Although Cafe Lotus has opened restaurants all over the island, none can compare with the original location, created in 1982 as a bohemian meeting place for local artists and backpackers. Prices have gone up significantly since then, but so has the standard of the food, and this remains one of the most beautiful places in Ubud to have dinner. The cafe looks out over an immense lotus pond bordered by tall flowering trees, and beyond that is the Pura Saraswati temple, which at night comes to life with performances of Balinese dancing accompanied by a gamelan orchestra. Be aware, though, that if you reserve a front-row table during the dance, the price of the performance is added to the bill. The menu here is eclectic to say the least, with dishes ranging from Balinese be-pasih goa lawah (fish marinated in turmeric, lemon grass and ginger then steamed in a banana leaf) to tuna carpaccio or the vegetarian favourite, lentil and shitake soup.