due to religious ceremonies or unspecified reasons.

The Salad Concept Chiang Mai

Image of restaurant sign for The Salad Concept, Chiang Mai
The Salad Concept Restaurant Sign on Nimmanhaemin Road

Salad Concept, Nimmanhaemin, Chiang Mai:

  • Make your own Salad
  • Price: 110 baht
  • Score: 10/10
  • January 10th, 2017

Salad Concept is in prime location, right in the middle of the busy Nimmanhaemin Road. It’s recently just reopened after a renovation and feels even nicer than before.

The concept is simple – create your own salad or wrap. It’s a simple 4 step process. Choose whether you want a wrap or regular salad, choose which free toppings you want (5 free), choose any speciality toppings (additional price), and choose a dressing.

Image of the menu at Salad Concept showing the salad toppings you can choose to add
Extensive list of salad toppings to choose from

This makes it great for vegetarians and vegans because you can customize your salad or wrap exactly to your liking. I went for a regular salad with almond slices, job’s tears, bell pepper, pumpkin and celery and added a special topping of grilled vegetables. This was a small side of eggplant, asparagus, carrot and more grilled pumpkin. I chose the tamarind sesame dressing which was super good.  There are a handful of vegan-friendly dressings.   

Image of Vegan Salad from Salad Concept with Tamarind Sesame Sauce, sunflower sprouts, red pepper, pumpkin lettuce, grilled vegetables, asparagus, carrot, celery, eggplant and job's tears
My ‘make your own’ salad with Tamarind Sesame dressing and a side of grilled vegetables

My salad was incredible. For some reason I always had it in my mind that Salad Concept was overrated and overpriced. I was wrong. If you want clean, healthy food, this is the place to be.

The basic salad is just 69 baht and the wrap is 89 baht if you stick to salad, 5 toppings and a dressing, which is actually really good value for money. The service is slick and the restaurant is clean and spacious. I really can’t find a way to fault it.

Aside from salads they also offer soups, appetizers, breakfast omelettes and pancakes, spaghetti, burgers and rice dishes, as well as special salads from their set menu. Although these are mostly non-vegetarian options I was impressed to find some vegan options. The Organic Tofu Salad, Quinoa Energy Boost and Spaghetti Pesto with Mushroom to name a few. Of the 17 salad dressings, 4 of them are vegan which I think is a pretty good ratio.

The restaurant is definitely more of a restaurant than a working-space. I don’t think I’d go there to work. I did pull out my laptop as I was waiting for my salad to arrive and nobody seemed to care. But that being said it can be a fast-paced restaurant and lacks the relaxing vibes I like to work in. There are a lot of tables but it does get full. There is wifi and whilst I was there it worked, but I haven’t spent enough time at Salad Concept to know if it’s reliable or not. I didn’t spot many power outlets but it was busy when I arrived so I didn’t want to go looking around others tables! From what I could see there weren’t many.

The Salad Concept on Nimmanhaemin Road is open from 11am until 10pm. They also have another branch on the East side of the old city, but I haven’t been there yet.

Image of restaurant seating area at The Salad Concept with large tables and plenty of light
Inside the newly renovated Salad Concept
Image of the salad bar and a student working at the table inside the restaurant
A student working hard next to the salad bar

Warung Ting Ting Ubud

Image of Warung Ting Tine menu, ubud

Warung Ting Ting Ubud:

  • Vegetable Curry + Ginger Tea
  • Price: 28k + 12k (tax included)
  • Score: 4/10
  • February 11th, 2017

Warung Ting Ting was a stone’s throw away from where I was living in Penestanan, Ubud. It’s at the top of the alley leading off from Cafe Vespa. I came here a few times mostly for coffee but also sampled some of the food. 

Food

Warung Ting Ting serve both meat and vegetarian/vegan options. Aside from breakfast, it’s mostly local Indonesian food they serve.

Although a little limited, there’s definitely some healthy looking options there.

I ordered a hot ginger tea and vegetable curry – ‘vegetables with carrot, potato, green bean, cauliflower and coconut milk with rice’.

Image of vegetable curry in a bowl with a plate of rice and glass of hot ginger tea at ting ting warung, ubud
Vegetable curry with rice, and a hot ginger tea with lime and honey on the side at Warung Ting Ting

It was only 28k rph, so I was intrigued to see how good the food would be. I found it a similar experience to the curry I ordered at Tj’s Warung, which was also very cheap. A fair amount of vegetables but pretty oily and watery. It wasn’t a thick curry as I’d hoped for.

