Lazy Cats Cafe Ubud

Stairs with 'lazy cats' painted on at lazy cats vegetarian cafe

Lazy Cats Cafe, Ubud:

  • Green Smoothie Bowl, Avocado Hummus Pita, Scrambled Eggs and Tempeh BBQ Wrap
  • Price: 50k + 45k + 50k + 60k  (tax and service charges included)
  • Score: 7/10
  • February 1st, 2017

One of the coolest cafes in Ubud, hands down. Lazy Cats Vegetarian Cafe is laid-back, sophisticated, and immensely charming.

More of a cafe than a full blown restaurant, Lazy Cats has a humble yet mouth-watering menu. From smoothie bowls to soups, salads and wraps, this is an excellent example of a smaller, more thoughtful menu. Every item sounds so good.

I’ve eaten here on a couple of occasions already, and plan to come back again!

First was a brunch date with a friend. I chose the Green Smoothie Bowl and he had ‘Eggs, any style’.

smoothie bowl with fruit, and scrambled eggs on toast with avocado, spinach and sundried tomatoes
Scrambled eggs with toast, avocado, sun dried tomatoes and dip and a Green smoothie bowl with seasonal fruit and cacao

My smoothie bowl was made with homemade cashew coco-milk, seasonal fruits, seeds, coconut and cacao nibs. It was everything you would want a smoothie bowl to be. There was definitely a much more generous serving of fruit in this smoothie bowl than other places i’ve been here. Always a welcome bonus.

Scott had his eggs scrambled and I was really impressed with his dish. A large hunk of toast, spinach, sundried tomatoes, avocado and a dip of his choosing – tahini lemon parsley. The other dips are cashew cheese or salsa de mango.

Brunch is most definitely the best option here! They even have a breakfast smoothie with an espresso shot, banana, peanut butter, dates, cinnamon and soy milk. I just need to come back early enough in the day so I can have coffee and give this a try. They also have soy and cashew milk for an extra 5k making it the perfect vegan coffee shop!

A few days later I came back for lunch with another friend. This time I went for the Avocado Hummus Pita, and she chose the Tempeh BBQ wrap.

Pita bread with avocado hummus mushroom and tomato
Avocado Hummus Pita with raw mushroom, sun dried tomato, salad and chia vinaigrette

Definitely more of a light snack than a filling meal but the Avo Hummus was delicious. The salad had a nice balsamic chia seed dressing with raw mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes. This meal was slightly cheaper at 45k but not nearly as filling as the others.

The most expensive meals on the menu are 60k. One of those being the Tempeh BBQ Wrap.

Vegetarian wrap with vegetables and BBQ sauce, with a side of carrot and sauce
Tempeh BBQ Wrap: Tempeh, greens, peppers and carrots

This was the most hearty meal out of all and very tasty if you’re a fan of BBQ sauce. It seemed like one of the less healthy options but still pretty good with tempeh, greens, peppers and carrots.

Prices here are really reasonable. They are also one of the few places where the government tax and service charge is included in the price you see, which makes it even more affordable and slightly cheaper than other places of a similar standard.

Easily the most ‘home-away-from-home’ cafe I’ve been to in Ubud and I’ve fallen a little in love with the pink, mismatched chairs and decor.

Chairs, sofas, small tables and lights inside Lazy Cats Vegetarian Cafe
Mismatched pink decor to fall in love with

As far as the wifi’s concerned, the first time it was great. The second was a little slow with images on webpages taking a little longer to load. I did still manage to watch a few YouTube videos with only a few instances of buffering. That said it had also been raining non-stop for a couple of days and even the wifi at our house (really fast, strong fiber internet) had been having issues so it’s a little unfair to judge Lazy Cats on this instance.

In terms of atmosphere and ambience, you should probably schedule in a few hours for this place. You may not want to leave those comfy sofas. With an open window and veranda terrace this place is a must-visit.

 

Warung Sopa Ubud

Image of Warung Sopa sign outside the restaurant in ubud

Warung Sopa Ubud:

  • Nasi Campur ( rice + a number of veggie toppings)
  • Price: 43k
  • Score: 9/10
  • February 2nd, 2017

Warung Sopa is a completely vegetarian cafe in the centre of Ubud. I’d heard this was the best place to try the traditional Nasi Campur dish, and I was excited to do so!

Food

There are a number of menu options, from soups and salads to Japanese influenced dishes, but I couldn’t have anything other than the Nasi Campur.

