I have shared a list of my favorite Ubud eateries before, but it just struck me, perhaps belatedly, that equally important in my life is a list of dog-friendly Ubud eateries. I raise a rescue pup named Mellon (Hammy has since been adopted by someone else) whom I bring with me frequently for dinner and weekend outings. It is important to me that she joins me on these occasions, as it must be for other dog-owners and their best friends. So here’s my list of dog-friendly eateries in Ubud that will hopefully be useful for other dog-owners living in the area. And in case you were wondering–yes, Mellon has been trained to sit nicely on my scooter motorbike by my feet while I ride.
This new pizza and pasta joint in Pengosekan area has been noticeably attracting a large number of customers and a fair share of highly-rated TripAdvisor reviews. And for good reason too, as it is the only place in Ubud (correct me on this) with a real wood oven to bake pizza. The price is very reasonable, at about 35,000 – 50,000 IDR for a filling personal pizza, without the extra 15-20% charges that most other tourist-targetting restaurants in the area include in their bills. For those who are unaware of these extra charges, on the bottom of most menus you will find that prices don’t yet include the 10% government tax and 5-10% service charge.Jl. Raya Pengosekan (next to Taco Casa and across the street from Artini 3 Cottages), Ubud
Warung Pulau Kelapa serves traditional Indonesian food from provinces all over in a very charming setting of a Javanese antique wooden house. The food is tasty, truer to the local palette than it is to the foreigner’s, and is very reasonably priced. The service may be a little slow at times, but that can easily be forgiven once you enjoy your garden surroundings, in which more than half of the tables are located.
On a side note, Warung Pulau Kelapa is owned by the same charitable person who funds Setia Darma House of Masks and Puppets.Jl. Raya Sanggingan (across the street from Paul Ropp), Lungsiakan (0361)821-5502 Their website: http://www.pulaukelapa.webs.com/
To be honest, I think the food here is nothing to write home about. But, they have quality live music on different days of the week and a good sound system and space to make it even more terrific: if I recall correctly, Monday is Blues Night, Wednesday is Reggae Night, and it’s pretty happening on either Friday or Saturday nights. It’s a great place to meet up with friends for drinks and enjoy a fun night.http://www.facebook.com/lezat.ubud.bali/ (you can view a map of their location here)
Sakanaya / Ramen Boy
Sakanaya is a fish market run by Ryoshi, a Japanese restaurant powerhouse in Bali with 5 branches spread out in the busiest parts of the island. But Sakayana also serves dishes like fish and chips, grilled fish, and fish tacos, while next door Ramen Boy serves, well, ramen, and also other dishes like katsu curry and chicken teriyaki. They’ve raised the prices since they first opened last year, but it’s a nice, quiet place to enjoy dinner in and maybe pick up some fresh fish to cook at home. The market also sells Japanese condiments like ginger for sushi, pickled radish for katsu curry, etc.Jl. Raya Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud (0361) 975-296
Cafe Fiore Citta
This romantic Italian joint gets to be on both of my Ubud eatery lists because it is the most dog-friendly place. The waitresses all remember Mellon and even play with her.Jl. Sanggingan (next to the white, minimalist neon sign that says Taro)
On the other hand, these restaurants from my first list of Ubud eateries used to allow Mellon to be my dinner guest, but have had a sudden change of heart within the last month:
It’s a shame, really. As their regular customer, I felt betrayed at their policy change–how could they, after I have recommended them to so many friends and even blogged about them?! But dog or no dog, I am sure their food remains just as tasty as before, and that’s what I ultimately recommended them for, so I won’t discourage others from being their patrons.
And lastly, if you’re curious what Mellon is like now, check this photo album out.