Ubud

It’s hard to admit, but it must be said: Bali coffee shops don’t always have excellent food. And Bali restaurants don’t always have excellent coffee. When you find a fine establishment with both food and coffee games going strong, you hold on tight—and you tell everybody all about it.

So, here we are: Full Circle.

From the beginning, we knew this brand new Ubud cafe was going to be something special. After all, it’s the first official shift up north from the masterminds behind Expat Roasters, the folks who make the beans used by many (most?) of your favorite spots on the island. Head Expat Shae Macnamara relocated his family from the beaches to the greenery of Ubud for the last few months as his newest creation took shape—and it’s easy to see that he’s poured a ton of love and attention into Full Circle.

 

The first thing you notice is the look of the place. Full Circle is built around its open-air coffee bar, naturally, with so much coffee-brewing paraphernalia that it resembles a laboratory. The chic, all-cement aesthetic makes you feel like you’ve exited Ubud and entered the coffee equivalent of a warehouse party, complete with multi-level seating (climb up or sink down), an upstairs bar (watching Full Circle from above is a trip) and plenty of wall art to keep your eyes wandering.

The architecture is exciting, sure, but we all know we’re here for the coffee and food. And good god, both deliver. Full Circle’s Expat beans and locally grown and roasted, and Macnamara has taught his barista’s well. We like our coffee strong and bold, and Full Circle had exactly what we needed—a true, caffeinated work of art. Seriously, take a look and say you’re not fiending for a cup right now:

 

We got lost in Full Circle’s menu—so we decided to go with ‘everything.’ Literally. Their Everything on a Plate is perfect when you’re feeling overwhelmed (and hungry): expertly grilled pork sausage, insanely sweet cherry tomatoes, roasted mushrooms, crispy bacon steak, eggs, hash and sourdough toast.

If that all sounds way too, um, piggy for you, just remember that you *are* in Ubud—of course, Full Circle has plenty of veggie options. We totally loved their take on jackfruit-as-main-course, attempted by many but mastered by few. At Full Circle, you get your jackfruit emboldened by a delicious mix of spices, with drool-worthy black beans, charred corn, avocado and couscous (which, if you ask us, is criminally underrated on the island).

Check out their ‘Things’ menu section for a whole collection of excellent sides to make your breakfast or lunch pop. We devoured their Miso Pumpkin and Spinach dishes, both honestly cooked to perfection and served up on one plate like they were always meant to be together.

 

After conquering the South with their coffee, Expat Roasters is a welcome addition to Ubud’s rapidly advancing culinary scene. They’ve really come (sorry, we can’t help it!) full circle in Bali. Don’t sleep on this one—go for breakfast, then just stay until lunch.

Find it: Jl. Jatayu, Gianyar, Ubud

www.fullcirclebyexpatroasters.com/

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