Living in Ubud, Food: Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurant Reviews

This is part 4 of a 5-part travel series on Ubud where I share things to note as a traveler living in Ubud and how to make the best out of your trip here.

  1. Living in Ubud Series: Introduction, Visa, Accommodation
  2. Environment: Nature, Climate, Villages, Animals
  3. Transport: Scooters, Taxis, Go-Jek
  4. Living in Ubud, Food: Vegetarian Restaurant Reviews
  5. Others: Insects, Language, Internet Speed, and More (Conclusion)

Food in Ubud

Ubud: Warung Sopa Nasi Campur

Ubud is a vegan heaven. ❤️ There are many vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Ubud Center, along with a small handful of raw vegan restaurants. Somehow a strong culture of veganism/vegetarianism took root here at some point and the inflow of foreigners and digital nomads coming for the vegan food solidified Ubud’s place as a vegan hotspot.

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When I was there in 2016, I fell in love with the vegan restaurant scene. However, during my 2018 visit, my views on what constitutes healthy food began to change. Firstly, thanks to places like Sayuri (a raw vegan restaurant in Ubud), I grew to appreciate and see the value of raw veganism. With raw food, the enzymes are retained so you get the most nutrition from it. I was experiencing some gut problems over the years, and by adopting a high-raw diet (and also other gut-healing practices) in Ubud, I’ve been able to reverse many of these symptoms.

Secondly, I kept breaking out when eating the cooked vegan food in Ubud. When I tried to isolate the issue, I realized it was due to a soy and vegetable oil allergy. The thing is that in Singapore, I don’t eat that much soy to identify this problem, and I also rarely eat out as the local food is very unhealthy. So I would get some pimples here and there when eating in Singapore, but I always thought it was due to the trace amounts of dairy (which it often is). It was only when I reached Ubud and ate a full-on vegan diet that I realized that I’m allergic to soy, and in addition to that, vegetable oils.

The thing is that I think these foods have been toxic for me all along, just that I didn’t know and it didn’t reflect on my skin. It’s only recent years that I started breaking out when eating them. After researching, I realized that soy and vegetable oils are very toxic[1][2] — they are highly processed foods which only became part of the human diet in recent history, and in the past few decades consumed in exceedingly high quantities.

Because of that, I can’t speak about Ubud’s vegan food in the same way that I did before. Soy is everywhere in the vegan food in Ubud. Tempeh, tofu, edamame, soya sauce, even miso. And the cooked food in Ubud, like in most other restaurants in the world, is cooked with vegetable oils. I don’t have anything against cooked vegan food, just when it’s cooked with oil. Oil in itself is a highly processed food — it constituents are fundamentally different from the original vegetable or nut it was extracted from, in terms of its fiber/fat/vitamin/mineral content.

So in this post, I’ll still share my pictures and thoughts on the vegan/vegetarian restaurants in Ubud. The restaurants that I would really recommend are the raw vegan restaurants (Sayuri, Alchemy) minus their food with soy/oil. I also recommend the raw vegan dishes in the other restaurants, along with their cooked foods that have no soy or oil (though this is rare). All the other restaurants and food items would be suitable for you if you are personally okay with the idea of eating soy and consuming vegetable oils.

1) Sayuri Healing Food

I only knew about Sayuri during my 2018 visit and I wound up eating there very often. Sayuri is a raw vegan restaurant with a great number of Western and Asian choices. They have a wide selection of food from smoothie bowls to mains to desserts.

Their food is always consistently good and their service is fantastic. Their servers have a great command of English, something which I found to be rare even among the expat restaurants. They also have a delivery option (min. 100k rupiah) for a 10k delivery fee (+15% govt and service tax). I ended up getting delivery quite a few times and the food would arrive within 45 minutes (longer if they are busy).

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Definitely try: Enchilada (Thursdays only), Lasagna Italian, Falafel Wrap, Nut-Free Choco-Vanilla Cake (be careful about taking away their desserts as they will melt after a while). Their Breakfast Burrito is great too!

