Indonesian Food Explorations at Nusantara by Locavore
My trip to Bali was quite a spontaneous adventure, so most of my planning happened last minute. I was hoping to visit Locavore for their famous 5 or 7 course dinner, but being so popular, it was fully booked out on such short notice. Instead I tried Nusantara by Locavore, which must have been at least just as good. I went for lunch on a weekday, which was a great time. It wasn’t empty, but it wasn’t too busy either.
Both Nusantara and Locavore only use locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. While Locavore takes you on a culinary European adventure, Nusantara focuses on traditional Indonesian dishes from all over the country. Nusantara means ‘archipelago’ - the thousands of diverse islands that make up Indonesia.
I loved Nusantara exactly because of this. I love trying a lot of different dishes, flavours, and cuisines, which is exactly what they offer. Their menu is designed to share, but even if you’re on your own, they have a tasting plate for one, which comes with small portions of all sorts of different dishes. I loved it.
Their interior compliments the menu and idea behind Nusantara and has a modern, clean, well-designed feel.
Nusantara was one of my favourite restaurants in Ubud, which I would happily come back to. Or maybe I’ll plan my next Bali trip a bit more in advance and end up at Locavore instead.