Located just up the road from Casa Luna, Indus is the second restaurant for husband-and-wife powerhouse team, Janet De Neefe and her husband, Ketut Suardana. Originally from Melbourne, Janet moved to Ubud more than 30 years ago to be with Ketut. Since then, the pair have created numerous memorable dining experiences, each one a testament to the many years Janet has spent discovering the delights of local Balinese and Indonesian produce.
The name Indus comes from the valley of the same name that winds its way through Pakistan, northern India, the Himalayas and China. Hailed as the ‘cradle of civilisation’, the Indus Valley has seen the birth of ancient empires, religions and kingdoms. Beneath Bali’s Indus sits the Tjamphuan River, which means ‘meeting place’ and symbolises the global wanderers who have crossed paths for many centuries. Therefore, the restaurant takes its name from the two sacred rivers, representing the intersection of culture and history.
At Indus, the kitchen team is primarily made up of locals from Ubud and surrounding villages, who bring their rich culture and lifestyle with them and inject this energy into a flavoursome menu.
Visitors can enjoy popular meals such as green duck curry with Siamese squash and lime leaves; or salted squid salad with coriander, lemon basil, avocado and a soy lemongrass dressing; and coconut crème caramel.
In addition to the everyday menu, which is available seven days a week, Indus hosts a weekly ‘Fresh Fish Friday’. This is a celebration of the finest fish dishes from all over Indonesia, paying homage to a different area of the archipelago each month.
The drinks list pairs excellently with the menu and offers a broad selection of local wines as well as some of the best Australian and Chilean drops. For those looking for something a little more exciting, Indus also has a range of fruity and refreshing cocktails.
As Ubud grows as a tourist destination, its culinary landscape is growing along with it. Janet insists this will not impact negatively on the quality of food on offer in Ubud – quite the opposite. She said, “Ubud is fast becoming the food capital of Indonesia. It is a thriving food scene with so many choices available.” And with Indus on the map, it’s easy to see why it is so popular.
Price : Start from IDR 50,000/pax
Location : Jl. Raya Sanggingan No.88X, Kedewatan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali
Contact : (+62 361) 977 684
Website : www.casalunabali.com