  • Cost of Main Meal: 59-69k rupiah + 15% govt tax and service charge
  • Cost of Drink: 45-60k rupiah + 15% govt tax and service charge
  • What’s great about this place:
    • Truly raw healing food.
    • Their meals are tasty and very well-done. Everything is amazing from their mains to cakes.
    • Service is great, all smiles. Staff is well-trained.
  • Cons:
    • A little pricey to eat every day for all meals
  • Address: Jl. Sukma Kesuma No. 2
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Happy CowFacebook | Website

2) Alchemy

Ubud: Alchemy Restaurant

The entrance to Alchemy restaurant

Ubud: Alchemy Restaurant Entrance

The interior; there are many more seats inside. It’s huge!

Alchemy is another raw vegan restaurant in Ubud; it’s the first 100% raw vegan cafe to open in Bali. They have built an excellent brand for themselves and you can see this in the high level of human traffic.

I went there in 2016 and the food was fantastic. In 2018, I had to order delivery as their restaurant was too far away. The

Ubud: Alchemy Restaurant, Salad

Make-your-own-salad which costs 65k rupiah (before 16% charge) for salad leaves, four ingredients, and one dressing. Additional ingredient costs 10k each.

Ubud: Alchemy Restaurant, Philadelphia Maka Nori Rolls

Philadelphia Maki Nori (69k before 16% charge). Raw sushi rolls with cauliflower rice and papaya, served with sesame shoyu dip and warm miso soup.

Ubud: Alchemy Restaurant, Virgin Mojito Drink

Virgin mojito (25k before 16% charge): Fresh mint, Coconut water, Lime & Ice. It’s a cool and refreshing drink.

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However, their service isn’t the best and that’s bad as the restaurant is very expensive by Ubud standards. When I was there, the staff just expected that you’d know what to do and gave piecemeal pointers. One New Zealander I met was surprised when she saw that I got myself a menu (this was after she finished eating; she thought they only had salads). Reading online reviews, it seems that this is happening even in 2018.

They also don’t seem to have very good English skills. While at the dessert counter, the staff couldn’t answer my question on whether the cake would melt if I do a takeout, and kept repeating the prices (which were already displayed). When I ordered delivery (via Whatsapp), the staff would reply in very broken English and it was hard to communicate.

Their serving isn’t large either. My order came up to 186k rupiah (USD 14) for a person, about four times the cost of a decent veg meal in Ubud. And I wasn’t really full. While amazing tasting, it’s not a place for daily dining due to the prices, unless you’re just there to get a salad and a drink.

Definitely try: Their Salads, Spinach Mushroom Quiche, Cloud 9 Vanilla Cake for a light + lemony-tasting cake

  • Cost of Main Meal: 55-69k + 16% govt tax and service charge
  • Cost of Drink: 20-65k + 16% govt tax and service charge
  • What I love about this place:
    • Great tasting raw food.
    • Nice range of options from DIY salads to mains to desserts. Salad servings are huge.
    • Great setting: bright, cheery, and airy with great availability of sitting spots
  • Cons:
    • Staff’s English isn’t that good which is weird as the restaurant is targeted at expats.
    • Expensive and their range of mains isn’t as good as Sayuri’s. Alchemy is more for salads/smoothie bowls whereas Sayuri is great for raw vegan mains.
  • Address: Jalan Penestanan Kelod No.75
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Happy Cow | Facebook

3) Seeds of Life

I cannot on good faith recommend Seeds of Life as I had unpleasant experiences when dining there. Worms, bad service, poor service recovery, and the food itself varies a lot in quantity and quality. I get the feeling that the staff is very unmotivated and often spent a lot of time upstairs chit-chatting among themselves (behind a partition wall separated by customers) rather than caring about their work. After I got two live worms in two separate meal orders at Seeds of Life, and the staff just shrugged it off and in fact had a poor attitude, I decided not to go there anymore. Go at your own risk.

2) Siboghana Waroeng

Once you eat at Siboghana Waroeng, you’ll realize that many vegan/veg restaurants in Ubud are overpriced. Siboghana Waroeng serves amazing tasting vegan food at 1/2 to 1/4 the price of other vegan establishments; somehow it has the best tasting cooked vegan food and is the cheapest vegan restaurant you can find in Ubud.

 

The downside is that the restaurant is not accessible — it is in Ubud Center but it’s off the beaten track. Using Google Maps, when you walk toward Jl. Made Lebah No. 36 (or search Siboghana Waroeng), you’ll pass by a small building called “Bali Shell”. Walk along the bridge beside Bali Shell and you’ll see a small sign that says “Siboghana Waroeng.” After entering the track and following the signs,  you’ll see the restaurant inside a Balinese compound. 

