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Published September 18th 2017
Tasty vegan food, great coffee, and cleansing drinks
The Planet Platter. A great choice for your first time at Earth Cafe.
*At time of writing, the exchange rate was approximately 10,000 Indonesian rupiah (IDR) to one Australian dollar*
Nestled in amongst the many shops of JI. Kayu Aya is a marvellous little cafe and health food shop. While Seminyak might not be seen to be quite the "retreat" that Ubud is, this end of the main drag is where you'll find many health and wellness studios, spas, and the Earth Cafe and Market.
As with eating anywhere in Seminyak, staff are always ready to seat you as soon as you walk in, and there's plenty of choice of tables.
The Local Jamu Shot is a great way to wake up your tastebuds. An interesting blend of lemon, turmeric and coconut nectar!
Looking at the menu for the first time, you're struck by the sheer size of it. I challenge anybody not to find something enticing (purely from the descriptions, there are no pictures in the menu as many dishes change slightly each day depending on the availability of ingredients).
I settled on The Planet Platter (85,000 IDR), an espresso (30,000 IDR), and a Local Jamu Shot (20,000 IDR). The coffee was easily the best I'd had in a few days in Bali; well extracted, hot and with a nice layer of crema.
The Jamu Shot was very very heavy on turmeric, which was fine with me and I ordered a second one after quickly necking the first. It wasn't a bitter drink though, and I could see why it was being sold as a tonic. I found that it worked perfectly as a palate cleanser after the lovely strong coffee!
If you're not a coffee drinker or tea drinker, there are a range of different smoothies and special drinks on offer from 39,000 IDR to 49, 000 IDR. It's also possible to request a special blend of either fruit or vegetable juices (50,000 IDR). We chose the Soothing The Core smoothie (pictured) at 45,000 IDR.
My dining partner chose the buckwheat pancakes (65,000 IDR) and was pleasantly suprised by the soft, fluffy pancakes topped with fresh fruits and dates.
The service was very good; our coffee, smoothie and tonics all arrived quickly and we were asked later if we wanted another round. Food was also quick to arrive, and looked and tasted great. It was excellent value for money, and being able to eat so quickly and healthily is a huge plus when on holiday.
The overall vibe is lazy and carefree; relaxing music hums in the background, and you'll see fellow travellers arriving in a steady stream to get a coffee or just browse through the market. The market has an impressive range of health food supplies, tea, coffee, and natural therapies. You'll easily spend another 20 minutes in the market after paying for your food.
All major credit cards are accepted, and if you're looking to break some of those annoying large denominations that the Balinese ATMs seem to always lump you with, the staff are happy to oblige.
The tables and chairs are simple and comfortable, with plenty of room left so that the many market customers aren't bumping you if you happen to sit near the counter. Clean bathroom facilities are out the back (accessed from inside the cafe), and there is free WiFi available to customers.
Although the cafe wasn't busy when we went (or appeared to be the many times we walked past), you can order via WhatsApp according to their website. But it's so close to many of the top spas and attractions in Seminyak that it's unlikely to take you out of your way, and you'll end up wandering past it on your travels anyway.