The three of us had our fair share of cocktails with exotic names. Each came with its unique aroma --some a bit too strong; some just right-- and a distinct way of drinking (experiencing?) them. Many of the tropical drinks make use of Ubud’s fresh and seasonal ingredients; others relied on infused liquors to create distinct flavors and smells. Ashes, our favorite, is Night Rooster’s best seller, served with a smoking cinnamon stick to stir the drink, along with sugar brittle that balances the smokiness and a garnish in the form of a smoldering pine cone. The least tropical of the drinks on offer, Ashes was the perfect balance of bitter, sweet, and sour.
Presentation: ★★★★★ --nothing beats it in aesthetics or creativity
Taste: ★★★★ --some of the cocktails were too sweet for our tastebuds
Ambiance: ★★★★ --we were keen and a bit early (perhaps too early), as we wanted to also sample Locavore’s bar bites (a must b.t.w.) since we were not organized enough to book a table at the much-raved-about Locavore; that said, the view of the sunset and street below from the balcony was lovely.
Tips: Try the food; do not miss Ashes. If you are in Ubud for a few days and, like us, also missed out on a table at Locavore, have lunch or late-night-bites at their sister restaurant/bar, which is fantastic.