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I had to walk 20 minutes to the restaurant and it was worth it. I had been waiting to eat a proper mee goreng (fried noodles) in Ubud and Siboghana Waroeng delivered — springy, tasty mee goreng with lots of fresh vegetables (20k rupiah). Their fried spring rolls (15k rupiah) are very tasty (though I’d prefer steamed ones but there’s no such option), and their iced ginger tea (15k rupiah) is fantastic too. While I saw online reviewers commenting about long wait times (40-45 min) for their meals, I didn’t have this problem — it took about 20 minutes for my orders to come each time, and I noticed that it was the same for the other patrons too. Perhaps they have improved their wait times since. Anyway, just remember that good food is worth waiting. Siboghana Waroeng still uses the traditional stove with wood-fire and this may be part of their secret in bringing out the taste of the food.

There’s a reason why Siboghana Waroeng has a 5/5 star rating on Happy Cow and Trip Advisor. Go check them out and maybe you won’t want to visit most of the other (cooked) vegan places in Ubud anymore. (By the way, if you reach the place and there is no one at the restaurant, just go to the kitchen (next building) and call for someone; they are likely there cooking.)

Definitely try: Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles) or Kare Goreng (Curry Noodles), Nasi Campur (Fried Rice), Iced Ginger Tea

  • Cost of Main Meal: 20-30k rupiah only (no extra charge but I recommend you tip them; they deserve it for the quality) 
  • Cost of Drink: 15-20k rupiah only (no extra charge)
  • What’s great about this place:
    • Amazing, authentic-tasting cooked vegan food
    • Unbeatable price, amazing value
    • Genuine service from the heart
  • Cons: Somewhat out of the way unless you have a scooter
  • My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
  • Address: Jl. Made Lebah No. 36
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Happy CowFacebook
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3) Wulan Vegetarian

Wulan Vegetarian serves great cooked vegan food. It offers a selection of soups, rice dishes, side dishes, and drinks.

Ubud: Wulan Vegetarian Shop

Wulan Vegetarian. It’s located along Jl. Sukma Kesuma which has many other shops. You need to keep a close eye so you don’t miss it.

Ubud: Wulan Vegetarian Signboard

Wulan Vegetarian

Ubud: Wulan Vegetarian, Menu

Food menu (partial)

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The owner, Wulan, was from Sumatra and she moved to Ubud in the early 2010s and started the shop. She uses very fresh ingredients, and truly understands what it means to eat healthily. You can taste it in the food — this is real food, not the cardboard-tasting dishes with tons of preservatives and additives typical of modern day food. When I visited in 2016 she was running the shop, but as of 2018 she has delegated it to helpers and started a sister vegan shop (Ayo Vegan, down the same street at Jl. Sukma Kesuma No. 87).

Their most popular dish is “Nasi Campur with 7 veg” — a mix of 7 veggies that change every now and then. The dish used to be 33k rupiah (2016); it has since increased in price to 45k rupiah (2018). It’s still great value though with no tax or service charge.

Ubud: Wulan Vegetarian Nasi Campur

Nasi campur is a common Indonesian dish that means “mixed rice.” This is their “Nasi campur with 7 veg” dish (45k rupiah) — there are lentils, spinach with green curry, pumpkin, tempeh (it’s a common soy dish in Indonesia), veg “prawn,” edamame, and some other vegetables.

Their Nasi Goreng (fried rice — 39k) is also very tasty — it’s red rice fried with a mix of vegetables. But definitely go for their Nasi Campur if it’s your first visit. The difference is that their Nasi Goreng has more rice with less veg, while their Nasi Campur has less rice with more veg. Their soups are awesome too — big serving at 25k each.

I tried their Aloe Vera Chunky drink (19k) and it was just water (?) with a lot of aloe vera chunks (and sugar if you want it sweetened); I wasn’t impressed by it.

