Best ‘hidden gem’ lunch in Ubud: Savannah Moon

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Savannah Moon is a little family-owned and managed restaurant on the irresistibly charming Jalan Kajeng, which turned into a ‘we definitely must come back’ quickly after our first lunch there was served.

The warung, which is owned by the local painter Parnata, has a great menu with a variety of local specialties, grills and international dishes. The place also has a cooking school, which is usually a sign that the food is going to be good – and was certainly true in this case!

The restaurant, set within the family compound, is artistically decorated and surrounded by a beautiful garden in a relaxed environment. The many personal touches stretch to the walls which are adorned with beautiful paintings and the covers of the menu, which are hand-made and painted.

On our fist visit there, Alex picked the spiced fish in banana leaves, with roasted coconut vegetables and yellow rice; while I chose the grilled chicken with mixed salad, tomato sambal and yellow rice. Both of them were beautifully presented in a much more sophisticated than the common warung standard.

We returned later that day for dinner, and a couple of other times over the next few days for lunch.

In the welcome note in the menu Parnata says that she wanted to “create a welcoming and relaxing environment and offer superb food that was lovingly prepared, expertly cooked and stylishly presented” – and in our opinion, she’s more than achieved this!

Less than a 5-minute walk from Jalan Raya Ubud, Savannah Moon is also a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Ubud’s main street.

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Grilled chicken with mixed salad, tomato sambal and yellow rice

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Spiced fish in banana leaves with roasted coconut vegetables and yellow rice

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The menu

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Our bill was brought in this little adorable book. Having to pay has never been this pleasurable.

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