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Earth Cafe Ubud

Unfortunately this branch is not nearly as good as the Seminyak branch, the Ubud branch staff seem are not very helpful or friendly, and often menu items are missing or unavailable, and only mentioned a while after ordering. Even then, the dishes were not as well prepared. Not bad, but I would stick to Seeds of Life in Ubud or visit their Seminyak branch instead!

Open Daily 07:00 ~ 22:00

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Alchemy

Raw Vegan Cafe and health shop at the top of a hotel. Main meals, salads, desserts and more. The Chia Bowl was really good, with thick melted hot chocolate to pour either in the bowl or your soy milk! And just look at that banoffee pie! :)

IDR 20-50K for meals, 40-125 for juice and smoothies.

15min walk from central ubud or short taxi ride.
Daily 07:00 ~ 21:00

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Seeds of Life

Raw Vegan Cafe in Ubud, with lots of healthy dishes and a cozy atmosphere. They also hold Yoga classes and work shops.

IDR 30-60K

South Off Jl. Raya, east of Ubud Palace, about 5min walk.
Daily 09:00 ~ 22:00

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Divine Earth

Part of the Down To Earth group, Divine Earth is a raw vegan cafe! Previously, I wasn’t a big fan of raw food, but this turned out to be our favorite restaurant in Seminyak. The raw lasagna was really good, and the desserts are something special. They have a cinema upstairs with daily viewings so you can catch a movie or tv show. Its a small price for the ticket which can then be used on food, so it’s basically free if you eat there.

Dishes IDR 60-140K

Jalan Raya Basangkasa, South of Sunset Point Shopping Centre.
Daily 07:00 ~ 23:00

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Living Cafe & Deli

Living Cafe is a great cafe with lots of Raw, Vegan and Gluten-Free options! It is not entirely vegetarian but the range on offer is pretty good. The vegan tofu burger and wedges were great and they have a few v-g-f cakes too! The staff weren’t all that knowledgeable on item specifics but they are friendly and happy enough to check with the chef. The cafe has a chilled atmosphere with a lot of space and light.

Take a bus from Botanic Gardens MRT, or its a 30min walk from there.

Mon – Thurs 11:00 ~ 19:00
Fri 11:00 ~ 22:00
Sat 09:00 ~ 22:00
Sun 09:00 ~ 20:00

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Afterglow

Afterglow Raw “Vegan” restaurant in Chinatown. I put the vegan in “” because while they claim to be a vegan cafe, many of their items include honey, and this is not mentioned unless you ask. I found this out for one item after it had already been served, which is quite annoying.

Although they are open late, the kitchen closes much earlier and so I could only try a dessert and a cocktail, both quite expensive for what they were. I may try once more when the kitchen is fully open, but in no big rush.

Mon – Thurs – 12:00 ~ 23:00
Fri – Sat – 12:00 ~ 00:00
Sun – Closed

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Airline comparison for Vegetarian meal options

Below is a table listing major Airlines and which of the Vegetarian Meal Codes they offer. The name of the Airline is linked to the page on their website where the information was sourced. As guessed, Asia based Airlines have the best offerings! Airlines with all seven options are in bold.

Note: American Airlines and Iberia (who uses AA’s information on special meals) have conflicting information about their options. The website states it “May contain dairy products”, yet the #link is tagged as “vegan”. An AA representative told my by phone that their VGML is indeed a “Vegan, Vegetarian meal”, yet an email response stated it may contain Dairy. There are no other options listed. Due to this conflicting information, and myself having varied success on their flights, I have left them out of this table. You can see the vague information on the website here.
Also, I have yet to confirm with Saudi Arabian Airlines if their veg meal is Lacto Vegetarian or Vegan.