Definitely try: Nasi Campur with 7 veg (their signature dish), Sweet Corn Soup (comes with spinach), Veg Stuffed Pancakes (read a lot of good reviews but didn’t get to try it)

  • Cost of Main Meal: 39-47k rupiah (no extra charge; tips are appreciated)
  • Cost of Drink: 13-25k rupiah (no extra charge)
  • What’s great about this place:
    • Amazing healthy food that is cheap; you can it every day
    • Great variety of vegetables in a 45k nasi campur. Their soups are awesome, large serving at a great price.
    • Great service, humble staff who are all smiles. You feel happy and appreciated when you are there.
  • Cons:
    • It’s tricky to dine here with a soy/nut allergy. As I have a soy and peanut allergy, I requested for the soy/peanut ingredients to be swapped out, but they simply removed all soy/tofu/tempeh/peanut products (which were a lot) without making up for the missing vegetables while I was paying the same price. Also, there were two times when the assistants gave me tofu-based ingredients despite me stressing that I have a soy allergy, and I realized this issue after having a reaction the next day. For people with severe reactions, this can be deadly so I feel the assistants need to be properly educated on food ingredients and allergies.
    • Can be noisy eating there due to loud traffic
  • My Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
  • Address: Jl. Sukma Kesuma No. 14
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Happy CowFacebook

5) Warung Sopa

Ubud: Warung Sopa

Ubud: Warung Sopa Food

Nasi Campur ordering station. You pick what you want and the staff will tally at the counter.

Their rice costs 7k rupiah while each ingredient costs 9k, so my order of rice + 4 veg is 43K rupiah. 

Ubud: Warung Sopa Nasi Campur

Nasi campur (32k) and Tamarind with ginger lime soda (20k)

As for the dishes, some are very nice while some aren’t. For example I ordered this fried tofu thing which was cold. Not even warm, but cold. Their tempeh wasn’t fresh, nothing compared to Wulan’s tempeh. Wulan’s tempeh is nice and crispy, while Sopa’s tempeh tasted like it had been left out in the open air for some time. The “Bali curry” vegetables were very good though. Even then this didn’t redeem my poor experience with the meal.

Their Nasi Campur is 7k rice + 9k for each ingredient. You need to order 4 dishes to feel  full, so 7k + 9x4k = 43k

their quality control is bad and is merely their interpretation of what sushi/dumpling should be (vs. a truly good sushi/dumpling).

I also got their Tamarind with ginger lime soda drink which I wasn’t a fan of. It was just soda with lots of tamarind powder. Maybe I’m just not a fan of tamarind (I didn’t know what it was like until I ordered it).

So basically I left feeling half full and unsatisfied. After this encounter, I didn’t revisit Sopa. When I can simply go to Wulan which is two streets away and get great, filling food at a fantastic price, I didn’t want to risk another disappointing meal here. Perhaps next time when I’m back in Ubud.

What to try: Nasi Campur (their staple; got to know what to order though); Soups (it’s very thick and comes with a bun); Lime Mint Juice (22k). DO NOT get their sushi/dumplings.

  • Cost of Main Meal: 30-43k rupiah (no extra charge)
  • Cost of Drink: 13-30k rupiah (no extra charge)
  • What’s good about this place
    • Large seating area
    • Can choose what you like for the Nasi Campur. Soups are very thick; fantastic quality.
    • Service is great and friendly despite no service charge.
  • Cons:
    • For Nasi Campur, the vegetables are pre-cooked, not kept in a heated state, and served cold. Some are not fresh; you have no idea when they cooked them (could be a day ago). Would be nice if they heated the customer’s meal before serving it.
    • Some dishes are good while some are very bad. Their sushi/dumplings don’t reflect the true authentic taste. It’s more like their interpretation of what Japanese food should be like.
    • Vegan food is not clearly or consistently marked; you have to ask different staff because sometimes a staff can give you the wrong answers.
  • My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (got to order the right things)
  • Address: Jalan Sugriwa No. 36
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Facebook | Website

6) Dayu’s Warung

Ubud: Dayu's Warung

I was super impressed by Dayu’s Warung’s salads and smoothies. Great price, great value, fantastic serving size. 

Dayu’s Warung serves veg+vegan food and meat/seafood options.

While they seem to have a nice restaurant story (owner being passionate about healthy living; food is pesticide-, chemical-, GMO- and additive-free), their food is a mixed bag. Their dishes sound good on the menu but the final product tastes like a mishmash of ingredients put together without a holistic taste. Some parts may be okay/nice while some parts are just bland.

