Nestled on the upper lobby floor of the Inara Alas Harum, Paoman Restaurant derives its name from the local term 'Paum,' translating to a formal gathering—a fitting reflection of its purpose as a place to dine and connect. This casual dining gem offers comforting dishes made mostly of locally-sourced produce that not only satisfy but leave you yearning for more, all while providing excellent value for money. What's New Bali recently had the privilege of experiencing Paoman's culinary delights and enchanting ambiance. Here's our story
Savoring Sustainability: Paoman Restaurant's Locally-Inspired Gastronomy
A Symphony of Nature and Tradition
Stepping into Paoman, our senses were immediately captivated by the wooden embrace and the harmonious blend of brown and green hues that perfectly complement the surrounding nature. The open-air setting, coupled with the gentle melody of Balinese traditional songs, set the stage for an intimate dining experience. What struck us most was the restaurant's commitment to seamlessly blending with its environment, offering uninterrupted views of Ubud's iconic paddy fields—a refreshing departure from establishments that often steal the spotlight. For those seeking a more private experience, we discovered a fully air-conditioned room, perfect for intimate gatherings or special occasions.
Diverse Menu Catering to All Tastes
Paoman takes immense pride in its diverse menu, presenting a fusion of Indonesian and international flavors. With a keen focus on vegetarian and gluten-free options, the restaurant caters to Ubud's broad market, ensuring there's something to delight every palate. The talented local head chef of Paoman, Nyoman Sumerta, went even beyond the ordinary, offering 'out of the box' menu customization based on seasonal, handpicked ingredients. This commitment to creativity ensures an ever-evolving culinary experience for each guest!
Sustainable, Locally Sourced, and Community-Centric
Paoman Restaurant proudly champions sustainability, with 90% of its ingredients sourced locally. By purchasing from surrounding communities, the restaurant not only ensures freshness but also contributes to the local economy.
Breakfast: Fresh and Tasty Bliss
Our culinary journey began with a delightful breakfast spread, available all day for our convenience. The option to indulge in poolside gazebo dining added a touch of seclusion to our morning, surrounded by Ubud's refreshing vibes. New additions to the menu, such as the Avocado on Toast and the Savory Burritos, showcased a perfect blend of flavors—creamy, sweet, and subtly salty. The 'Paoman' Pittaya Bowl stole our hearts with its healthy blend of frozen dragon fruit, strawberry, banana, and house granola—a fresh and chill delight. The new addition, Tofu Scramble; Toast, beetroot hummus, sautéed spinach, tofu scramble sautéed with garlic and herbs, edamame, pumpkin seed, sesame seed, and gremolatta, brought together flavors and textures in a unique harmony that left us eager for more.
Lunch: Western Delights
For lunch, we ordered some of Paoman's finest Western choices. Classic favorites main menu such as pasta, burgers, seafood, and grilled delights ready to cater the guest, while light bites like quesadilla and chicken wings provide a perfect midday indulgence. The Brown Carbonara, a creamy pasta with bacon and garlic bread, and the Crusted Tuna Loin with a rustic side salad and pesto vegetable rice were delightful highlights. The presentation was top-notch as well!
Dinner: Indonesian Extravaganza
As the sun set, Paoman transformed into a haven for dinner enthusiasts. The Amous Bouche teased our palates, paving the way for a culinary journey we wouldn't soon forget. We tried some of the restaurant’s signature Indonesian menu, which pays great homage to Indonesia’s indigenous delights.
The Udang Bakar Merah, featuring grilled king prawns with homemade chili and tomato sauce, stood out as a highlight, served with a portable grill that added a delightful smoky aroma. The Kare Ayam, a braised chicken fillet in creamy coconut yellow paste, promised fragrant, tender perfection. The chicken was perfectly grilled beforehand, ensuring its tenderness and giving it a pleasant hint of smoky flavor. The Trio Babi, showcasing three pork delights of braised pork and crispy pork belly was a juicy, flavorful symphony. All menus come with a bowl of hot steamed rice (butter rice for Trio Babi), to complement the goodness. To cap off our evening, exquisite desserts like Crepes and Banana and the Bali Chocolate elevated our culinary experience to new heights.
Paoman Restaurant, with its captivating blend of tradition, nature, and culinary creativity to make good use of locally-sourced ingredients, stands as a testament to the vibrant gastronomic scene in Ubud. Our experience transcended the ordinary—a true culinary symphony in the heart of Bali.