Spice by Chris Salans in Bali

Casual Ubud Gastrobar Serving Locally-Inspired Cuisine

Spice by Chris Salans is a casual street-side gastrobar on Ubud’s main road that focuses on Balinese and Indonesian flavours, and is the latest break away project of chef and owner of acclaimed fine dining spot, Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique, further up north on Ubud’s Jalan Raya Sanggingan. Spice presents Chris Salans’ locally-inspired creations to a wider audience, in a more affordable and laidback setting and welcomes families with kids.

Unlike Mozaic, you don’t need to book for a table here. Spice by Chris Salans is easy to get to; you can simply walk in on your strolls through Ubud central, across the road from Puri Lukisan - one of Ubud’s landmark museums. Inside, you can opt for an available seat at the bar where you can observe the kitchen and bar staff preparing your orders, or sit by the floor-to-ceiling windows where you can enjoy your meals with the main street in view.

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Chris Salans’ passion of marrying western culinary techniques and presentation with Balinese and Indonesian ingredients and flavours shines throughout the ever-changing menu. Items come and go according to season, and their ‘special of the day’ offerings are surely worth a look. These include a Spice Salad with a mix of mesclun, avocado, mango and crispy tempeh (fried fermented soybean), all doused in a tangy dressing (IDR 75,000 or USD 5.70).

Other ala carte items include chicken breast with tomato salad and a very local touch of chilli dip called sambal kecicang or wild torch ginger, which is very aromatic (IDR 80,000 or USD 6). There’s also a crispy pork belly with turmeric dressing and exotic dukkah spice (IDR 95,000 or USD 7.25) and a beef brisket served with fat noodles and kluwek broth that is made from seeds of the pangium edule - a widely used ingredient in Malay and Indonesian stews.

You can choose from a selection of sides (IDR 25,000-35,000 or USD 2-3) to accompany your mains, such as tapioca root fries with an espuma made from a local favourite spicy dip called basa gede; green salad with the Balinese suna-cekuh turmeric and galangal dip and balsamic dressing, or you may fancy their Kintamani rice fried with garlic and wagyu fat. Desserts are heavenly with a touch of the tropics, as evident with their chocolate cake and jackfruit ice cream.

The beverage selection (from IDR 25,000 or USD 2) also follows the way of ‘exotic infusions’. Kids can enjoy a kalamansi milkshake while parents go for a soothing cocktail to unwind after a long day of sightseeing through Ubud. Aromatic blends range from passion fruit mojitos, to bourbon infused with jackfruit or lemon basil, and cucumber gin and tonic. Two-for-one deals are from 17:00 to 18:00 and 21:00 to 22:00, together with free bites and nibbles to share.

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