5 best new restaurants in Ubud, Bali

These fabulous new eateries, which cater to varying tastes and budgets, are contributing to the rise of Ubud as the island's hottest culinary destination

A beautifully plated dish at Hujan Locale

A beautifully plated dish at Hujan Locale

Interiors of Hujan Locale
Interiors of Hujan Locale

Hujan Locale

Author and celeb chef Will Meyrick is the visionary behind award-winning fine-dining restaurants Sarong and Mama San in Seminyak, both of which serve up “Asian street food, without the street”. His latest venture, Hujan Locale, follows the same formula, but without the formal trappings of its predecessors. Tucked along an alley, the homely two-storey eatery boasts a certain provincial charm, serving up comfort fare that showcases Meyrick’s farm-to-table culinary philosophy. Even the cocktails reflect this found-and-foraged mindset — think unusual offerings like Beetroot Margarita, for example.

Must-tries: Kashmiri-style Roasted Snapper wrapped in banana leaf, Crispy Sumatran Duck with spiced cassava leaf and curry ikan teri (anchovies), and Twice-Cooked, Cumin-Basted Lamb Shoulder with quinoa salad.

5 Jalan Sri Wedari; +62 361 849 3093; hujanlocale.com

SPICE by Chris Salans
SPICE by Chris Salans

SPICE by Chris Salans

Chef Chris Salans, who helms Mozaic in Ubud, is spicing up the neighborhood’s culinary scene once again with this new all-day gastrobar. Positioned right smack on Ubud’s main street, SPICE stands out from its historical surrounds with its ultra-modern glass façade and compact, café-style interiors. Its food is no less noteworthy, with small plates that marry native ingredients with Western cooking techniques. As a result, the restaurant’s menu is ever-changing, constantly adapting to the seasonal availability of market produce.

Must-tries: Beef brisket with udon “fat” noodles in kluwek broth, crispy pork belly in turmeric dressing and dukkah spice, and Flores vanilla bean ice cream.

23 Jalan Raya Ubud; +62 361 479 2420; spicebali.com

Tarts from Monsieur Spoon Ubud
Tarts from Monsieur Spoon Ubud

Monsieur Spoon Ubud

With branches in Seminyak, Umalas and Canggu, the latest outpost of Monsieur Spoon brings to Ubud a quintessential Parisian-style pâtisserie-boulangerie, with an array of fresh-out-of-the-oven goodies. Sink your teeth into mouthwatering croissants, brioches, sourdough loaves, baguettes, bagels, macarons and more; all viennoiseries and breads are baked on site daily. There’s also an all-day menu featuring brunch fare like salads, sandwiches, quiches, and sweet and savory crêpes.

Must-tries: Lemon meringue tarte, passionfruit macarons, salty caramel tartelette, vanilla mille-feuilles and Sicilian focaccia.

Jalan Hanoman; +62 361 973 263; monsieurspoon.com

BLANCO Par Mandif
BLANCO Par Mandif

BLANCO Par Mandif

Indonesian chef-restaurateur Mandif M. Warokka has always wanted to propel modern Indonesian fine-dining cuisine onto the international stage, and he might have achieved just that with his latest restaurant. Perched on an embankment within the famed Don Antonio Blanco Museum compound, BLANCO Par Mandif takes Indonesian heritage cuisine to a whole new level (literally), with its contemporary take on traditional fare, all beautifully plated and served dégustation-style. And the restaurant is as glam as it sounds — reservations are a must (walk-ins will not be entertained), children below 10 are not permitted and all diners have to adhere to a smart dress code.

Must-tries: Whole lamb marinated for 48 hours, served as tenderized lamb leg morsel with eggplant, paddy field escargot, and pomelo bullet chips and soursop freeze-dried in liquid nitrogen.

Museum Blanco Ubud, Jalan Campuhan; +62 361 479 2284; blancoparmandif.com

A salad from Watercress Cafe Ubud
A salad from Watercress Cafe Ubud

Watercress Café Ubud

Fans of the original Watercress Café in Batu Belig will be delighted to hear that a second outlet has just sunk its roots in Ubud. The new café looks all set to be a hit in the health-conscious neighborhood, with its “Eat Fresh! Live Well!” mantra and emphasis on fresh, natural produce. Graze on wholesome options like open-faced sandwiches, organic salads and berry smoothies by day, and feast on hearty meats and burgers by night. The coffee here is also addictive — in fact, the café latte is one of the island’s best.

Must-tries: Herb-marinated Mahi Mahi Burger, Moroccan Vegetable and Couscous Salad, and King Prawn Linguine Aglio Olio.

Jalan Monkey Forest; +62 361 976 127; watercressbali.com

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Written by

Samantha Coomber

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