Their Pepesan Pumpkin was bland — the vegetable curry had no taste while the pumpkin was too sweet. With their Mungbean Spinach, the burger “patty” was good/okay, the salad was fine (it’s basically raw salad so you can’t really go wrong), while the curry was too salty. With their curry/soup dishes, it feels like they threw all the ingredients into a pot and switched on the stove at extreme-high heat (vs. slow simmer) to get them to cook quickly. I’ve noticed that the soup is always served overly hot while some of the vegetables inside are still a bit raw.

With their desserts, I tried their cookies and I felt they were bland. I read online reviews that said the same thing about their desserts. Vegan desserts can be healthy and tasty; Sayuri’s desserts are amazing. Dayu’s shop sounds good in theory — having a shop with so many vegan cookie options — but I don’t find them worthwhile.

Their fruit smoothie bowls (35k + 10% tax) are pretty okay because I don’t think you can go wrong with blending fresh fruits together.

Perhaps they used to serve good food as reviews were better in the past. But as of 2018, their quality has dropped a lot. When I was at the restaurant, I didn’t see anyone who resembles Dayu. It’s basically a group of assistants running the shop, and their service varies a lot depending on who’s serving you (there’s one with a very bad attitude). I feel like the restaurant staff does now is simply mix/blend/put the ingredients together; there is clearly a chef’s touch lost in the dishes.

While there are still many good reviews on Tripadvisor, I suspect many of these are from touch-and-go tourists who haven’t tried the real authentic vegan food in Ubud (like at Wulan’s), and hence have a different benchmark. Happy Cow reviews tend to be more accurate in reflecting a restaurant’s food quality.

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What to try: Their fruit smoothie bowls. Smoothie bowls are essentially fruits/nut milk/etc. everywhere but at Dayu’s they are much cheaper (35k + 10%) than international cafes (65k + 15%).

  • Cost of Main Meal: 35-45k rupiah + 10% tax
  • Cost of Drink: 20-30k rupiah + 10% tax
  • What’s good about this place
    • Price is decent given its location. Portion sizes will fill you.
    • Dishes like smoothie bowls, drinks that don’t require cooking skills are fine.
  • Cons:
    • Cooked dishes vary in quality and are inconsistent in taste.
    • Staff attitude varies depending on who you get
  • My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
  • Address: Jl. Sugriwa No. 28 (near Warung Sopa)
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Happy Cow | Facebook

4) Sawobali Vegan Buffet

Sawobali is one of a few vegan buffet restaurants in Ubud (Veggie Karma; 9 Angels; there used to be another one called Veggie Table but it has shut down). It is without a doubt the best vegan buffet restaurant here (I’ll include a review of the other one below but I don’t recommend that one). They have an all-day buffet (50k rupiah flat fee) which offers a daily vegetable soup, a small salad selection, brown rice, and 12 main dishes!

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All the buffet food is vegan, gluten-free, with no onion and garlic. After going there every day for a week, I notice that 9-10 of the dishes are staples (tumeric rice, 2-3 soy/tempeh dishes, mashed potato, cauliflower/broccoli, eggplant, cooked jackfruit, etc.) while the rest are rotating dishes. If you go during the evening (6 pm onwards), you will get a selection of as many as 16 dishes as they bring out food for the evening crowd.

They also offer ala carte meals but I never ordered these as the buffet was already so varied. They also have a selection of drinks and cakes (vegan and non-vegan) at a good price. I never tried them though as I don’t eat cakes these days unless it’s a super high-quality cake that caters for allergies (like at Sayuri).

Definitely try: Their buffet — it’s their mainstay!

  • Cost of Main Meal: 50k rupiah nett for buffet; 40-50k for ala carte (+15% tax govt tax and service charge)
  • Cost of Drink: 20-65k + 15% govt tax and service charge
  • What I love about this place:
    • Great selection of vegan food at only 50k rupiah; eat till you drop. (The restaurant policy is a maximum refill of two plates (so three plates in total), but they honestly don’t monitor this. Also, most people will be full by the second plate.)
    • Staff is friendly, all smiles
  • Cons:
    • xxx
  • My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (for the value for money)
  • Address: Jalan Penestanan Klod
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Happy Cow | Facebook

5) Veggie Karma

Nine Heaven Vegan

Nine Heaven is just a few stores up from Wulan — they are located along the same street.

