Great sunset spot
Cafe Pomegranate, housed in an unusual open-air safari-style canvas tent, offers stunning views of Ubud’s rice paddy, to be enjoyed while sipping a drink or dining on their solid range of Japanese-Singaporean-Indonesian offerings.
A popular spot for a sundowner, get here early to secure the best seats on the cushions skirting the circular edge of the restaurant, and watch the sky turn indigo above the paddy. Or come earlier in the day for lunch for a chance to see Gunung Agung stretching into the sky in the distance (it generally gets too hazy to see it later on).
We dined here several times, and though sometimes the service was a little lackadaisical, the food was good enough to keep us coming back. Some items too were unavailable, so temper your expectations on seeing the ambitious menu — the house-made sangria, for instance, sounded scrumptious but was sold out for the few days we went.
Breakfast isn’t served, the coffee is Bali-style only, and there are not too many snacks on the menu, so this spot is best for a proper lunch and dinner rather than a quick stop — though you could of course always just pop by for a juice or squash.
Prices are definitely flashpacker, but then quality is well above average too (small/large Bintang is 25,000/35,000 rupiah++). For something light, choose from soups, salads and dips such as hummus and babaganoush.
A range of pizzas keep fussing six-year-olds happy (60-68,000 rupiah++) — and come with a serving of house-made Tabasco. There’s a solid selection of interesting set meals too, including a solid rendition of Singapore chicken rice (64,000 rupiah++), breaded pork cutlet (68,000 rupiah++) and Indian curry (70,000 rupiah++).
We liked the chirashi zushi, sushi rice pressed with prawns and squid with avocado and shredded egg, with pickles plus miso soup on the side (58,000 rupiah++).
Desserts are short and, well, sweet: banana cake and turmeric pudding, coconut pannacotta, tapioca jelly cake in milk plus a range of house-made ice creams for 30-34,000 rupiah, with tea or coffee just an extra 5,000 rupiah — though do note that all prices are plus 10% tax and 5% service.
Cafe Pomegranate is found along the Subak Sok Wayah walk — it’s about a 15-minute walk from Raya Ubud, on the left hand side before you get to Sari Organic. It’s well worth the effort, but do be sure to be early for sunset to avoid disappointment, as it gets busy quickly, particularly on weekends.
Address: Subak Sok Wayah (middle of paddy north of Raya Ubud, on the left)
T: (0878) 6080 3632
Coordinates (for GPS): 115º15'29.28" E, 8º29'55.34" S
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