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.

 

Kafe Ubud

Image of kafe restaurant from outside

Kafe Ubud:

  • Vegan Burger + Big Salad bowl + Nasi Goreng + Vietnamese Spring rolls
  • Price: 57k + 59k + 39k + 37k ( + 10% tax + 5% service)
  • Total: 220k
  • Score: 5/10
  • February 6th, 2017

Kafe is a trendy spot, popular amongst the ‘Digital Nomads’ and laptop brigade. It also received 2nd place for ‘Best Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurant’ in 2016, so we thought we’d check it out.

Food

The menu is pretty extensive, with ‘Bread food’ (sandwiches), ‘Bowl food’ (salads and soups) and traditional vegan Indonesian dishes.

On recommendation from the waitress I chose the vegan burger.

Image of vegan cashew nut burger and shitaake musrooms at kafe, ubud
Vegan burger; ground cashew nut, shitaake mushrooms and seeds in a gluten free wrap

The vegan burger was made from ground cashew nut, shiitake mushroom and seeds in a gluten free pita. It was more like a wrap than a burger, but it was really tasty. The salad and avocado was good. Not the most filling meal ever.  I’d recommend getting a side or starter as well.

Image of vegan burger with cashew nut and shitaake mushrooms and salad at kafe, ubud
Vegan burger with salad and avocado at Kafe

My friend ordered ‘Meg’s Big Salad Bowl’.

Image of vegan big salad bowl with tempeh, dressing and bread at Kafe, ubud
Meg’s Big Salad Bowl plus added tempeh in a tahini-lime dressing

Meg’s Big Salad Bowl looks really impressive in the photo, but my friend had ordered extra tempeh to be added on top, so this came at an extra cost.

On the menu, the salad bowl said it contained “every veggie under the sun”, with tofu-tempeh, toasted seeds and a tahini-lime dressing.

Rez was massively disappointed with the salad. In complete contrast to the menu description, there were no veggies at all, just greens and tempeh. The tempeh she had added extra was also pretty greasy as it was deep-fried. Her opinion was that she wouldn’t come back.

Rez’s Mum went for the traditional Nasi Goreng and vietnamese spring rolls. The spring rolls came with a peanut sauce which she didn’t really like, and said the rolls were really bland. I had a taste of them and I actually liked them. They were pretty bland but healthy and simple.

Image of vegan nasi goreng with rice crackers at Kafe, ubud
Nasi Goreng; vegan fried rice with tofu, cashew nuts, salad and rice crackers

The vegan fried rice came with cashew nuts, tofu, spinach and rice crackers. The fried rice was good, and not too greasy.

Overall I enjoyed my meal but my friends weren’t too impressed.

Atmosphere

Kafe has both upstairs and downstairs seating, so it’s a large place. There are tables indoors and outdoor, on the terrace upstairs. It’s a nice relaxed setting, with both tables and floor seats.

It certainly seems like a place people come to work. They even have a ‘meeting room’ that can be rented out for business.

The service was slow and not the most attentive but there were no real problems either.

Image of indoor seating upstairs at kafe, ubud
Indoor seating upstairs at Kafe

Wifi

The Wifi was strong and fairly fast here. There are 2 different connections for upstairs and downstairs, with Skype only available on the second floor. We sat upstairs so I connected to Kafe 2, which I assume is the better connection.

Final Thoughts

Kafe has a promising menu which didn’t really deliver. The costs are a little on the pricey side but may be worth it if you choose to work there for a few hours.

Veggie Karma Ubud

Image of veggie karma restaurant sign in ubud

Veggie Karma Ubud:

  • Pumpkin in Coconut + Gado Gado (Indonesian salad)
  • Price: 50k + 40k (+10% tax)
  • Score: 5/10
  • February 13th, 2017

Veggie Karma in Ubud stands out a mile with it’s bright neon sign, located just across the street from The Yoga Barn.

Food

As the name suggests, Veggie Karma serves only vegan and vegetarian food.

The menu is fairly small, but by no means limited. Salads, soups, rice and noodle dishes, chef specials and house specials – I struggled to decide.

My friend opted for Gado Gado and on recommendation I chose a chef’s special; “stewed pumpkin in coconut sauce”.

Image of Indonesian salad with peanut sauce at Veggie Karma, ubud
Gado Gado: tempeh, tofu, tomato, green beans, noodles and boiled egg in peanut sauce

The Gado Gado was a little different to other varieties I’ve had as they covered the salad in peanut sauce before serving. Most I’ve had provide the peanut sauce in a separate bowl. My friend Nish probably would have preferred this as he found the sauce a little heavy. That said, it was enjoyed regardless.

