Author: Sassy Eater.
We visited Hujan Locale, the next day after a playful culinary episode in Locavore. In this fairly new establishment, the latest addition to the creations of super chef Will Meyrick of Sarong and Mama San, together with his “chef-in-crime” Palm Amatawet and Chef Tim Bartholomew, we were promised to find Asian dishes with a light modern twist and a focus on seasonality and provenance of ingredients. So another great culinary affair for me, I hoped.
‘Hujan’ means rain in Indonesian, which represent the belief that rain brings good fortune, harvest, and prosperity. Hujan’s ethos was to use local ingredients as much as possible. The pig and chicken farm that they had in Jatiluwih was run and managed by local farmers. Embracing the ethos of the Slow Food Movement, I found that many of the dishes were slow cooked, the way to tenderize as well as to allow flavours to merge and soften.
Hujan Locale was located a stone’s throw away from the buzzing Seniman Coffee literally (you can really throw a stone from Hujan Locale to the Seniman Coffee) . While parking space was always an issue, as Hujan Locale was located quite close to the street’s southern entrance, you could park your cars at the public parking space near Anomali Coffee and walk a short distance to the venue.
Hujan Locale was a pretty two-storey mansion boasting the light and airy feel of Old French-Vietnam colonial chic. We chose to sit upstairs, where the dining room was beautifully lit by milky glass vintage lighting, and occupied with the natural wash out wood dining tables and taupe tone rattan chairs, and adorned with ginger flowers and citrus in glass jars.
It’s so hard to choose as almost everything on the menu sounded intriguing. There was a big variety of Asian inspired cuisines rather than faithfully followed Asian dishes. They catered for vegetarian, and people that have gluten-free and nut-free diet as well. What I found a little incongruous was the menu of Long Pizza. But apparently their home made pizzas with most ingredients sourced from their farm, were the favourite in the house.
So we had two long pizza, Slow Cooked Fennel in White Wine Rosemary Parmesan Dolce Cheese Truffle Oil (IDR 110K) and Black Smoked Ham Mozzarella Basil Chili Flakes (IDR 110K). I was in love with the first one, which was surprising since I am a carnivore (I love my meat, seriously!) But in this occasion I chose to savour in the Fennel with Dolce Cheese Truffle Oil Pizza over the Black Smoked Ham Pizza.
Then we ordered the Sulawesi Crispy Pork (IDR 160K) with sambal hijau (a mix of green chili, garlic, shrimp paste), lemon basil lime leaf and lemo. It was an amazing quality pork from their own farm, palatable, but not at all crispy as they described in the menu.
But the Madura Crispy Duck (IDR 150K) with sambal mango, sambal hijau, ikan manis asin and lemon basil stayed true to its name, very crispy. The presentation of the duck was immaculate. So flavourful with fresh ingredients and duck fried to perfection.
Human Locale was embracing the found and forage food movement right down to the bar menu, as cocktails blended, muddled, and mixed into inventive concoctions like the enticing beetroot margaritas or celery and cucumber martinis.
We had the Coco Lychee Crush (IDR 45K), lychee fruit, lemon juice and coconut milk, and Pineapple and Mint Crush (IDR 45K), fresh pineapple, mint leaf, lemon and fresh lime. Both were equally thirst-quenching and revitalising.
So we left a few hours later, a culinary experience richer. But there were many other interesting dishes I was dying to try, such as the Wood roasted Bone Marrow, the Pork Cutlets and the Bread and Butter Pudding. Well, it’s a valid reason to stay in Ubud once again, isn’t it ?
Hujan Locale is well worth a visit for lunch as well as dinner, since the menu here certainly delivered a taste of what the food was like at these more well established eateries. It will satisfy your taste buds as it happened to me.
Jalan Sri Wedari 5, Ubud
+62 361 849 3092
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Opening Hours :
12 pm – 3 pm
6 pm – 11 pm