Bebek Bengil: The Dirty Duck Restaurant

Bali is filled with many restaurants serving delicious food – from five-star hotels to street vendors. One of the most famous places to dine in Ubud is at Bebek Bengil or the Dirty Duck.

According to its website, the restaurant’s first guests were a flock of ducks who left some muddy footprints throughout the property. But, don’t let this fool you into thinking that the restaurant is a dingy hole-in-the-wall greasy spoon!

Bebek Bengil is large and spacious with a lot of trees and flowers throughout the open-air restaurant. You can select from a Western or Balinese-style dining experience. The Western style uses standard tables and chairs while the Balinese style allows you to sit or stretch out on cushions and uses a table with shorter legs to accommodate your seated position.

When Reena, Caroline and I went to the restaurant, we were seated at a secluded table in the Balinese area. The platform of the veranda on which we sat was raised and littered with pillows and cushions of various sizes. It overlooked what would have been a nice pool and fountain had it been filled and working properly. We were also surrounded by greenery of all kinds so it felt like we were dining in a jungle.

After marveling at the view, we ordered the crispy duck salad, bebek bengil (the original crispy duck) and barbeque pork ribs. Everything was really amazing and we didn’t leave much left over. I especially enjoyed the pork ribs as they were tender and juicy.

For dessert, we decided that each of us would chose something we liked and everyone would get to have a sample. We selected the original sin devil dark food cake, carrot cake ala Bebek Bengil and coconut cream pie. Even though we were so full we were almost bursting, somehow me managed to wipe the plates clean.

By Balinese standards, this restaurant is an extravagance that only foreigners can afford and as a backpacker I’d have to agree. I would not normally eat at a place like this if I were on my own because I could easily find something five times as cheap on the street. But, as we were having a great time, we decided to splurge and have a bit of fun. Also, by Western standards, Bebek Bengil is inexpensive for the quality and amount of food you receive. If I ever came to Ubud again, I’d definitely come back.

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