Taksu Café is a hidden gem. Located at the rear of the main building of Taksu Spa, it is a small oblong space, one floor up, with large open windows and views of a small wooded forest and valley [the actual spa is hidden, across the valley floor on the other side]. Peaceful is one word to describe this place, immaculate is another, the fit out simple but impressive.
Upstairs from the café is a much larger space reserved for groups, the main café area small and select for those who enjoy eating organic, healthy and tasty food. Not just vegetarian [although they also include a Raw Food menu section] as seafood and white meats are included on the menu.
Even though Taksu is not an early opener [9.00 a.m. only], their breakfast menu is by far the most extensive to be found in the Ubud area, maybe even in all of Bali. Many of these items are also available all day bypassing the 11.00 a.m. curfew. They obviously believe, like me, that breakfast is the greatest meal of the day, or should be!
A standard Eggs Florentine sits on a bed of spinach and an English Muffin [baked on the premises as are all the breads]. Eggs Benedict is without the ham but with a choice of Smoked Salmon or Smoked Marlin. Furthermore there is a daily Special Benedict that may include asparagus, turkey, corn or mushrooms. More importantly the poached eggs are perfect, firm white and soft yolk.
From Italy a daily Frittata, combining those organic eggs with vegetables and herbs, The Pancakes are multigrain and come with melted butter or on site produced syrups. Standard Waffles, Belgian Waffles and French Toast all come with a variety of toppings. A touch of Europe is with the Potato Pancake, shredded potato pan-fried, pancake shape [soft not crisp] with small pots of sour cream, a sauce of cinnamon and diced apple, and slices of fresh orange.
All the normal egg dishes are on the menu, fried, poached, scrambled or omelette [using 3 eggs], with your choice of Hash Browns, Home Fries, New Potatoes, Chicken or Vegetarian Sausages [a first for me, very good] available with all of the breakfast selections.
The juices are many, both normal and unusual [enzyme rich coconut water, wheatgrass blends], Cereals [Birchermuesli, toasted Granola, Rolled Oats and Mixed Grains] topped with fresh natural yoghurts.
As they say on the TV?and that is not all! Special American, Japanese and Indonesian breakfasts, even a touch of Mexico with Huevos Rancheros [fried eggs on a tortilla with refried beans and guacamole], Breakfast Burritos and a Huevos Motulenos con Pollo [eggs on tortilla with shredded chicken, black beans, cheese and spicy salsa].
Appetizers and snacks include a variety of sandwiches [again breads baked in the kitchen, wheat or rye bread], falafel, cold Nori rolls, chicken yakitori [Japanese satay], shrimp bruschetta and a variety of satays and lumpia. All the fillings are pure organic. Chicken Rissoles attracted me as ?rissole? is a strange Australian dish of meat balls, normally beef [in other cuisines; hache, polpettine, frikkadel or the weirdly named faggots in England]. However at Taksu they are completely different, minced chicken and spinach are combined in a soft half moon pastry, a mild chilli mayonnaise on the side for dipping.
Salads include the classic Caesar and Waldorf, local Seaweed, Green Papaya and a Sweet and Sour Coleslaw. All the pastas are also made on the premises; Mushroom Ravioli, Linguine with Mahi-Mahi and lemon sauce, Spaghetti con Pollo.
Mains include Roasted Duck Breast, Braised Chicken Thighs, Snapper poached in Miso, Chicken Breast stuffed with spinach, kebabs and casseroles. A strangely named dish is their Brown Duck, scallops of duck breast that have been browned in the wok poached in oyster sauce then many slices and sprigs of baby vegetables of every colour added to the mix. A generous serve, as most are here, of healthy tasty food.
The Raw Food section has soups [served by the cup or in a bowl] of Holy Basil Gazpacho, Apple and Avocado, Strawberry Bisque and many others. Entrees include Thai Vegetarian Rice Paper Rolls, Enchiladas, Burritos and Lasagna.
Many desserts [black rice pudding, coconut or pumpkin pies] and a cocktail list of Smoothies, Coffees, Green and Black Teas. The Cinnamon Coffee is refreshingly similar to Arabian Coffee, but without the addition of cloves.
Taksu is such a fresh clean place that you even feel healthy after just one visit. It is the perfect spot to relax, it is in central Ubud yet hidden in a small secluded forest valley. Whilst mainly vegetarian it is without pretensions. I like the sign at the entrance ?Please leave yours shoes ON!?.
Latest Visit: Taksu has now added a range of pizzas to their menu. They even have a Vegan Pizza with tomato sauce, pesto sauce, basilicum, olive oil and cashew cream. Others unusual pizzas include Goat Cheese, Tomato and Basil Pizza with tomato, olives, garlic, oregano, basil, mozzarella, goat cheese and toasted pine nut and a Smoked Salmon Pizza, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, smoked salmon, capers, basil and olive oil.