I’m almost embarrassed about the fact that I can tell you which restaurants in Ubud serve the best Mie Goreng. It’s not as if I ate it a few times, I ate it all of the times. Every time it was socially acceptable to eat a meal, that is.
Ubud at night will totally spoil you. After a lazy day amongst the lush jungle vistas of Ubud, the city centre is a perfect place to up the tempo. If you’re a curry fan, The Melting Wok is a must. You’ll find it hidden down Jl. Gootama, a quiet side street away from the endless noise of the city’s motorcycles.
They are usually fully booked so a call in advance is recommended. Alternatively, you could try your luck at around 6pm before the dinner rush hits. We got in one night without booking, but I think we were quite lucky. Inside you’ll have a candlelit table, complimentary nibbles and a great view for people watching. The chicken coconut curry (pictured below) is a dream.
Now on to Mie Goreng – my favourite Balinese dish of all time. For a noodle stir fry ask for mie goreng, for the rice version it’s nasi goring. The best mie goring I had in Bali was at a little restaurant called Warung Biah Biah. Down the same little side street as The Melting Wok, it has a fast food atmosphere that’s irresistible. You’ll truly feel like you’re eating like a local. It gets seriously busy here, and for good reason – the wontons are the stuff of dreams.
I ordered mie goreng every time, always with extra fried wontons. Trust me on that. The wine is nothing special, so i’d recommend sampling the delicious food early and then heading to any of Ubud’s glistening bars afterwards. The restaurant is small and there’s usually a queue of people outside the door. If you hit the queues, please wait! You’ll only be there for about 15 minutes and it’s SO worth it.
The rustic dining room is perfect for travellers. With its raised seating you’ll be able to watch life go by as you order that extra portion of wontons. People are in and out fast, but nobody will rush you if you want to have a leisurely lunch.
I had Bali’s mie goreng dish in about six different places in Ubud whilst we were there, as well as at our hotel, and Biah Biah was the best by far. If you have plans to go, look out for this guy as you stroll down Jl. Gootama – you can’t miss it.
Cafe Wayan – Incredible atmosphere with truly bohemian seating. Think rustic wooden tables, lush jungle canopies and floor cushions.
Watercress Cafe – Their Tempura veggie dish is incredible and they’re kinda famous for their burgers. Plus, two for one cocktails most evenings! Vegan food options available.
Habitat – Cool cafe specialising in pan-asian cuisine. Vegan food options available.
Frozen Yogi – amazing guilt-free frozen yoghurt in loads of different flavours with a plethora of toppings to choose from. The best way to cool down.
Tukies cafe – vegan coconut ice cream to die for!