A Taste of Emperial India

Dining | Written By, NOW! BALI |

“Ubud is now teeming with Indian restaurants and the latest one is a new offering from Jakarta. With two restaurants already established in Jakarta and one in Yogyakarta, Bali was their next obvious step. Where to build was the next question.” Taking over the lovely old Coffee and Silver building on the forest end of Jl Monkey Forest, which many folk will remember fondly, the restaurant occupies the renovated space beautifully. Large verandahs, a garden bar and other smaller dining spaces, conspire to give it a palatial and spreading ambience. An air conditioned dining room is very welcome in the heat of the day.

Text & Photo by Ayu Sekar

“Ubud is now teeming with Indian restaurants and the latest one is a new offering from Jakarta. With two restaurants already established in Jakarta and one in Yogyakarta, Bali was their next obvious step. Where to build was the next question.”

Taking over the lovely old Coffee and Silver building on the forest end of Jl Monkey Forest, which  many folk will remember fondly, the restaurant occupies the  renovated space beautifully. Large verandahs, a garden bar and other smaller dining spaces, conspire to give it a palatial and spreading ambience. An air conditioned dining room is very welcome in the heat of the day.

The owners chose Ubud rather than southern Bali as they felt the village ambience and rich cultural heritage attracted the market that they were after.

And it fits in nicely with no jarring, protruding edifices to mar the harmony of the street. With a talented Indian chef from New Delhi, and a small menu, flavor is guaranteed.

And the flavors are great, with sauces you just can’t stop sipping. The Goan fish curry seduced me to keep trying, long after I had reached my culinary limit and the sauce of the Chicken Tikka Butter Masala was just too good.  The tamarind chutney is also excellent. Dipping in with some fresh baked garlic naan, the pleasure just asks to be prolonged.

Right now they are serving many favourites  – palak paneer, with home-made paneer, aloo gobi – (that delightful spicy cauliflower/potato concoction) and both are dishes that vegetarians will love.

The Rogan Josh (Lamb Curry) is also full of flavor without being too spicy hot. We ordered the “spicy” rather than the “extra spicy” but as I suspected, it is tourist spicy only and it would take a pallid palate indeed to wince from that level of spiciness.

Tandoori Naan with or without garlic or butter and several Tandoori Chicken dishes ensure that most guests will be satisfied without being threatened. In fact the whole menu appears to be created for parties, for which they already do a lot of catering.

While weddings and Indian groups are their specialty – as we all know they are a discerning crowd when it comes to flavors – normal guests too, can take advantage of their great menu. Even non Indians will find that the menu is great for catering.

Desserts include Kulfi – that intriguing Indian ice cream, and a perfect Gulab Jamun. Perfectly round balls of the boiled milk mixture swimming in a sweet syrup – can it get any better!

Their extensive drinks list includes several beer varieties, a good selection of Scotch Whiskies and even liqueurs such as Amaretto. Cocktails are on hand as well as lassies and fruit juices – all in all a complete list.!

Ganesha ek Sanskrit – JL Raya Monkey Forest, Ubud. T:0828 9719 1000 or 0887 3850 589 for bookings

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