It was our last day in Bali, and we didn’t want to waste one minute of it. We had arrived back in Seminyak from Nusa Lembongan late morning, and were back at Mutiara Resort. We spoke to the helpful staff at reception and managed to arrange a driver for 5 hours, who could take us out to Ubud – success!!
Despite Ubud being less than 40km away, it took us around 2 and a half hours to get there. Horrific traffic, combined with a minor break down in communication and a wrong turn (which can happen when different languages are involved) meant we spent a lot longer in the car than intended. The bonus being we were in air conditioned comfort out of the heat, the downside being that we had only roughly one hour in Ubud. Before arriving in Bali, I’d read up on an incredible cafe – Sari Organik. Our driver tracked it down and we discovered it would be a 20 minute walk from where we had to leave our car. We would have just enough time to enjoy lunch.
The walk itself was wonderful. There were endless fields of green, lush clusters of palms and banana leaf trees and various cafes and yoga retreats dotted along the path. When we did arrive at the cafe, it was bustling full of people. We were greeted warmly and seated quickly, and after scanning the extensive menu we spent the next while in agony trying to pick what we wanted to order – the options were seriously good, and there were so many!
While we waited for our heavenly plates to arrive, we took a look around the cafe itself. It sits out over rice fields, almost like a giant ship on an ocean of green. It is so peaceful out there, and you simply can’t get enough of the surroundings.
Our food arrived much quicker than expected, especially with the number of happy diners there. But no matter what the wait was, or could have been, it was worth every second. The smoothies, the salads, the stir fry and the beers were all unbelievably delicious (don’t even get me started on the guacamole) – we wanted to savour every single mouthful!
Paying a visit to Sari Organik is a must if you ever find yourself in the area. Not only is the food and scenery incredible, the cafe itself has a strong focus on sustainable living and food hoping to work with other farmers towards a ‘Green Bali’. A small number of people, working collectively to make a big difference.