Alchemy, Bali

Alchemy was the original raw vegan restaurant in Bali. Based in serene Ubud, it is still going strong serving salad, fresh juices and smoothie bowls daily from 7am till 9pm.

Alchemy is famous for their signature create your own salad and smoothie bar with a vast array of toppings and bases … and we had heard that their raw chocolate deserts are pretty addictive too, so we had to visit!

The location

Alchemy is on the edge of Ubud. It’s conveniently close to the Campuhan Ridge walk so it makes a great post hike pitstop.

The space

Alchemy is on a busy, main road. The roof is made of multiple layers of palm tree thatch and wood so you can’t miss it. In front of the entrance there’s a row of large potted palm trees screening off the road plus a parking lot for the scooters.  There’s no outside terrace at the front, but they do have a garden at the back where you can sit. Inside is minimal and white. You can grab and go, or eat in. Once inside, you forget you’re on a main road.

The tables, chairs and benches are all warm, distressed wood and complemented by pea green cushions. They have large tables for up to 8 people, but also tables for just two. We choose a wooden bench next to the window.

The crowd

The customers are mixed and mostly tourists including parents with buggies, backpackers or people like us -healthy food lovers!

The little things that make a difference

You can create your own smoothie or salad bowl at the bar so there is no waiting around.

Also, cakes come quickly so you only have to wait for your juices which are all made fresh.

The WiFi is really good and it’s a perfect place to work, because of the relaxed vibe. The music is easy going pop  – not played too loudly.

The fresh juice test

There’s a huge menu of smoothies and juices.  We had two juices -the Classic Green with apple and lime which was a mix of cucumber and leafy greens (parsley, spinach, kale, celery, bok choy) and the Pina Colada made of pineapple (of course), coconut, vanilla and palm nectar.

The green juice tasted very healthy, I loved the mixture of leafy greens. But the Pina Colada was definitely our favourite, it really did taste like a Pina Colada!

The juices are freshly made made in the kitchen, but you can also buy them bottled to take away. We loved the use of bamboo straws.

What we ate

Everything at Alchemy is raw, vegan and mostly home made. We chose two make your own smoothie bowls. You choose the base smoothie or cashew mylk, then three fruits and finally 2 toppings – although you can pay more for extra. The bowls are finished off with mint and lime and the topping sizes are generous. We had a bowl with a spirulina and banana base and another with a  mango base. We made up the green bowl (spirulina and banana base) with dragon fruit, papaya, mango, toasted coco buckwheat granola, coconut whipped cream and extra homemade caramel. With our yellow mango bowl, we added papaya, dragon fruit, cantaloupe, coco cashews and muesli.

Next, we had the raw bananoffee pie, which was incredible!

The bottom layer had a really deep rich flavour. The banana layer added more fruity flavour. Finally, the top layer of coconut whipped cream added a really intense flavour twist. Everything fitted together perfectly. Our other cake (well chocolate bar) was a chunk of raw, vegan chewy chocolate with almonds and a hard chocolate layer on top. As chocolate lovers, we adored it!

What we’d go back for…

Alchemy has their own raw vegan cooking classes where you can sign yourself up. Also, they have their own cook book “The Raw Alchemist”.

The bill

Banoffee pie 45.000IDR
Clean Green  48.000IDR
Chewy bar 27.000IDR
Pina Colada 45.000IDR
Smoothie bowl 55.000IDR