Sometimes, no matter how much you plan and how good your plan is, you end up in a place that was not on your original travel route. Despite of their popularity amongst tourists Sanur and Ubud were not included in my Bali itinerary, but since we left Amed and didn’t yet know what to do next we decided to stay somewhere near the airport and beach at the same time.
Since I don’t like just sitting and waiting for the situation to unwind I thought it is a great chance to check out what south of Bali has to offer to vegetarians. Well… the offer is quite rich, and I end up gaining one or two extra kilos – apparently collecting food pictures, writing and sitting in the hotel pool is not the right activity to stay fit 🙂
Here is the result of my sacrifice 🙂 a subjective guide where to eat in Sanur and Ubud.
SANUR – I did not expect much from the suburbs of Denpasar, known of white-sand-beaches, all-inclusive hotels and countless gift-shops, however I was positively surprised with number of places offering vegetarian food and the quality of the dishes.
Warung Sanur Segar – Jl. Pantai Sindhu 2a
You can easily pass by this small warung while walking along the street as its appearance does not suggest it is on the second place on Tripadvisor amongst nearly 400 restaurants in Sanur. Is it possible to eat great Mexican food in Bali? ¡Claro que si!
Whether you choose burrito, taco or a salad you are sure to get a healthy and fresh meal prepared by a nice lady almost in front of you. All the dishes have vegetarian options and you can ask for vegan too. The young coconut served from the fridge is the most refreshing drink you can have while waiting for your meal. And you may wait a while, especially during a lunch time when people queue in front of small warung and locals drop by to pick up their lunch to go. I can assure you it is well worth waiting, especially when you collate the quality of the food with prices (av. 2.30 $/meal).
Warung Pengkola – Jl. Danau Toba 33
Good food, cheap beer, comfy sofa from which you can observe the street and decent WiFi – what more could the blogger in tropics wish for?
(prices starting from 2.30 $)
Café Smörgås – Jl. Danau Tamblingan 56
If you feel like treating yourself with delicious lunch in cozy and stylish place you can head to Smörgås – Swedish owned restaurant. I choose an Indian Curry with Batura Bread and Tomato-Basil rice for my veeeery late breakfast (yeap, I can eat breakfast even at 1p.m.) and I was really happy with my choice.
The prices start from 5$ per meal, which is a bit pricey for Bali standards, but still super affordable when compared to western prices for the same quality of food and atmosphere.
Warung Little Bird – Jl Danau Tamblingan 34
If you’re a fan of live music (especially reggae and rock), casual atmosphere and big portions than this is definitely the place for you. The best Nasi Goreng (fried rice) I ate in Bali, with big pieces of crispy vegetables – not only onion and cabbage like in some other places… It is best to visit for dinner around eight, the band plays every second day.
(prices starting from 2.30 $)
Jalapeno – Jl. Danau Tamblingan 102
Very decent latino cuisine and drinks at 50% during happy hours. Although I’m trying to cut down on diary and on daily basis I prefer to eat vegan, I could not resist the quesadillas.
(prices av. 4-5 $/meal)
Zula Sanur – Jl. Danau Tamblingan 150
I could almost agree with the slogan “Vegetarian Paradise”, that waiters wear on their T-shirts. Almost… While Chickpeas Burger and Burrito with Falafel were great, I was really disappointed with pita with seitan, which was greasy and rather bland. I guess it is just a matter of being lucky with choosing the right dish, but this roulette is a bit pricey, with average price at 4.5 $. The menu is very wide with both vegetarian and vegan options and the ingredients are organic, which explains the prices. If you happen to be in Sanur give them a try and let me know what is your opinion.
UBUD – this city is well known as a cultural capital of Bali as well as a mecca for vegetarians, vegans and yoga addicts. When you enter the city you already feel this specific esoteric vibe. It is not difficult to find vegetarian food in Ubud, but what is really worth recommendation for veggie foodies?
Veggie Karma – Jl. Hanoman 73
It was the first time I’ve been to Chinese vegetarian restaurant and I must say it was a very successful debut for me. We were very hungry after one hour motorbike drive from Sanur and luckily we choose this place for our late lunch.
I was curious to try Chinese Dumplings – first on the menu, and I also took the pumpkin soup. Funny thing, each and every restaurant I remember served a pumpkin soup, however I never saw a pumpkin field on Bali, hmm.. Anyway, the dishes were beautiful, nicely seasoned and big enough to give us energy for some sightseeing. Greg took a Mixed Vegetable in Curry Sauce and I have to admit that my spoon was travelling across the table to his pot a lot. Just look at the pictures below… (prices av. 4 $/meal).
Taco Casa – Jl. Pengosekan
We went there after our visit to Monkey Forest, it is on the same street in direction to Ubud center. Surely it was another great Mexican place that we found in Bali. Vegetarian Tacos that we ordered were just delicious and so filling, but the real treat was Veggie 8 Layer Burrito. Filled with guacamole, fresh vegetables, pico de gallo, beans and red rice – if it wasn’t so big I would definitely order another one. What I really liked is that all the dishes on the menu had vegetarian versions, although Taco Casa is not typically vegetarian restaurant. I would so come back to this place… even now. (prices av. 4-5 $/meal).
If you are curious what typical Balinese dishes you can eat in vegetarian versions check my post – VEGETARIAN IN BALI.