There were many days while we were on the island of Bali, where we would sit under the thatched-roofed area of our villas, and watch the heavy rain fall all around us. It was peaceful, mesmerizing and very beautiful. Our villa’s kitchen was close for a couple of days in a row, so we sought out other food options. Much to our delight there was an awesome little cafe in the heart of Ubud, called Bali Buda, and for a small fee (15,000 IDR) they would bringing our food directly to us. We had a free shuttle from our villa, but when it was pouring down and Elijah was sometimes asleep too, we just didn’t want to venture very far from our comfy spot near the pool. We absolutely loved all of the dishes that we ordered from this place!
“Bali Buda began in 1994 with a passion for bringing the best we could find to people looking for the best to feed themselves and their families. As we grew, and continue to grow, it is a constant challenge to keep up with the demand and to supply the best food we possibly can. But we try our hardest to deliver honest and wholesome food. We still make our bread with pure people power, even though we bake over 500 loaves of bread each morning before the sun rises.”
The best part about this restaurant was all the healthy hippie options that they had. Organic, vegan, vegetarian, wheat free dairy free, gluten free, GMO-free, free-range, hormone free, and so on… If you want something super healthy and delicious, they probably make it. We enjoyed the fusion of western foods and Indonesian classics. There were times we wanted a plain old grilled cheese, and other days where we couldn’t resist a traditional Nasi Campur. The above dish, a Vegetarian Lasgane, was amazing – a completely surprise to Justin who absolutely loves meat!
We sat in this area… eating our take-out, enjoying the music and tranquil surroundings…
Nasi campus consists of white rice accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, which includes meats, vegetables, peanuts, eggs and fried-shrimp. Depending where it originates, a nasi campur vendor might served several side dishes, including vegetables, fish and meats. In Bali the mixed rice called Nasi Campur Bali or simply Nasi Bali is a favorite among tourists, and it is NOT HARD to understand why. This dish is amazing! This Balinese version of nasi campur probably is the most internationally well-known version, mostly due to the “Bali factor”, the Balinese popularity as the island resort among international visitors. The tastes are often distinctly local, punctuated by basa genep, the typical Balinese spice mix used as the base for many curry and vegetable dishes. The Balinese version of mixed rice may have grilled tuna, fried tofu, cucumber, spinach, tempe, beef cubes, vegetable curry, corn, chili sauce on the bed of rice. Mixed rice is often sold by street vendors, wrapped in a banana leaf.
The Nasi Bali that we had from Bali Buda was definitely the best on the whole island! Probably because they used brown/ purple rice, and various vegetarian alternatives to the meat that usually comes with Nasi Campur. Below left, this is the dish all mixed up and ready to eat. It comes neatly divided, and the rice covered in a banana leaf triangle when it arrives (pictured below, to the right).
Nothing like a grilled cheese after beers by the pool, or a long day out and about.
We don’t eat much cheese in China, so this was a REAL TREAT for us!
Café, Shop & Home Delivery
Jl Jembawan #1 (across from the Ubud Post Office)
Ubud, Mas, Gianyar 80571
Tel. (0361) 976324 / 978963
You can check out their website here.