There is a certain set of characteristics that transform a restaurant into an out-of-this-world dining experience: spellbinding views, refined service and culinary excellence. The Kelusa, a culinary gem set in Bali’s serene Payangan rain forest area meets those attributes effortlessly.

Providing a perfect setting for the gem is Samsara Ubud, a tropical sanctuary of seventeen luxurious private villas – eight 1-bedroom pool villa, six 1-bedroom deluxe pool villa, two 2-bedroom pool villa and one 3-bedroom pool villa. Myriad in-resort facilities ensure absolute comfort and excitement; a private and communal swimming pool, state-of-the-art gym, spa treatment rooms and sauna.

Samsara Ubud presents an extraordinary dining experience in The Kelusa. Beyond its serene surrounds of lush Payangan forest jungles and natural tropical interiors, The Kelusa charms with gourmet dishes which celebrate the rich and diverse culinary history of Balinese and Indonesian food.

The magnificent dining venue boasts an innovative menu of fine-quality ingredients highlighting the best local produce, guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning foodie. Under the wings of Chef Iwan Sutrisno, you are in for an epicurean treat.

Breakfast is served a la carte and there’s plenty of hearty western and Indonesian options to choose from. Awaken your appetite with Samsara’s breakfast signature dish, ‘Samsara Lobster and Egg’ (grilled river lobster, poached egg, ginger flower chilli, sautéed spinach, shimeji, multi-grain, curried coconut hollandaise and kaffir lime). Or, try the Indonesian favourites such as ‘Nasi or Mie Goreng’ (wok fried rice or egg noddle with chicken or shrimp, sate lilit and sambal chili) and ‘Red Rice Porridge’ (rice flavoured with lemongrass, dried ginger, organic chicken, quail egg and cashew).

Two different sets of menu for lunch and dinner equal more dining options. The lunch menu is a beautiful mix of delightful salads, tantalising mains and light desserts. Start with the refreshing ‘Linguine’ (fresh Manilla clams, anchovies, turmeric broth with tabia bun and topped with goat cheese and local basil). To close, ‘Grilled Pineapple’ (gula Melaka caramel, crème anglaise, coconut flakes, vanilla-bean ice cream) is an excellent choice.

Dinner is a treat with a parade of delectable starters, exquisite main courses and a decadent array of desserts. To start, order the ‘Betutu Cannelloni’ (spiced ‘betutu’ chicken, tomato ragout, burnt mozzarella, chilli lemongrass vinaigrette). For main, sample Chef Iwan’s speciality, ‘Buntut Strozzapreti’ (homemade twisted pasta, pulled oxtail, nutmeg, Grana Padano, local celery, beef au jus) – a dish which showcases not only talent but also excellent teamwork. To finish, treat yourself and get the ‘Lemongrass Pannacotta’ (candied ginger, Asian berries, shortbread, passion fruit coulis, and fresh mint).

Chef Iwan has also created a special menu for families with children. The little ones will love The Kelusa’s ‘Grilled Cheese Switch’ (whole wheat toast with light cheddar cheese and golden fries), ‘Chicken Nugget’ (free range chicken, stick vegetables, ketchup and plain mayo). For those with sweet tooth, ‘Kelusa Assorted Ice Cream’ (daily selection ice cream, crunchy nougat, chocolate fudge) is always the right choice.

For sundowners or pre-dinner aperitif, head to Firefly, the restaurant’s cocktail bar – the experienced mixologist serves wicked cocktails. One of the signature cocktails, ‘Popcorn Sour’, is a delicious drink ideal for before/after lunch, made of a playful mix of popcorn and Vodka sour. Connoisseurs of fine wine will find plenty to please their palettes at Samsara’s wine cellar. Apart from acclaimed wines, the bar features an array of cocktails and mocktails which reflect Bali’s fascinating colours and fresh organic produce.

A dining experience at The Kelusa is both sophisticatedly refined and heartily satisfying, and the exquisite creations display the culinary team’s finesse.



Samsara Ubud | Banjar Ayah, Desa Kelusa, Payangan, Ubud – Bali


+62 361 209 17 69 |


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