Ubud, one of the bigger city (and tourism) centers of Bali, ended up being for us a food center. There was a lot of other things to be done, but it was eating that occupied us for most of our stay.
Our dining decisions in Ubud were influenced by a few factors: lonely planet recommendations, our patience levels, gut feeling (get it?), and eventually, random pointing - "to hell with it all, let's eat… there".
Lonely Planet Recommendation:
he said: Being in need of a break from noodles/rice, and looking for a cheese fix, we decided to pursue a tried and true favourite: pizza. Lonely Planet recommended a place south of city centre called Pizza Bagus (translation: Good Pizza). We were happy to find it was one of the few places that hasn't greatly inflated its prices in the two years since our guide was published. As the name implies it's a pizza joint that does good.
she said: Good pizza, good calzones, good ice tea, good pasta, good coconut pie, GREAT lemon cheesecake…
she said: On our second night in Ubud we had cause to celebrate so we started by once again turning to the Lonely Planet and picked out a place that was affordable, but just a bit fancier then our norm. After a slow walk there (with stops to peruse other menus along the way) we were disappointed to find our original choice (Three Monkeys) was in a completely different price bracket then what was listed in the guide. So we continued down the street and happened upon a place called Sagitarius. Why this wasn't one of their listings I'm not sure. Price, atmosphere, and food were all up to snuff.
she said: After being disappointed with a few of the Lonely Planet choices we went with a different approach. We headed towards their pick with the intention of eating at one of its neighbours. After walking once past the chosen warung and up the quiet street laden with food options we each stated our choice. Luckily our stomachs were on the same page and we headed back towards the ambiance of "Melting Wok," a newly opened cafe run by a French woman and her Loasian husband (the cook). If all the cooks from Loas are as savvy in the kitchen as him then I have a new country on the "to visit" list.
We tried three out of six and still can't decide what the best one was.
Random - "to hell with it":
he said: Our first day in Ubud we were extremely tired from the hours of travel between Lombok and Bali. Add to that the left over fatigue from hiking up Mt. Rinjani. So on arrival we took a short stroll and stumbled into the first Warung we felt was legit. I had the ayam goreng (fried chicken), she had the bakso (meatball soup) and we shared some springrolls. Mine was especially good. The chicken came out juicy from the marinade and as crispy as the best wings you can find State side. It was served on a salad of beans, chillies, and other things. Yes, you are right, other things ARE delicious. Unfortunately, I don't remember the name of this place and without google street view there's no hope for me to ever find out what it is. I remember it had blueish or greenish… some kind of colory walls with lots of wooden masks and lizard carvings hung. I'm sure they'll do fine without my recommendation so I'm not going to stress over it.
she said: It's right around the corner, we could easily find it again….
he said: Like I said absolutely no hope.
Please can we eat some more! Thanks to all the people and places who filled our stomachs. Hello whatever we're doing with the next couple weeks in Bali.