Embracing the worldwide trend of sourcing ingredients within a 100km radius, Locavore is an inspired dining experience born of true passion. While cooking Indonesian food with local ingredients is a no-brainer, long-time chef/collaborators Dutch-born Eelke Plasmeijer and Indonesian Ray Adriansyah prepare modern European cuisine without importing a single thing; their menu celebrates farmers, fishermen and food artisans from across the island. Chicken is free-range, pork comes from happy pigs feds on banana stalks, grains and greens, and Plasmeijer finds inspiration for the tasting menus from vegetables ripening in the restaurant’s organic gardens.
“When you cook this way, your thinking changes,” he says. “You have to become creative in a different way.” In homage to Ubud’s healthy food vibe, the seven-course tasting menu also comes in a vegetarian version (who knew cauliflower could taste so good?). The emphasis here is on slow food and, as each dish is lovingly created from scratch and plated with an artist’s eye for detail, come prepared to linger. It’s essential to make reservations in advance – those who like to watch can book seats at the food bar overlooking the open kitchen.
Set in the foothills of Bali, 35 kilometres from Seminyak, Ubud is an arts village surrounded by rice fields, palm groves and dramatic forested ravines. Known as the cultural heart of Bali, it is also a haven for gourmands and those looking to tap into the more spiritual side of the island.
Locavore | Jalan Dewi Sita, Ubud | + 62 361 977733