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Published February 12th 2015
Dine under the stars surrounded by fireflies
Dine in a tent: This is certainly one of those places where getting here is half the fun. Set in the beautiful rice fields of Ubud, you will find the Pomegranate restaurant.
Teased into the visit by promises of a wonderful peaceful tent set amidst rice fields, it sounded rather promising, so we booked in to visit after a hot and dusty day's events.
There address is a little difficult as it's not really on any road.
Going away from Ubud, towards the bridge (and Jalan Tjamphuhan) on the right hand side you will see a steep (terrible) road veering off to the right - before you get to the cutting / stone walled road.
Go up the steep drive and be careful if you are on a bike as there's a lot of loose gravel. Ahead of you, you will see a small concrete wall which looks like a very narrow pathway only fit for walking, but if on a bike, the locals will immediately point it out and say to enter.
If you're anything like me, you will very tentatively enter this walkway and as slowly as you can manage to ride a motorbike wiggle along this lane.
If you encounter a bike coming the other way, you must slow right down and wiggle past each other.
Once out of the walkway, you will encounter a very narrow concrete path which you can choose to walk along or if brave (stupid) ride your motorbike along. My friends tell me they took this option and ended up driving off the side and down into the muddy rice fields below, they badly hurt their pride but fortunately not much else.
Feeling brave, I took the motorbike option. Veering around locals and other bikes, eventually I came to a turn and there in front of the left hand side was the large white tent that is Pomegranate.
It is truly beautiful and gentlemen take note, if you are looking for something romantic, you are going to win her heart here, especially if she clung on tightly to you to get here.
You settle in on large cushions around low lying tables that overlook the rice fields - there are some tables and chairs if you prefer.
The menu is fairly small compared to some others around Bali, but offers good pizzas, curries and a small but lovely selections of desserts.
I love that if you order tea here, you get a huge pot of premium quality tea and a cup to help yourself several time over (a tradition lacking around Bali).
As the sun sets, you may grasp glimpses of the mountains, however the true feature here is the beautiful sunsets.
A perfect place to gaze deeply into your loved ones eyes and melt their heart, or if single just take in the amazing beauty and tranquility of nature (they offer insect repellant in case the bugs come to enjoy the night too).
As darkness settles across the ricefields, the fireflies come out to play and dance around, delighting diners.