It started as not much more than the shop downstairs under the Yoga office, somewhere for the friends of yoga to meet and relax. It doubled in size within months, but not much else changed. Kafe serves simple breakfasts, snacks and light meals, most of which are healthy or as they call them, ?yogi-friendly?.
It is located half the way down Jln. Hanoman in Ubud, the one way street going the opposite way, and adjacent, to Jln. Monkey Forest. Small pleasant balconies front the café, under the abundant greenery, but the tables thereon are difficult to find empty. Inside is a variety of comfortable seating/lounging positions where the main aim is to relax and enjoy, whether you are reading, meditating or people-watching.
Open early in the morning for breakfast, the healthy options include a Macrobiotic Breakfast of brown rice tossed with steamed vegetables, tofu and toasted seeds, and served with a lemon tahini sauce. A Special Porridge consists of flax meal, raw seeds, raisins, nuts, cinnamon and sliced banana. Muesli features as well and can be combined with fresh fruit, yoghurt and/or soy milk.
For those of us with less self control there are Buckwheat Pancakes [wheat-free, with ginger-spiked brown sugar syrup and assorted berries], or a Breakfast Burrito [whole wheat tortilla rolled around scrambled eggs, avocado, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Your any-which-way eggs can come with sautéed mushrooms, breakfast potatoes and if you are totally out of control and cannot break old habits, like me, then as many rashers of bacon as you care to order! Nothing like starting the day with a good hot breakfast
The most popular snack plate or shared entrée at Kafe is their Mezze Plate; hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, roasted peppers, feta cheese and olives, served with pita bread for dipping and wrapping. The great crunchy Samosas are served with their perfect match, a coriander chutney, and the Spring Rolls [vegetarian with tofu and vegetables] can be had deep-fried with a lemongrass side dip, or rolled in fresh rice paper, Vietnamese style, with a peanut and coconut sauce. I have a problem because I like both. The much maligned spring roll is a great anytime snack, if done right and at Kafe they are.
Whilst all of the salads are healthy and tasty, the Crunchy Salad, is particularly good; rucola tossed with mushrooms, apple, roasted seeds, parmesan and a honey mustard dressing. Soups include a Carrot and Ginger, served either hot or cold, Herbed Tomato and a Spicy Pumpkin.
A Chilli con Carne, but without the meat, combines beans with tofu and chilli, adding a salsa ands sour cream. Similar, but different, is the Mexican style chicken and bean chilli.
All the sandwiches are made with your choice of multigrain, baguette or pita bread. Very healthy is the Tempe Rueben; marinated tempe with sauerkraut, but the good old BLT , Burgers with sautéed mushrooms or crisp bacon are also on the menu. The Mains are in two sections; Asian Inspired and Global. The first includes a wonderful Cashew Ginger Chicken and a Nasi Goreng made with red rice, the way it is supposed to be, and littered with shredded vegetables, cashew nuts and tofu [can be had either `with or without? chicken].
Global is very worldly. Kafe?s popular Indian Plate heads the list; dhal, eggplant bharata, aloo ghobi, raita, pita bread and that red rice again. The Chicken Chermoula sees Middle Eastern spices used with the chicken, serving it with couscous. A Californian Burrito consists of black beans, brown rice, avocado, salsa and sour cream rolled in a whole wheat tortilla.
The variety of Coffees include all the standards as well as many specials; Sidha Coffee or a Soy Milk Latte, but I think the Cocoa Nut Latte beats them all; espresso, cocoa, hazelnut and whipped cream. The list of Teas is just as impressive, hot and cold. Rooibos African Red Tea, Green Tea Mango and Chai Masala. There are many fresh juice [Cranberry, Watermelon Blueberry] and Vegetables [Carrot, Apple & Beet, Aloe, Apple and Ginger just examples].
Kafe could not pass as a healthy café without a range of Lassies [Cardamom, Blueberry, Rosewater], Smoothies [banana, hazelnut and nutmeg] and non-dairy Health Shakes and Soy Shakes.
The kids are not forgotten at Kafe, with a range of specially down-sized portions of Spaghetti, Pizza, Quesadilla or Fish and Chips, and to drink and keep amused; Vanilla-Lime Soda or a Cranberry Sparkle.
Kafe is a fun place for all the family, day or night.