Hujan Locale is the latest sensation to hit the specialty dining scene in Ubud, with acclaimed Chef Will Meyrick (of Sarong and Mama San fame) behind the scenes. Long-time Ubud foodies may remember the old spot where Jendela House once stood, right across the road from Fair Warung Bale. Now, Hujan serves as the go-to place for heritage Asian cuisine with a twist, where diners are treated to a journey of flavours from around the continent.
The restaurant carries a vintage theme, with colonial style wooden doors and windows, and a small portico acting as its main entrance. Inside, wooden tables and chairs dominate the main lower hall, and upstairs is the coveted space, where you have a more airy atmosphere with one side overlooking Sriwedari, and the opposite offering an exotic view to a temple complex that is part of a Balinese family compound.
An emphasis is placed on local ingredients throughout the preparations, as its name suggests. All-day dining options include a ‘special lunch’ alternative that features spicy Asian dishes. Going a la carte, we opt for the interestingly named, ‘DIY five spice grilled beef with fresh herbs, rice paper rolls, papaya, nuoc cham and peanut sauce’ (IDR 90,000). This comes as a colourful round wooden tray full to the rim with these delights. The do-it-yourself part is that you take the dry rice paper roll, and go ahead soak it in the bowl of water before filling it with the greens, pre-sliced beef, and thin strips of carrot, papaya and starfruit, and final dashes of preferred sauces.
Further down the menu are ‘From the Local Farms’ and ‘From the Boats’ selections. Our tengkleng Jogja style lamb shank curry is a hearty serving with potatoes, tomatoes, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and crispy shallots, at IDR 140,000. From ‘the boats’, we pleasantly savour the clash of tangy and sweet in an Acehnese curry of seabass with tomato okra, belimbing wuluh (sour carambola), asam kandis (garcinia) and curry leaf (IDR 120,000).
Light bites come in the form of long board pizza selections, ranging from IDR 70,000 to 90,000. There’s locally produced bocconcini with pomodoro parmesan and basil pesto, slow cooked fennel in white wine with rosemary parmesan, dolce cheese and truffle oil, and prawn and spicy pork mince with romesco chipotle peppers, pomodoro oregano and anchovy pesto, great for those in for a truly flavoursome bite in a slice of pizza.
Selections of classic cocktails that include mint julep, whisky sour, gin passion mule, margaritas and martinis ranging from IDR 95,000-110,000 are served from this bar. Try out the truly refreshing and exotic coconut mojito, served with lemon and mint leaves, or the coco lychee crush comprising succulent lychee, lemon juice and coconut milk.
With swift and friendly service and an overall warm atmosphere, Hujan Locale is a great stopover on your walks through Ubud. Parking along Sriwedari might be an issue; taxi or by foot is best.
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- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 23:00
- Location: Jalan Sri Wedari 5, Ubud
- Tel: +62 (0)361 849 309 2