Situated in the heart of Berawa, just a stone’s throw from the area’s famous surfing destination, Good Mantra set to bring prime produce, bright flavours and good dose of communal spirit to the vibrant neighbourhood.
Commandeered by Chef Dom Hammon behind the dedicated kitchen team, Good Mantra aims to bring good vibe to their community through tantalizing plant-based dishes, with a focus on unique ingredients from small local farms. Honesty is the name of the game here. Almost everything in Good Mantra is made in-house; from nut-milks to granolas to zingy relishes and sauces, with the exception of breads, which freshly fetched from BAKED bakery, just down the road.
“Every day I’ll be doing a special, so exploring the best of what’s in season,” said Chef Hammond. “We’re going to be working with small producers from all around the island and I’m just super-excited about all the ingredients I’m yet to discover and experiment with in the kitchen!” he concludes.
All-day breakfast at Good Mantra offers span sun-blushed tomato, avocado and herbed hummus on sourdough, vanilla buckwheat hotcakes and coconut yoghurt with seasonal fruit and granola, while lunch is about big-energy salads (young greens, say, with pennywort straight from chef Hammond’s own garden, roasted baby spuds, sweet potato and sweet seed brittle) and sandwiches such as focaccia with layers of seasonal baked veg and a good slather of plant-based mayo. There’s a burger with a black bean-and-herb patty, hand-cut chips – skins-on and double cooked for extra crunch – or a classic with a plant-based twist, the Mushroom Schnitty Parma sandwich will hit the spot.
The earth-to-plate ethos trickles over to the bar, too, where mixologist Anya Montague has designed a list of drinks inspired by the landscape and the seasons. There are native-plant sodas. Bitters, tinctures and vermouths are made in-house, then shaken and stirred into the likes of pastis with tequila, aloe vera, cucumber and lime and Mantra’s own take on the mojito: cardamom sugar, mint, lime, sparkling water and, of course, rum. All drinks will be served from a central counter area that opens out onto the street, kiosk-style. The deli section of Good Mantra is set to feature a spread of vegan cakes, protein balls, spiced nut mixes and dehydrated fruits for kids. Coffee beans are roasted locally in Ubud to create a unique Good Mantra house blend. A selection of house nut-butters, chutneys and other condiments will be jarred and available for purchase, too, so if you really like one of the menu’s sauce, you can take them home as well!