This store is unique in that it sells vegan Korean food. It’s very difficult to get vegetarian food in a Korean/Japanese restaurant, much less vegan food, so this was a great welcome. The fact that their staff (2 ladies) are incredibly friendly is a huge bonus!

Ubud: Nine Heaven Vegan Warung

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Ubud: Nine Heaven Vegan Warung, Korean Bibimbap

Korean Bibimbap (45k). Portions are huge with very fresh vegetables! There is a huge serving of rice underneath the vegetables.

Ubud: Nine Heaven Vegan Warung, Nasi Campur

Nasi Campur (35k). While okay/nice, it doesn’t compare to Wulan’s in terms of taste. I think Korean dishes are their specialty, not Indonesian dishes.

Ubud: Nine Heaven Vegan Warung, Kimchi Pancake

Their Kimchi Pancake (30k) is surprisingly good. It has 3 moderate-sized pancakes that are surprisingly NOT oily at all. I’m not sure how they did it but it tastes really good! MUST try.

Nine Heaven Vegan’s servings are HUGE. Their main meals like the Korean Bibimbap are the equivalent of 2 meals for me. I always eat half for lunch, then have the rest for dinner. Because of that, they are actually even cheaper than Wulan on a per meal basis!

I wanted to try their burgers but they said they ran out of vegetarian chicken for the week? o_O Subsequently when I ordered via GO-FOOD, I didn’t see any burgers in the menu. I’m not sure if it’s a permanent thing but hopefully I can try it next time.

  • Cost of Main Meal: 25–45k rupiah
  • What I love about this place:
    • Great Korean food that’s veganized
    • Very large quantities. It’s like food on steroids.
    • Very friendly staff
    • Amazing cost!

Cons:

  • Don’t think Indonesian dishes are their forte; You should definitely come here for the Korean dishes
  • No option of brown/red rice, which I thought should be a basic for a vegan place in Ubud

2) Taco Casa

3) Atman Nourish Kafe

5) Kismet

Ubud: Kismet Restaurant

Ubud: Kismet Restaurant

Kismet restaurant interior. They have a second floor upstairs.

Kismet is an expat restaurant/bar that serves gourmet vegetarian food. It has a hip look, hip music, and the whole place is very mod-looking.

Their menu is pretty extensive, serving an eclectic mix of Western (lasagna, pasta, burgers, salads, nuggets, zucchini fries, etc.) and Asian (Pad Thai, Thai Green Curry, Paneer Tikka Masala, Tempeh Burger) food, and desserts (cakes, ice cream). However, their establishment isn’t vegan-friendly — almost every dish has some cheese in it, and there is no marking for vegan dishes, which tells me that they don’t cater to vegans.

When I visited in 2016, I was a vegetarian (not full vegan), so I did get some food at Kismet. Here’s what I got:

Ubud: Kismet Restaurant, Haloumi Burger

Haloumi Burger: Black coconut charcoal bun with grilled halloumi cheese, tomato, and avocado, along with fries and salad (80k before 20% tax + service charge)

Ubud: Kismet Restaurant, Haloumi Burger

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Ubud: Kismet Restaurant, Vegetarian Skewers

Vegetarian skewers with peanut sauce (45k before 20% charge). The skewers are a mix of tempeh, tofu, grilled veg, and mushroom. The sauce is delicious.

They are quite expensive though. My two items above cost me 150k rupiah after 20% tax + service charge. Also, I feel that Kismet’s food falls more under the category of “tasty, modernized vegan/vegetarian food” rather than “healthy organic food that is tasty.” I didn’t revisit in 2018 as there are better value restaurants elsewhere and they are not vegan-friendly.

Note: As of 2018, they have updated their tax + service charge to 15% but the base prices of their items have increased (e.g. their Haloumi Burger is now 89k rather than 80k rupiah; their Vegetarian Skewers is now 59k rather than 45k), so it’s actually more expensive than before.

