Bali Raw Food Report

Feb 25, 2011   //   by Kelly   //   Travel & Events  //  No Comments

You may know Ubud as that place where Elizabeth Gilbert / Julia Roberts went to meditate with a toothless medicine man and make out with a dreamy Brazilian in Eat Pray Love. That sounds totally great, but I know it as a little place called Raw Food Heaven.

I spent two weeks in Bali not long ago with another raw foodie friend of mine. We spent most of our time in Ubud away from the chaos of places like Kuta. It was so great travelling with another raw foodist. Our days revolved around exploring the markets, getting spa treatments and eating at raw food restaurants. We drank so many fruit shakes and coconut juices and ate so many amazing raw food dishes, so I thought I’d share them with you…


Little K

Where: located in the garden at the Balispirit Yoga Barn (Jl. Pengoseken – Pedang Tegal, Ubud)

Hours: 9am – 4pm Tuesday – Sunday.

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We only ate here once near the end of our stay, I wish we’d gone here earlier to get in a couple of visits. Its situated on the edge of central Ubud in the garden of the Yoga Barn. You just wander down a path past Siam Sally and the Zen Spa. It’s in a beautiful outdoor garden area overlooking coconut palms. A nice quiet refuge out of the busy tourist areas of Ubud. Little K was definitely my pick of the restaurants in Ubud.


Rawsagne
This was so amazing. I don’t know why anyone would order cooked food when you can eat something like this . It’s a flavour explosion. Layers of zucchini, tomato, cashew ‘cheese’ sauce, tomato marinara sauce and pesto. Yes, it is all raw and so much better than a cooked lasagne. I’ve made a version of this at home before and it’e actually pretty easy, especially if you have the sauces made up earlier.

Raw Pizza
The flavours of this are pretty similar to the Rawsagne as they use some of the same sauces only it’s a really nice flax bread base.



Raw Samosas
These were coconutty with a mild spice, a delicious curry flavour but quite crumbly.



Raw Thai Rolls (Raw Pizza at the back)
These Thai rolls were great. Just a thin strip of zucchini wrapped around julienned vegetable like carrot, peppers and cucumber with an amazing curry sauce.


Kafe

Where: next to Tegun Galeri, at Jl Hanoman# 44B,

Padang Tegal, Ubud
Tel. +62 361 7803802

Hours: 8am – 11pm daily

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We ate here a few times, It’s central and close to the Bali Spirit Yoga shop. It’s owned by the same people as Little K. They have a cooked menu that is mostly healthy vegan food with a lot of juices, smoothies, salads and raw desserts with a different main raw food dish every night.


Raw Apple Pie
This was really delicious, as you can see we got halfway through before even taking a picture. Really simple base of probably almonds and dates filled with soft sliced apple, raisins and cinnamon. The raspberry sauce was a little too sweet but still pretty darn good.


Bali Buddha

Where: Located across from Ubud’s Post Office on Jl. Jembawan No. 1

Hours: 8am – 10pm daily

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We ate here a lot, there were a lot of healthy organic options in both the cooked and raw camp. They do all these great tonics and teas and superfood smoothies like the Magical Noni Soursop. They’ve also got a great health store downstairs with a wide range of local & imported organic foods, as well as natural household, skincare & alternative products. There is also a really good noticeboard outside for things like yoga classes, healing and other activities.


Tropical Pie
Layers of tropical fruits (papaya, pineapple, banana) on a date almond base topped with coconut and almonds.



Chocolate Pudding Pie
Oh My Buddha. This was sensational. A soft raw brownie style crust filled with this amazing gooey chocolate pudding.



Magical Noni Soursop Smoothie
Soursop makes such a great drink. The green smoothie at the back was not so great.




Bali Buddha Chocolate Bar
I probably had about 5 of these the whole time I was in Bali. It was more like a dense fudge brownie than a chocolate bar. Ingredients were vanilla, dates, raw chocolate, coconut oil, honey, raw almonds & cashews. Balinese growers produce a lot of raw ingredients like the really raw cashews that Loving Earth sell here in Australia and New Zealand, so a lot of things like cashews and cacao are local. Plus one of the coolest things about this bar was that the packaging was a banana leaf! I’m sure my friends over at Unpackaged would approve. Apart from the label…



Rice Paper Rolls
One thing I never liked about buying rice paper rolls is that they are just stuffed with rice noodles and hardly any veges. So these are not 100% raw but they only use the rice paper. Not a noodle in sight, just raw veges inside. Exactly how I make them. They had cute little banana leaf bowls for the sauce too!


Sari Organic

Where: The farm and restaurant is located in a rice field about a 20 min walk from downtown Ubud. To get there, walk 800m down the Abangan/Water Way, starting from Ubud Main Rd. It’s not the easiest place to find, so follow the signs or ask a local if you have trouble.

Hours: 8am – 5pm daily

phone: (+62 0361) 780 1839 or 972 087

So you do have to walk 20 mins down this path through the rice fields to get to Ubud Sari, which can be quite hot as there’s not much shade, but it’s totally beautiful. It’s all open air looking over the rice terraces and they use organic produce from their own farm. The food is mostly cooked organic food but there are a few raw food options on the menu too.



Gazpacho, Thai Salad & Coconut Water
Ah yeah, that’s not a mirror. We ordered exactly the same thing. The gazpacho was great, nice and cooling after a long hot walk through the fields. The salad was pretty ordinary. It just had some coconut on it.


Ubud Sari

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Ubud Sari is a health resort where you can stay for a detox or as a day guest for colonics, massages and other health treatments. We tried to get in last minute for some spa treatments but they they were totally booked. They also have a restaurant that is a bit pricey but has some great things on the menu. We went for a late breakfast and had superfood smoothies which were probably them best that I had in Ubud.



The Restaurant

Ubud I love you. I can’t wait to see you again.

Thanks to Raw Food Bali for the directions. Such a great resource as I was planning my trip.

Ethos

Dec 25, 2008   //   by myrakelly   //   Uncategorized  //  No Comments

I’m sitting on the floor of a great little restaurant called ethos in banglamphu, Bangkok. I’ve just downed an amazing mango shake and I’m making my way through a fruit platter with freshly cut pineapple, mango, papaya, watermelon, banana and apple. There’s kirtan playing on the radio and a warm breeze. Ethos is on a small side street near Khao San Road littered with vegetarian restaurants. It’s my second trip here, I came last night for dinner and had the papaya salad, which is a Thai speciality. Down the road is May Kaidees, another vegetarian restaurant where you can also take vegan cooking classes. This is a great street to escape from the madness that is Khao San Road and they have free wifi too.