All-nat­u­ral ex­pe­ri­ence pro­vides food for your body and mind

Western Times - - LIFE - Chris Gil­more

SMALL gal­leries dot many of Ubud’s main streets. Mas­sage and spa treat­ments abound. The smell of in­cense from Hindu tem­ples, large and small, seems to fol­low you every­where. Ev­ery­thing here is about art and am­bi­ence. Clear Cafe, on Jalan Hanoman, is the em­bod­i­ment of Ubud’s unique at­mos­phere. I’m told to leave my thongs out­side and en­ter through the cir­cu­lar front door, which is made from in­tri­cately carved wood and looks like some­thing from a Tolkien novel. In­side there are koi ponds, walls of flow­ing plants and a tim­ber spi­ral stair­case built from gnarled wood that needs to be seen to be be­lieved. The food it­self is equally im­pres­sive. “Clean food for clean minds” is its motto and the all-nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents are sourced only from lo­cal Ba­li­nese farm­ers. I drink a Di­a­mond Detox (mint and gin­ger) and eat the Trin­ity Hum­mus Plate (black bean, roasted red pep­per and zuc­chini tahini dips with pita bread and flaxseed crack­ers), then the Sun­shine Tuna (seared tuna with a tamarind sauce, wasabi mash and greens) and fin­ish with the Mud­slide Raw Pie (cashew choco­late cream, vanilla bean and ca­cao in a choc-co­conut crust). All as de­li­cious as it is healthy. The Ubud area is also renowned for its scenic spoils. The famed Mon­key For­est is worth a visit, as much for its beauty as the res­i­dent macaques. Just hope you can find a se­cluded cor­ner away from the crowds. The Cam­puhan Ridge walk is an­other wor­thy es­cape, tak­ing you past the Pura Gu­nung Le­bah Hindu tem­ple, along the Wos River and into sweep­ing rice fields.—

PHOTO: ISTOCK

MON­KEY BUSI­NESS: Mon­keys in Ubud Sa­cred Mon­key For­est.

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