Image of pumpkin coconut curry in hot pot at veggie karma ubud
Pumpkin stewed in coconut sauce: coconut milk, carrot, pumpkin and onions at Veggie Karma.

As for my stewed pumpkin in coconut sauce, it was definitely nourishing, but as a chef’s special, somewhat bland. The curry had just pumpkin and carrot. It would have benefited from some herbs in the coconut curry to add a little more flavour. Rice also has to be ordered separately.

Although it didn’t blow me away, there were definitely other options on the menu that I would like to try. A family eating next to us seemed to have chosen some better dishes than we did! The food was high quality however, just not to our specific tastes. 

The prices are really reasonable, with the house specials averaging around 40,000 idr and most other dishes around 50,000 idr.

Atmosphere

Veggie Karma is opposite the large supermarket, Coco Mart, and The Yoga Barn, which is a very busy area of town. But once inside it feels very relaxed, quiet and serene.

As we went for dinner, it was dark outside and the lighting was very ambient. The decor is sweet and the place has a somewhat romantic feel to it.

Image of tables and chairs inside veggie karma ubud
Ambient lighting and cozy seating inside Veggie Karma
Image of seating, tables and chairs inside veggie karma ubud
A small, intimate restaurant with a romantic feel

Wifi

You’ll find the wifi password on the tissue boxes – something I always appreciate. Whilst here the wifi connected but I didn’t use it for any real purposes.

Final Thoughts

A sweet restaurant with an enticing menu. If you’re looking for an atmospheric place to eat this is it. That said, if you’re ravenously hungry, there’s a great vegan buffet practically next door – all you can eat – for 50,000 IDR too. 

Dragonfly Cafe Ubud

Image of dragonfly cafe sign

Dragonfly Cafe Ubud

  • Dragonfly Garden Salad + Choco Banana Lover Smoothie
  • 45k + 35k (tax included)
  • Score: 10/10
  • February 7th, 2017

Dragonfly Cafe Ubud is part of a beautiful resort, sat in the middle of rice fields and lush greenery. It’s a beautiful walk to get there, and not far from Ubud Palace.

Along the path there are several restaurants and warungs, but this place looked by far the most inviting. Even better, it is a completely vegetarian kitchen. All food can be made vegan and gluten free on request.

 

Food

Some of the favourites recommended to me were:

  •  Tempeh Burger w/ cashew sauce and sweet potato fries
  • Dragonfly Garden Salad – fresh greens from the garden
  • Dragonfly Vegan/Vegetarian Pizza – best seller
  • Their number one smoothie, Choco Banana Lover

I took the smoothie to begin with. Creamy coconut, banana, cacao and vanilla, this was the best smoothie I’ve had in Ubud.

Glass with chocolate banana smoothie and fresh mint at Dragonfly Cafe Ubud
BEST Smoothie in Ubud: Choco Banana Lover at Dragonfly Cafe

It was so chocolate-y and creamy, with a splash of vanilla and fresh mint on top. Delicious!

Later I opted for the Dragonfly Garden Salad. Fresh greens from the garden, with a choice of dressing; tahini, passion fruit or vinaigrette. Again, on recommendation I had the tahini dressing.

Image of plate of salad with greens, avocado, tomato, beetroot and carrot, with tahini side dressing
Dragonfly Garden Salad – fresh greens from the garden, avocado, carrot, beetroot, tomato, cucumber and herbs with a tahini dressing on the side

The salad was also a hit. The veggies were fresh and for 45k rph, it’s hard to beat on price too. The salad consisted of avocado, tomato, cucumber, carrot, beetroot, cabbage, sunflower sprouts, lettuce, and fresh herbs. The tahini dressing is a must-try.

 

Atmosphere

When I arrived I was the only one in this cafe, so I had the place to myself. It’s set upstairs, overlooking endless rice fields, and the resort below.

There is a large table in the middle, with chairs, and lower tables with floor cushions around the edges.

Image of seating at Dragonfly Cafe, tables and chairs
Atmospheric seating with an incredible view at Dragonfly Cafe

The entire place is very serene. I sat there for hours simply admiring the view, and the quiet. It’s the perfect place to read a book or sit with friends.

Whilst I was at the cafe the rain came down and so they drew some heavy bamboo curtains to stop the rain coming in. It was all very cosy and idyllic. I felt like I had been transported far from the busy streets of Ubud, which were really just a 10 minute walk away.  

