Welcome to our new series, Bali for vegetarians! Clicking the previous link will send you to a page containing all of the posts in this series for easy browsing.
For this second post in the series, I’ve decided to write about the Happy Buddha in Kuta, which is situated on Jl. Raya Kuta 143. Just like the Loving Hut in Denpasar, the Happy Buddha might take you a while to find, but it is worth it.
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A small, modest family restaurant, it is run by a Buddhist family who cater mainly for Indonesians but their menu is also in English. As is popular in many of Bali’s vegetarian restaurants, they serve lots of the mock meats but they also a wide range of traditional Indonesian vegetarian recipes, all at bargain basement prices. You can eat a hearty meal here and have a drink for US$2.50.
Do not be put off by the service – the family who run it are not trained in customer service but that is not to say they are impolite, they just seem a little awkward. I should also add that they make some nice fresh juices which I would recommend. The Happy Buddha was my lunchtime stop-off spot also as the service is usually very quick.
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As for finding Happy Buddha Vegetarian Restaurant, I can tell you that it is on the northern side of Jalan Raya Kuta, the same side of the road as the Bali Bakery, or the opposite side of the road to Harris Hotel. It is nestled in a small pertokoan (a cluster of small shops/businesses) and can be easily missed. If you go past Purimas Bakery on your left, you have gone too far. Keep an eye out for a Pegadaian banner – it’s just next door. I have also been told that taxi drivers do not know where it is (understandable given the amount of small restaurants in Kuta!) so be warned.
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