Nasi Campur varies from place to place, and I’m not sure there’s any ‘correct’ way of doing it. But Warung Sopa has to be one of the best. Here you get a plate of rice (7000 rph) and add as many toppings as you wish (9000 rph each).

The toppings are all showcased in a counter display, whatever they have available at that time or day.

Image of vegetarian food toppings in display counter at Warung Sopa
Nasi Campur toppings at Warung Sopa
Image of vegetarian toppings for nasi campur at warung sopa
Banana flower, green veggies in kinako sauce, ratatouille, sambal (at the back)
Image of vegetarian toppings for nasi campur at warung sopa
Tempeh, spanish potato omelette, cripsy tofu miso cubes, crispy zucchini miso

When I arrived they were still making some of the options, such as the egg plant curry, as they’d ran out earlier in the day. Still, there was plenty to choose from. It also meant the toppings are fresh, as they’re made in small batches and re-made throughout the day.

Out of all the choices I managed to whittle it down to 4; tempeh, veggies in the Bali curry of the day, kimchee spring roll, and green veggies in kinako sauce.

This was all served with two sides of Sambal – incredibly spicy sauce to set your food on fire. If you can handle spice, you will love this.

Image of nasi campur with rice, tempeh, kimchee roll and green vegetables with samba
My choice for Nasi Campur. Rice with tempeh, kimchee roll, greens with kinako sauce, curry of the day and two sides of sambal

All of it was simply incredible. If I had to pick I would say the kimchee roll was my least favourite. It’s a tough choice between the other three for my most favourite. The tempeh was crunchy and delicious, and a large serving of it too.

The greens in kinako sauce were smooth and creamy. Tasty okara in miso sauce. I highly recommend this one. The curry of the day was also delicious. It all tasted incredibly healthy, and I’m sure it is.

The sambal was perhaps the best part. I am a huge lover of spicy food and I threw it all over my plate. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

Drinks

Warung Sopa have a large range of healthy hot and cold drinks. I chose a tumeric tea, for 15k rph. I quite enjoyed it, but it really is just turmeric and hot water. My friend tried it and basically choked it down.

Image of pot of turmeric tea, brown sugar and glass at warung sopa
Turmeric tea with brown sugar at Warung Sopa

Cakes

Warung Sopa has a full fridge of vegan cakes. More than I’ve seen in other places, which are usually a mix of vegan and non-vegan options. Some of the options here were snakefruit apple pie and vegan mango cheesecake. All for a great price too – between 17k – 19k rph. (The raw cakes were slightly more expensive).

Image of fridge full of vegan cakes at warung sopa
Vegan Cakes: Vegan snake skin fruit pie, vegan lime pie, vegan coconut pie, vegan chocolate coconut pie and raw chocolate cakes too

Atmosphere + Wifi

Warung Sopa is a relaxed, laid-back cafe. It has an open store-front, plenty of seating options, and even a ‘kids corner’ for the little ones.

The wifi was reliable whilst I was here and I was also surprised to find a plug underneath my table. I was able to sit here and work into the evening, in an environment that was perfect for me.

Image of indoor seating, tables and chairs at Warung Sopa
Plenty of places to sit and enjoy a meal, or hang out with friends.

Final Thoughts

Far less pretentious than some of the other vegetarian/vegan cafes around Ubud, the food at Warung Sopa is cheaper and the quality is higher. Definitely a must-visit.

 

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

 

Cat House Chiang Mai

Image of the restaurant sign outside the Cat House, Chiang Mai
Cat House Restaurant Sign

Cat House Chiang Mai:

  • Burmese Tea Leaf Salad,
  • Price: 90 baht
  • Score: 8/10
  • January 4th, 2017

Cat House is a great restaurant on the East of the Moat that offers really great food.

The Cat House menu is a fusion of Thai and Western foods. As well as traditional curries you can get things like a Laab Sandwich or Wrap. They have great quesadillas and burritos too, as well as breakfast foods like pancakes or muesli. They also have sweet potato, pumpkin or zucchini fries! Everything can be made vegetarian or vegan but they also serve meat for any non-vegan friends. Don’t forget to check out their cake selection too. They have vegan cookies, vegan brownies and also homemade bread. Their smoothies and lassi’s are good, as well as Kombucha and herbal iced tea’s. 

Although not a Burmese restaurant, Cat House does an incredible Burmese tea leaf salad.

Image of Burmese Tea Leaf Salad, brown rice, cucumber and cutlery at the Cat House Chiang Mai
Burmese Tea Leaf Salad at the Cat House, Chiang Mai

It’s always a difficult choice for me between the Tea Leaf Salad and their Hummus and Falafel dish, which is also a favourite there, usually found on their specials board.

