Bursting onto Ubud's dining scene in 2013 with rave reviews and standout cuisine—rather avant-garde for traditional Ubud—Locavore has already evolved into one of the town's, if not the island's, top restaurants. Two former 5-star resort chefs and highly dedicated food enthusiasts (Dutch and Indonesian) shared the same vision and passion to create this "modern cuisine, local produce" concept. The result is contemporary European cuisine inspired by the locavore culinary movement of the west coast of the U.S.
The décor is made up of light greens and beiges, with natural fine woods. The interiors are intimate and low-key like a home, with a welcoming staff personally greeting patrons. Guests are invited to select five, seven, or nine dishes (if that's too much of a blow-out, three courses are also available) from separate seasonal or vegetable tasting menus, with optional wine pairings, and desserts. The ingredient-driven menus change regularly, sometimes on a daily basis, dictated and inspired by what's fresh and seasonal, with products sourced fresh daily. Wherever possible, local chemical-free seasonal produce and meat from ethically fed farm animals are used, either from the chefs' own Ubud gardens or, in a community-spirited approach, from sustainable practices from local farmers, artisans, and fishermen. Many items, like sourdough breads, sorbets, and sauces, are house-made.
Watch these truly inspired chefs and their team at work in the miniscule open kitchen; better still, sit right up at the kitchen counter. Each sublime dish comes assembled à la minute, with meticulous attention to detail, plated up like exquisite miniature works of art worthy of any Michelin-starred restaurant. You can expect innovative contrasting textures and flavors and twists on the norm. Allowing for pauses between courses can bring the experience up to 2 hrs. or longer, so allow plenty of time.