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Healthy food at Watercress Cafe

Table at watercress cafe, Seminyak.

I am a huge fan of healthy, organic food and very pleased to find more and more restaurants in Bali that offer fresh salads, soups or other light and balanced meals.
One I tried recently is Watercress on Jalan Batubelig between Canggu and Seminyak. They offer light food with a little twist, so it’s not only healthy but very delicious and interesting. I went there with 2 friends to have lunch/brunch and we were craving for something fresh and aromatic (except my vegetable hating friend Olive).
The interior is very cozy, a mix between rustic and modern. We were sitting in a corner place in front of a brick wall with book prints and other cute decorations. They also have a small outside are with a lot of green, sadly there is a construction going on (like nearly everywhere in Bali at the moment…) so it’s a bit noisy currently. Inside they played decent music, so the atmosphere was nice and you couldn’t hear too much construction noises.

Watercress restaurant

We ordered fresh juices (you can choose your ingredients or take one of the offered mixes) which are parted in blended and pressed juices. I went for beetroot, spinach and pineapple and my friend for mango, beetroot and orange. Both were freshly made and super delicious, served in a large glass (0,4l) for the very fair price of 30.000rp (2,00 €).

fresh juice at watercress

The rustic breakfast menu offers a lot of choices for breakfast or brunch; they serve it until 4pm (so you can have a VERY late breakfast). I ordered “Salmon & The Rye” (smoked Salmon on rustic bread with cream cheese, capers, cucumber and topped with avocado and dill) with poached eggs on the side, my friends the “Eggs Florencress” (sourdough on watercress bed with poached eggs, spinach, mushrooms, red sauce and topped with hollandaise) and the Breakfast free style (in her case 2 poached eggs, salsiccia, croissant and butter). All dishes were super fresh and delicious, the combinations of ingredients very creative but perfectly matching. The prices are reasonable for the high quality of the food, the salmon breakfast costs 75.000rp (4,80 €) and the “Eggs Florencress” 70.000rp (4,50 €); the free style breakfast in our case costs 57.000rp (3,70 €).

Salmon & The rye breakfast at Watercress Cafe

Eggs Florencress

Free style breakfast

I also spotted a salad buffet for lunch, which looked amazing. Next time I’ll try that for sure. If you are a fan of fresh and healthy food, especially salads and juices, you should definitely give Watercress Cafe a try, I’m sure you’ll like it. I’m already looking forward to go again. For reservations or more informaton you can check out the website.

Newly tried

Stuffed Croissant at Watercress cafe
Le Croissant – stuffed with cheese, tomato and herbs

 

Smashed-Chats&Goats-Cheese
Smashed Chats&Goats Cheese – Smashed baby potatoes, roasted mushrooms and goat cheese on rocked salad with poached egg.
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Avocado-chili pasta

Hot and cold a pleasure

avocado penne

For 4 people:

2        avocados (very soft)
2        cloves of garlic
1        red onion
3        tablespoon cream cheese
1        tablespoon chopped chili
20 ml milk or water
500g  pasta (I prefer penne for this sauce)

1. Boil 2 l water in a cooking pot, and add a little bit salt when the water is ready for the pasta.

2. While the water heat, chop the onion and garlic very fine and put them aside. Cut the avocados in half and get out the soft flesh with a tablespoon. Afterwards mash the avocado with a fork until you have a smooth mass, then add the cream cheese, chili, garlic and onion, and mix it well. Add the milk (or water) until it reaches the desired consistency and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Put the pasta in boiling water and cook for about 10 minutes. You can enjoy this dish warm or cold, as you like it. If you prefer it warm, just put some sauce over the penne and garnish with a little bit dried chili. For the pasta salad variation let the pasta cool down for an hour, then add the sauce and put everything in the refrigerator for another hour. You can also add cherry tomatoes or cucumber cubes. Enjoy!

Wani-avocado smoothie with coconut cream

wani smoothie

For 2 glasses:

1          wani fruit (also called white mango)
1         small avocado
1/2       dragon fruit (for the color)
1         banana
1          tablespoon honey
1         pinch of curcuma
100 ml water
50 ml   coconut cream

Wani is a delicious fruit which tastes a little like a hybrid between mango and quince. It has a green skin, a mango-like pip and white fruit flesh. So far I have found the fruit only in Bali, but for the smoothie you can replace it with a conventional mango.