  • Cost of Main Meal: 69-89k rupiah + 15% tax & service charge
  • Cost of Drink: 39-79k rupiah + 15% tax & service charge
  • What great about this place
    • Great variety of food, great service, tasty food
  • Cons:
    • It’s expensive. One meal here can get me 2-3 meals at Wulan or Dayu’s.
    • It’s more like a bar in a modern city with loud music and a hip set up, so if you’re looking for a local experience in Ubud, you won’t get it here.
    • Not vegan-friendly — Many of their items have cheese and vegan dishes are not clearly marked on the menu. I didn’t revisit during my 2018 trip as I’ve adopted a fully vegan diet.
  • My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • Address: Jl. South Goutama No. 27
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Facebook | Website 

1) Seeds of Life

Seeds of Life is a raw vegan restaurant at Ubud. Originally I wanted to close an eye to their poor service and give them a raving review. In fact, I visited them many times during my stay in Ubud and was a regular.

However, their customer service is spotty and it really showed when I found a live worm in my food (Vege Wrap). When I called out to the staff, she gave me an attitude and was disinterested in serving me. After I told her there was a worm, she said impatiently “Where?”, and after seeing it, said, “So what do you want? You don’t want to pay for this item?” It was only after multiple back-and-forths with another staff that she came back to me and apologized, suggesting that I get another item on the menu. During this time, no other staff approached me to address this issue, apologize, or try to do a service recovery even though there was another staff witnessing this issue.

Perhaps the most ironic thing was that in my replacement dish (SOL Bowl), there was AGAIN another live worm inside, this time covered with sauce (jeez). This time, the staff who tended to me didn’t even offer to replace the dish or take it off the menu but simply took it away without asking??? I wasn’t even done eating but had lost my appetite by then, not just by the worms but by the poor service.

What I’m wondering is if I can find two live worms in a row, are the salad leaves actually properly cleaned? I also wonder if I had already ingested worms in my other times there without knowing — I was deliberately watchful when eating during this last visit. At least with Kismet (more on Kismet below), the worm that I found was dead and the manager was extremely apologetic about it. I’m sure (and hope) there are kitchen guidelines on the proper treatment of salad leaves at SOL, but are they actually followed? 

My other issue is that the food quality and quantity at Seeds of Life can vary a lot even with the same dish. In my many times ordering their Vege Wrap, the quantity differed by 30% in wrap size and number of chips. The quality also differs a fair bit too — once I had a wrap with a lot of sauce (great), and my last order (which had the live worm) had almost no sauce which made it very dry. The leaves and sprouts could vary between looking very fresh to looking like they were past expiry. The reason I can tell is that I often ordered the raw Vege Wrap which isn’t engulfed in sauce unlike the raw zucchini dish or SOL bowl.

A pity as the food, when it’s good with no worms, is great. I won’t be returning though because I’m not convinced about their food preparation methods and service standards.

  • Cost of Main Meal: 55–65k rupiah + 15% service charge
  • Cost of Drink: 35-70k rupiah
  • What’s good about this place: Great tasting raw dishes when the quality is right
  • Cons:
    • The quantity of food can vary as much as 30%; quality can vary too
    • Service standards are questionable, not sure if staff received proper training. For the price you’re paying, the standards should really be better.
  • My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. 2 stars for the service, 4.5 stars for food (when there are no worm)
  • Address: Jl. Gautama No.2
  • Links: Trip Advisor | Facebook | Website

And More…

Other mentionables:

  • Kafe. 
  • Bali Buda.
  • Soma.
  • Clear Cafe.
  • Warung Semesta.
  • Moksa.
  • Sage.
  • Pizza Umah (Italian/pizzas).

Of course, there are many other veg restaurants in Ubud. Trip Advisor has nearly 180 listings!!!

I plan to return to Ubud again next time and explore more restaurants. When that happens, I’ll add on to this list! 🙂 So do bookmark it for your use.

More Ubud vegetarian restaurant reviews:

I hope you’ve found this guide helpful. 🙂 In the next part, I’ll share some miscellaneous points about living in Ubud as well as round up the series. Stay tuned! 🙂

This is part 4 of a 5-part travel series on Ubud where I share things to note as a traveler living in Ubud and how to make the best out of your trip here.

  1. Living in Ubud Series: Introduction, Visa, Accommodation
  2. Environment: Nature, Climate, Villages, Animals
  3. Transport: Scooters, Taxis, Go-Jek
  4. Living in Ubud, Food: Vegetarian Restaurant Reviews
  5. Others: Insects, Language, Internet Speed, and More (Conclusion)

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