After driving by and seeing a cute cafe, 3 friends and I decided to eat dinner at Indotopia. We all love Vietnamese food and couldn't wait to eat some Pho.
The Atmosphere is nice, a bit odd, but actually reminded me of some of the little eateries I loved going to in Vietnam. I thought this might be a signal of good authentic Vietnamese cuisine but I was mistaken. We ordered several fruit shakes, but they seemed to be out of 75% of the ingredients (and no, I'm not talking about ordering Mango shakes when they are out of season- they were out of ordinary fruits, like pineapple.) My friends opted for canned drinks, which was a much better decision than mine, the fruit shake I ended up with was off, and tasted fermented.
On to the food: we had fresh spring rolls (they were out of fried) and they were awful. The chicken tasted old and very dry, the veggies were far from fresh, and there weren't any fresh herbs (cilantro or mint or basil.) The only saving grace was a large dish of sauce that was nicely spiced. The special of the day, tuna steak was so bad we couldn't even swallow it. The fish was old, and there was more deep fried batter than fish. I can't imagine how that could resemble a 'steak' in anyone's mind! The Pho broth was bland, noodles overcooked and mushy, meat was tough. The accompanying plate of garnishes can only be described as pathetic. Chilis and sliced limes were brown and hard, certainly not cut recently. The bean sprouts were old and withered, a few were even growing mold!
The waitress was sweet enough, but there wasn't much she could do about so much bad food.
To sum things up, this was the worst food any of us has had in a very long time. After paying we were ready to eat another dinner elsewhere. I can't imagine a reason to go back with so many great restaurants in Ubud.
If you own or manage Warung Indotopia, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.