Author: Sassy Eater.
I have a soft spot for Balinese Crispy Duck, so I tried quite numerous amount of them in Bali. One of my favorite is Laka Leke in Ubud. Since the name means ‘hideaway’, no wonder it took us quite an effort finding Laka Leke.
Laka Leke is a spacious garden restaurant bordered by the rice fields with seatings are all outdoors, some under covered huts and some in the pavillions. It is a tranquil place in the afternoon, where your eyes will be amused by the rice paddy view and your ears will be delighted with a soft gamelan. (Gamelan is traditional ensemble music of Bali, made up predominantly of percussive instruments. The most common instruments are metallophones played by mallets as well as a set of hand played drums called kendhang which register the beat).
In certain evenings every week they have dance performances such as Barong and Kris Dance, Frog Dance, Joged and Children Dance, Kecak and Fire Dance, but we’re not fortunate enough to see any of them, since we came on Sunday evening. And keep this in mind to prepare yourself if mosquitos or bugs bother you, since there was quite a lot when it’s getting dark. But I found the incense and candles quite helped keeping them away.
That evening we came as a group of five and we chose to sit at the back area, facing the calming rice fields. And with the soft gamelan at the background, our taste buds were prepared to indulge in one of the authentic Balinese local delicacies.
Each one of us ordered their house specialties, The Famous Crispy Duck (IDR 94.5 K) which was half a duck boiled in Balinese spices and deep fried for crispy finish, served with rice and sauteed vegetables.
The size of the Crispy Duck was huge and it looked more tempting and appetizing, compared to the ones at Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner) or Bebek Tepi Sawah. They provided three kinds of sambal, which were also different from the other two places.
The taste of the duck was delicious, crispy on the outside and tender in the inside. But I found it could be a little dry for some people. It’s not too juicy as the one I found in Crispy Duck at Warung Eropa.
But I like how I can dip it into each of the sambal or all the three sambals mixed together.
So for you who claimed to be a crispy duck lover and you’re happened to be in Ubud, give Laka Leke a try. For me, it’s one of some reasons I’m willing to drive 1.5 hour from my usual ‘comfort zone’ (Seminyak and Nusa Dua area) in Bali. 😋
Laka Leke hideaway restaurant
Nyuh Kuning, Ubud.
+62 361 977565
Opening hours :
9 am – 11 pm