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“Easy Latin beat in the heart of Ubud”

Pica South American Kitchen
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Fri, 7/19
8:00 PM
Ranked #30 of 1,089 Restaurants in Ubud
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: South American
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed May 1, 2018

Pica is a charming, unpretentious hole in the wall restaurant in Ubud. It consistently dishes out outstanding South American leaning fare from a concise menu and wine list. You can never fault a ceviche, an empanadas, a roast chicken and the tres leches here. Fresh, tasty, balanced and healthy meals with friendly wait staff are what they deliver six nights a week. Sure it might not have a Latin band or happy hour but if you want outstanding genuine food and service, this is the place to come.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

The food was delicious, excellent staff and really talented chef. I had the asparagus for starters and the pork belly for mains - really couldn’t go wrong here. Amazing and memorable meal! Cocktails were fab too!

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 16, 2018 via mobile

I went to pica last week and was amazed by the quality of the food. It was tasty and surprising.
My taste buds were very happy !
I was really pleased with the goat cheese souffle, and the steak was really well cooked and the desserts were sweet and delicious.

A place I definitely recommend if you are looking for fine dining at a reasonable price.

Love it!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank FloNoa
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Reviewed April 14, 2018

We came for starters and some wine and were pleasantly surprised by a wine choice\price and the starters. The dishes were beautifully served and tasted well. I would definitely recommend Altair 2007 Red wine to compliment your rib eye. On the cons: the tables and chairs are a bit uncomfortable and some of them are too close the others. We had some sewer smell coming from the street from time to time which is why we didn't stay for the main corses.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Monica F, Owner at Pica South American Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded April 15, 2018

Hi Alex,

We're really pleased to hear you enjoyed your starters and wine! However we're very sorry you detected an odour from the street which deterred you from staying for mains. Unfortunately the rudimentary sewage system here allows odours to escape from time to time. Fortunately this only occurs on a handful of evenings across the year, and is only noticeable from a couple of our tables outside. We have in past considered enclosing the entire restaurant to safeguard our guests' experience but decided against it as most people enjoyed their outdoor dining experience and we had not yet received any comments on this. We will definitely look into this further.

In the meantime, should you have time to return for mains, the inside dining area is filled only with the aromas from our kitchen!

Kind regards, Cristian and Monica

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Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

I had high hopes for Pica because the ratings are high, it’s very well covered in travel and restaurant guides in Ubud and - I love Peruvian / Latin American food. The fear was that often restaurants in popular tourist attractions fall victim to their own success and lean back on the Lonely Planet Guide listing because the punters will come which leads to standards slipping.

Pica excelled. But first, MAKE A RESERVATION. It’s easily done online. There are probably only 20-25 covers at any given time. Groups bigger than 4 will want to be flexible on waiting times. We were lucky because it was just 2 of us.

The atmosphere is simple: eggshell walls, light woods and an open kitchen gives the illusion of space where I’ve seen bigger London studio flats. Still it does not feel cramped or tight. That said, tables are narrow. It faces out onto the busy street so you people watch.

The food is very good. A short and focused menu with a slight lean towards seafood. We ordered CEVICHE CLASSICO and the CAUSA DEL MAR.

The CEVICHE is light with its signature mellow acidic taste, the mahi mahi is fresh, not rubbery at all, the red onion and coriander accentuates the dish with aromatics and spice. It’s a refreshing starter. 4/5

CAUSA DEL MAR is a trio of seafood on a bed of soft mixed purée. A mahi escabeche picks up in spice but is mellowed with soft potato purée, red onion & criolla sauce. The octopus is a bit sized collection of grilled octopus tentacle with sweet potato. The shrimp is creamier with a soft mashed potato base and aromatic vegetables. It’s an accomplished dish showing off the range of ability in the kitchen. My only feedback is I don’t think the sweet potato works with the octopus but it’s not a deal killer. 4/5

The PORK BELLY is brilliant and is probably the best belly of pork I’ve ever had. The meat is soft, delicious, slow-cooked and the crust of crunchy crackling fat gives both melty sweet pork meat & crisp textures. There are further crackling croutons around the plate like hunting for eggs at Easter. The potato purée base and selection of baby vegetables make it a substantial main course. The fresh green apple brings freshness to the dish as a classic compliment to the pork. The whole dish is rich but tastes clean without any overwhelming fatty after taste. It refrains from pools of gravy that often plagues “pub” belly of pork. You will struggle to find a better pork belly elsewhere, anywhere. 5/5

The wine list is surprisingly good and short. The cocktails are STRONG especially the ginger mint julep!

I hope to come back here during my time in Ubud!

Date of visit: April 2018
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