Dijon was one of Bali's first quality delicatessens. Across the small car park at its Kuta home they began the Corner Shop which has since become Café Dijon after a recent major renovation and extension. It was a simple cafe with all those things that were 'hard to find' at that stage in Bali; good coffee, quality sandwiches full of fillings, nice, fresh, and organically healthy. Then came a selection of interesting hot meals added to the menu. The Kuta original is busy day and night, good value, easy and quick.
Now Café Dijon has come to Ubud. Up on Jln. Sanggigan, half way between Ubud and Sayan it is a most attractive building, light and airy, fresh and clean. Non-smoking inside in the air conditioning whilst the smokers are not forgotten with covered terraces front and back.
The Sandwich Bar enables you to select whatever ingredients you desire, they are all on display. Add to that your selection of bread, baguette or roll and they will make it for you, totally fresh. They also have their set creations [Roast Beef with cucumber pickles and mustard mayo on ciabatta, Smoked Turkey and mozzarella on Turkish bread and Spicy Chicken with grilled eggplant, roasted capsicums, feta and tomato pesto on focaccia] as well as the standards [Club, Grilled Sandwiches and Wraps]. Then there is the very healthy Falafel Wrap; falafel, hummus, lettuce and tomato rolled in a flour tortilla. Plenty of fibre in that one!
Salads are special at Dijon, all freshly made to your order. Including such fashionable newbies as Halloumi cheese, Chicken Sesame, Mexican or Vegetable and Feta.
Hot entrees at Dijon include the surprisingly tasty Fish Tacos and a Mediterranean Quesadilla [stuffed with sun-dried tomato, feta and mozzarella, sliced olives and a basil yoghurt sauce], a Tuna Melt, good old Fish & Chips and the trusty Hamburger [beef] and Hot Dog. Vegetarian choices are many. There is a basic vegetarian sandwich, stuffed mushrooms, vegetarian lasagna and an asparagus quiche amongst them.
Pasta can be spaghetti [aglio olio], fettuccine [with king prawns] or Penne [with chicken and broccoli]. Potatoes are served as sides in many different forms; French fries, wedges or in a mayo salad. Coleslaw and Onion Rings can also be ordered,
Mains include Steak [tenderloin or striploin], Cashew-crusted Barramundi and a Mezze Plate that is both tasty and healthy; falafel, hummus, tabouleh, mint salad and grilled Halloumi cheese with pita bread and tahini yoghurt. If you want a bit more taste with your food then look to the Asian section of the menu. Soup Buntot is the classic Indonesian OxTail Soup and the other local dishes are a Mie Goreng [fried noodles with chicken] and the tasty Kambing Nasi Goreng [fried rice tossed with soy and spices well-studded with chunks of lamb, a small bowl of rujak on the side].
New at Ubud is their dinner menu, available from 6.00 p.m., every night. Entrees include Scallops served in their shell, just pan-seared, on red onion confit. An unusual Carpaccio of roasted tomato with lemon olive oil and parmesan is a veggie with a difference, as is the Portobello Mushroom stuffed with cous cous and the Steamed Asparagus with pesto mayonnaise.
The good value mains are headed by their Duck Breast, marinated in those Chinese 5 spices and grilled skin-on then served cross sliced drizzled with an apple puree. The Salmon Steak is with butter rice and sautéed asparagus with a red pepper sauce. Scallops are served with risoni [barley pasta], sautéed asparagus and Portobello mushroom and the Braised Chicken is in red wine gravy with baby potatoes and pickled shallots. Star of the menu is obviously the Braised Lamb Shank, as it sells out almost every night!
Desserts can be traditional [Panna Cotta, Chocolate Mousse or Crème Brulee] or exotic [Lemon Oatmeal Bar, Blueberry Cheesecake, Sticky Date and Mud Cakes].
The range of coffees [also decaf], hot or iced, teas, fresh juices and other combinations are quite extensive as is the selection of wines in the small wine shop at the front from where you can pick your own drop of bacchus to either take home or enjoy with your meal at Café Dijon.
Café Dijon is one of those 'drop in anytime' places. Perfect for just a snack or a hearty meal, what ever you want, whenever. The constant turnover guarantees you that it is fresh produce only, every day, which is not always the case everywhere else.
They also deliver locally in Ubud and are already specializing in bulk orders for home parties and entertaining at the many local villas of the area.