Image of seating with beautiful view over rice paddies at Dragonfly Cafe
More seating with beautiful views

Wifi

Whilst I was here the wifi was excellent. The signal was strong and as it’s a resort I’m guessing it has to be pretty reliable. There are also plenty of plug sockets dotted around the edges of the cafe. The perfect place to come and work for a few hours in peace and quiet.

Service

The staff here were absolutely lovely. When I arrived the manager, Pei told me all the best recommendations, asked me about my trip to Ubud.

She asked if I would like a tour around the resort. She showed me around the entire place, including their incredible yoga shala at the bottom of the garden. The staff who served me were also very polite and friendly.

Extras

As an added bonus, on a few nights of the week Dragonfly Village host a steam sauna evening from 6pm-9pm. You can go there to use their herbal steam sauna, and take a dip in the salt water pool. If you eat at the restaurant afterwards you’ll also receive 10% off your food bill. Tickets for the sauna evening and salt pool cost 70,000 idr per person.

Image of salt water swimming pool at Dragonfly Village Resort
Salt Water Swimming Pool at Dragonfly Village Resort and Cafe

Final Thoughts

Dragonfly Cafe is part of Dragonfly Village Resort. It’s actually along the same path to the much celebrated Sari Organik. But, I found Sari Organik t to be much busier, and the menu wasn’t very appealing for vegan/vegetarian choices. I turned and came back to dragonfly cafe. This was a much better choice.

I can’t get over how reasonable the prices are here too, given the atmosphere, and quality. I can’t wait to come back.

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.

Bamboo Spirit Ubud

Bamboo Spirit logo

Bamboo Spirit Ubud:

  • Vegan Buffet
  • Price: By donation
  • Score: 10/10
  • January 22nd, 2017

Bamboo Spirit is an open space for all sorts of events here in Ubud, Penestanan. Every Sunday they have a Vegan buffet, by donation, between 12pm and 3pm.

Image of Vegan Buffet options with yellow rice, asian salad, pumpkin, tempeh, artichoke and cabbage
Vegan Buffet options; Curried Tempeh, Pumpkin, Asian Salad, Shredded Cabbage, Artichoke Hearts and Yellow Rice

Food

With food being a top attraction here, a buffet by donation seemed too good to be true. Yet, here it is.

Image of asian salad, pumpkin and a bowl of tempeh buffet options
Pumpkin, Tempeh, Veggies and Button Mushroom

The buffet options were even better than I expected. Nutritious, healthy, quality food. Some of the options were; spiced tempeh in some sort of curry/turmeric mix, asian salad with button mushrooms, artichoke hearts, pumpkin, shredded cabbage, steamed veggies and yellow rice.

Image of Banana leaf topped with yellow rice, pumpkin, artichoke, mushroom and salad
A very messy plate of vegan buffet food

It was all delicious. My particular favourite were the artichoke hearts and spiced tempeh. There’s also tea on offer too.

Although I don’t usually like buffets so much – (I overeat, I can’t help it), this was hands down one of the best meals I’ve had here in Ubud. For the quality of the food and also the environment.

I expected this place to be crowded on Sunday. In my mind this is where I’d meet the Ubud community. I couldn’t have been more wrong. The place was almost empty when we arrived at around 12.45. It didn’t get much busier whilst we were there.

Image of inside Bamboo Spirit, with a communal table and chairs
Seating inside Bamboo Spirit

The buffet was held inside, with some floor seating and a large communal table. Outside, down a few steps, there is a lovely courtyard area which has more tables and floor seating, the kind that resembles a four-poster bed with drapes and curtains for decoration.

Image of outdoor courtyard at Bamboo Spirit
The outdoor courtyard at Bamboo Spirit; more tables and floor seating

It felt very relaxed and peaceful. It is an open space without any fans, so I imagine it can get pretty humid. Fortunately, the day I went there was a slight breeze.

There is no wifi here which made it a lovely place to just chill out with a friend. We stayed for a few hours and felt very comfortable there. We were left completely to our own devices and probably could have stayed all afternoon had we wanted to.

Buffet’s seem to be a common theme here, many cafe’s and even yoga studios offer weekend buffets for somewhere in the range of 75k and up. Bamboo Spirit offer their buffet every Sunday, and it looks like this has been running for a few years.
I would highly recommend coming and supporting this community space. The food was delicious and the environment tranquil. Just remember to clean up after yourselves!