Clear Cafe Ubud

Image of Clear Cafe restaurant sign Ubud
Clear Cafe

Clear Cafe Ubud:

  • Miso Soup + Falafel Pita + Green Hornet Cooler
  • Price: 35k + 55k + 35k ( + government tax and service charge)
  • Total: 145k
  • Score: 6/10
  • January 18th, 2017

Clear Cafe is another highly recommended vegan and vegetarian cafe in Ubud. We made the rainy walk from Penestanan to Ubud one evening to eat here.

Despite the large amount of tables and seating areas, the restaurant was full when we arrived. It wasn’t a problem as we were able to sit and wait on one of the comfy sofas. Actually, I was glad for the extra time to peruse the menu. There are a lot of options!

Look out for the ‘VO’ for Vegan dishes and ‘V’ for Vegetarian as they also serve fresh fish here.

Image of the lunch and dinner menu options at Clear Cafe
The first page of Lunch & Dinner menu options at Clear Cafe

Clear Cafe has a big range of options from Salads to Mexican food, Soups, Sandwiches, Raw and Macrobiotic. Their drinks menu is also really extensive.

My friend opted for a big bottle of Kombucha, which we’d heard was the best in town.  I chose the ‘Green Hornet Cooler’ as I wanted something really chocolate-y. It was made from raw cacao, coconut, cashew mylk, spirulina and mint. I was pretty disappointed with my drink.  It tasted more like spirulina, and not at all like cacao which isn’t the greatest. I wouldn’t order it again. The Kombucha was OK.

For starters my friend opted for a Clear Kale salad and I chose the Miso Soup.

Image of spirulina drink and kombucha with kale salad at clear cafe
Green Hornet Cooler with Clear Kale Salad and a large bottle of Kombucha
Image of Miso Soup with tofu, shiitake mushrooms and seaweed at Clear Cafe
Miso Soup with organic miso, tofu, seaweed, scallions & shiitake mushrooms

I really enjoyed the soup. It was homemade organic miso with seaweed, tofu, scallions and shiitake mushrooms. My friend described her salad as nutritional but non-descript. I guess it was just a salad.

Recovering from a lack of sleep and travelling to Ubud, I was craving comfort food and lots of it. I’d had a really healthy salad the day before but it did nothing to satiate my cravings. So today salads were off the list. That left me with a choice between raw lasagna, mexican burritos, or falafel and pita. Falafel Pita was the winner. My friend chose the raw lasagna.

Image of Falafel and Pita bread with sweet potato fries
Falafel and Pita with sweet potato fries

I think I made the best choice out of all. The Falafel and Pita was tasty and also really filling. The dish came with falafel, clear zucchini hummus, tabouli, sauerkraut, diced tomato and cucumber with tzatziki, inside a warm pita. It was heaven! Even better, it came with a choice of fries, salad, sweet potato fries or onion rings. Naturally I went for sweet potato fries.

Image of Falafel and Pita dish with sweet potato fries

Again, my friend felt full after the raw lasagna but I don’t think it was the most flavoursome dish ever. She didn’t look very happy whilst eating it.

I didn’t manage to take a photo of both dishes as rather annoyingly, our dishes were brought out at separate times. My friend had almost finished her meal before mine even came out. It wasn’t the best to be eating at separate times but I guess service like that is to be expected in Bali. On the whole service was slow and not very welcoming but the food was good.

In terms of price I think Clear Cafe charges pretty standard prices for the healthy, tourist cafes in Ubud. Which means not so great value for money. Do watch out for the government tax and service charges which are added on at the end. The government tax on food seems to be 10% and at Clear Cafe, the service charge was another 10%.

The restaurant itself was very pleasant. There are a lot of tables both upstairs and downstairs, as well as benches to sit at or some floor seating around large tables too. It’s a cool design for a restaurant.    

Image of downstairs seating area with tables and chairs at Clear Cafe
Downstairs seating at Clear Cafe
Image of upstairs seating area at Clear Cafe
Upstairs seating area at Clear Cafe

 

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