Well known for its calm, serene and Eat-Pray-Love kind of vibe, Ubud is located 1-2 hours drive from the main part (Seminyak) of Bali, Indonesia. Without the desire to go on a yoga retreat, Ubud hadn’t been my highest vacation priority. But then I heard about the restaurant, Mozaic from a local friend.
We also discovered that Ubud was home to an abundance of beautiful yet extremely affordable resorts. Therefore, it wasn’t hard to decide – we chose Ume Sri Villas. It’s new, secluded and highly recommended. I can now verify that Ubud is definitely a place worth visiting, even if you’re not a yogi.
But in a relatively remote and secluded location, I didn’t expect amazing food options, let alone a full-blown intricate fine dining meal. Both the food and service quality at Mozaic was excellent. It’s in line with what you’d usually only see in large cities with fierce culinary competition.
“From our Local Farmers” 6-course menu
We booked Mozaic almost two weeks in advance (bookings are must). Their “local” 6-course or 8-course menu was priced at IDR600,000 and IDR800,000 respectively. It sounded quite expensive for Indonesia, but I was adamant on visiting nonetheless. It’s definitely inexpensive compared with fine dining meals in Singapore and Hong Kong, I justified.
The dining experience starts with a drink at a decadent lounge area. They served a truffle-bomb canapé as soon as we sat down, which immediately impressed. This bite was so delicious and flavourful that it triggered a craving for Sauvignon Blanc. The waiter then helpfully warned us that there’d be a wine pairing option available, for an extra IDR650,000 per person, and we obviously went for that instead.
We thought the service was excellent from a number of angles: from the appropriate speed of serving the dishes – i.e. not frustratingly slow, to the in-depth knowledge of the wait staff.
The most unforgettable part
Without ruining the surprise of each course, I can’t help but highlight the three amuse bouches we started our meal with, which might’ve been the most unforgettable part.
The mango and coconut explosion bubble was light, refreshing and uncomplicated. Then we had the mushroom parmesan cone which was flavourful and satisfying. We finished with a slow cooked egg yolk with creme fraiche and some Indonesian nut, which definitely set the mood for the extremely refined meal that we were about to be served.
Treat your senses in Ubud, Indonesia
So the next time you’re in Bali, make sure you make a day or two’s visit up to Ubud, not only to treat yourself to the greenery and nature of the area, but also to try out the refined dishes Mozaic has to offer.
Jalan Raya Sanggingan, Kedewatan,
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Price per person: HK$1000/SGD160 for 6-course menu with wine pairing