I'm playing catch up as I've abandoned my blog for months now since we moved to Singapore and have just had several hours straight to sit down at my desk to blog. Although we went back to Bali in January of this year for a long weekend (haven't been since we left in March 2012), I am only posting this recent find now. Watercress Cafe is a charming cafe on Batu Belig street, an up and coming area right by Seminyak in neighboring Kerobokan which is on the twisty rice field flanked road towards the surfing beaches of Canggu.
A brick-walled light-filled interior serving breakfast all-day with a lots of other yummy, healthy dishes especially for vegetarians or those looking for gluten-free items. I was so impressed with Watercress that I went twice while we were in Bali - once for breakfast and another time for a late lunch (recently, they have also started serving dinner). Their bread is from Bali's French bakery Monsieur Spoon and coffee specialist Revolver Espresso. Drinks are made up of fresh fruit smoothies, lassis and juices and a selection of iced teas. The menu is simple but with so many good things, it's hard to make up one's mind with what to order. Some menu items can also be ordered in half-size portions which is convenient and unusual for Bali.
For breakfast, I had the Two Crispy Sweet Corn Fritters - two poached eggs over corn fritters and a chunky avocado and tomato salsa. I ordered it as part of the breakfast set which comes with a bowl of fresh tropical fruit topped with crushed peanuts and grated coconut and a creamy cappuccino.
At lunchtime, there are loads of salads, a few burgers (Mahi-Mahi, crispy Tempeh or chicken sate) and several open sandwiches served either on sourdough or gluten-free bread. I had the Bruschetta topped with vine-ripened tomatoes, Feta and arugula followed by a Roasted Pumpkin Salad - a large bowl of caramelized pumpkin, watercress, arugula with a basil pesto dressing. Watercress Malam (the dinner menu) is more substantial with small plates as starters, salads and grilled items with assorted side dishes.
It's been a long time since I've loved a restaurant from start to finish. Watercress Cafe is going straight on my favorites list. If you're going to Bali, you should add it to yours too.
Jalan Batu Belig 21A
tel: +62 361 780 8030