Secret Eats – Manggu Madu – Ubud, Bali

Ubud is known for its cafe culture and as you wander the centre of town you will see why. Every shop is pretty much a cool cafe, traditional warung, bakery, coffee shop or bar…there are SO many to choose from!

With no idea which to try and only a few days we decided we needed a little help from our terribly outdated guidebook.

Manggu Madu came highly recommended so we thought we would give it a go and well, firstly see if it was still there!

It was around a 20 minute walk from our home stay on Jalan Hanoman and as the map began to lead us away from the centre of town and the real epicentre of warungs we had already seen we were starting to doubt whether we should have taken the advice of a 7 year old book! We eventually found it, tucked away at the edge of town at the very end of Jalan Raya Ubud (East) and to add more to our doubts it was empty. But, we sat down and ordered and when the food came we were more than pleasantly surprised.

Josh ordered the Nasi Pecel which he simply describes a ‘Peanut extravaganza’. Not only does it come with chicken, rice, veg covered in a peanut sauce, peanut crisps, peanut wafer, peanut wanton, prawn wanton, cucumber in chilli sauce, potato with chilli and if that wasn’t quite enough some roasted peanuts on the side too….phew! If only I wasn’t allergic to peanuts I probably would have dug in too – probably another reason Josh loves the dish so much….he doesn’t share food!

I ordered the Herb Chicken which was barbecued and came with vegetables and a Balinese curry sauce. It was creamy, heavenly and we both agreed that this was the best food we had eaten in Indonesia so far. I mean we love a Nasi Goreng as much as the next person but there is only so much fried rice you can eat! Plus, at 27k and 37k respectively it was fairly inexpensive, especially in comparison to many of the more ‘upmarket’ cafes which are now popping up in this ever developing hub.

Not only did we leave very satisfied but glad that we had made the effort to find a place which, it seems, is a little off the beaten track. It may not have been as busy as the other warungs but it certainly should be! If you have the chance whilst in Ubud then get yourself down there!

C & J

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