Overall it was a cheap, simple meal that filled me up but I probably wouldn’t order again.

The ginger tea on the other hand was really good. It had loads of ginger in the bottom, was a big glass and also came with honey and lime on the side.

Image of hot ginger tea with lime and honey at ting ting ubud

Warung Ting Ting Ubud also has tasty-looking cakes, including a vegan chocolate cake sometimes. When I first came here for a coffee, I had the (non-vegan) chocolate cake. It was fairly cheap but also tasted really greasy. I’m guessing that’s coconut oil. I didn’t feel too great after eating it.

The banana cake, poppy seed and lemon cake all look pretty good though. Maybe I’ll try the vegan chocolate cake next time.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere here is really what people come for. The warung is incredibly welcoming and homelike. It has seating on two storeys, but the nicer is definitely upstairs. There’s more light and more big tables with sofa seats and cushions around.

Image of tables and benches with cushions upstairs at warung ting ting, ubud
Cozy, inviting tables and benches in a laid-back atmosphere at Warung Ting Ting

The decor is incredibly sweet and invites you to sit and read a book for hours. That said, the music could do with a change – Celine Dion gets a little tedious after a while. If you’re planning on working here, I’d advise you to bring headphones!

Something to be aware of is that there’s a temple next door. This gives a lovely view from the second storey, but if there’s building work going on it’s really noisy and ruins the ambience.

Image of temple from ting ting balcony upstairs
The view of the temple next door from upstairs at Warung Ting Ting

Wifi

The wifi has been fairly OK the few times I’ve been here. I wouldn’t make it my chosen place of work if I needed to do internet-intense tasks however.

Though I have found it a great place to work, that’s mostly because I would do my offline editing there. Perhaps this place is best left for reading a book or hanging out with friends, despite the comfortable seating and tables.

Final Thoughts

Warung Ting Ting Ubud has an enticing charm to it. It’s a cheap place to eat and a lovely environment to relax in. The food isn’t the best nor is the wifi, but if you’re in the area, it’s not a terrible place to chill out and have a coffee.

Sari Bamboo Warung Ubud

Image of menu sign and front of sari bamboo restaurant with doors and bench
The front of Sari Bamboo – there’s no obvious restaurant sign

Sari Bamboo Warung, Ubud:

  • Mixed Green Tempeh Salad
  • Price: 35k (tax included)
  • Score: 8/10
  • February 5th, 2017

Sari Bamboo is located along the same street as Alchemy and a load of other cafes and warungs. From the front, it doesn’t really stand out and could be easy to walk past. 

Resembling something more like an art gallery, there are colourful cushions outside and paintings hanging from the walls. With no visible restaurant name, you can hope the food poster is outside. It looks like this:

Image of food poster outside Sari Bamboo with menu options on

Food

I’m so glad I stumbled across this place. They have vegetarian appetizers, soups, salads and smoothie bowls for incredible prices, and in a beautiful setting.

They also have a vegetarian menu for local Indonesian dishes such as nari goreng (fried rice), and gado-gado. They don’t use any MSG in their cooking either. 

Prices range from 15k – 35k which is great!

Image of vegetarian menu at Sari bamboo
Some of the vegetarian Indonesian options at Sari Bamboo

I went for their Mixed Green Salad with Tempeh. This was only 35k rph and was one of the more expensive options.

Image of salad with tempeh, lettuce, carrot, bettroot, seeds, tomato, cucumber and a plate with three dressings on
Mixed Green Tempeh Salad at Siri Bamboo

I was really impressed with this salad. There was just so much tempeh, as well as carrot, beetroot, bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, cabbage, lettuce, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds. It also came with three dressings – sesame oil (super tasty), balsamic vinaigrette and thousand island dressing.

All of this for 35k rph is one of the best value for money meals I’ve had. Let alone given the setting it was in.

Atmosphere

In the garden there is an unexpected swimming pool. It seems Sari Bamboo has some accommodation at the back which this is part of. I chose to sit at a table right next to the pool. It felt very serene and away from the road I’d just walked in from.

Image of table and chairs next to swimming pool at Siri Bamboo
Outside seating area next to the pool – very relaxing

There’s also a large bench/sofa around a big table in the garden area, as well as tables inside, overlooking the pool, or in the arty area.

Image of indoor seating at Sari Bamboo
Indoor seating area at Sari Bamboo

The pool, garden and paintings really add an artistic, serene feel to the place. It had a lot of character and was an atmosphere that I really enjoy working in. Laid-back yet not too lethargic!

