VEGETARIAN IN BALI – Sanur and Ubud

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.

Beach in Sanur, Bali.
Beach in Sanur, Bali.

Warung Sanur SegarJl. 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).

Young coconuts.
Young coconuts.

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 $)

Tofu & tempeh coconut curry (vegan).
Tofu & tempeh coconut curry (vegan).
I asked for a vegetarian fajitas, although on menu there was only meat version. The cook did a great job.
I asked for a vegetarian fajitas, although on menu there was only meat version. The cook did a great job.

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.

Indian Curry with Batura Bread and Tomato-Basil rice.
Indian Curry with Batura Bread and Tomato-Basil rice.
Bali Cider - I had to mix it with a normal beer to be able to drink it - so sweet!
Bali Cider – I had to mix it with a normal beer to be able to drink it – so sweet!

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 $)

Nasi Goreng - fried rice (vegan).
Nasi Goreng – fried rice (vegan).

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)

Veggie quesadilla and very spicy fried peppers.
Veggie quesadilla and very spicy fried peppers.
Veggie enchiladas - look at this beautiful plate !
Veggie enchiladas – look at this beautiful plate !
Original Mexican salsas - mucho picante :)
Original Mexican salsas – mucho picante 🙂

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.

Nachos with salsas - vegan cream cheese was really good (vegan).
Nachos with salsas – vegan cream cheese was really good (vegan).
Chickpeas Burger with sweet potato fries and home-made ketchup (vegan).
Chickpeas Burger with sweet potato fries and home-made ketchup (vegan).
Hot Dog with sweet potato fries and home-made ketchup (vegan).
Hot Dog with sweet potato fries and home-made ketchup (vegan).

 

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?

Statue in Royal Palace, Ubud, Bali.
Statue in Royal Palace, Ubud, Bali.

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).

Chinese dumplings with soy & ginger sauce (vegan).
Chinese dumplings with soy & ginger sauce (vegan).
Pumpkin and coconut cream soup (vegan).
Pumpkin and coconut cream soup (vegan).
Mixed Vegetable in Curry Sauce (vegan).
Mixed Vegetable in Curry Sauce (vegan).

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).

Vegetarian Tacos with black beans.
Vegetarian Tacos with black beans.
Best ever Veggie 8 Layers Burrito.
Best ever Veggie 8 Layers Burrito.

If you are curious what typical Balinese dishes you can eat in vegetarian versions check my post – VEGETARIAN IN BALI.

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