Sunday, January 30, 2011

kafe, ubud, bali

healthy cafe, daily raw vegan specials & a range of eco-products for sale
Jalan Hanoman 44b, Ubud, Bali

beans :  Balinese blend
leaf : imported and local herbal, hot or iced
soy : homemade, tends to split in hot coffee
dunk : almond croissants
fork : raw chocolate cheesecake
spoon : Balinese bubur injin, black rice pudding with coconut cream, palm sugar & banana (17,000rps, $2)
knife :  buckwheat pancakes with berry compote (34,000rps, $4)
plate & bowl : Meg's big bowl salad of assorted fresh vegies, tofu & tempe crunch, toasted seeds & tahini lemon dressing (40,000rps, $4.50)

footprint : eco-friendly vegan slip-ons, beaded thongs 
price : 18,000rps, $2
service : well trained; at busy times tend to get overworked and can be less eager to please
open :  7 days, 7.30am to 11.00pm with wifi available from 8am-12pm and 3pm-6pm, free delivery in Ubud area.

buzz : Always bursting with the flexible yoga set, creative minds, Ubud expats and travellers; every health conscious visitor to Ubud will eventually find themselves in Kafe at least once. It has cemented itself as an Ubud institution, and is the heart of the Balispirit empire founded by American Meghan Pappenheim and her Balinese husband.  It can be hard to get a seat during festival events and school holidays. An all day breakfast menu, raw vegan specials and a plethora of vegetarian choices will satisfy even the most particular diners. Desserts and cakes are enticing, ingredients are fresh, and the servings are generous and satisfying.  The drinks menu lists the usual favourites; juices, smoothies, frappes and tonics, with straws on request only. Coffee is good espresso, although the soy milk tends to split when heated. Outside of peak meal times, laptop users flood the cafe, and the influx of flushed faces tell you when the latest yoga class has finished. Seating options include large wooden communal tables, floor cushions, and an al fresco area on the front verandah which is subject to road noise. 

A section of the cafe is devoted to the Kafe Kares Project, selling organic food, eco-friendly crafts and health products made by small local businesses that are committed to Bali's social, economic and environmental sustainability.  Two doors down is the affiliated Balispirit yoga shop, and nearby is their fabulous sister establishment, Little K live food cafe, at the rear of the Yoga Barn. 

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