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“Ranking appears completely fake” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Fair Warung Bale

Fair Warung Bale
Jalan Sriwedari 6 | 100m Up From Main Road Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80517, Indonesia
+62 361 975370
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Ranked #2 of 407 restaurants in Ubud
Price range: $3 - $7
Cuisines: Asian, Indonesian, Healthy, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Dear friends, dear visitors, dear travelers, The Fair Warung Bale is a resto, a social workshop, which is an integration program of the Fair Future Foundation and the Bali Sari Foundation (State Approved NGO in Indonesia speaks by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, and the Swiss Confederation, under his control). The purpose of the Fair Warung Bale is to give you true happiness, absolute fairness and transparency, as it is 100% of the profits that are used in the actions of free healthcare for people in Need in Indonesia (primary mission of our both foundations), to the needy population. It's thanks to you, we build clinics, health centers fund, use our own medical staff (4 doctors, nurses 5-8) operate a mobile clinic that visits the villages with a professional medical team. All youth who are active in Fair Warung Bale are there for a specific reason only of their own and personal. They are not professional, before no one had ever done this kind of work. They are 18 "Managers" of the place, they are the ones who run the place without any manager or real boss. It is also part of the contract, accountability. At the Fair Warung Bale, you eat very hearty dishes which were all created and invented by the youth, the Angels of the Foundation: The Curry house made, made with real spices bought from the market, fresh local traditional dishes (absolutely nothing is never prepared in advance). Giant Shrimp, Bluefin Tuna, Marlin, Mahi-Mahi grilled with butter, garlic, the Indonesian style real dishes also. Giant salads, Bluefin Tuna Tartare, local desserts, pastries, chocolate mousse (Switzerland ;-)), lime pie with meringue, Cheese Cake, fruit Pie, crepes and pancakes and the famous "Sweet Spring Rolls" of the Bale, and so others many things made with love. Every dish you eat, every drink, pays a free medical consultation to a person in need or it provided medical assistance over the medium term. To date, our last clinical example receives over 25,000 patients per year, 80% of them, treatment is free! They are with you. The new hospital foundation this year (2014) will be created again, the project already started in the District of Klungkung, on three islands. Both foundations don't pay government tax. However, if you wish, you can help what we do by making a small donation in the small "Donation Box", located on the counter. You will receive a certificate of donation that you can use for all purposes. Thank you very much for your kindness, your interest, your visit and all the love that your small business, you bring us. And do not forget to stick you, your own small stone wall of the Foundation! Already more than 7,000 pebbles lining indeed our walls! The Board of Trustees and all the angels Fair Warung Bale
New delhi, India
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“Ranking appears completely fake”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

After reading the ranking #1 of Tripadvisor.com I made an appointment at this restaurant for lunch and reached there recently. First of all it does not have a proper building and it is uncomfortable to climb the deep steps (9-10 inches) which were also wet. We had one elderly person who was barely able to climb to the 1st floor where the restaurant is located. When we reached there we did not find any comfortable chairs or table, they were bare wooden benches and tables cramped so tightly together that if you move your arm it will touch the person at the next table. There was some sitting arrangement on the floor of a deck which is not comfortable for older people.
The place had an open kitchen right next to the dining tables and the place was smoky and stinking of fish and spices and I had serious doubts about the good hygiene practices that a restaurant should follow. The noise of cooking, the cooks and waitresses talking loudly and the smell of fish and the unclean atmosphere made the place like a fish market.
We sat down for a while and looked at the menu for a couple of minutes and got so uncomfortable in that environment that we left the place and had our lunch in another place nearby.
I have been a reviewer on Tripadvisor for some time and I think ranking this place as the best restaurant in Ubud places its own credibility at stake. This place need to be re classified as a below average eating places. I have been to Ubud twice and had my food in at 6-7 restaurants. All the others had much better infrastructure, were really comfortable and the food was good. But this one was so bad that we could not even sit there.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
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Alexandre W, Founder at Fair Warung Bale, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Hello dear friends,

This is not a restaurant, but a Warung. And it's a Balinese Warung with Balinese tables... We call it "Bale"... Everyone i welcoming to share a table, share words and learn each others!

The kids build this place by themselves only! I'm just a simple Nurse, 100% volunteer by the way!

One day, i said to two teenegers: "Please, do you want do do something for your life?" They answer yes... I gave them few money and they build slowly by slowly, the Fair Warung Balé! At the beginning, it was only a place for "local" food. 5'000, to 10'000 Idr per meal... Few drinks as well. Then we open the new clinic downstairs! Our Clinic mobile too...
Now, it move to an other place, much bigger where we welcome more than 30'000 patients per year.

People love to seat as Balinese people coz we are in Bali! They also love to share together and they really enjoy to see what the kids are able to do... This open kitchen is the most beautiful things in the world, coz everyone can see these kids working, to have the opportunity to build a different future... Yes, from the shadow to the light! Can you imagine such a beautiful story?

Usually, everyone likes to feel good smells of kitchens... Everything is so fresh, the fish caught during the night, are delivered every morning! Nothing is fake, all review are real and 100% honest!. People are sensitive to what we are doing to help others.

