HUJAN LOCALE

     

01.06.2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMeet Mamasan’s “found and foraged” cousin, Hujan Locale. When we dined in Seminyak, we learned that the same restaurant group recently opened their first outlet in Ubud. Since we enjoyed our meal so much, we decided to plan our day trip to the uplands of Bali centered around what else but f-o-o-d.

While driving through the town, I kept my eyes peeled for anything that might strike our fancy – other eateries, arts and crafts,     temples, shrines, etc. I saw plenty of places busy with tourists, but when a new establishment pulls in the expat crowd too, along with well-informed foodies (us!) and the island’s traveling diners, that’s when you know you’ve fallen upon something special. We     arrived at the right place. Jon and I found ourselves in a tropical backwoods setting, rural yet slightly urbanized and with a reminiscent charm of the French Indochina period. I’m aware that my one picture makes it seem like no one was there -it’s 2 stories btw-, but somehow I managed to find an empty corner that draws your attention to the design and space; no distractions of open mouths and blurred fuzzes of strangers mid-chew. Oh, angles and cropping help too.

The Street Food Chef did it again. We started with a bucket of prawn balls that are to be dunked in kaffir lime sweet chili sauce. Jon and I had a nice sampling of Vietnam with a green mango and carrot salad (lots of cilantro!) and a D.I.Y fresh herbs and rice paper rolls with papaya nuoc cham. We ended with Kashmiri style roasted snapper wrapped in banana leaf with curry leaves and mint     yoghurt. Hopefully another concept is in the works to be up and running by the time we return!

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