The Tea Leaf Salad is made from fermented tea leaves, toasted nuts, beans, fresh cabbage, carrots and tomatoes. Thanks to the fermented tea leaves it has a tangy kick to it and is really tasty. The salad itself is pretty filling but combined with Cat House’s dense black rice it’s a hearty dish.

That being said, this time that I went, the black rice portion was a little smaller and seemed to have a little coconut milk mixed in. Another reason for a slightly lower rating this time was because my friend and I did find the salad pretty greasy on this particular day. I’ve never had that before though. It definitely wasn’t as good as usual but I am willing to put that down to one bad day as I’ve been there plenty of times before and absolutely loved it.

The Tea Leaf Salad cost 90 baht. At a Burmese street stall you may pay around 30 baht but this is usually for a smaller portion of tea leaf salad and no extras. For such a filling meal this is a really good price. In fact, most of the prices on the menu are really reasonable, more so than other popular cafe’s around Chiang Mai.

The Cat House is open all day, from 7am – 10pm, which makes it a great place to go in the evenings. I wouldn’t say Cat House is the best environment to work in, it’s definitely designed to be more of a restaurant to socialise with friends in than a work spot, but there are power outlets and decent tables.

Image of the restaurant seating area, tables and chairs at Cat House, Chiang Mai
Indoor Seating area with tables and chairs inside Cat House

The staff at Cat House cafe do have a little reputation for not being the most friendly or welcoming. The owner Jacky is very bubbly but it’s rare that she is there. Jacky takes on staff from Burma and helps them learn Thai and English, as well as teaching them management skills, cooking and mentorship. Even if a smile is lacking, it’s still a great place to spend your money, and with great food.

As a final side note, a friend of mine made the mistake of ordering the ‘Brown Rice Porridge with coconut milk, raisins, banana or mango’ thinking that it would be sweet. It’s actually salty! Aside from that it’s a pretty yummy, warming bowl of rice porridge but definitely doesn’t satisfy a sweet tooth!

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant

Image of the restaurant sign outside Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang Mai
Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant Sign

Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant, Chiang Mai:

  • Cashew Nut Vegetable Stir Fry
  • Price: 120 baht
  • Score: 9/10
  • November 3rd, 2016

I made a dinner date with a friend of mine for Anchan Restaurant. She’d heard great things about it and it’s also one of few vegetarian restaurants open late around the Nimman area of Chiang Mai.

So yes, everything on their menu is vegetarian. It’s also organic and locally-sourced. The menu changes each week depending on which veggies they have available but the food is always incredible.

After a good workout at the gym, I was starving! I wanted something substantial so ordered the cashew nut veggie stir fry.

Image of the vegan cashew nut stirfry from Anchan Restaurant in Chiang Mai
Cashew Nut Veggie Stir-fry with a plate of Brown Rice and Iced Ginger Tea

I used to think Anchan’s portion sizes were a little on the smaller side, but this definitely wasn’t. The stir fry was a mix of carrots, corn, green beans, tomato, bell pepper, spring onion, tofu, onion and garlic, and the best part was – there was tonnes of cashew nuts. More often than not in Chiang Mai I’ve had a cashew nut stir fry that comes with just a few cashews sprinkled on top. This meal probably had the most I’ve had in one dish.

I also thought there was a really good range of vegetables. Again, a lot of places tend to do a vegetable stir fry with just the same type of veg over and over. It was especially nice to have both red and yellow sweet bell pepper.  The main downside of this place is the prices are very high for Chiang Mai.  

I had a ginger and cinnamon iced too to go with my meal which had a really had a good kick to it! Lots of ginger.

Image of the seating area inside Anchan Restaurant, Chiang Mai with a chalk board on the wall showing weekly menu
Restaurant tables and chairs inside Anchan Vegetarian Restaurant. Chalk board with weekly menu written on.

ImmAim Vegetarian Bike Cafe

Image of sign reading ImmAim Vegetarian Cafe @ santitham
ImmAim Vegetarian Cafe

ImmAim Vegetarian Cafe, Chiang Mai:

  • Fresh Herbal Spring Rolls + Broccoli Ginger Stir Fry
  • Price: 65 baht +  60 baht
  • Score: 7/10
  • November 10th, 2016

ImmAim is a welcoming little cafe in the heart of Santitham neighbourhood (Northwest of the old city). Their menu is all vegetarian with many vegan options and most, if not all, can be adapted for vegans.