There are also three webcams who's retransmit all live on several media, including two in huge US newspaper... This is an beautiful experience. What we do is I think unique. Founds medical centres who's give free health care, while employing inexperienced and disadvantaged young people!

So, for me your review is terrible coz it's kill us! We do everything with our heart, with few moneys! And you don't try to eat with us! I swear, the food at the Fair Warung Balé, is probably the most generous food all around Bali... And it's so helpful food, so Fair, big portion and so cheap as well! We don't use any MSG, we work with local farmer, we pick-up all our fruits, vegetables by ourselves. Vegetarian food also! 100% indonesian, made by Indonesians, for Indonesian people.

I'm Alex and i'm in Switzerland for few weeks! I'm travelling abroad to find ways to develop a major new health project in Indonesia. Our first free Hospital will be located in Karangasem (East part of the Island).

So... A poor review for this? Why? I really want to know why dear friend! You event don't eat with us! So why? Your words are too hard, they hurt us in our cause. I'm personally very sad, I can not sleep and has youth mourned with sadness when they read your review!

Thank you for your attention and May God bless you, with all you family!
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Hull, England, United Kingdom
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Tasty curry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We ordered the prawns and the fish curry. The fish curry was very tasty, the prawns were a little bland but everything was very fresh.

Visited September 2013
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“Two fantastic evenings!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Undoubtedly, Fair Warung Bale has provided us with two fantastic meals. We booked - as advised on TA by previous reviewers (thanks for that advice folks - really came in handy!).
THe first meal was on a Saturday and as the place was busy +++, we were invited to share a table. Normally this wouldn't be something we would do, but we're so glad that we did. The couple we sat beside were from Switzerland and Lebanon. Great conversation started, whilst we were aware that the atmosphere was starting to build.
The local music - songs on request - started, and we had the chicken with cashew nuts and thai chicken curry with basil. Both were fab. By this time we were joined by two Germans - getting crowded - but nobody cared. Then we were joined by two Italians.
One of the best meals of our married life, was had. (We've been married for almost 25 years). OK the menu is limited, OK the musicians weren't professionals, OK the place was crowded - but what a night.
Add to this, the history of this place and the good cause it supports and we were blown away.
Thank you for a memorable night.
We then went back on the Monday (closed Sunday) aware that no live music and that it would be different people and yet we were prepared to go back just for the food (recommendation in itself!).
Table booked - again - just as well - and then we saw that there were people being turned away. So we invited a group of 3 to join us at our small table, turned out 3 x great Australian ladies and then we saw another couple being turned away - so we just moved up closer and they joined us (French & Swedish couple) so there were 7 of us around a small table, and the chat and food was a good as the Saturday - our evening just flew by!
THe restaurant has probably given us 2 of the best episodes of our holiday - and one of the best meals of our lives (the other being not far behind!). It's not a Michelin Star place - avoid if that's what you're looking for, but if you're after honest, fresh food with an atmosphere to relish - then look no further......

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Why is it open ?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

Went there last Tuesday, ordered Curry chicken, was told later there was no coconut thus can't sell any curry related dish.
Ordered Chicken Cashew , was told later that No chicken from supplier came....wtf did u open at all..
Had to raised my voice to get e attention of e service staff... Only 2 of us were there at e point of ordering food where staff out numbered e customers...
Well was told to ordered only fish , was not bad.. That's all...

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Alexandre W, Founder at Fair Warung Bale, responded to this review, October 3, 2013

Why is it open? Ok, just read this:

The Foundation in few words:
115m2 of medical clinic, two consultations beds, 3 doctors and 5 to 8 nurses - All are local people;
Medical and surgical care, emergency services (Free Health care for people in needs);
Cardiological examinations, blood tests, disease screening, disease prevention, etc...
One Social Pharmacy (Free drugs for people in needs);
One clinic mobile which carries the poorest and sickest patients from remote villages to the clinic;
More than 25’000 patients per year, and increase;
The monthly budget is around 5'000 U$D per month. It's include : Medical staff salary, Drugs, medical supplies, electricity, water, maintenance of the clinic etc...

Everything is paid by the benefits of our workshop, the Fair Warung Balé, the Bali Sari Foundation (Indonesian NGO) and the Fair Future Foundation (Swiss NGO).

All the young people who's work in the Fair Warung Balé are not professional! They are here to learn about everything! I'm Alex, the founder, i'm nurse and i'm 100% volunteer!

That's why the Fair Warung Balé is open dear friend... That's why!

PS : Sorry, Eka and me left the 9th and the (sometimes) very young employees of the Foundation have stayed alone to manage the workshop. And the time they organize themselves, it may be missing a couple of things. This is also part of the apprenticeship that we want to teach them.
It seems to me that in view of all that we do, your opinion is a little "out of context" do not you think?
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“Tastiest food excellent price”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

Fantastic food. I ordered vegetarian red curry and requested cashews in it as well. No problem. The flavour was absolutely lovely. Just so tasty I would have lived to buy extra to take home with me. I also ate at Bridges and the Melting Wok (also both excellent) but the meal I enjoyed most was my red vegetarian curry with cashews at Fair Warung Bale. All in all the food, the price and the service were all excellent. Well done Fair Warung Bale.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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