Sawobali Cake & Coffee Shop Ubud

Image of poster outside Sawobali that reads 'Daily Vegan Buffet'

Sawobali Cake & Coffee Shop, Ubud:

  • Vegan Buffet + Vegan, gluten-free cake, Banana & Passionfruit
  • Price: 50k + 23k
  • Score: 9/10
  • February 1st, 2017

Not far from The Yoga Barn, this little place has a giant sign which is exactly the type of thing I like seeing hanging over restaurants.  It’s cheap and it’s good.

The sign says that the buffet is daily, costs 50k IDRand goes from 1pm, but I found that it wasn’t always ready at the posted time.  They also have a full menu of vegan indonesian meals, but the prices are kinda crappy when compared to the buffet.  Also, if you order off the menu, they charge you for water.  

Image of chalkboard with vegan menu items written on at Sawobali ubud
Vegan Menu Items and prices at Sawobali

The buffet often has the same foods, though sometimes will change. Along with a daily soup, and mixed rice there are usually 8 choices:

Image of 8 vegan food choices for the vegan buffet at sawobali
Tempeh, banana blossom, sweet potato and veggies, greens, tofu scramble, banana shoot and green beans

Food

It was all delicious. I’m not usually a fan of tofu scramble but the waitress recommended I try it, and it was super tasty. The greens, as always were my favourite.

As for the cake… they have a good selection of vegan, gluten-free cakes (the ones in the bottom of the display counter only). These included Banana and Passionfruit, Pandan and Mung bean, Lemon drizzle, Caramel cake and Coconut cake.

Image of cake display counter showing vegan gluten free cakes at Sawobali ubud
Display counter for cakes – only the bottom row are vegan (and gluten free)

Unable to decide between them all as usual, I asked the waitress which the best one was. Without hesitation she answered “Banana and Passionfruit” so that’s what I took. After a stealthy 30min walk home I devoured the cake. It was really sweet and gooey and you could definitely taste the fruit. I think this is the best cake I’ve had in ubud, and I’ve tried a lot! It’s also a pretty good price at 23k idr.

Atmosphere

Sawobali is a very small shop. Inside you’ll find the buffet on the left, a large table next to it and some smaller (individual sized) tables on the right. There’s a few small tables outside too.

Image of inside sawobali with buffet on the left and long table and chairs in the middle
Inside Sawobali is pretty small. Buffet on the left, one long table in the middle and some individual tables along the wall and outside

When I arrived I was the only person there, but I can imagine it gets very crowded even with two or three people. It’s also pretty hot inside. If you want to sit outside best not to go with a large group.

Wifi

There is wifi here, surprisingly. Whilst I was here the wifi worked well. But again, I would not choose this as a place to sit and work or use a laptop. It’s far too small and crowded.

Final Thoughts

This is one of the best value meals I’ve had here. Rivaling only Bamboo Spirit’s vegan buffet by donation. The only reason I couldn’t give it 10/10 was due to the seating arrangements. Other than that, the food is spot on.

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