I live nearby so I work and eat there very often. Today I went for the Fresh Herbal Spring Rolls with a Pumpkin Dressing. This is sort of a light dish, great for sharing, or nice to order with another light meal as I did. So on top of that I also ordered the Broccoli and Ginger stir-fry as I was craving greens.

Image of herbal spring rolls on a plate with pumpkin dressing
Ok, so I dived right in and ate one before I remembered to take a picture – there are 8 rolls usually
Image of broccoli ginger stir-fry
Broccoli ginger stir-fry

 

The Herbal Spring Rolls are amazing. They are minty and fresh and the pumpkin dressing is really good. But it didn’t fill me up at all. I’ve never had the broccoli stir fry before so I thought I’d give it a try. I have to say that I thought it was a little light on broccoli and a little heavy on the ginger and pepper. But, I guess it’s intended as a healthy dish and so the taste reflects that. I’m not sure what sort of sauce it was in but it was pretty watery.

ImmAim is one of those places where I always feel like I ordered the wrong thing. They have so many good options I often see other people’s food arriving and wish I’d ordered that instead! I sort of did that today. I had a ravenous appetite. It was 4pm and I hadn’t eaten all day, yet I went for the light/healthy options. So, my feelings about both these dishes may have been different on a different day.

They can definitely deliver much better than this so I’ll be heading back there another time for sure. I would say that it’s still a little gem of a restaurant, I just picked the wrong options for me, so be careful! I did however have the banana mocha smoothie and it may possibly be the best smoothie I’ve had in a long time. That definitely hit the spot! The menu has smoothies, coffee, fresh juice and kombucha.

As a bike cafe, both the owner and the menu focuses on healthy options. They cook with little oil and even make a great healthy version of typical thai food such as Pad Thai. As it’s a little out of the old city too, I find the prices are much more reasonable and the portion sizes are good.

It’s a lovely relaxed place to sit and work or just hang out with friends. I often work there for a few hours and I see others doing the same. The owner, ‘O’ is so relaxed and welcoming. Despite my less than satisfied stomach on this particular day I do highly recommend this place. It’s well worth checking out.

 

Image of tables and chairs inside Immaim vegetarian restaurant
ImmAim seating area

Free Bird Cafe

Free Bird cafe sign and a large bird spray painted on the outside wall of the cafe in Chiang Mai
Free Bird Cafe Outside Wall

Free Bird Cafe, Chiang Mai:

  • Jok (rice porridge)
  • Price: 80 baht
  • Score: 9/10
  • October 24th, 2016

Free Bird Cafe is one of my go-to places to eat. I like their healthy menu and the food is always good. Their menu is vegetarian but with mostly vegan dishes.

Today for lunch I had jok. Jok is rice porridge which is a traditional dish in Thailand. It’s basically ground up, boiled rice where they leave a lot of the water in it. Kinda like creamy porridge oats. In fact, you may be familiar with Jok from the film the Hangover. If you recall the reference it’s usually somewhat bland but nutritious (like Stu).

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It was a dreary, rainy day in CM and I wanted to eat something warm and comforting. Rainy days make me homesick for England where it’s rainy most of the time. Porridge was just what I wanted.

Jok at Free Bird Cafe is made from boiled purple rice, instead of the usual white jasmine rice. Purple rice is my favourite and also pretty healthy.

So boiled purple rice is the main ingredient, mixed with some diced veggies and topped with pickled ginger, green onion and fried garlic, with a slice of lime on the side. It tasted really good.

A bowl of vegan jok containing brown rice, lime, pickled ginger and fried onions
A bowl of Vegan Jok at Free Bird Cafe

I’m a big fan of ginger and the ginger and garlic gave it way more taste than I was expecting. There were some carrots mixed in which I didn’t really like and left to the side. Carrots aside it was a really tasty dish. It was served piping hot and was a good portion size.

The Jok cost 80 baht which is one of the cheaper options at Free Bird Café. In a regular Thai place you’d probably pay 25-50 baht and it wouldn’t be vegan – just boiled rice and chicken or some other meat.

Free Bird Café has a lovely laid back atmosphere, there are plenty of fans around the place and big windows and open doors. There are also big tables at which you’ll see many people getting some work done on their laptops. The wifi is usually pretty reliable there too and there is never a feeling of being rushed out.  The staff often disappear into the back and just pop their head out to check if anyone wants their attention every now and then. You can easily while away a few hours here.

Large table with bench and stools inside free bird cafe
Free Bird Cafe large tables to work at
Several large tables, benches and stools to sit at inside free bird cafe
Seating area at Free Bird Cafe, second hand clothes and books for sale