Finding an incredible new restaurant can be a blessing and a curse.
On one hand, you want to scream its name from the rooftops. You want the world to know about your discovery. You want to eat there every damn day (or every other day, because you don’t want to seem too weird).
On the other hand, well, restaurants only have so many seats and things get decidedly less exciting when everyone’s talking about it. Secrets are devilishly fun to keep, right?
That’s why we almost wanted to keep Ubud’s Don U to ourselves—it is so impressively delicious that it’s only a matter of time before every one of its seats is filled all the time. And as there are less than 10 seats, that could be a problem for us.
But alas, our conscience got the better of us: the world deserves to know.
So here’s the deal—Don U is a tiny Korean restaurant with a tiny menu, but they do everything *perfectly*.
Don U was created by Jakarta import Damar Narotama. The dude paid his dues cooking at Ubud’s sexiest date spot, La Ramona, before striking out on his own last fall. He wanted to find a balance between fine dining and a quick, cheap meal, and Don U somehow manages to be both.
The menu is deceptively simple. Choose from five different rice bowls, pick your toppings, and down it with some tea. Damar’s Maguro Sesame bowl is the early crowd favorite—you get gorgeously fresh, raw tuna, sesame dressing, toasted nori seaweed, pickled veggies, and an egg.
But trust us, dig a little deeper. Don U’s Curry On! is a rich, Sumatra-style sauce over rice, veggies and your pick of meat. Their Bibimbap truly brought us back to Seoul—order that bad boy with a side of kimchi for the full experience.
Whatever you choose, top it with Damar’s slow-cooked pork belly. It’s crispy, tender, juicy and will have you on the floor not believing your taste buds. Every dish looks as good as it tastes, complete with little touches (sesame seeds here, chopped scallions there) that push them to new levels of delicious.
Oh, and we almost forgot to mention: Don U may be Ubud’s best priced restaurant. Every rice bowl is 35,000 or below. Friends, those are warung prices, and this is far, far from warung food (no offense to warungs—we love nasi campur as much as anyone else). Even a double order (the imposingly named MEGADON) of any rice bowl just adds 15,000.
So there—our cards are all on the table now. We absolutely love this place. We know you will, too. Let’s just work out who gets to go on which days, alright? You know where to find us.
Go check it out: Don U
Find it: Jl. Raya Lungsiakan, Kedewatan, Ubud