Airline VGML
Vegan
VJML
Vegan Jain
VOML
Vegan Oriental
VLML
Lacto Ovo
AVML
Asian Veg
RVML
Raw Veg
FPML
Fruit Platter
Aer Lingus X X X X X
Agean X X X X
Air Berlin X X X X X
Air Canada X X
Air China
Air France X X X X
Air New Zealand
Alitalia X X X X
ANA All Nippon Airways X X X X
Asiana X X
Austrian Airlines X
BA – British Airways X X X
BMI X X X
VGML
Vegan
VJML
Vegan Jain
VOML
Vegan Oriental
VLML
Lacto Ovo
AVML
Asian Veg
RVML
Raw Veg
FPML
Fruit Platter
Cathay Pacific
china airlines X
China Eastern
China Southern X
Continental X X X X
Copa X X X X X
Delta X X X X X
El Al X X
Emirates
Finn Air X X X X
JAL – Japan Airlines X X X
KLM X X X
Korean Air X
Lan Chile X X X X X
Lufthansa X X
Malaysia Airlines
VGML
Vegan
VJML
Vegan Jain
VOML
Vegan Oriental
VLML
Lacto Ovo
AVML
Asian Veg
RVML
Raw Veg
FPML
Fruit Platter
Qantas X
Qatar
Saudi Arabian Airlines ? X X ? X X
SAS X X X X
Singapore Airlines
Swiss Air X X
Thai Airways
Turkish Airlines
United X X X X
US Airways X X X X
Virgin Atlantic X X X
VGML
Vegan
VJML
Vegan Jain
VOML
Vegan Oriental
VLML
Lacto Ovo
AVML
Asian Veg
RVML
Raw Veg
FPML
Fruit Platter

 

Airline Meal Codes for Vegetarians & Vegans

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No one really likes Airline food, but you should at least be able to get something matching your dietary requirements, and there is a “Meal Code” consistency amongst Airlines. Often referred to as “Special Meals”, the codes stand for the type of meal, and are defined by the ingredients and methods that may be used to prepare those meals.

These codes only apply to long-haul flights where meals are complimentary. To get a special meal, you must request it at least 48 hours before your flight. I usually call the Airline about a week before I fly, 2 days before, and then again at the check-in counter to confirm. This may seem overkill, but if it isn’t in the system by the time you check-in, you probably won’t get it, and some times staff simply fail to add it correctly. I’ve been stuck before on long-haul flights with no food, and it sucks.

Also note, that quite often you will get standard (read: non vegan) condiments with your vegan requested meal. For example, butter, margarine or salad dressing. So always check these first.

Budget airlines & short-haul flights that have food “for purchase” have very different meals and snacks, rarely with any vegan options. Pre-purchased meals however, like on Air Asia, may have vegan options, so check when booking.

In any case, as a backup for both short and long-haul flights, I always bring some food of my own. Cold pasta or rice dishes, sandwiches, and fruit all work well. Don’t bring anything with too much liquid or paste or you may lose it at the security check point.

There are seven codes that are of interest to Vegetarians and Vegans, five of which are fully vegan. Emirates has the best descriptions, as written below:

A list of Airlines and which meals they offer is coming soon!

Vegetarian Meal (VGML) – VEGAN

Also known as Vegan, this meal is totally free of any animal products or by-products such as eggs or dairy products. It contains one or more of these ingredients: all types of vegetables and fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain any type of meat, fish, or animal products or by-products.

Vegetarian Jain Meal (VJML) – VEGAN

This meal is for members of the Jain community who are pure vegetarians. It is prepared with a selection of Indian condiments. It contains one or more of these ingredients: fresh fruit and stem vegetables that grow above the ground.

It does NOT contain: animal products and by-products, and any root vegetables such as onions, mushrooms, ginger, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, etc.

Vegetarian Oriental Meal (VOML) – VEGAN

This is a Vegetarian Meal (VGML) that is also prepared Chinese or Oriental-style.

Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal (VLML)

This is a Vegetarian Meal that may also contain eggs and dairy products. It contains one or more of these ingredients: vegetables, fresh fruit, eggs, dairy products, and pulses.

It does NOT contain any type of fish or meat.

Asian Vegetarian Meal (AVML)

This meal is available for vegetarian passengers. It is usually aromatic and spicy, and incorporates flavours from the Indian sub-continent. It contains one or more of these ingredients: all types of vegetables, fresh fruit and milk products.

It does NOT contain any type of meat, fish or eggs.

Raw Vegetable Meal (RVML) – VEGAN

This meal consists exclusively of raw vegetables and salads.

Fruit Platter (FPML) – VEGAN

This meal may be ordered for dietary reasons. It may also be ordered by members of certain communities who eat only fruit while fasting.

It contains one or more of these ingredients: seasonal fresh fruit.

It does NOT contain canned fruit.