Image of garden seating area at siri bamboo
Garden seating outside

Wifi

There are 3 different wifi networks to connect to here. Whilst I was there I used two of them and they were both pretty good. It was great to sit and work here at the large tables and straight backed chairs. I stayed for a few hours and wasn’t disturbed.

The toilet is perhaps the only downside to this place. It was outside at the front of the building and was blocked and had no soap. Hopefully this was a one-off though!

Overall I was really impressed with this place. The menu has plenty of vegetarian options and at really good prices. The staff were kind enough, but mostly left me to my own devices, which I appreciated.

 

Yellow Flower Ubud

Image of Yellow Flower Cafe sign

Yellow Flower Ubud:

  • Mellow Yellow Smoothie Bowl + Rainbow Salad
  • Price: 55k + 37k (+10% tax)
  • Score 7/10
  • January 23rd, 2017

Yellow Flower is my favourite restaurant in Ubud that I’ve been to so far. Mainly because of the lovely setting and ambience, but the food is pretty good too. The menu is mostly vegetarian, with the option to add chicken to just one or two of the dishes, strangely.

Food

In true Ubud spirit, I went for an oh-so-pretentious Smoothie Bowl. I think this is the first one I’ve ever had, despite the crazy instagram trend that happened last year. So here it is… The Mellow Yellow Smoothie Bowl, 55k.

Image of Mellow Yellow Smoothie Bowl with strawberries, granola, jack fruit, cashew nuts, coconut, tamarind and chia
Mellow Yellow Smoothie Bowl: turmeric, chia, banana, pineapple, sago, jackfruit, cashews, coconut, strawberries topped with crunchy granola

The Mellow Yellow Smoothie Bowl reads – turmeric, chia, banana, pineapple, sago, jackfruit, mango, ginger, cashews, and coconut, topped with crunchy granola and fruit. I think I had most of those in mine, minus the mango and ginger, but strawberries instead. I assume it’s whatever seasonal fruit they have available.

I’m beginning to realise I eat with my eyes. The smoothie bowl looked pretty small when it arrived and having my usual-ravenous appetite I thought I would, once again, be left hungry after.

Image of yellow mellow smoothie bowl with another empty bowl underneath
A smoothie bowl on top of an empty bowl

That was not the case at the Yellow Flower. The smoothie itself was pretty filling, add to that strawberries, coconut and jackfruit and it’s a pretty sweet option. I loved the granola and there was plenty of it.

Next up was the Rainbow Salad with abundant raw veg, sprouts, green kimchi with live dressing’ whilst my friend went for the Super Salad with organic salad greens, radish, tempeh, seeds, carrots, nuts, beans and kimchi.

Image of Rainbow salad and Super Salad with salad greens and a number of different toppings on each
Rainbow Salad (left) and Super Salad (right)

The Super Salad clearly has more to it, and if it’s only going to be a salad you’re eating I’d say go for that one. That said, both salads had a lot of flavour, and I particularly enjoyed the green kimchi.

Atmosphere:

Yellow Flower, located in Penestanan, away from the business of Ubud centre, sits atop some pretty demanding steps. But that means it has a beautiful view of lush greenery and treetops once you get there. Even during rainy season…

Image of table and yellow umbrella against backdrop of greenery at Yellow Flower Vegetarian cafe
The view from Yellow Flower Cafe

Wifi and Work

The cafe is one large bamboo hut with both tables and floor seating. During the day it gets really busy which gives it a nice, bustling yet chilled atmosphere. It does mean that you may end up sharing tables with new guests though as there isn’t all that much seating available.

Image of indoor table seats at Yellow Flower Cafe
Indoor table seats at Yellow Flower before it got busy

That also makes it not the best place to work. I stayed for a couple of hours whilst it was quieter in the morning. Around lunch time and early afternoon it was so busy I felt it was probably rude to sit and work on my laptop having already eaten my food.

That said, whilst I was working there were others doing the same, and plenty of people hanging out, reading, or chilling with friends. It seems to be a place people like to stay a while, and is definitely worth enjoying the atmosphere and view. The servers are friendly as in most places.
Whilst I was there the wifi was good. I was only doing basic stuff but I had no issues. The wifi is only available until 5.30pm though. Or at least that’s what it says in the menu: ‘Free wifi available until 5.30pm’. I was here in the evening at around 7pm and the wifi was still working but I did see one of the servers switch it off at around 8pm. I’m not really sure what the deal is with that.