TULSI WAS ONE OF OUR GO-TO SPOTS IN BALI. CHIC, CHEAP & DELICIOUS.
Tulsi is a Warung in Ubud, Bali. By definition a warung is a simple local restaurant. It is simple. Housed in a small quickly put together structure, serving straightforward Indian food from a menu that has only two entree options adding sides that are from what is fresh at the local farms and markets that day, choosing from dosa or roti for a set price that is a steal. Add on a beverage from homemade Indian favorites like lassi or chai, and if you are smart, you will save room for the homemade Kulfi.
However just like most things that are simple yet truly well done when you take a deeper look you find there is more to the story. You are seated in a room that’s spacious and well designed, using local materials and modern details. The owners son who is responsible has an eye for design thus Tulsi's interior is superior to most warungs on the island. The room is anchored by an open kitchen peering out at you through shelves of neatly organized supplies. Details shine, from unique and creative tile moments to the use of recycled wine bottles as lighting fixtures you are left knowing that it’s all very considered.
Rani is the owner of Tulsi and is Indian by birth. She has called Australia home for the last few decades and in 2015, she made the full-time move to Ubud where she brought with her generations-old family recipes and a deep well of know-how when it comes to the foods of her homeland. Since Indian food isn’t a widespread option in Bali and spices are the most crucial component of the cuisine she’s often adventuring to Singapore’s Little India and the epic mega source Mustafa Center to gather the must have components. These dishes and condiments are not just slapped together quickly. Cooking is an all the time endeavor at Tulsi. It will be the many days of work that you taste when you have the food. You feel the choices to do it right. The selection of ingredients combined with doing things as they are done in India. It is not just good Indian for Bali; it is good Indian for anywhere.
The food is where Tulsi shines. High quality dishes with just the right amount of complexity while remaining authentically Indian. Your meal is served on a metal tray cafeteria style. Despite the utilitarian delivery the dishes and condiments will have you oohing from the first bite to the last. It's comfort food and If you are anything like us you will be begging for a little more of this or that depending on the days offering. We loved Tulsi so much that we stole away from packing on our last day in Bali to make sure we got to have the experience one more time. After six weeks and countless wonderful meals, it speaks volumes that this was our last stop on the island.