You know that feeling when you walk in to a cafe and think “LOVE!”. Just love it, right from the get go. Like love at first sight. I had a clue from the name which just screams ‘all things fresh’.
Cafe Zucchini in Seminyak, Bali declare “our food is simple, fresh and homemade with premium ingredients, local artisan breads, jams and cakes, imported cheeses and locally grown organic vegetables and fruits where possible“. Located in the heart of Seminyak’s shopping district on Oberoi, its the perfect place to refresh and recharge before your second round of shopping.
I can highly recommend the juices and smoothies. Sometimes I find that venues in Bali do not quite get the balance right with the flavours. Too much apple – too sweet. Too much celery – too bland. Too much beetroot – well, you can never have too much beetroot. Safe to say, Zucchini seem to have nailed the flavour combinations. I had a carrot, apple, beetroot, ginger & lemon juice which was perfect on a warm and humid day. My companion had a Papaya & Lime Frappe which tasted delicious. Then to lunch. I’m always super excited to find a wide array of salads to choose from so I was not remotely tempted to navigate the rest of the very appealing menu.
I chose a combination of three salads which came with crostini for 65,000 Rupiah. The portions were generous and the flavours fresh, light, and exactly what I needed after a heavy meal the night before. I woofed it down in my usual fashion – like the meal is my last.
Also a big hit with my companions was the chicken schnitzel (a 35,000 Rupiah upgrade to your salad) and the steak sandwich which was thin yet very tender beef on sourdough with caramelised onions, beetroot, aioli and rocket for 70,000 Rupiah. I’m yet to try the breakfast, dinner or desserts. Its something I will certainly do on my next visit – with dishes calling my name, such as the ‘Green Brekkie’ of sauteed spinach, zucchini, rocket, parsley & avocado (45,000 Rupiah), fresh vegetarian tacos, rice paper rolls and my all-time favourite (yet not so healthy) – flourless orange almond cake with ice cream for dessert (45,000 Rupiah).
There’s plenty of dishes for vegetarians and meat lovers alike, which is why I find it so approachable when you are on a family holiday and not everyone feels like eating ‘clean’ that day.
My only gripe was eating my salad next to a smoker. I know Bali allows smoking nearly everywhere – but you would think a health focused establishment could bring in a ‘no smoking’ policy, particularly given the confined setting. However…. c’est la vie!…. particularly since the cafe is happy to home deliver (to your non-smoking villa) for no additional charge (just don’t be shy with your tip!)
Find Cafe Zucchini on Oberoi in Seminyak, Bali.