During my stay in Ubud I decided to walk to the Neka Art Museum located on Jalan Raya Sanggingan. Simply turn left at the top of Monkey Forest Road and walk straight. If you don’t make any stops along the way it should take you about 25 minutes. Of course, I stopped and looked in a few of the shops. You will find that the prices are better when you get out of downtown Ubud, and different merchandise. There are also many art galleries in this area. You could easily spend a very pleasant day browsing the galleries and talking to the artists.
The first surprising find I made was contact lens solution. I had been looking all over and was told I would have to go to Denpasar to buy it. What? Nobody wears contact lenses in Ubud? If you find yourself short on solution hike over towards the Neka Art Museum and just after the bridge you will see the Ubud Clinic. You can get the solution here.
The museum is well worth a visit. They have a fantastic selection of Balinese paintings and a terrific bookshop. I bought a small book on Balinese Astrology. The grounds are also beautiful and lovely to photograph. The museum has loads of windows, which make for some interesting photo ops.
After the museum I began to feel like the accidental tourist. I needed lunch by this time since it was after 2pm and I hadn’t eaten since breakfast. The first thing I see when I walk out onto the street is a Warung called “Naughty Nuri’s”.A Warung is a traditional Indonesian food stall. The food is always cheap and usually very good. Naughty Nuri’s is famous for its BBQ, which is done right out front on the sidewalk. The ribs looked like they were to die for. I chose the vegetarian curry, and it was excellent. The food here was without a doubt outstanding. Visit Naughty Nuri’s for the delicious cheap food. Expect lots of people. Expect to wait for your food, and well worth it. My second unexpected event of the day also involved food. After the museum and lunch I took myself to the Botanical Day Spa located just down the road from the Neka. I had a lovely massage and floral bath (a blog for another day). I decided to walk back to Ubud, and half way there the skies opened up. Thankfully, I was prepared and trudged on umbrella in hand.
Having had enough of dodging puddles, I decided to stop for dinner. I found myself in front of the Casa Luna, another trendy eatery in Ubud.
The setting of the Casa Luna is relaxing with a lovely shade of muted orange on the walls with lots of Balinese art. The top part of the restaurant is open with a vaulted teak ceiling covering the dining area.
I decided to have a glass of red wine (Australian Shiraz). The price was 65,000Rp per glass, and it was okay. The young waiter was very friendly. He told me I had a beautiful smile…always nice to have a compliment from a man regardless of his age….(laughing). I chose the prawn and avocado salad to start and Balinese style paella for a main course. The appetizer was presented very nicely sitting on a banana leaf. The paella contained a variety of seafood (very fresh) served on yellow rice. There was calamari, small clams, prawn, and mackerel. Both dishes were very good. A bit more spice would have been nice.(65,000Rph) Both Naughty Nuri’s and the Casa Luna are worthy of a visit.
I give Naughty Nuri’s great marks for good food and prices.
I give the Casa Luma great marks for décor and atmosphere. The food was nicely presented, but a little bland for my taste.
You will find Naughty Nuri’s directly across from the Neka Art Museum on Jl Raya Sanggingan. Casa Luna is in downtown Ubud on Jl Ubud Raya. (Raya eventually becomes Sanggingan). Casa Luna also has live music some evenings.