Of all the restaurants we visited in Bali, one stands above the rest. I generally like to eat like locals do when I travel in Asia, but this time pregnancy (=no streetfood, doctor’s orders) and a curiosity for the gastronomic development of the island took us to different spots. I found a recommendation for Hujan Locale in Ubud in an excellent Ubud travel blog and decided to give it a go. Very glad I did – I would have been content eating there for the rest of the trip if I didn’t feel like I needed to try as many as possible of the spots about town.
Hujan Locale had an excellent mix of local, traditional ingredients made up in a modern style. The flavors were well balanced, intense and surprising. The non-alcoholic drinks with nutmeg were just amazing, as were the deeply flavorful curries (with the best fried roti bread). The dishes I still dream of include the crispy squid with chili jam, ginger flower, lemongrass and honey as well as another squid variation – squid ink rice with crispy calamari, coriander aioli and salty fish chilli flakes. To die for. But really, don’t miss the richly spicy “bu sie itik”, a duck curry better than any curry I have had in years. Cool, urban design and big windows to the courtyard of a hindu family compound, or to the street if you wanted to stay on the air-conditioned bottom level. An added bonus: sourcing is done locally, by cultivating relationships with regional farmers and providing them with a steady source of income.
It’s pricier than most Bali restaurants but with western standards still a steal. If you have only one night in Ubud or if you really want a treat for the taste buds, don’t go anywhere else.
If you have more time, don’t worry, I’ll give you more tips. But until then, enjoy the Ubud travel tips from the blogger Clarinta Travels – I tested almost all of them and can vouch that she has excellent taste!