The Little Green Cafe

What we say: 3.5 stars

The Little Green Cafe is a favourite healthy spot of ours in Bali’s Seminyak area, serving up scrumptious salads and light vegan and vegetarian fare in a sunny and shaded courtyard.

Chalkboard specials check, pumpkin vines check, garland for tree check.

Chalkboard specials check, pumpkin vines check, garland for tree check.

Sit at one of three tables in the small air-con shop area, where you can also pick up a small selection of healthy groceries or head through to a cement and pebble space with picnic-style benches shaded by green umbrellas as well as table and chairs under roofs supported by bamboo poles. Pumpkin vines climb the white walls, lending a green backdrop to a very green menu.

The music is laidback and the vibe friendly, with specials written on blackboards in addition to a short but sweet menu with an emphasis on drinks, light veggie-heavy meals and desserts.

Drop in for a up of tea or coffee — they offer soy milk as well as cow’s — sip a smoothie, such as the imaginative avocado, orange and yoghurt blend (25,000 rupiah), or down a fresh juice, such as apple, beetroot, celery and ginger. There are also lassies and iced teas. Breakfasts include fresh fruit salad (20,000), granola, fruit, yoghurt and toasted coconut (35,000) and porridge with cranberries, flaxseeds and almonds (30,000).

The real attraction for us though is their changing daily salad specials — all food is organic where possible and sourced locally where possible.

We love their sesame-encrusted veggie burger, served with your choice of two of their five daily salads. Our last try included roast pumpkin with spiced couscous (how come our couscous never tastes this good?) and an avocado and two-pepper salad in a lovely light dressing, served with a slice of brown bread and chilli and eggplant dip. The generous serving comes in at 50,000 rupiah, which is more expensive than your typical Seminyak cheap Indonesian meal, but still a bargain for the quality on offer.

Another popular option is the Vietnamese spring rolls with green salad (35,000 rupiah) — and there’ll be a soup and some kind of bake, such as veggie shepherd’s pie, on the menu as well. This is genuinely wholesome food that will simply make you feel good.

A perfectly balanced rainbow.

A perfectly balanced rainbow.

If you’ve still got room, a range of cakes, including plenty of vegan and wheat-free options, are designed to tempt. Mango and orange cheesecake (25,000), wheat-free jaffa cafe (25,000), vegan chocolate cake (20,000) and vegan date, cashew and coconut balls (10,000 rupiah) are so good they’ll have you asking for the recipe.

If you’re staying in the Seminyak or Canggu area, home delivery is offered to these areas and as far away as Brawa (for up to 10,000 rupiah extra) — this is a great option for dining in if you’ve got your own villa or simply don’t feel like venturing out of your hotel room. It’s a good option to keep in mind if you end up sick in Bali — it happens.

But the food is definitely worth venturing out for, though it’s a bit out of the way from the main tourist drag — cross Sunset Road and head down Jalan Mertanadi for about 100 metres, take the first right and it’s a little way down on the left. Mertanadi, if you haven’t discovered it already, is a great furniture and homewares shopping street, and Little Green makes a great pitstop.

If you like Little Green other restaurants you might get a buzz from in Bali include Zen, which is just up the road, as well as Seminyak’s Earth Cafe and Zula’s as well Betelnut and Bali Buddha in Canggu. If someone in your group can’t bear to have a meal without meat, send them down to Pak Malen’s for a plate of babi guling.

Going on a real health kick in Bali? Don’t forget a few yoga classes.

Contact details
Jalan Bidadari No 1 (off Jalan Mertanadi), Seminyak
T: (0361) 275 2125 / (085) 857 070 205
Open: Open Mon-Sat 09:00-18:00
About the author
Stuart McDonald co-founded with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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Jalan Bidadari No 1 (off Jalan Mertanadi), Seminyak
T: (0361) 275 2125 / (085) 857 070 205

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