I went for a wander in Ubud today, soaking up the sights and sounds of my new neighbourhood, and I managed to make a happy discovery – Bali Buda café.
Not only do Bali Buda serve raw and vegan food, most of their produce is organic* / chemical free, hurrah!
Their superb list of health drinks includes such wonders as the Jelly Belly (aloe vera, apple, turmeric and honey) the Magical Noni Soursop (fermented noni, soursop and honey), and the Lean Green Smoothie (apple, avocado, celery spinach, bee pollen and coconut water). I sampled their chrysanthemum kombucha tea which was incredibly refreshing on a warm afternoon. I also enjoyed a vege juice and a honey and vanilla lassie which was tangy and not too sweet.
My raw flax pizza crackers with cashew cheese, tomato and avocado were oh so good, a delicious combination of crunch, flavour and texture. I may or may not have tried the raw chocolate pie. And as for their list of fresh nut milks:– almond, walnut, cashew, red rice, brown rice, mung bean, soy, and sunflower seed milk – impressive no?
In keeping with their mission to provide a healthy, healing, relaxing environment the café is wifi free, banana leaves are used for drink coasters and each table has an astonishing range of fresh homemade salad dressings. According to their website Bali Buda source their produce locally and make everything by hand, including 450 loaves of bread each morning.
I read somewhere that Ubud has more vegetarian, vegan and raw food restaurants per square kilometre than New York or Los Angeles. If Bali Buda is anything to go by I’ve got lots of happy healthy eating to look forward to.
* Although a truly organic certificate is hard to come by in Bali due to the communal irrigation system used here, produce is sourced to be as chemical free as possible. Farms are overseen by Bali Organic Association, and produce is periodically spot checked and lab tested without prior supplier knowledge (from Bali Buda website).