This post is part of our Bali 2014 Trip Report.
We awoke very early due to the jet lag, and what better way to pass the time than swim in our private pool? Granted it wasn’t too bright yet, but the pool was lit. When it hit 7am, we headed out to the main restaurant for breakfast. Breakfast is included in almost all hotels in Bali it seems. At the Komaneka Bisma, you have the option to eat in the restaurant or they will bring it to your suite/villa. We liked to eat in the restaurant because they service our room while we’re eating and we’d come back to a beautiful clean space.
Today we opted to sit out on the balcony which faced the beautiful pool. It was warm and muggy but you couldn’t really do anything about it…it was like this all the time. We perused the menu and we both chose entrees from the Indonesian Breakfast menu. It is served with your choice of fresh juice, fruit and coffee. For your fruit, you can opt to have it with muesli , yogurt or just plain.
We decided to walk around the grounds for a bit – we also made an appointment for our included 1-hr couples massage at the Bisma Spa. We were looking forward to our appointment later in the evening! Walking around the Bisma is just beautiful.
After our morning of exploring and relaxing, we took the free shuttle from the Bisma to Ubud center. We told the staff that we were going to get babi guling in town, and they all said, “Ibu Oka! It’s the most famous and the best!” It made us look forward to trying it even more. It was about a 10 minute ride to town and is actually much closer than it seemed because the car had to slow down to maneuver around narrow Jalan Bisma. The car dropped us of in front of the Ubud Palace and told us they would pick us up at the same spot. We walked just a few blocks and saw the sign for Ibu Oka.
You had to walk down a narrow alley way to the restaurant.But don’t worry as there are plenty of signs to point the way so you won’t get lost.
The restaurant itself was quite large. It’s open air, and there are many seats. There were only a handful of people there when we got there but I heard it gets really crowded during prime lunch hours, and sometimes they can run out of suckling pig!
There’s really only one thing on the menu: pork. Suckling pig or “babi guling” to be exact, plus other pork parts. We each ordered one babi guling set. We got one of the regular sets and one of the larger sets which included slightly larger portions and soup. Each meal was about 3-4 dollars US.
We were very happy with Babi Guling Ibu Oka. I don’t think you can complain much about a delicious plate of food for 3 bucks. It was spicy and filling and had all the traditional flavors we were looking for. Just an FYI, since it’s from a large roast pig that was cooked earlier in the day, the meat is served at room temperature.
We set off to do a bit of walking around Ubud. However, it was getting really really hot, and we were sweating like crazy!
Stay tuned about our other adventures that day, including our dinner at the famed Mozaic Ubud.
Read more about our Bali 2014 Trip of a Lifetime.