A year ago we visited Bali for the first time and stayed in Sanur, which is where we discovered Three Monkeys. It was one of our favourite places we ate at, so we knew we wanted to go again, This time we visited their Ubud location.
Three Monkeys is a run family restaurant and the staff there are very welcoming and friendly. We sat at a table overlooking a small pool of water with a fountain next to a paddy field. This setting took you away from the busy streets of Ubud and showered you in calm and relaxation, which is just what we needed after a busy day exploring.
We had the frozen margaritas that were OK but nothing special. After the frozen margaritas we had at Barbacoa though, nothing compares!
My favourite thing to do when I eat out is to get lots of little bits and share, so you get to try lots of different things. Paul hates this because he says he always picks the better dish (which is kinda right). On this occasion, however, I won. The star of the show was the homemade pasta pumpkin ravioli with burnt butter almonds and sage (60K IDR). We had tried this when we visited Three Monkeys in Sanur, and it was so good that we knew we had to order it again. The sweetness of the pumpkin perfectly matched the savoury taste of the butter, almonds and sage.
We also ordered all the fried things, standard. The chilli salt squid (69K IDR) was wonderfully crispy and moreish. The Balinese duck spiced spring rolls with coconut (54K IDR) was a fascinating take on spring rolls and very delicious. The soft shell chilli crab burger was a special they had on that day. It wasn’t greasy at all, which is the downfall of many a soft shell crab. It was really light and flavoursome. It came with sweet pepper and mango relish which I loved, but Paul hated (he has an unnatural obversion to tropical fruit). The grilled asparagus with parmesan and balsamic glaze (45K IDR) was a much need addition of green!
Everything we tried at Three Monkeys, ignoring the margaritas, got full marks. If you are in Ubud or Sanur, we recommend Three Monkeys for a lazy afternoon to recharge your batteries and pick n’ mix a selection of their small plates. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!