After our fruitful morning exploring Ubud, we stopped by the Como Shambhala Estate’s sister property Uma Ubud for a quiet lunch a deux since there was no one else at the restaurant that day so we had whole place to ourselves.
The open-air restaurant is an all-white bale right beside a large Koi pond and surrounded by a lush tropical garden. We were offered two menus – an orange one which had typical Continental cuisine and a beige one that offered their healthy Como Shambala cuisine with an emphasis on raw food. A had their linguine with garlic, fresh herbs and tuna while I chose two starters: the raw tuna, seaweed and noodle salad followed by the gazpacho.
We were served a basket of homemade bread – cheese rolls, crispy crackers and brown bread while we waited for our lunch to be served. A’s pasta was simple but tasty and the portion was big enough to share. My tuna salad was delicious and filled with several types of seaweed and cold noodles tossed in a sesame oil-based vinaigrette. The gazpacho was less successful as it was a tad too spicy (hint of too much Tabasco maybe?) although it was also refreshing on such a hot day. We opted not to have dessert but were given a small taster anyway which was a nice touch – a pomegranate granita over sliced papaya and some sticky rice pudding at the bottom of the shot glass. It was a pleasant lunch and one that made me realize that raw food is pretty good.
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