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Bebek  Bengil is one of the higher end eateries at Ubud. Located within walking distance from Monkey Forest, the restaurant spots several tastefully decorated alfresco style dining areas with paddy fields at the back.

The place exudes class, and that was reflected in it’s price, but fortunately, also the quality of the food.

bebek bengil, a paddy field behind the classy restaurant
bebek bengil, a paddy field behind the classy restaurant

Bebek Bengil (Dirty Duck Diner) was opened in 1990, and they have a little story on how the restaurant got the name

 When we were building the restaurant, we thought long and hard about a name. Many suggestions came from our friends, but none seemed just right.

We know we wanted a Balinese name that translates well to English. However, for a long time the metaphor eluded us.

One tropical monsoon morning, when the restaurant was very close to being finished, a flock of ducks from the rice field across the road ran quacking and squawking into the restaurant and across the floor and tables. They left the muddy webbed footprints all over the place. They were our first guests, those “Dirty Ducks”

grilled duck with sweet chili sauce
grilled duck with sweet chili sauce

We ordered two main courses, Haze had the grilled duck with sweet chili sauce (85,000 IDR) that was prepared by grilling the duck with Balinese sauce and serve with steamed rice. A side of salad and the usual Balinese style chili/tomato sauce came with the dish too.

It was sweet, spicy, and full of flavor. The portion was half a duck (duck here are generally much smaller, kampung duck?), and absolutely delightful.

bebek bengil, the original crispy duck
bebek bengil, the original crispy duck

My lunch was the bebek bengil itself, the original crispy duck (82,000 IDR). It was half a duck steamed in Indonesian spices then deep fried for a crispy finish. The dish came with steamed rice (you can opt for sauteed potato)  and Balinese vegetable.

The duck skin was absolutely crispy and delightful, there’s also undoubtedly the distinct herbal taste that has gone into the duck meat itself. It is unlike any type of roast/peking duck I’ve had, and in a sense, this was actually much better. It was a tad salty, but every bid tasty.

and frestea is everywhere
and frestea is everywhere

The lunch at Bebek Bengil was easily our most expensive meal in Bali, but it was also the tastiest. While Babi Guling might be the most famous food out of Ubud, but to me, the must-try when you are at Ubud is Bebek Bengil.

map to Bebek Bengil, Ubud

Address:
Bebek Bengil
Jalan Sugriwa, Ubud, Indonesia
GPS: -8.51681, 115.26478
Tel: +62-361 975489