Sate Arang - If you're serious about your satays, you definitely need to check out Arang.
Arang Sate Bar can be found in the bustling centre of Ubud, just round the intersection of the royal palace, the famous Ubud market and the tourist center. It's a cosy little bar with a nice atmosphere and real nice brasserie-like interior. Cuisine? Indonesian satays inspired by styles from all over the country but... as seen by Arang's chef. On the menu you'll find small plates and stuff to share, salads and of course... satay. The satay menu, or rather sate menu in local spelling, revolves around classic Indonesian, Balinese style sate's and the chef's (who has worked at noted New York restaurants like Nobu, Spice Market and Buddakan) own gastronomic twist on grilled skewers in general. If that isn't a good prospect, I don't know what is.
With a background story like this, naturally, we HAD to try. Boy were we, despite difficulties to decide, rewarded. There's sate served on a hot stone, like ginger coconut chicken, soy ginger pork belly or tea smoked duck breast. 'Regular' sate's too with lots of vegetarian and fish options like a variety of tofu and tempe styles, veggies and ahi tuna, lobster, shrimp bumbu Bali and even oysters. We had a though time deciding which one to have. Eventually we went for the hot stone coconut ginger chicken, a traditional lilit and a shrimp bumbu Bali. Side: double cooked cassave fries.
I don't know what to tell you guys. It was so good. Especially the hotstone sate. It's served to the table on a sizzling hot brick shaped stone. No regrets. Wait I already said that.
Did I mention the also serve some kick*ss cocktails? Really creative flavour combo's that go excellent with the towns vibes.
Jl. Raya Ubud No.8, Ubud
The travel season
The travel season isn't really a season. Travelling can be done year round. And I wish I could do it year round too. There's just so much to see and do in the world! So that's why started the subject 'The travel season' where I'll be keeping track of abroad culinary adventures. You can find a short intro post here.