A visit to Bali/Ubud is incomplete without a meal at a warung, which is typically a small family-owned eatery, and an essential part of daily life in Indonesia.
This is a warung with a twist, run by a French lady, Geraldine and her Laotian chef-husband who dishes up Indonesian food adapted to foreign tastes. The curries are not your typical Balinese curry which tend to have more spices. We found their vegetarian curry noodle a tad sweet (better with a squeeze of lime), but their sambal mata (an onion/chilli condiment dish) that went with their chicken rice was absolutely delightful, so too their signature caramel custard.
Geraldine played host as hard as she worked with her girls to attend to her lunchtime guests. When we were there, at least 2 people came to ask for dinner reservations that night, disappointed that the previous day (Monday) the eatery had been closed.
The food was decent, but what makes this place worth checking out is its combination of accessibility, cleanliness (with their own guest washroom, not what you would expect of most local warungs), price, quality cooking and hospitality. We were glad we made the effort to seek it out, but if you want to have a truly authentic warung experience, you will have to sweat it out at one of the unheralded local eateries run entirely by locals and patronized by locals, as we did on an earlier Ubud trip. it will make for an interesting contrast.
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