A steep narrow stairwell leads up to a cosy lounge area scattered with Thai cushions, perfect for relaxing with a magazine, curling up with a laptop (wifi is free) or catching up with friends. The attractive long timber breakfast bar is open to the elements and overlooks plant filled window boxes and down on to Monkey Forest Road. I spot more cute wooden ducks, big stacks of magazines, and a convenient bell on the wall, which summons a waitress so you don’t have to go all the way downstairs.
Coffee comes in many guises, Oreo Frappe, Cappuccino con Cacao, Espresso con Panna. It can also be ordered in a set, accompanied by waffles, fruit salad or various breakfast items. A waitress soon appears with a tray laden with tantalizing concoctions. The Ice Café Mocha is rich and milky with just the right amount of chocolate. The Mocha Frappuccino is a tower of coffee, milk, chocolate syrup, ice cream and swirls of whipped cream finished with a waffle stick. On the warm side there is a smooth Hot Caramel Latte with silky hints of caramel. We also try a couple of juices, an invigorating sweet and sour Green Mango and a fresh and fragrant Strawberry Juice. The Korean tradition of tea drinking is also honored admirably, with healthy blends such as Dandelion, Pomegranate and Buckwheat.
The menu features snacks, salads and sandwiches including the Garden Salad, a big bowl of crispy mixed leaves, carrots, feta and croutons with an exceptionally good citrus infused dressing. The Spicy Tuna a la Greka and Chicken Cocktail Hawaiian sandwiches are wrapped in the softest, freshest bread and filled with plenty of salad. I also recommend the Camenbert honey pocket sandwich. The homemade American style Waffles are wonderful and served with a choice of ice cream, cream and syrups, a perfect accompaniment to coffee. But there is nothing quite like getting your coffee fix with a dose of ice cream, and the Affogato is just the thing. Strong sticky bitter espresso drizzled over the sweetest vanilla ice cream.
While we are eating a huge thunderstorm hits Ubud, but it doesn’t matter because we are cheerfully ensconced in this comfortable café, and the long rainy afternoon with Mio and Sunny is fuelled by great coffee, great food and lots of laughter. Jokes and laughter aside, the girls are really serious about quality and standards and it shows in every aspect of this lovely little café. \AB
COFFEE & ...
Monkey Forest Road No 67, Ubud
Ph +62 361 972950
Open 8am – 10pm
Ubud Map B - 3