Stumble Into Indonesia's Unseen Places
Cheap is the word. Mumun likes to tease me for using the word ‘cheap’ so much on my writings for Indohoy. Well, what can I say. When it’s cheap, it’s cheap. Often cheapness is the reason I choose what I choose when traveling on tight budget. Like that time, when I had spent my sources on the UWRF ticket, accommodation and transportation, I was so happy to find a restaurant that had cheap food in Ubud!
Warung Kelapa is the name. This Javanese restaurant is located on Jalan Sanggingan, the street where many of UWRF sessions were held. There are a lot of restaurants at the area but only Warung Kelapa fit my budget, having the average food price about IDR35,000-40,000/dish or about US$3,5-4 (Oct. 2014).
The menu consisted of mostly Javanese food, like the tempe penyet (fried tempeh pressed and mixed with chili), sayur asem (meaning sour veggies, basically a soup of vegetables with tamarind), and pecel Blitar (vegatable salad with spicy peanut sauce, originated from Blitar). A few of the beverages were also Javanese, like cendol (or dawet, with the best one being in Solo) and hot wedang jahe (basically ginger tea) with the average price of about IDR20,000 (Oct.2014). In general, I’m not much of a fan of Javanese food because they’re known to taste very sweet. But the ones provided here are mostly the savory and spicy ones, which I like!
The ambiance feels very much like how I imagine a house in rural Java. Wooden everything with natural cooling system called windows (and a few fans, actually), and bent prism shaped roof. Lots of old photos and paintings are hanged on the walls, alongside wall plates. A round dining table placed outside among the green grass front yard, makes a nice alfresco lunch when it’s not too hot out.
In the back yard, behind the restroom area, they actually have another part of restaurant, named Kamasan Cafe. If I remembered correctly, it’s a café that serves mostly desserts and cakes. Too bad I found out about it on my last visit to Warung Kelapa and I was just leaving for my next UWRF session, so I haven’t had a chance to eat there. It might’ve been another finding of cheap food in Ubud!
If I’m ever visiting Ubud again, I’ll definitely try to dine at Warung Kelapa again, especially if it’s still cheaper than the others.
Meanwhile, I’d like to know, what is your favorite dining place in Ubud? And what is your favorite cheap food in Ubud?